Lift Passes / Boarder / Ski lessons:
You are in the ski area Portes du Soleil. You have many opportunities to go skiing. If you are a beginner or if you have young children, it is the small family ski area on the doorstep perhaps more than enough for you. The slopes all come back in the same parking lot off (always handy with children who go exploring yourself). In this area are also provided by the French ski school, ski lessons. Ski lessons you need to book in the village at the ESF (Ecole Ski France) (not at the bottom of the slope). You have enough of a lift pass “La Chapelle d’Abondance” for that area. Are not so experienced, you have enough for a pair of blue and red runs then resign at La Panthiaz might be an option for you. Again, you can use a “La Chapelle d’Abondance” just another pretty area. This is also the nearest pick up point for the huge Portes du Soleil area and generally less crowded. In addition to “La Chapelle d’Abondance” ticket since season 2016/2017 a “Liberté” ticket. (For the insiders … it replaces the Evasion ski pass) The “Liberté” area is much larger. You can get on again at La Panthiaz, but you can continue to Chatel and Morgins. Chatel you can take the chair lifts “Portes du Soleil” and “Gabelou” (or in the town with a shuttle) to La Linga. From there you can continue to Plein Dranse. The snow conditions are not so good, it is most practical to go to La Linga and Pre la Joux and there to take the elevator. There you can also choose from a “Chatel” pass or a pass for “Portes du Soleil”. Detailed information and maps about the different ski areas and ski passes are at the tills below to get the elevators. Alternatively, the free Portes du Soleil app on your smartphone. Then you ski map, opening times, snow heights, etc. etc. all at your fingertips.
There is a bakery within walking distance. Walk toward the center. Right before the bridge is the baker Le Fournil with a large parking lot. The bakery also sells spreads, eggs and products from the region.
Next to the bakery, there is a small supermarket (Proxi) since 2016. On the outskirts of the village towards Chatel you will find a small supermarket (Serpa). A larger supermarket (Intermarche) is available on the route to Pre la Joux / La Linga. Drive towards Chatel, at the roundabout take the 1st exit on the right (down) direction Linga and Pre La Joux, after about 500 meters on the left is the supermarket.
Petrol / Diesel:
Besides the Intermarche is a 24 hour gas station. Drive towards Chatel, at the roundabout take the 1st exit on the right (down) direction Linga and Pre La Joux, after about 500 meters on the left is the patrol station.
Domestic / trauma physician:
Right next to the little supermarket (Proxi) is the doctor who is also trauma physician in the winter. J.P. Marcou 0033. (0) 18.104.22.168.50
Beside the tourist information (in the center of the village) is the Pharmacy / Pharmaceutical 0033. (0) 22.214.171.124.00
There are a number of restaurants in the village where you can enjoy a fine meal. Are you in a busy period, then it is advisable to book a table.
Credit or debit cards are accepted almost everywhere. Do you need cash, there are several ATMs in the center of La Chapelle d’Abondance, Chatel or Abondance.
Trail / Hiking:
The apartment has views of the nature reserve Mont de Granges where beautiful hiking trails. Behind our apartment is a part of the famous trail GR5 Hoek van Holland to Nice. A beautiful part of the trail is the Cornettes the Bise at 3 hours and 55 min walk from La Chapelle d’Abondance. You may also slightly simpler example by following the direction Dranse Chatel and Abondance. Directly in front of the apartment there is a groomed trail for Nordic walking. There are trails from 5 to 37 km. The trail passes through the towns of La Chapelle d’Abondance, Abondance and Chatel. It is forbidden to hike on the groomed trails, but there are specially prepared strips (signs Pietons) for hiking.