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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Tracey Woodcock  March 2018

One of the loveliest chalets we have stayed in, large rooms, private swimming pool. We had food delivered to the chalet so we could eat when we like, shopping was done for us when we arrived. Skis brought to the chalet. Paddy, who owns and runs the chalet, is lovely, friendly,always there to answer questions and run us any where on request, the perfect host. Fabulous holiday with views to die for. X

Stuart YB  April 2018

A beautifully appointed and presented luxury chalet with great views. Paddy & his team (Chris, Becky & Shauna) seamlessly attended to our every need both in the chalet and on the mountain. Thank you for making our week so wonderful. Stuart YB

Jane Freedman  February 2018

La Belle Vache was awesome. The house was beautiful and well-appointed, in a great location. The house is comfortable with great space to hang out, cook, and enjoy the mountains. Paddy was also wonderful, and met our every need and request. He was so helpful with making arrangements so that our ski week was seamless and so much fun. We highly recommend this property and Paddy!

David Owen Morgan  April 2018

Really special stay. Paddy and his team made everything easy and comfortable. We appreciated all the considered details, from our names on the pool towel rack to the kids’ nooks throughout.

Brid Gallagher  January 2018

We had a wonderful holiday with Paddy and his team. When we arrived we were warmly welcomed by Paddy & Tessa, the fire was roaring, the chef Harry was cooking a delicious meal and Braydon was preparing welcome drinks, after a long journey with kids it was just bliss! The chalet was fantastic and the service all week was second to none. All equipment delivered to the chalet, and we were taken to the slopes by Paddy. We even got delicious cakes and tea after a long day skiing. Thanks again folks!

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