Chatel is one of the most well known villages in the vast Portes Du Soleil ski area. Before coming to visit the town it is possible to learn about it and familiarise yourself with the town and the surrounding area.
The webcams in the resort and on the mountain give live information about the conditions - the snow cover and the current weather.
The forecast consists of two main parts. The weather report gives information about the current weather as well as a forecast. The forecast is generally accurate in the short term but can change quickly, due to the nature of the Alpine climate. The different seasons have very different weather, from winter to summer there is a huge contrast as the mountains go from cold and white to warm and green.
The history of a town gives an insight into how it grew and where it came from. Chatel initially grew up in the Abondance valley towards the end of the fifth century. Like the rest of the Savoie area it became a part of France in 1860. The first ski lifts began to be built in the 1940s and development continues to this day with the resort looking for new ways to improve the overall experience and the links with other resorts. The development is mostly centred on skiing but there are also developments on the mountain bike trails in the area.
Situated on the Swiss French border, Chatel is the main link between the Swiss and French sides of the Portes Du Soleil. Its proximity to Geneva airport, as well as the train stations of Thonon and Cluses, mean that it is easily accessible for holiday makers. Chatel has a small year round population but the number of people in town increases drastically in winter and summer for the tourist seasons.
Chatel is a part of the Haute Savoie region, meaning that it shares the Alpine culture of the region. The local art can be seen in the architecture and decoration of the chalets all around the town. It can also be seen in the local food - the traditional cheeses and hams as well as the locally produced pastries. There are places in town where it is possible to buy local souvenirs as well as the local produce to take home.