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Chatel and the Portes du Soleil

Châtel sits at the head of the picturesque Abondance valley, in the vast and world famous Portes du Soleil skiing area, in the Chablais area of the Haute Savoie region of France.


Châtel has retained its traditional savoyarde character and architecture and is a beautiful place to visit in both summer and winter. There is a mix on the hillsides and valley bottoms of old and new chalets, barns and farm buidlings, giving Châtel a charming and "authentic" air, which feels different to some of the other more purpose built ski resorts that are found in the French Alps. The Chatel ski areas are excellent, offering skiing and snowboarding for all abilities along with easy links to the rest of the vast ski area that is the Portes du Soleil.


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Portes du Soleil

Chamonix

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The slopes surrounding Chamonix have many kilometres of ski and snowboard trails, including the legendary 17km off-piste (ski ) descent of La Vallée Blanche. The funicular Montenvers train connects Chamonix to the 7km-long Mer de Glace glacier and a cave with ice sculptures carved out beneath it. Chamonix’s bars and restaurants host a lively après-ski party scene. In summer, paragliders take flight from Plan de l’Aiguille and mountaineers tackle the 4208m-high Grandes Jorasses. Chamonix is also a base for trekking the alpine trails that connect Chamonix to Switzerland and Italy.

The slopes surrounding Chamonix have many kilometres of ski and snowboard trails, including the legendary 17km off-piste (ski touring) descent of La Vallée Blanche. The funicular Montenvers train connects Chamonix to the 7km-long Mer de Glace glacier and a cave with ice sculptures carved out beneath it. Chamonix’s bars and restaurants host a lively après-ski party scene. In summer, paragliders take flight from Plan de l’Aiguille and mountaineers tackle the 4208m-high Grandes Jorasses. Chamonix is also a base for trekking the alpine trails that connect Chamonix to Switzerland and Italy.

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