Chatel Chatel is an excellent choice for a weekend ski break, located about one and a quarter hours from Geneva.
Part of the Portes de Soleil, Chatel is linked to the other major resorts of Avoriaz, Morzine, Lez Gets and Champery - a perfect resort for a short ski break! read more
Ideally situated at the end of the beautiful Abondance Valley, driving to the resort couldn't be easier thanks to the direct motorway link with Geneva making your weekend skiing break just that little bit easier. Famous for it's rustic qualities, Chatel boasts more than 40 working farms and has retained it's lively French atmosphere in the old village area meaning that there's much to explore during your short ski break.
When you are ready to hit the slopes you will be spoilt for choice. Sitting between the two halves of the Potes de Soleil circuit, Super Chatel is the closest option offering relatively easy slopes that are easy to get to. For something a little more challenging try Linga or Plaine Dranse, both of which offer enough tests for intermediates. If you consider yourself an expert the area around Pré-La-Joux will keep you entertained.
If you are planning on fitting in some Apres-Ski over your weekend ski break, Chatel offers enough to keep you happy. If you are looking for live music and dancing The Tunnel bar is a wise choice. For more of a traditional French feel try The Godille or the cute and cosy Isba. If you fancy something more relaxed you could visit The Avalanche, a popular English-style. There are also two cinemas and a bowling alley in resort should you want something a little more relaxed or family friendly.
There's plenty to do in Chatel on a weekend skiing break or short ski break.
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Alternative Ski & Snowboarding Resorts:
Only 50km from Geneva Morzine is within easy reach for a weekend ski break! It also boasts excellent road links making access even straightforward.read more
Known for it's buzzing atmosphere, Morzine is a part of the Portes du Soleil area. Originally an old market town, it has retained the family atmosphere due to it's good range of slopes, children's facilities and alternative activities. Nightlife is also varied with an array of café's, bard and clubs to suit the majority of tastes. Popular haunts include The Cavern and for late night dancing the Crépuscule. There is of course the compulsory English-style pub, conveniently named Shaggers! For something a little tamer try Le Slalom bar.
For activities, The Wallington entertainment complex includes bars, discos, bowling and a pool hall. For something a little different there is also a climbing wall and a cinema within the resort.
For the slopes, Morzine benefits from being adjacent to Les Gets which opens up plenty more choice. The ridge between these two resorts runs between Le Ranfolly and Le Pléney, with popular runs on each side. Morzine is well equipped for beginners and Intermediates with more than enough to keep you entertained for the duration of a weekend ski break.
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Ideally situated for a short ski break, Megeve is just 70km from Geneva. It's selling points are it's beautiful scenic setting and it's tranquil, rustic atmosphere.read more
Built in the 1920's and seen by many as one of the first ever French ski resorts to be purpose-built, Megeve has always been popular with the wealthy French and has somewhat of a sophisticated feel.
The resort is relatively low at 1100m, meaning there is a risk of poor snow. That said the area surrounding Mont D'Arbois is reasonably varied but some of the slopes are sunny, risking the snow. If you are looking for North East facing runs head to Le Bettex or St Gervais.
If you are an expert looking for a challenge Megeve is unrivalled in terms of fresh powder. With great off-piste there is usually plenty of fresh snow to go around!
Megeve is popular for it's upmarket and is some cases gourmet restaurants. For something out of this world you could visit Fermé de Mon Père which is generally recommended by everyone but rather pricey! For something that won't break the bank head to Bistrot for a simple salad or pizza!
What Megeve lacks in nightlife it makes up for in sports an activities. Take your pick from swimming, ice-skating, cinemas, fabulous scenic walking and various trips out of the resort. Providing plenty to do on your short ski break.
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