Winter is the busiest season for Chatel. Nestled in the French Alps right on the border with Switzerland and with an altitude that ranges from 1053 metres to 2432 metres it is ideally situated for winter sports. Whilst it is also a popular location for summer activities, winter is certainly the busiest time of year in Chatel.

When Is The Winter Season In Chatel?

The winter begins late November and runs into March, with the temperatures continuing to drop through November and December before warming up again by March. While the snow begins to melt by late March late snowfalls are not uncommon and the skiing continues into springtime, often offering some of the best conditions of the year. The snow begins to settle around late November as winter really gets started and if the temperature is cold enough the snow cannons can also be used to ensure there is enough snow cover on the pistes for the opening in mid December.

When Does It Start Snowing In Chatel?

This can vary every year but usually the first snowfall will begin sometime in October, when it is still Autumn time. The early snows will generally not settle, especially at resort level, although these snowfalls might settle at the higher altitudes.

Winter Weather Conditions

The Linga area of Chatel is comprised of a number of sheltered bowls, meaning that it generally avoids the worst of the high winds that can cause problems in other parts of the Portes Du Soleil. It is often the case that the snow that is blown from other parts of the area ends up on the sheltered slopes of Linga, meaning it often has some of the best snow in the area. Super Chatel generally catches the sun, meaning that conditions higher up are often excellent but the lower slopes down to town often suffer from poor snow cover, and often the run down to town is the first to close in the area.

Skiing And Snowboarding In Chatel

As part of the Portes Du Soleil ski area, Chatel provides access to hundreds of kilometres of skiing. The ski season runs from mid December to mid April. Chatel is perfectly located to head towards the higher slopes of Avoriaz or over to Switzerland, with Morgins and Torgon just a couple of lifts away on Super Chatel. A recently opened link provides improved access from the centre of town to Linga, with new chairlifts linking it with Super Chatel.