Skiing around the Portes du Soleil
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The Portes du Soleil is one of the largest ski carousels in the world with 12 linked resorts either side of the French-Swiss border providing over 650kms of pistes for all abilities.
Apart from Avoriaz which is a purpose built resort, The Portes du Soleil is made up of beautiful hamlets and quaint villages where you'll find stunning chocolate box ski chalets that have stood the test of time.
Arriving via the Autoroute Blanche on the French side, the first resort you come to is the pretty village of Les Gets. A little further on brings you to Chatel, Morzine, Abondance, La Chapelle d'Abondance, Montriond and Saint Jean d'Aulps. Avoriaz, sits above Morzine at 1800m is a the ultimate ski-in, ski-out resort and very popular for family ski holidays.
On the Swiss side, there are the pretty and traditional resorts of Morgins, Champery, Les Crosets and Champoussin. This part of the carousel has less crowded slopes than the French side and has some excellent mountain restaurants.
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Skiing Around Portes du Soleil
The ski area enjoys exceptionally good snowfall from mid-November to the end of April, with an average of nearly 8m of powder every year.
For the complete beginner, there are some excellent nursery slopes across the entire region with many of the green and blue pistes accessed directly from the villages.
Long cruising blues and red pistes link all the resorts around the Portes du Soleil which means ski safaris are extremely popular. Starting off early morning, its possible to ski all 12 resorts in one day.
For the advanced skier there are 32 blacks with the most famoust being "The Wall" accessed from Avoriaz - not for the feint hearted! Off-piste is where you'll have most fun and given the scale of the terrain, hiring a local guide is a good investment if you want to get the most out of the Portes du Soleil.
With 32 snowparks dotted around the slopes, the Portes du Soleil has a lot to offer snowboarders whether you are a beginner or expert.
If you don't fancy skiing or boarding, there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy around the villages of the Portes du Soleil including:
- Winter walking trails
- Leisure and spa centres
There are also many day trips to tempt you away from the slopes. Geneva is very popular and just an hour away as is the stunning lakeside city of Montreux with its famous castle.
Wellness & spa
The main resorts offering spas are Avoriaz and Chatel. Aquariaz in Avoriaz boasts state of the art facilities featuring lush vegetation, rocks, lazy river, massage benches and an open-air spa heated to 34 degrees!
Each resort around the Portes du Soleil offers something different. In recent years, an influx of young and dynamic chefs has made Champéry’s restaurant scene one of the best kept culinary secrets of the Alps delighting discerning guests and food critics alike.
For typical apres-ski bars and nightclubs, the main Morzine strip has a good selection as does Avoriaz.
Featured Ski Chalets & Apartments to Rent
Portes du Soleil Accommodation
With a mixture of traditional chalets and new style apartments, the accommodation options around the villages of the Portes du Soleil cater for all budgets and tastes. Avoriaz is mainly self-catering apartments, all ski-in, ski-out whilst the pretty hamlets of Champery, Chatel and Les Crosets offer chocolate box rustic chalets with roaring log fires.
Wherever you choose stay for your ski holidays and whether a chalet rental or apartment, you are never far from the slopes and local apres-ski bars and restaurants.
Featured Portes du Soleil Ski Resorts
Offering a warm and very friendly stay, the Portes du Soleil ski resorts are excellent value and provide nothing less than the highest quality in service and fantastic chalets for you to enjoy your ski holidays.
Families & Children
With its 3 family-friendly "Famille Plus Montagne" destinations - Châtel, Les Gets and Morzine plus numerous dedicated beginners'slopes, the Portes du Soleil is particularly well suited to family ski holidays and first time skiers and snowboarders.
In Avoriaz, there is the Children's Village that caters for 3 year olds and over whilst in Chatel, at the Pré-la-Joux, there's tobogganing, a snow play area for the whole family, an interactive winter trail and ski nursery.
The Portes du Soleil is probably one of the best places in the world for intermediate skiers and boarders with well connected blues and reds spanning 650km. With short transfer times of around 1 hour from Geneva airport and excellent creche facilties throughout the area, all of the 12 ski resorts that make up this amazing carousel are popular for family ski holidays.