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Le Chalet des Ours in winter

Come ski in Châtel

Le Chalet des Ours in winter is a cocoon in the heart of the "Portes du soleil": 12 resorts with 650 km of pistes and 211 ski lifts. Breathe, relax and enjoy the great outdoors....
Ski info


The chalet altitude is 1300 m.

The summit of this Franco-Swiss ski area is at an altitude of around 2,400 m. Thanks to 2 new installations: Portes du soleil and Gabelou, the Super-Châtel and Linga sectors are linked by ski.

You'll love the wide variety of downhill and cross-country ski runs for skiers of all abilities.

Snowboarders will love the Smooth Park: 800m Boardercoss, 800m slopestyle, 120m FFS-Halfpipe with snow turbo.

Freeride and Heliski fans can try their hand at the classics: Grand Paradis and Vallée de la Manche.

Here's how to ski from the Chalet des Ours:

Plan de Châtel

Petit Châtel chairlift

The Petit Châtel chairlift is just below the chalet.  You can walk to it or take the bus to two stops (Le Dément to Barbossine). 

At the top of this chairlift, you need to be able to take a short blue/red run, slightly steep in places, to reach the junction that joins the main runs.  So it's not for beginners at 8.30am on a frosty morning.   

You can return via the return chairlift, to access the loading level you need to be able to ski a red to the top of the forest just behind us. When there's snow around the chalet, it's possible to return by off-piste. 

Télécabine Super Châtel

Accessible from the foot of the chalet by the blue line to the "Centre Village" stop. The best area for blues/greens and beginners and where the ski schools usually meet. A few long ski lifts. Access to all areas (open in summer, as is the MORCLAN chairlift). From here you can ski directly to Morgins and from Morgins to Switzerland and then to Avoriaz.

Linga gondola lift

Accessible from the foot of the chalet by blue bus, stop "Linga". The Linga gondola takes you halfway down, then down a beautiful blue run to the chairlift which takes you to the top where you can ski a beautiful blue or red run to the Pré la Joux / Plaine Dranse areas. The red Linga run is icy at the beginning and end, so think twice if you're an inexperienced skier in cold weather.  The blue run is easier. At the top, you have access to everything

Lac de Vonne chairlift

Accessible from the foot of the chalet by the blue bus at the "Centre Village" stop, then the pink bus at the "Gabelou" stop. You can choose to go to Linga or to the Super Châtel area.  Access to the whole area

La Panthiaz cable car

(La Chapelle d'Abondance - at the bottom of the valley, 2-3 miles)

Accessible from the foot of the chalet by blue bus Stop "Linga" then Colombus Line C Stop TC Panthiaz - cost €1.20 Access everywhere via Suisse / Petit Châtel.

Cret Beni chairlift

La Chapelle d’Abondance

Accessible from the foot of the chalet by blue bus Stop "Linga" then Colombus Line C Stop Crêt béni - cost €1.20 Same bus as Panthiaz.  A pretty "self-contained" ski area, sheltered in the trees and largely blue.  Perfect for snowy, windy, cold and whiteout days.  But charming at all times. Beautiful slopes. Always a bit quiet.  No big cafe though.   

Do not miss

Châtel also offers other winter activities


Half-day snowshoe outings can be booked from any of the resort's 13 service providers, or you can pick up maps of signposted walks from the tourist office and set off on your own.

The ice rink

The 200m2 ice rink is located in the heart of the village. Sessions last 1 hour.


At the top of the Super Châtel cable car: fee-paying toboggan run.

Opposite the Pré la Joux chairlift, there is also a themed trail: l'Eterlou, a free toboggan run.

Sous Vonnes: Etringa trail (free).

Nordic skiing

Nordic domain based in La Chapelle d'Abondance, it includes 8 cross-country ski trails, 8 Nordic itineraries, 1 beginners' trail, 1 biathlon shooting range, 1 play area.


Morclan 2000 and le Chamois, screenings at 5.30pm, 9pm and 2.30pm in bad weather.


at the arrival of the Rochassons chairlift at Pré La joux: 04 50 81 34 83

E-bike on snow

outings - rides - driving lessons: Bike Leman: 06 65 04 66 76

Tandem paragliding

Richard and Olivier, qualified instructors: 06 84 14 95 84

Escape game

Belalp Escape Game in the world of 30s smugglers, Route de Vonnes. Book on 06 80 87 40 49

Hot-air balloon flights

Montgolfière du Mont blanc, Route de Pré La Joux: 04 58 10 04 11

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