We had a brilliant stay in this chalet in Chatel (we are a family group with 3 children under 10). The chalet itself is beautiful and has been renovated to a very high standard with superbly comfortable bedrooms all with ensuite. The kids loved the bedroom at the top of the house and the games room was a big hit. The views from the living area (main open plan part of the chalet), bedrooms and outside hot tub were stunning. The chalet staff looked after us really well - there was always freshly baked cake to return to and the 4 course meals in the evening were delicious.
The process of getting onto the slopes was entirely hassle free - the transfers from the airport were easy (90 minutes from Geneva), the ski hire company came to the house to fit our skis and our lift passes were ready and waiting for us. They even booked our ski school for the children. We were driven to the slopes in the chalet minibus (although there were frequent free shuttle buses from just outside the chalet). You can walk to the centre of the village in about 10 minutes where there is a good selection of restaurants and bars. We had a great time and were very well looked after on this trip.
A very peaceful location, with excellent views from all the rooms and balconies. Very comfortable, with a lovely little bar (a little too nice for some). The ski hire folks came to the chalet and fitted us on-site, and came to collect at the end of the trip. No queueing in ski shops for us, and no lugging the kids equipment around!
The free ski bus stops at the property, and delivers to the Super Chatel lift.
This provides access to the vast Portes de Soleil ski area, with a huge amount of choice available for all levels. We signed our kids up to the British Alpine Ski School for lessons with British instructors in the morning, and then happily spent the afternoon with the kids, easily reaching Morzine, for example. They were particularly keen on "The Stash" with it's jumps and bumps in the woods. They were novices when we arrived, but were confident on some of the black runs by the end of the week.
The runs were surprisingly very quiet, especially considering it was Easter (barring the odd bottleneck here and there) but I'm told this is because most of the big British tour groups don't use Chatel as a base. As a result, the village retains a small town atmosphere and does not feel overrun.