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Traditional alpine living in Châtel

Posted on 14 July 2017

Located on the huge Portes du Soleil circuit, Châtel has succeeded where many other resorts linked to major ski areas have failed: it has managed to remain relatively unspoilt, helping it to retain a very French feel. Its slopes are split into two distinct areas: Linga-Pre la Joux, which connects it to its French compatriot Avoriaz, and Barbossine-Super Châtel, which links to the Swiss resorts Morgins and Torgon. Whether you’re an enthusiastic beginner or a progressing intermediate, you’ll be heading to the perfect location to help you progress up the ski run rainbow.

The village itself follows the road from Lake Geneva as it winds its way up the hillside, from which you can cast your eye over the wooded valley below. Its Savoyard character and charm makes it a popular choice for snow sports enthusiasts who crave a picture-postcard base. The chalets have been inspired by the traditional farmsteads still found in the Abondance valley, leading to it being recognised as a Pays d’Art et d’Histoire (Towns and Lands of Art and History) by the Minister of Culture and Communication – a label awarded to recognise the preservation of architecture and heritage in an area.

In the summer months the resort and surrounding mountains remain a hive of activity, long after the snow has melted and the flowers have bloomed. Mountain bikers hurtle down the hillside on two wheels, climbers tackle challenging rock faces, hikers take in the stunning views, anglers fish the surrounding lakes and rivers and para-gliders watch it all unfold below as they drift down to terra firma.

Whether you’re looking for a one-bedroom new build ski apartment for under £175,000, a £1,000,000+ three-bedroom Savoyard chalet, or something in between, Châtel won’t disappoint property buyers who want to own an alpine retreat in a resort that combines great slopes with rustic alpine charm.

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