Marie-José et Philippe Thoule
1428 Route des Freinets
74390 Châtel

Tél. : 04 50 73 21 97
Fax: 04 50 73 37 46

GPS : N4615.282 - E00649.48





Chatel is part of the Portes de Soliel which comprises of various resorts in France and Switzerland. Other places that you can ski to include Champery, Avoriaz, Morzine and Les Gets.

The site has a website at There is an email contact on the website but although we contacted them several times through their email to make a booking we got no response. Phoning was easier and more successful.

The campsite is flat and found in the valley with lovely mountain views. They do squeeze you in a bit at the campsite - but that's not really a problem as it's not like you're sat outside. There are about 100 places each is about 90 to 100 square metres. It has it's own very nice indoor pool which is open all year round. The toilets have been recently refurbished and are heated in the winter.

Chatel - really good site good quality showers, toilets, a swimming pool, ski storage area and a drying/boot room, laundry washing area and a pots/pans washing area. Owners do not speak much English but that’s OK, its part of the experience.

Even after snow fall the site is soon cleared to make moving around easy, and if you get stuck the owner has a tractor to pull you out.

Free wifi connection limited strength signal but there is a PC/games room to use for a better signal.

The ski bus stops outside the site so its very easy. Ski hire shop 200 meters from the site, also small general store same distance.

Snow chains are required.

At the tourist information centre one of the staff is English and she is very helpful its also a good place to buy your ski pass - maybe a better deal to get a weekend pass then get midweek pass, seemly it snows most weekends (and it did).

Most of the lifts are drag lifts.

Kids/beginners slope about 100 meters from the site.

Outside the site there is a parking area for about 4 vans with electric hook up via a pay as you go system.

There are lots of nice thing about this site:

  • The shuttle service stops right outside the campsite.
  • It's central between two distinctive ski areas. So it's about 10 - 20 minutes on the bus either way.
  • There is a ski school 2 minutes walk outside the campsite.
  • There's a small supermarket about 5 minutes walk away.

Chatel itself is very pleasant and is a real village. The emphasis is on family friendly and that really comes across. For example on New Years Eve they have early firework displays for the children and later ones for the adults. At both they serve vin chaud to the general public with no charge. On Monday evening they have a welcome evening again with free vin cider.

There are train rides that go all over the town and into the mountains and there is plenty to do even if you don't want to ski.

Information by Debs and Andy Bond.