Chatel is part of the massive Portes du Soleil ski circuit which although spanning the Swiss-Franco border retains a predominantly French atmosphere. The resort of Chatel remains attractive despite its expansion over recent years - it is friendly and retains an old rustic feel. Working farms blend in nicely with more modern chalet style buildings so that although there are new luxury chalets in Chatel the resort still has a very traditional feel.
We highly recommend Chatel for those looking for a large ski area area (and some truly great on-mountain eating) who are also happy with a quiet resort village atmosphere. With easy access to the Porte du Soleil Chatel is the perfect place to stay if you want to get away from the big super stations but still have miles and miles of piste to explore.