Châtel has around 40 or so restaurants in the area, with a good mix of cuisines and budgets. From fine dining to cheap and cheerful, you'll never go hungry and you'll be sure to have some memorable meals.
• Hotel Fleur de Neige – Ideal for a special occasion, enjoy delicious and beautiful plates of home-cooked French food, as well as amazing panoramic views. You can also get the usual fondue, raclette and tartiflette, plus there's a kids' menu.
• The Maachi – Local, seasonal produce makes up an ambitious menu that can include dishes like chateaubriand, sea bass and guinea fowl, as well as Savoyard specialities like fondue, tartiflette, and tartichevre.
• La Poya – A cosy and traditional French eatery with a touch of originality, The 3-course set menus offer beautifully-presented food, made with local ingredients.
• Le Fiacre – One of the most popular due to it's delicious food and huge variety of pizzas, meat and seafood. Even the desserts are fantastic.
• Le Hors Piste – A small place run by two Brits, offering superb pizzas made with flour and cheese imported from Italy, as well as burgers, meat and daily specials - all fresh and homemade.
• Changabang (top of Les Prodains cable car) – Stop here to sample the best burgers and wraps in resort, cooked to order and perfect with a side of spicy curly fries.
• Chez Nannon (Troncs Express chairlift) – Follow the enticing scent of bubbling Reblochon cheese to this restaurant, where hearty Savoyard fare awaits.
• La Paika (Vorosses piste) – This old wooden hut is just the place to wile away a couple of hours enjoying the lovely views and enormous prawns or steaks cooked on the open grill.
If you're looking for a thriving centre with people spilling out of numerous bars, then Châtel isn't the place for you. Après does exist, of course, but it isn't the focal point of this fantastic resort.
• L'Avalanche – This is a British-run pub that's open until the early hours. You'll find live DJs and bands there several days of the week and, like most pubs, major sports events are aired on the TVs.
• Bar Nazcar – End your night with a relaxing post-dinner drink in this laid-back, ambient bar.
The Magic of Christmas
This week-long festive event, which takes place in the middle of December, provides bundles of entertainment for those who enjoy a bit of Christmas spirit. Santa's little helpers hold workshops and put on shows, and, if you're lucky, you'll be invited to Santa's house to meet the big man himself.
• Jump on a Line 1 bus towards the Pre La Joux chairlift. This is the perfect place to start your day, with access to both Avoriaz and Switzerland.
• The skiing around Champery is a treat - fewer crowds and queues, and good snow.
We’re all about giving you support, expertise and info before, during and after your holiday – it’s what we do. Our service includes:
- 24/7 support and assistance.
- Ski Explorer app with maps, resort info and tips as well as snow and weather reports.
- Text messages with essential information about your journey.
As there won’t be a rep based in Châtel, we’ll meet you at the airport to give you your vouchers if you’ve pre-booked lift passes, equipment hire or tuition, and make sure you’re ready for the mountain. There won’t be any Crystal-run après events, but you can check our free Crystal Ski Explorer app for details on local events and activities. If you need any assistance, you can call the Crystal team 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
All our holidays include shared transfers to and from your accommodation. However, if you would prefer a private transfer, this can be added when booking. These are taken by car, 6-seater or minibus, depending on the number of people in your booking.
Part of the oldest cross-border ski area in the world, the Portes du Soleil, Châtel has easy access to the quiet, sunny slopes of Switzerland. As the closest French resort to the border, it's not much effort to reach the French-Swiss border - though the lifts in Super-Châtel can be quite slow. Once you're over the border, there's one sector of slopes that take you down to two of the tiny resortss, Morgins and Torgon. However, all the slopes on the Swiss side of the momuntain offer a mixture of wide, open runs and tree-lined slopes - perfect for a bit of variety. And don't worry if you're not too confident yet, the crossing over to Switzerland is easy enough for timid intermediates, meaning that everyone can explore the snowy side to this beautiful country.