The resort of Châtel sits on the French/Swiss border at 1200m above sea level, and in between Lake Geneva and the Mont Blanc mountain range.
Châtel is a tree-lined resort, which creates a very picturesque environment that can also protect skiers from the elements such as wind and cold. This makes it an ideal resort for beginner skiers or young children, as it’s hard enough to learn to ski without worrying about the altitude or exposure of a slope.
The Super Châtel ski area located just above the village is a beginner’s paradise as there are lots and lots of very easy green and blue runs with fantastic views over the Abondance valley. Once you exit the Super Châtel telecabine it’s very easy to see all of the lifts and slopes in-front of you, so it’s very easy to navigate and a very safe and comfortable area for first time skiers.
The Linga and Pre La Joux ski areas are great for advanced skiers because they are pretty steep, however on the Châtel doorstep the Super Châtel ski area is amazing on a powder day; because it’s predominantly a beginner area the off-piste stays relatively untouched. This area also links directly with the Torgon free ride in Switzerland which is a controlled off-piste zone allowing for safe backcountry style skiing.