Châtel, Haute-Savoie

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Coordinates: 46°16′03″N6°50′30″E / 46.2675°N 6.8417°E / 46.2675; 6.8417 Coordinates: 46°16′03″N6°50′30″E / 46.2675°N 6.8417°E / 46.2675; 6.8417
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Thonon-les-Bains
Canton Évian-les-Bains
Government
  Mayor (20082020) Nicolas Rubin
Area
1
32.19 km2 (12.43 sq mi)
Population
 (2017-01-01) [1]
1,246
  Density39/km2 (100/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
74063 /74390
Elevation1,053–2,430 m (3,455–7,972 ft)
(avg. 1,183 m or 3,881 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Châtel is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

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It is situated in the northern French Alps on the French/Swiss border and is a ski resort. Despite its development into a major ski resort, the village still retains many of its traditional alpine characteristics.[ citation needed ]

Geography

Nearby French towns include pretty La Chapelle-d'Abondance, Abondance, Morzine, Avoriaz, and the Swiss town of Morgins.

Ski

Châtel has an extensive ski area with runs to suit skiers and boarders of all abilities. The whole village is served by a free ski-bus which gives easy access to ski lifts.

The resort is also part of the vast Portes du Soleil domain - the largest international linked ski area in the world with over 650 km of varied terrain spread across eight French and four Swiss resorts. This gives skiers and boarders an almost endless choice of runs on their doorstep.

Summer activities

Although known as a winter destination, Châtel is also a mountain bike resort with the ski lifts opening between June and September for cyclists. Other attractions over the summer months include windsurfing and sailing (on nearby Lake Geneva), white-water rafting, kayaking, paragliding, or walking.[ citation needed ]

More activities also include a zip-line which extends between two mountain peaks, spanning the valley of Pre-la-Joux, over the ski lifts and the restaurants at Plaine Dranse. It is active during the summer season and at specific times during the winter season.

In August Chatel celebrates both the Fête de la St Laurent and the Fête de la Belle Dimanche. St Laurent is the patron saint of Châtel and the village assumes a carnival atmosphere with floats and live entertainment. La Belle Dimanche is the farmers tribute to the "beautiful sunday" and is held up in the Plaine Dranse up from the ski lift Pierre Longue.

Entertainment

Every Monday evening the village host welcome drinks. This is a key moment in the week when you can get together with the villages ski instructors and event team and meet the local community. Welcome drinks also includes a rundown on the key events of the week. Such as the traditional market on Wednesdays, the street shows, the torchlight descents, trips with commentary on the sightseeing train, the evening skating sessions at the outdoor rink, skiing by night at the Linga floodlit stadium, and loads more. [2]

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References

  1. "Populations légales 2017". INSEE . Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-09-04. Retrieved 2017-09-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)