Châtel is a village in France’s Haute-Savoie region and a base for the Portes du Soleil ski area. A cable car runs from the center to the Super-Châtel piste, which has panoramic mountain views and summer hiking and biking trails. The village is known for its Alpine chalets, aquatic center and La Vieille Douane museum, which presents the history of smuggling in the area. Nearby Lake Vonnes offers trout fishing.
Deep in the mountains around Châtel, Haute-Savoie there is one "uninhabited" peak. This mountain has been unplottable and surrounded by wards since sometime mid 1K. While looking like a normal mountain from the outside, once inside the wards you will find that a white stone castle dominates one face with terraces and bridges following the stream of the hot springs to the lake, and cascading over the ridge of one cliff face in a waterfall that feeds Lake Vonnes. Those grounds not landscaped over the years for use by the students are allowed to grow wild, leaving almost half the mountain forested below the frost line.
Open 7 days a week in season it has 3 different areas: an indoor/outdoor pool, an Oceane spa and a fitness area. Located in the center of the village you can easily go there by walking, and during summer season a bus operates every 1/2 hour form the church square.