Châtel's Ski Areas: Pre-La-Joux & Linga





Along with the Linga area (see below), Pre-La-Joux is the entry point to the majority of the huge Portes du Soleil ski area. A very large car park (free) and frequent buses from all area of Chatel, means that this is a popular starting point for a day on the mountain, especially as it only takes a couple of lifts and you are in the Avoriaz area.

2 main chairlifts run from Pre-La-Joux...

- The Pierre Longue chairlift takes you up to the Plaine Dranse area (where there are lots of places to refuel your body), with various lift options available from there. If you want to get to Avoriaz, then take the Rochassons chair and from there you have a choice of a red or blue piste (Chaux-Fleuri or Grand Plan) to take you down into Lindarets and the Avoriaz sector.

- The Pre-La-Joux chairlift is the other main chair out of Pre-la-Joux and this takes you up to Les Combes from where you have options to get into the Linga area (via Combes chairlift) or you can head up above Plaine Dranse via the Corenebois chair.


This area is normally scheduled to open on the last weekend of November or in early December.


For the Chatel piste and lift map, which includes information on this area - click here.





The Linga (pronounced as "langer") ski area is linked to Pre-La-Joux and is also a popular starting point for the day, as there is a decent sized car park (free) and frequent buses from all areas of Chatel.


A gondola or telecabine runs from near the Linga car park and this takes you a decent way up the mountain. From there, blues and reds take you back down or to the Leiche drag or the L'Echo Alpin chairlift, which will take you all the way up to near the top of the Tete du Linga mountain. From the top you can come back down the Linga side on a challenging and fun red run or head towards Pre-La-Joux and Plaine Dranse by skiing or riding down to the Combes chairlift.


The Linga area also hosts the "Stade", the competition slopes for GS and Slalom races and there is also a floodlit area for evening skiing. International competitions are often held on this slope.


The Linga area also has the Schuss hotel at the foot of the slopes which is a popular point to stop for a drink or lunch, with a good value for money and semi-self service retaurant located there.


2 new chairlifts were built in 2014/15, which now link Linga with Lac Vonnes and Super Chatel.


For the Chatel piste and lift map, which includes information on this area - click here.