Welcome to Châtel
Châtel is a ski resort in the northern French Alps, a stone's
throw away from Switzerland. The village was established by monks
in the 5th century, and became famous for its cheese, sausages, and
woodcarvings. The town has manages to preserve much of its charm
and traditional Alpine characteristics.
The town centre contains a number of restaurants serving both
traditional French cuisine and standard pizza and takeaway fare;
there are also plenty of shops selling ski equipment, souvenirs,
and specialty regional foods. Although the nightlife isn't
world-renowned, there are four or five lively bars, including a
late-night bowling alley, a cinema, and a nightclub.
Skiing in Châtel is a pleasure for all levels, with 49 pistes
and 31 miles (49km) of cross-country trails. There is also a
terrain park for snowboarding. Châtel is part of the Portes du
Soleil area of linked ski resorts, with over 250 miles (650km) of
There are also many summer activities at Châtel, including
hiking, mountain biking, white-water rafting, kayaking,
paragliding, or sailing and windsurfing on nearby Lake Geneva.
The nearest airport to Châtel is at Geneva and the nearest train
station is at Monthey. The AOMC bus runs from Monthey to Morgins
and Châtel, alternatively there are taxis and car hire facilities
Information & Facts
French is the official language.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can
be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels,
though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major
credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques,
particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and
last Sunday in October).