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Chatel is the kind of place ski travellers head to if they want to find out the real meaning of Savoyard history and culture. It’s just as much about tradition and heritage here as it is the excellent ski opportunities on offer – suffice to say you’ll need to budget your time wisely.
Chatel has a long and proud history in traditional mountain farming and in many respects has changed very little over the years. The village continues to operate as it has for centuries, though today delights visitors not only with the quaint rural charm of the area, but also the stunning ski opportunities. Part of the Portes du Soleil ski area, you’ll find no less than 423 runs right at your doorstep with a full 209 lifts keeping the action going. There are runs over the 2,000m mark which means there’s always good snow to be found all through the seasons, while après-ski in and around the village can be as relaxing or rowdy as you like it to be. It really is a great alternative to some of those ultra-modern and purpose-built resorts that aren’t exactly bursting with charm.
You can get into Chatel in less than 90 minutes from both Sion and Geneva Airports, so even if you’re only looking to get away for a short break or a weekend, you can put Chatel on your list. In total, there are several airports around the area serving Chatel so if you’re looking to book a slightly longer holiday, chances are you’ll be able to score some pretty good deals with the various budget carriers that serve the area from all over Europe. Here are the closest airports and the distances to Chatel:
There are buses which ply to Chatel from all major airports. However, if you are looking at using public transport be aware that there will be necessary changes. Train options from all the airports are available as well. Here are some options:
Like many resorts across the area, getting yourself and your gear to Chatel using public transport is very much possible at most times of the year. However, not only will you end up paying way more than with an organized airport-resort transfer service, but it will also take you twice as long and you might not even get a seat. So, the smart money is always on booking yourself a safe, reliable and cheap seat in advance and travelling with true peace of mind.