Hotel Bienvenu is quietly located, only 150 metres from the lift (Barbossine). The centre of town is a bit further away; 1 kilometre from Chatel. Luckily, the ski bus stops right outside the hotel so you will be able to get around very easily. Breakfast is included in the package price but you can have dinner at the hotel restaurant if you wish. The rooms are comfortable and have balconies so you can enjoy the views of the breathtakingly beautiful scenery. The general facilities include ski lockers with boot dryers so your feet will be as warm and as dry as a bone!
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With more than 80 km (50 ml) of pistes, the resort of Châtel is part of the vast Portes du Soleil ski area which has 650 km (404 ml) of pistes in total. With a lift pass for Châtel, you have access to the Massif du Linga/Pré-la-Joux, the Massif du Super-Châtel and the Swiss villages of Torgon and Morgins. In most cases, this lift pass is sufficient to head out and enjoy the beautiful pistes.
We advise advanced skiers and snowboarders however, to extend their pass to include the Portes du Soleil area. This allows you to make longer trips or visit the famous resort of Avoriaz. A few of these slopes can also be undertaken by less advanced skiers and snowboarders and are well worthwhile. A good advantage of these lift passes is that you can use them ‘hands free’ since the pass can now be scanned automatically at the ski lift. You cannot extend your Châtel lift pass to include Les Portes du Soleil on location.
The vast ski area of Les Portes du Soleil consists of a total of 12 villages spread over the boarder of France and Switzerland. All together it is linked together by 650km of ski slopes, making it one of the largest ski areas in the world.
There are around 200 different ski lifts in Les Portes du Soleil. Every year the ski area is expanded with new modern chairlifts and gondolas. Due to sheer size of the ski area, there is usually very little waiting for the lifts in comparison to other resorts.
Les Portes du Soliel is a perfect ski holiday choice for both beginner and advanced skiers/snowboarders. Beginners will love the great mix of blue slopes, and for the advanced there is 300km of red and black slopes. The super adventurous can even try conquering the formidable Mur Suisse, also know as the Swiss wall.
Les Portes du Soliel has 9 fun parks, perfect to practice your jumps and tricks. There also great activities for non skiers including paragliding, husky sledding and some great après ski bars. Guided snow walks with breath taking views are also an option. The high altitude combined with the use of a lot of snow cannons means that the area is very snow sure through the season.
There are three main ski areas in Les Porte du Soliel:
Avoriaz is one of the most popular ski holiday destinations in all of France. Due to its high altitude and car free village, most of the accommodations are ski in/ski out throughout the winter. Avoriaz itself has around 77km of ski slopes, however with the full Les Portes du Soliel lift pass you have access to over 650km. Avoriaz is also famous for its indoor water paradise park, called Aquariaz.
Châtel is a traditional, picturesque and atmospheric mountain village located right on the French-Swiss border. It has over 80km of slopes, which are mainly suited for beginners and young children. More advanced skiers should upgrade to the full Les Portes du Soleil pass where there is a much larger variety of advanced slopes.
The area of Les Gets has over 120km of ski slopes. It is perfect spot for beginner to intermediate skier/snowboarders. Thrill seekers and freestylers will love the Deborah Anthonioz border slope, which is dedicated to the 2010 Olympic silver medalist in Vancouver. The longest slope in Les Gets is 11km.
Sunweb has a great range of different ski packages in Les Portes du Soliel. From cheap, simple apartments - to luxurious all inclusive hotels. There are options for all group sizes and budgets.
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