The Cross-Country Area
The Châtel cross-country skiing area is part of the "Abondance, La Chapelle d'Abondance and Châtel" cross-country skiing area, which comprises a network of more than 30 kilometres.
In Châtel, winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy the 2.8-kilometre Corne Noire trail for classic cross-country skiing. It is suitable for experienced skiers and offers a connection to the trails of the neighbouring winter sports resort La Chapelle d'Àbondance.
The Les Rebattes and Bois de Lune routes are shared by cross-country skiers, snowshoe hikers and pedestrians. The 1.2-kilometre Boucle de Vonnes circuit and the 2-kilometre Super-Châtel circuit are also shared with other winter sports enthusiasts. The latter can be reached by the TC de Super Châtel gondola; there is a charge for using the gondola.
The Most Beautiful Tracks
Overview of the trails in the Châtel cross-country skiing centre:
- Corne Noire (trail 8): 2.4 km / marked red (difficult).
- Les Rebattes (No. 10): 2 km / marked orange (shared use).
- Bois de Lune (no. 11): 1.8 km / marked orange (shared use).
- Boucle de Vonnes (No. 12): 1.2 km / marked in orange (shared use)
- Boucle de Super-Chatel (No. 13): 2 km / marked in orange (shared use)
- The highest point of the track is 4236 ft above sea level.
The French village of Châtel is located on the border with Switzerland and can be reached by car from Geneva in about 1.5 hours. Follow the Quai Cologny road along the eastern shore of Lake Geneva and take the Route de Thonon to the French border. Continue on the D1005 to Thonon-les-Bains, then take the D21 to Vinzier. Then follow the D32 to Arce and finally the D22 to Châtel.