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August 14th 2014
Lovely Panorama Of Chatel

This lovely panorama of Chatel is worth a look, even though the photo is not a recent one (as it looks like the outdoor swimming pools are still in existence).
The link was found on the Chatel Mairie website.
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August 13th 2014
Mixed Weather Continues & Progress Report on New Lifts

Chatel saw some fine weather at times yesterday (Tuesday) but the weather turned wet again overnight and this morning has been very wet, which has been the theme of the weather since early July!
There is plenty of work going on at the various sites for the 2 new Super-Chatel / Chatel / Linga linking chairlifts and we have uploaded some photos taken yesterday afternoon from the Vonnes site (click here for photos). The 2 new 4 & 6 person chairlifts are expected to be operational this season, though the new linking piste from Super-Chatel to Vonnes is not. This will be a blue run when operational.
We'll be posting updates from this site and the other construction areas regularly over the next few weeks.
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August 12th 2014
Photos From The New Forme D'O Spa, Swimming & Sports Centre

The very nice and well received Forme D'O centre opened in mid-July and is proving to be very popular with both visitors and residents alike. There are inside and outside pools, a spa and also a fitness room.
Photos from the centre can be viewed at their Facebook page - here.

For more information on the centre including open hours and prices - you can visit their website - here.

 

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January 05 2014:
Unstable Snowpack Here To Stay

The very unstable snowpack that has claimed several lives already in the French and Swiss Alps this season is likley to continue to be unstable for some time to come and potentially for the whole season. The Swiss Mountain Guides Association are so concerned with the situation, that they held a press conference yesterday in which they warned of a "catastrophic" snowpack. According to the Swiss newspaper, Le Matin, even professional off piste skiers are staying on piste!

To read the article via the excellent Piste Hors website - click here.
<A huge avalanche set off by pisteurs 05/01/2014... click for a larger image.

 

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November 25 2013:
Pre-La-Joux To Open This Weekend.

This afternoon the tourist office in Chatel have announced the partial opening of the Pre-La-Joux sector for the weekend of 30th November / 1st December. The opening will just be for the weekend and there are various special offers on lift passes. After the weekend, Pre-La-Joux is expected to open again for the following weekend, with daily opening in more sectors from the 14th December.

More details on the various special offers and which lifts and pistes are due to open can be found by clicking here.

<Snowmaking today at Linga ... click for a larger image.

 

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November 22 2013:
After a successful winter season last year and a fantastic summer, Magic Transfers of Chatel have decided to increase the Magic fleet capacity from 6 to 12, to allow them to cope with the increasing demand for low cost, frequent and efficient transport to Chatel and the Abondance valley. Magic Transfers will also be maintaining their low prices, even with the increase in TVA from the 1st of January! Further to this, and to keep up with the demand for flexibility, and to ensure that all of their clients can rely on them to fulfill all of their requirements, they have moved their sister company SARL BAA into the valley. After two successful years in Morzine they feel that their core business in Chatel will benefit more from these resources.
For more information and prices, visit: www.magic-transfers.com

 

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October 25 2013:
New Training Piste in Chatel
There has been a lot of earth moving work going on over the last few weeks in the Super-Chatel area and a new training / race piste has been shaped under the Coqs drag lift. The new piste can be seen as the brown area in the centre of the photo opposite.

 

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October 06 2013:
Foire Photos
There was a huge turnout for today's Foire d'Automne down the road in Abondance. The village was transformed into a large market place with dozens of stalls, plus of course the presence of the local cow herds and the weather stayed dry!
A few photos of the day can be found on the link below.

 

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October 04 2013:
Abondance "Foire d'Automne" This Sunday
The 589th Foire d'Automne takes place on Sunday 6th October in Abondance and celebrates the "démontagement" of the local herds, or the coming down off the alpine pastures for winter. The day will start with the cow herds moving down to the village centre from about 9.30am. This is followed by various entertainments during the day with music, dancing, a market, competitions and of course cheese making and tasting! This is an important day in the annual calendar for Abondance.

 

 

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September 09 2013:
A Lovely Afternoon & Some Snow High Up
The sun came out nicely in Chatel this afternoon and it felt quite warm again. A quick walk down towards Chapelle d'Abondance saw some stunning scenery and there looks like there was some fresh snow high up on the Dents Du Midi overnight (see the last photo on this afternoon's photo update here).


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