Chatel

User rating 7 out of 10

Chatel

Wed 31 May 2006 by mac4

I have just spent the season in chatel and have found the rating a little harsh, its true the main mountain in Chatel is a nightmare for boarders with loads of drag lifts if you want to head to the better slopes in Swizterland, but there are a number of good long off-piste runs if your prepared to endure the drags. All the best terrain is futher along the road in Pre la joux and linga which is acesed by the free ski bus going every ten mins, at both places there a good number of reds and blues and on powder days you cant beat Happy valley with various off-piste areas with natural jumps hits and various sized drop offs. They have built a good size park in Chatel with a number of rails, jumps and boxes with a chill out zone half way down with large speakers pumping out quality tunes, deck chairs and barbeque, i found the park excellent as the lay out was changed every few weeks and was less busy then the parks in Avoriaz. There is a beginners seperate area next to the main park with learning jumps and flat wide rails to perfect before going into the main park. The night life is less than nearby Avoroiz but the best bars are The Tunnel which has live music on Monday & Thursday nights, with themed party nights on every second wednesday, and has free internet access and wi-fi, Lisbar is the smallest of the three bars but has parties on Tuesday & Saturday nights with different DJ's playing every few weeks and monthly themed parties on the first Tuesday of each month, finally you have the avalanche bar which holds live acts on Thursday and themed parties on alternative Tuesday froms The Tunnel you will find a mix of nationalaties in each bar with excellant staff in all. For the cheapest beer in Town you ned to head for the Hotel Soldanelles bar which has happy hour from 4-5 daily. With plans to build new chairlifts conneteing Chatel to Switerland and Avorioz over the summer of 2006 Chatel is good location if you want to explore the portes du soleil.

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