The history of Chatel continues with new developments in order to keep pace with the changing needs of visitors to the villages that make up the area. As a village that has grown organically over hundreds of years there has been a period of transition over the last sixty years that has been needed in order to keep pace with the growing ski industry.
Linga And Super Chatel
One problem with the ski area in the past was that it was split into two main areas - Linga and Super Chatel. This meant that, when skiing between the two areas, it was necessary to take a short bus journey. This problem was resolved in January 2015 with the opening of the Gabelou and Portes Du Soleil lifts. A new piste was also built to allow access to the chairlifts coming from Linga.
Chaux De Rosees
The Chaux De Rosees is an important lift as it provides access to Avoriaz, and from there Morzine and Les Gets. It can also be used to head towards Champery and Les Crosets. It has recently been upgraded to a high speed six man chairlift which improves access and cuts down time spent waiting in a queue or waiting on a lift.
Pays D'Evian-Vallee D'Abondance
The communes of Pays D'Evian and Vallee D'Abondance have been working towards a merger, following the NOTR (New Territorial Organisation of the Republic) law that was passed in 2015. The merger is set to go through in 2017. The new commune will stretch from Saint-Gingolph to Chatel, via Evian. It will be a commune of thirty eight thousand citizens.
The ideal winter would provide plenty of natural snow for skiers. However, this is by no means a certainty. For this reason in recent years the deployment of snow cannons has continued in the resort, and there are now three hundred snow making points in the resort, concentrating on twenty six kilometres of pistes.
The Nico Vink Track
In summer 2016 the Chatel bikepark unveiled a new track built by Belgian free ride cyclist and Scott Sports athlete Nico Vink, together with his company Ride Creations
The town will continue to look at ways to grow in order to give visitors the best possible experience, but also to preserve the village's unique charm and history.