Enjoy summer in the Alps where the temperatures can be as hot as the Mediterranean. The Alps offer more than you could ever imagine in the summer months. The sights to see and the activities to explore are for every one of all ages whether you are a thrill seeker who thrives on the adrenalin of mountain biking, white water rafting etc, or a person who enjoys a more relaxed break, taking in mountain walks, reading, painting the fantastic scenery………..
Multi Pass Portes du Soleil
Alpine Quests are members of the Chatel Tourist Office. This gives our guests the opportunity to buy ‘The Multi Pass’ for a minimum of 2 days = 4€, with unlimited access to many activities throughout the Portes du Soleil, from mid June to mid September. Prices are set by the tourist office.
24 cable cars and chairlifts for pedestrians, 850 km of footpaths, swimming pools, tennis courts, indoor ice-rinks and cultural sites……
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The Portes du Soleil has over 650km of marked tracks of different grades.
23 ski lifts open all summer to give you help on the climbs.
Chatel's bespoke Bike Park is dedicated to MTB fans and located on the Pre-la-Joux/Plaine Dranse sector. There are around 20 perfectly shaped tracks, adapted to all levels, that will keep the most demanding riders happy, as well as beginners.
Special facilities are set up to help you practice the skills in mountain biking.
Guided mountain bike rides are available with a qualified instructor for groups of beginners and advanced riders.
You can also try electric MTB.
Mountain Bikes can be hired in Chatel village. Prices from approx: €22 ½ day 30€ full day 144€ 6 days.
Aquatic Centre - In Chatel
Forme D'O - Pool and Spa. With 2 indoor pools and 1 outdoor pool, means you can swim all year round! But this is not just about swimming. For adults, the centre has saunas, steam rooms and a fully equipped fitness room. For those who just want to relax and/or be pampered, there are the in-house masseuses offering numerous packages.
White Water Sports
Rafting – For all levels, short and long trips. Prices: from approx 38€
Hydro speed - or White Water Bodysurfing – A sport where you slide through the water, with an ever-changing sensation of
power and speed. Prices: from approx 39€
Canyoning – Absailing and tackling canyons 300m deep over the 4 hour course. Prices: from approx 55€
Canoeing – Explore the river as a two-strong team. A great way to share a fantastic experience. Prices: from approx 39€
The only ride of its kind in the world! Two cables rides, 240m high. Attached in complete safety, fly over Plaine Dranse hamlet at nearly 100kph. Price per flight approx 34€
Walking and Mountain Climbing
The mountain, its flora and fauna, the alpine pasture chalets surrounded by Abondance cows grazing peacefully, with their
lustrous reddish coats and white 'spectacles', the tinkling of their bells filling the green fields.
To take a deep breath of the exhilarating mountain air, just put on your mountain boots, and with your rucksack on your back ... happiness is everywhere.
On the Morclan Nature Walk, discover the local flora and fauna and their environment, reached by the ski lifts.
On the Châtelan Walk, on the left bank of the Dranse between Le Rocher chalet and the tennis courts.
Here and there you come across questions written on the planks; everyone gives their reply before the plank is lifted to find the correct answer on the back.
If you like heights why not try the Via Ferrata, located in Le Chapelle d'Abondance where you can find 4 different routes for all ability's.
Equipment can be hired locally. Prices from approx: 14€
Guiding (equipment provided). Prices from approx: 27€
Lake Vonnes in the village, is a well-stocked trout lake.
Serious fishermen can also enjoy the challenge of the Dranse River at Chatel. Regulations apply.
Mountain lake fishing classes with a professional, every Tuesday from 14.30 to 17.30. All tackle provided. subject to availability.
Chatel on the Franco / Swiss boarder is the prime position for visiting the many places of interest on offer further a field.
Places of interest in the area are endless, Mont Blanc and La Mer de Glace at Chamonix, Devil’s Bridge Gorge, Chateau Chillon, Gruyere medieval village, Evian, Geneva, Annecy and many more……………
Horse & pony rides.
* 1 hr: 15€
* 2-5 yrs first ride 2hrs: 20€
* 5 hrs pass (non-transferable): 62€
* ½ hr ride (under 5): 5€
* 1 hr: 19€
* 2 hrs: 32€
* 5 hr pass (non-transferable): 77€
* Private lesson: ½ hr 19€
Prices are a guide only and change from season to season.
This is the best way to see the mountains top’s as you drift like a bird in the sky. Tandem flights and Courses are available.
The spectacular scenery provides the perfect back drop for armatures to professionals.
Summer Chairlift (Ski) Pass (non Mountain bikers)
‘Portes du Soleil’ Prices from: Adult 1 day ticket: 16.95€, or Free to all MultiPass holders
Many other activities available: Tennis, Bob-luge, Devil kart, Archery, Mini-Golf (6 hole), Crazy Golf and French bowls are just a
few and some are included or have discounts with the Multipass.