Off the normal British tourist map, Châtel is a perfectly preserved French mountain town. Part of the vast Portes du Soleil area, in this resort you'll find a lively and rustic village centre surrounded by huge unspoiled snowy expanses. The ski domain of Châtel caters for a wide range of holidays, whether you're looking to relax and enjoy the scenery or you want an extreme sports experience, Châtel has something to suit. The ski area has 49 slopes covering 90km and with a Châtel ski pass you are free to use areas in the Swiss resorts of Torgon, Morgins and La Braitaz sector of La Chapelle d’Abondance - meaning with one pass you have 130km of pistes to enjoy. With a Portes du Soleil ski pass you can explore one of the largest winter playgrounds in the world. The area links 12 resorts across France and Switzerland and has an enormous 650km of runs and almost endless off-piste to enjoy.As you'd expect from a top quality resort in the Portes du Soleil area there are plenty of things to do with or without skis in Châtel: You can try ice diving or under ice fishing, hurl yourself down a bobsleigh track, relax at a slower pace while snowshoe walking or enjoy the spectacular scenery from above by paragliding. The location of Châtel isn't only ideal for the immense ski area and number of activities that are at your fingertips, it's also great for travelling quickly and easily from the UK - at the end of the picturesque Abondance valley, Châtel is only a two hour drive from Geneva airport and has good motorway links.Châtel retains its authentic Savoyard farming village ambience whist embracing the modern with its many bars, restaurants, and excellent après ski . The traditional architecture in town belies the energetic and modern feel of Châtel, which contributes to its ever growing popularity as a ski destination.