A charming, old-fashioned farming village turned ski resort! Châtel, the village-resort in the Chablais on the French-Swiss border, lies at 1,200 metres within the Portes du Soleil ski sports region. The highest point of skiing is about 2,200 metres, but many of the lower slopes are north-facing and do retain the snow throughout the season. The skiing is extensive and varied, with easy access to Morzine Avoriaz if you’ve got a thing about concrete. There are plenty of great restaurants and bars.