Activities for Non-Skiers in Chatel

Posted 6th November 2014

Activities for Non-Skiers in Chatel

Activities for Non-Skiers in Chatel

Visiting the Alps in the winter is a truly magical experience…  beautiful ski chalets, log fires, amazing views, fresh snow, delicious food and great skiing!  But what happens if not everyone in your group likes skiing?

Happily, Chatel has lots to offer for non skiers, to ensure their holiday is just as enjoyable – without racing down a ski slope. Here we have listed some of our favourites – and when you book a holiday with NINE & TENNE we are always on hand to point you in the right direction and ensure everyone in the group has a memorable holiday.

1) Snowshoe walking

Snowshoe walking is a great way to explore the mountains and get a close look at the natural beauty of the area without strapping on some skis. It’s very easy to master; we have all the equipment you need to use free of charge and our helpful staff are always happy to help you get started.

2) Husky rides

Just a couple of miles down the road alongside the riverbank is a husky-ride centre which gives people the chance to drive their own team of huskies. Alternatively you can sit back and relax in the sledge as one of the trained guides takes you for a ride.

3) Spa treatments

Holidays are the perfect time for a bit of pampering and R & R. We can arrange for a masseuse to visit you at the chalet for treatments, or we can also book a variety of treatments for you at the new aquatic centre Forme d’O in the middle of town.

4) Shopping

Chatel is a charming traditional mountain village with a lovely selection of shops selling local produce and specialties. There is also a fantastic market on Wednesday mornings which is a great place to buy some of the local cheese and cured meats.

5) Farm visit

Chatel is still very much an active farming village with over 60 farms in the valley. Its possible to visit some of these farms and see first hand how the delicious local cheese is produced.


6) Forme d’O

The Forme d’O is a state of the art leisure complex recently opened in the middle of Chatel. It’s facilities include two indoor pools one outdoor pool, gym, and spa facilities. It’s a great place to exercise and relax if you’re not on the slopes.

7) Ice fishing

Just above the town is a beautiful mountain lake which ices over in the winter.   It’s a lovely place for a walk and the ice skating rink is located here, but it’s also possible to try ice fishing. just as the eskimos do!

8) Cross country skiing

If downhill skiing isn’t your cup of tea why not try your hand at cross-country skiing? There are 10km of cross-country trails located just below Chatel which zig-zag trough the woods and along the riverbank. We can arrange ski hire and lessons if required.

9) Fondue lunch up the mountain

Just because you’re not skiing doesn’t mean you can’t head up the mountain. It’s possible to use the Super Chatel Telecabine or the Pierre Longue chairlift as a pedestrian, so it’s very easy to meet your skiing friends for a fondue lunch in one of the wonderful mountain restaurants.

10) Watch the world go by…

Many of our non-skiing guests just love sitting on one of the comfy sofas reading a book and admiring the views over the village and Abondance valley; it’s the perfect way to relax and re-charge the batteries.

For more information and prices for any of the activities, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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polly appleton  January 2019

Absolutely fantastic week. The chalet was gorgeous, spacious and lovely bedrooms. Paddy was a great host. The skis were delivered to the chalet which saved so much hassle as were the ski passes. Paddy booked our restaurants before we arrived. Cannot recommend more highly!! We will come back.

K  February 2019

Wonderful place! Large well-equipped kitchen. The chalet and rooms were bigger than appeared on website. Also a heated room for ski gear. Nine & Tenne went above and beyond to arrange all for our stay.

Mike Grafton  February 2019

What a fabulous week. We've been skiing for around 40 years and Chalet Nine & Tenne was without doubt the finest place that we have stayed in. We have been coming to Chatel for around twenty years and have known Paddy and Jo for many of these - why, oh why haven't we stayed in one of their chalets before? Not only was the accommodation fantastic but, so too, was every other aspect. Paddy runs a superb business and the in-house team of Benji, Jake and Liz could not do enough for us. The food was far better than any experienced before on a ski holiday thanks to Benji's chef's skills; Liz was only too willing to take us/pick us up at any time; and Jake was the perfect house-keeper. A huge thank you to one and all.

Nicola Wager  January 2019

We enjoyed a fantastic week at Nine & Tenne's Chalet Savoyard. The chalet was extremely well appointed and housed all 12 of us across 3 generations very comfortably. Paddy could not have been more accommodating and helpful (including installing a fully decorated Christmas tree!) and we can highly recommend the meal delivery service that Paddy organised for us. The chalet is in a great location, a 10 minute walk into the centre of the village and a short drive from all the skiing locations. Many thanks to Paddy and the owner for a great week.

Alan Humphries  February 2019

What a fantastic week, the owners and staff at Nine and Tenne were outstanding. The food, transportation, chalet and hospitality far exceeded our expectations. We were fortunate to drop on a week that blessed us with blue skies and great skiing conditions which made the whole experience even better. Chatel is a lovely little town that has everything you need and is easily accessed with the chauffer service that Nine and Tenne provide. The skiing has more than enough slopes to cater for beginners right through to experts. If you book with Nine and Tenne I am sure you will not be disappointed. TOP CLASS!

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