Ski lessons and passes

Ski Lessons

Châtel is a great place for all levels to improve their skiing or try snowboarding. There are a number of ski schools operating in Châtel and we are happy to talk through your requirements and pre book lessons or give advice on guiding etc.

ESI Ski School

Group lessons can be a fun & rewarding way to learn or improve your skills. A full range of lessons & private instruction is offered from established Châtel ski school. Generally good English speaking instructors & maximum of 8 per group class.

ESF Ski School

They offer a wide range of lessons and can also provide sessions in snow shoeing or cross country skiing.

British Alpine Ski School

BASS have a great reputation in Châtel and offer fun lessons using a holistic approach to teaching skiing using both mind and body. Group lessons are a maximum of 6 or there is the option of private lessons.

Ski Passes

For ski passes there are two options either the Châtel only pass or one for the Portes du Soleil (PDS) area. We are happy to advise on which will be the more suitable for your requirements.  Generally we advise to go with the full PDS  pass if you have skied a couple of weeks before.  Once used the Chatel pass cannot be upgraded and if you change your mind a full PDS pass has to be purchased. The lift pass operates on a micro chip system which means it is ‘hands  free’ and you do not need to provide a photo.  For 2 weeks stays a photo is required for all passes of 8 days and over.

The Châtel ski area consists of two main sectors: Barbossine / Super-Châtel and Linga / Pré-la-Joux, lying between 1100m and 2200m (3600 ft and 7200 ft).
The Châtel ski domain has 48 ski slopes : 5 black, 16 red, 16 blue and 11 green with a total length of 90 km and 45 ski-lifts.
The inclusive Châtel ski pass is also valid for the Swiss resort of Torgon, the Corbeau section of the Swiss resort, Morgins, as well as the Braitaz section of La Chapelle d’Abondance. In all 58 ski-lifts, 130 km (80 miles) of superb, thrilling ski slopes (71 slopes).

Lift passes Chatel only

All prices are in euros

Duration Adults Juniors or Seniors Children
5 days*NC 160 144 120
6 days 179 162 135
Adults 20 to 64 years; Juniors 16 to 19 years; Children 5 to 15 years; Seniors from 65+NC – is a Non Consecutive pass allowing you to ski on any 5 days out of 7

There is the option to do 5 non consecutive days in Châtel, allowing you the flexibility for one day in the Portes du Soleil.  The choice of lift pass really depends on the group and individual ability.

If you want access to 650 km of pistes spread over all twelve resorts and to ski Avoriaz, then the Portes du Soleil pass is for you.  We are happy to advise on the best choices for you.

Prices in euros per person


Duration Adults Youths/Seniors Children
6 days 242.50 218 182
7 days 274 246 205
Adults 20 to 64 years; Juniors  16  to 19 years; Children from 5-15 years old. Seniors 65+
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