Nestled at the head of the Abondance Valley, Chatel , originally a farming village, still maintains its rustic feel, with 10 working farms in the village, a weekly market and a real community feel. The village centre bustles during the winter season. There are numerous bars and cafes, 2 cinemas, a bowling alley, ice skating rink and fabulous new swimming pool complex all within walking distance.
Throughout the winter the tourist office organise lots of activities for families and children. There is a beautiful old merry go round in the centre of the village and for those wishing to spend time with the children off the slopes there are plenty of things to do.
Chatel has seen a huge investment over the last few years with a new reservoir and extensive snow canon network all but garunteeing skiiable snow throughout the season. New lifts now link the main skiing areas and a state of the art indoor and outdoor swimming pool and spa complex gives you a chance to relax if all day skiing isn't your preference.