Châtel's Ski Areas: An Overview:



Chatel is part of the huge Portes Du Soleil winter sports area (197 lifts and 300 pistes!), however, the village itself has some excellent and varied terrain for all abilities. The village has an impressive 41 lifts and 45 ski slopes. The Chatel Espace Liberte pass also covers some other areas, meaning that 63 lifts serving 82 pistes. The skiing areas in and around Chatel can be grouped into the following areas:




Along with the Linga area (see below), the Pre-La-Joux area is the entry point to the majority of the huge Portes du Soleil ski area. A large car park (free) and frequent buses from all areas of Chatel mean that this is a popular starting point for a day on the mountain. This area is normally scheduled to open on the last weekend of November or first weekend of December. The area links with the Avoriaz ski area via the Rochassons chairlift.
For more info on Pre-La-Joux - click here.




The Linga (pronounced as "langer") ski area is linked to Pre-La-Joux and is also a popular starting point for the day, as there is a decent sized and free car park and frequent buses from all areas of Chatel. The Linga area also hosts the "Stade", the competition slopes for GS and Slalom races and there is also a floodlit area for evening skiing.

For more info on Linga - click here.




The Super-Chatel ski area links with the Barbossine area (see below) and is accessible from the telecabine that starts from the centre of Chatel. There are a wide variety of slopes in this area and a large area for beginners which is popular with the ski schools, particularly the ESF and the board / ski park is also here. From here, you can access the ski areas of Torgon, the Corbeau sector of Morgins and the Braitaz area of La Chapelle D'Abondance (all of which are on the Chatel ski pass).

For more info on Super-Chatel - click here.




The Barbossine area is often the quietest area of the village, however it should not be ignored.

For more info on Barbossine - click here.



Chapelle d'Abondance & Abondance:


The Braitaz sector of Chapelle d'Abondance is included in the Chatel Valley ski pass and is accessed via the Barbossine sector. Chapelle also has a lovely area called Cret Beni, which is a short bus drive away, but is worth a look if you get the chance, as is the little area down in Abondance.

For more info on Chapelle d'Abondance and Abondance - click here.



Torgon / Morgins:


For Torgon Info: click here
For Morgins Info: click here



Abondance Ski Area


Don't forget the little village of Abondance has a ski area, whch can provide a fun day or half day out.

Info can be found at the Abondance website by clicking here.



Further Afield - The Portes Du Soleil:


The Portes Du Soleil area includes all the above area plus more in Champery, Champoussin, Les Crosets, Avoriaz, Morzine, Les Gets (which are all linked) and the unlinked area at St Jean d'Aulps. In total, there is about 650km of pistes!! For more info on the Portes Du Soleil - click here.



Nordic / Cross Country Skiing Areas:


There are 40km of prepared pistes in the Abondance valley for this activity - click here.