The traditional alpine village of Chatel sits at the top of the Abondance Valley at 1200m, surrounded by the mountain peaks of the French Alps. The village has an old-world charm with French farmhouses and alpine chalets, no concreate high rises just mountains vistas in all directions. Five minutes away is Switzerland with chocolate box villages such as Champery and day trips to Lake Geneva, Montreux & Gruyere.
Situated in the centre of the Portes du Soleil ski domain, Chatel is in an enviable position. You can easily tour to Avoriaz, Morzine, and Les Gets, or go the opposite direction to the Swiss resorts. Alpine activities cater to all ski levels, including dedicated areas for beginners, blue and red pistes, and daring black pistes for confident skiers. Ski season in Chatel runs from early December to late April,
While the French Alps are traditionally known as a popular winter destination, summers in Châtel are a well-kept secret. The perfect location for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy standout hiking, calm walks, biking and even some more exhilarating activities like rafting. The location is perfect for day trips exploring villages and towns surrounding Lake Geneva in both France and Switzerland.
The Abondance Valley is home to nature at its finest. Made up of three villages – Abondance, La Chapelle d’Abondance, and Châtel – the valley is connected by the River Dranse and is part of the UNESCO listed geopark of the Chablais Massif. The Abondance Valley is well known in France for its AOP listed Abondance cheese and these beautiful cows and the sound of their bells fill the valley through the summer.