Skiing in Chatel – questions & answers

Posted 16th June 2014

Skiing in Chatel – questions & answers

Skiing in Chatel


There’s a lot of information to take on board when booking a ski holiday. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from prospective guests. Hope this might help if you’re thinking about your next ski holiday in Chatel!

Q) What’s the difference between a Chatel ski pass and a Portes du Soleil pass?

The Portes du Soleil ski domain encompasses 12 different resorts in France and Switzerland, of which Chatel is one. A Chatel only pass covers the immediate area and offers a great range of skiing for beginners. Intermediate and above should opt for the Portes du Soleil pass as this gives access to over 650km of pistes. 2014/5 season prices are as follows:
6 day Chatel adult = €179, child = €135
6 day PDS adult = €242.50, child = €182

Q) Are flights and airport transfers included in our holiday?

Flights aren’t included, but one private immediate transfer from and to Geneva airport is included (unless otherwise stated). If you’re travelling on different routes to others in your party we’ll ask you to try to co-ordinate your timings as much as possible.

Q) Where is the nearest ski lift? How do we get to different starting points each day?

All our chalets are situated in ‘Petit Chatel’, directly above the main village centre. The nearest ski lifts are therefore Barbossine chairlift and the Super Chatel telecabine. There are also various other starting points and we offer a chauffeured minibus service to transport you to and from the slopes each day. The service is flexible and not at set times.

Q) What are the options for childcare?

We work with a local nanny company who provide qualified staff to look after children at the chalet, with prices starting at €90 for a whole day. Alternatively there is an excellent local crèche for children up to 5 years old. And for children at skiing age, there’s also the opportunity to have babysitting at the chalet with our experienced chalet girl if they don’t want to ski all day.

Q) Why do you need my height and shoe size on the booking form?

We pre-arrange all your equipment hire such as ski, boots, poles etc so the shop has everything ready for you when you arrive.

Q) Some of the people in our group are beginners – can they join a ski school?

We’ll be happy to discuss each person’s requirements and give our expert recommendations for ski or snowboard instruction, as well as booking all lessons prior to your arrival. There are a number of very good ski schools in the village, all with English speaking instructors and small group sizes. Ski school costs around €120 for 10 hours of lessons – normally 2 hours each morning from Monday to Friday. Alternatively we work with some excellent private instructors and tend to recommend this route if your budget allows. Private lessons cost €55 / hour and lessons are generally 2 hours long.

Q) Do you cater for special dietary requirements? / My children are fussy eaters – is that a problem?

Yes we’ll be happy to cater for dietary requirements and any major likes or dislikes. If you’re concerned about the menu we can work together to make sure everyone in your party will enjoy it, including fussy children!

Q) What’s the snow / weather like at different points in the season?

It’s virtually impossible to predict weather conditions in any given month, but in general terms it’s slightly sunnier and warmer in March and April compared to January. Chatel enjoys a fantastic snow record and our season runs from mid December to end of April so snow coverage is never an issue.

Q) What can the non-skiers in our group do?

There are many activities for non-skiers – from snowshoeing to husky rides, ice skating, local markets and shopping opportunities. If non-skiers want to join skiers for lunch up the mountain it’s also possible to buy a ‘pedestrian’ pass to easily access the main restaurants at Plaine Dranse via one chairlift.

If you have any other questions about skiing in Chatel, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Related Articles

View all News
Google Reviews

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!

Sophie Pucci  March 2018

We have just spent a fabulous week in Chalet L’Hermitage; absolutely perfect location for families. The level of service was amazing from the start. Paddy arranged everything for us from ski lessons for both adults & children, to ski hire being fitted at the chalet on arrival to booking our lunch on the mountain to make our first day as easy a possible. The team then made our week run seamlessly, catering to our every need. Nothing was too small & everything was delivered with a smile & a laugh......we loved the sociable nature of the service. The food was also fantastic, for both adults & children; really top quality! The chalet was beautiful & clean, with amazing views across the valley & plenty of room for a large group. Thank you so much to Paddy, Chris, Shona, Olivia & Tony for giving us such a wonderful week in the mountains, we really hope to see you again next year!!! X

Fiona Hester  February 2018

We had a really fabulous week at Chalet Aurore - thank you! Naomi, Matt and Becky looked after us so well with the best chalet catering that we've ever experienced (we loved the combination of 'comfort food' nights and four course nights). They were very accommodating of the needs of our group, two younger children wanting to eat earlier some nights and one member of the group with some dietary restrictions. They were also personable, professional and good fun! The chalet is beautiful with very comfortable beds and it was a real treat to find the Molton Brown products. Paddy was always on hand to give advice regarding weather/ski areas/alternative activities etc. Having Matt available to drop us at the slopes and pick us up when we needed it work really well too (although we did manage to nearly ski all the way home on a couple of occasions!) I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Nine & Tenne.

Exclusive offers

Sign up to our newsletter to receive our latest special offers