Flights to Chatel
Situated in the French Alps right on the border between France and Switzerland is the commune of Chatel. Once a small farming village, Chatel is now one of the Haute-Savoie’s popular ski resorts yet it’s still retained its rural charm.
The closest airport for flights to Chatel is actually in Switzerland. The Geneva International Airport (airport code: GVA) is just across the border, and offers the best service when travelling from South Africa. Egyptair connects once in Cairo, and Swiss Air stops in Zurich. You can also catch a flight to Chatel, arriving in Geneva, with Lufthansa, and connect in Munich instead. On average, flight times will be between 12 and 20 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Chatel:
Summer in Chatel
Though best known as a great ski resort Chatel also has plenty to offer tourists in the summer. The Alps are full of opportunities for adventure, and the region surrounding Chatel is no exception. In Chatel itself you can enjoy some great mountain biking between the months of June and September. During this time you can take advantage of the ski lifts which are open to mountain bikers to get you up into the mountains. Of course once you reach the top you’ll have an adrenalin-filled ride back down!
For another rush of adrenalin you can try the zip-line which connects two mountain peaks. This attraction, called Fantasticable, is only open during the summer and it’s a spectacular way to get to see some of Chatel’s mountains. The zip-line crosses over the Pre-la-Joux valley and you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the ski lifts and mountain top restaurants!
With Switzerland just a stone’s throw away you can pop over for a day at Lake Geneva and enjoy numerous water-based activities too. Sailing is very popular or there’s windsurfing.
Winter in Chatel
Chatel is part of the Portes du Soleil region that actually includes a total of thirteen ski resorts and a staggering number of ski runs and lifts. This means when you visit Chatel you’re not just restricted to the Chatel skiing area, but you can easily access plenty more.
Within the Portes du Soleil there’s 650 kilometres of ski terrain, with 280 runs, 10 terrain parks, and a total of 201 lifts to get you up to the mountain tops.
If you’d rather stay within Chatel itself there are three main ski areas in the village and with the whole village being covered by a free bus service it’s easy to get around and from one ski area to the next. The ski season at Chatel is sometimes longer than in other resorts as the slopes are north facing. This means they get less sun and hence the snow stays on the slopes for longer each season.
After a fun day skiing, Chatel has a good selection of bars and restaurants that are perfect for enjoying some après-ski!
When Should You Visit?:
The best time to visit Chatel for summer-time activities is between June and September, with the warmest weather usually in July and August. In June it still may be a little on the cool side for outdoor activities. Skiing really takes off in December but often you’ll find some good snow here before that. The amount of snowfall varies each year but you could be skiing here up until March.