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Super Chatel: the French resort is ideal for short-break getaways

Short break ski holidays are hot right now, and Chatel ticks all the right boxes

As we have written elsewhere, recent years have seen the rise of the short break ski holiday, for a number of reasons. But there's an art to crafting the perfect short-break, and with an increasing number of chalet hosts and holiday operators offering shorter duration holidays, you have to sift through the possible options to get to the good stuff. In a previous article we gave you a number of tips to ensure a great short break ski holiday, but here we focus on Chatel's fantastic short-break ski holiday potential. 

The first and perhaps most important thing that Chatel has going for it is how easily, and quickly, it can be reached from the UK. The most convenient airport is Geneva, which can be reached in 1 hour 40 minutes, and the resort is just 1 hour's drive from the airport meaning you can get from the UK to Chatel in under three hours! Secondly, Chatel scores highly because of its position in the Portes du Soleil which boasts not only an enormous range of piste to ski (650km of piste served by 198 lifts!) but also has modern ski lifts meaning time queuing and staring down at the piste from high is minimised.
And then there are all the normal considerations when planning a ski holiday, including accommodation. Catered and self-catered chalets and apartments are on offer in Chatel, with many attractive traditional wood-clad chalets. And on top of this there's a great amount going on in the resort to keep you entertained after a hard day on the slopes. Follow the link to get more information about catered and self-catered chalets in Chatel, or keep reading for a taster of what's on offer. 

Les 2 Vallees is a catered chalet in the traditional style with wood-cladding. In the morning the hosts fill you with fuel for the day, and greet you upon your return with cake. A sauna and hot tub also help you unwind. With length of stay flexible to meet your needs, Les 2 Vallees is a great choice for a short-break. See more on this luxury chalet or visit the owner's website (





Chalet Les Trois Canards is situated just 10 minutes walk from Chatel's bustling centre, and offers a peaceful haven in a traditionally designed chalet. This catered chalet comes with modern conveniences including satellite TV and wi-fi internet, meaning that you're not completely cut off from the outside world (unless you choose to be!). In the evening, relax in the outdoor hot-tub and enjoy the view. See more on this catered chalet on ChaletFinder or head to the owner's website (



Hotel Le Renard is a small chalet hotel that has both catered and self-catered options depending on your needs and budget. This establishment has an outdoor jacuzzi for your relaxation, as well as a great restaurant onsite. Go to ChaletFinder to discover more about this hotel in Chatel or visit their website ( 





La Ferme is a large chalet (with capacity for up to 17 guests) offering both catered and self-catered holidays. The town centre is just 10 minutes walk away and there is a free bus service that goes from the road outside. Check this catered or self-catered chalet on ChaletFinder or alternatively head to their website (





La Ferme du Nant is a chalet situated between Chalet and La Chapelle d'Abondance, offering both catered and self-catered holidays for groups of up to 20 people. The chalet has great panoramic views of the valley and luxury facilities including a jacuzzi. To see more check out this traditional chalet on ChaletFinder or visit their website (






Chalet Alpaka is a catered chalet in the centre of Chatel. It's a great place for a group or family holiday, and close proximity to the slopes is a great convenience. Find out more about this catered chalet in Chatel, or head to their website (




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