Châtel’s new lifts a boost for home owners and cross-border skiers

Posted on 18 February 2013

A new lift system and links with the Portes du Soleil ski area due to open in 2014 are creating a buzz in the desirable French Alpine resort of Châtel, an increasingly popular destination for buyers of ski property.

Châtel, a pretty low rise Savoie village that has grown into a ski destination with year-round appeal, currently links to the resort of Avoriaz via the Linga gondola at one end of the resort, while at the other end, the Super Châtel gondola links it with the Swiss resort of Torgon. In 2014, the opening of a new lift linking the Super Châtel to the Linga system will improve access to the slopes of the Portes Soleil, which boasts over 650 kilometres of ski runs, for ski property owners in Châtel.

Châtel is an undiscovered gem situated on the border of France and Switzerland. It’s a convenient 75 minutes from Geneva airport and close to Lake Geneva and the spa towns of Lavey, Thonon and Evian-les-Bains.

“Châtel might not be as well-known with British people as other Savoie resorts, like Tignes or Méribel, but that has helped preserve a traditional feel about the resort,” said Julian Walker of “However, there’s loads going on there and the new lift will be a great benefit to property owners. Châtel also has that fun quality of offering skiing between two countries, France and Switzerland, so-called cross-border skiing.” offers four-star leaseback properties for sale in Châtel, which come with attractive guaranteed annual rental returns.

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