Portes du Soleil - Chatel
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Chalet Timide, Chatel, Portes du Soleil
Summary
This is the largest linked ski area in Europe! Maybe not as famous as some of the big areas further south in the Alps, but that translates to not as busy. With over 650kms of marked pistes, this area is enough to keep anyone occupied and excited about skiing no matter what level.
Description
Laid out between 1000m and 2466m over 400km2, is an area of the Northern Alps that catches some VERY heavy snowfall on a regular basis. What makes it particularly worthy of your attention is that this deep powder nature reserve is all unlocked with a single liftpass!

'The Gateway to the sun'

This literal translation for 'Les Portes du Soleil' is the Franco-Swiss area which falls between Lake Geneva, in Switzerland, and Mont Blanc, in France. It is home to 12 resorts, most Importantly CHATEL and 650km of slopes, making up arguably the largest ski area in the world.

Back in the 1960s, spearheaded by ski racing legend Jean Vuarnet decided to create the cross-border ski area. Today, their efforts mean that you can explore the 650km of high altitude piste, linking 14 villages on either side of the French-Swiss border, all with one, reasonably priced liftpass.

The immensity of the Portes du Soleil (PDS) – a succession of valleys in a wild nature reserve – makes it a haven for skiers. If you want to ski new runs every day for a fortnight; or if you want to switch from freestyle park fun to big mountain backcountry exploration – then this is the place for you.

Village-wise, PDS has a bit for everything, from the purpose-built, functional Avoriaz to the postcard-perfect Village of CHATEL. The 12 resorts making up the area: Avoriaz, Châtel, Les Gets, Morzine, Abondance, Chapelle d'Abondance, St Jean d'Aulps & Montriond on the French side; on the Swiss side lie Champéry, Champoussin, Les Crosets, Morgins, Torgon & Val d'Illiez. With CHATEL in Heart of this Hive of activity, Where will you Ski to tomorrow?

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Distances to Airports
Chatel to Sion (Switzerland) is 1 hr 1 min
Chatel to Geneva (Switzerland) is 1 hr 35 mins
Chatel to Berne (Switzerland) is 1 hr 45 mins
Chatel to Chambéry (France) is 2 hrs 5 mins
Chatel to Zurich (Switzerland) is 2 hrs 45 mins
Chatel to Lyon (France) is 2 hrs 45 mins
Chatel to Grenoble (France) is 2 hrs 50 mins
Chatel to Turin (Italy) is 3 hrs 5 mins

 


Skiing Facts
Resort height:
900-2400m
Green runs
33
Blue runs
100
Red runs
100
Black runs
27


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