La Chapelle is inbetween Chatel and Abondance and is in itself a beautiful little village with excellent restaurants and a super Micro Brewery bar. Not only does it have its own 22km ski area, a place to go during the busy periods, but also a gondola which links direct onto the Portes du Soleil, sending you through Switzerland and back round into Chatel. La Chapelle also caters for the nordic cross country skiing and even has a Biathlon stand for you to try your shooting skills. A wealth of snow shoeing trails in the area as well. From La Chapelle, there are excellent views up to Chatel and seeing the big peaks of the Dent de Midi. Buses run regular to and from Chatel during the day.