The joys of Chatel
With the opening of the new lift in Chatel In January 2015, linking the Super Chatel and Linga areas of the resort, it has increased the profile of the village in relation to its rivals of Morzine and Les Gets, thanks to its ease of access getting to the resort (just 1 hour 20 mins from Geneva), the ski network and prices of property still lower than its counterparts. This all makes Chatel a great place to invest.
It has an extensive variety of ski runs that cater for all abilities from beginner right through to the more advanced, and all of them are clearly marked so you know what kinds of challenges to expect when you set out.
The wider Haute Savoie region is an area filled with famous landmarks and pieces of history. It boasts the highest point in Europe, Mont Blanc, and the Chamonix, host of the first ever Winter Olympics in 1924, amongst its attractions. Its northern border reaches right up to Switzerland - in fact Geneva airport is a popular point to access Chatel - with the eastern border reaching out to Italy.
Where to eat
There are around 50 hotel restaurants in total in Chatel catering for range of tastes, with gourmet burgers, Mexican and Italian all featuring alongside traditional local cuisine. Those looking to sample the best of the local gourmet burger offering should head to La Refuge de Chatel, which is a beautiful wooded cabin where passion for great burgers burns bright. You can take your choice of over 10 different burger styles, and you might find yourself heading back the next day to sample one of their outstanding local dishes.
For those looking for a more traditional local offering, Le Vieux Four is the place for you. The choice of French and Swiss dishes are extensive, so whether you are looking for a favourite local dish or to broaden your horizons and try something new, you won't be going short of choice here.
Once your day on the slopes is done there is plenty of nightlife available in Chatel for those looking to kick back and unwind. For the beer connoisseurs out there the place to head to is Le Fer Rouge, a great bar that comes complete with its own onsite microbrewery to keep the supplies flowing. Situated as it is just five minutes out from the centre of town, it is a must visit for those who like their hops.
Possibly the most famous hostelry in Chatel is Le Sloopys nightclub, which is open until 6am for those who want to dance the night away. It is a place that offers a fun experience, but if you do need to catch an early lift the next day you may want to spend your evening somewhere a little quieter.
Not just a ski resort
As well as being famed for its ski offering, Chatel is also a popular summer resort with those who enjoy outdoor pursuits like hiking and mountain biking. There are superb local views to enjoy as you explore this rolling region, so a summer visit really is an option that you should consider.
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