Newest Review: ... well as some lovely warm tea shops for when you've had enough snow. There are a few restaurants but not lots of choice of cuisine. We end... more
dreaming of chatel....
Member Name: torytoria
Advantages: great range of skiing. fab chalet.
Disadvantages: have to drive to the ski area.
We went to chatel in January 2009 and had a fantastic time. We stayed in a chalet called le trois canards which was excellent, but more on that later.
Chatel itself is quite a small village, we stayed in petit chatel which is off to one side of the main village. The village is quite quaint and has the usual ski wear shops, cheese shops and random souvenir shops, as well as some lovely warm tea shops for when you've had enough snow. There are a few restaurants but not lots of choice of cuisine. We ended up getting takeaway pizza on out chalet hosts night off!
The skiing at chattel is split into two separate areas and neither was that easy to access on foot from our chalet or the main bit of chatel. We were lucky that there was a mini bus included in our chalet and I think you would be lost without one. This, I would say is the only downside of the resort.
There are plenty of runs for people of all experience and the learning slopes are quite separate but big enough for you to get your confidence on before heading up the main mountain. We didn't experience any queues and the lift pass system was easy to use..
For the more experienced skier there is plenty to explore but you will cover and lot of the same ground quite quickly if you don't get the big area pass.
Food on the mountains is OK and much the same as for most mountain restaurants, there is however a cafe right at the border of France and Switzerland which has the most amazing views out over the world!
Fantastic resort overall and I cannot recommend our chalet highly enough. It was clean and modern, with absolutely fantastic catering and the most friendly hosts you could wish for, nothing was too much trouble, which , when travelling with children, is such a relief!
Summary: go for it.