Portes du Soleil Ski Area
Portes du Soleil ski area claims to be one of the largest linked international ski area in the world. It connects two generous skiing regions in two countries -France and Switzerland. Offering skiing in 2 countries, Portes du Soleil ski area is made up of 14 ski resorts offering over 650km of terrain and catering to every level of difficulty. That includes a combined 204 ski lifts, 7 snow parks, 3 half pipes, 4 boarder cross tracks, and 4 snow cross courses. In addition, And all of this accessible on the 1 ski pass.
Located in the heart of the Alps, Portes du Soleil ski area is just an hour of drive away from Geneva International Airport. Due to its close proximity to the airport, it is easily accessible from all major European cities. In France, the A40 highway goes to the foot of the peaks and is within 30 minutes of the resorts. In Switzerland, the A9 to Vionnaz or Monthey brings visitors to within 20 minutes of the -Valais- villages-resorts.
Not surprisingly, Portes du Soleil ski area has a bit of everything. From the French sci-fi enclave of Avoriaz to the chocolate box Switzerland of Morgins it offers a unique variety of resorts to suit all tastes. If you’re looking for an area where you can ski new runs every day for a fortnight, Portes du Soleil ski area is ideal. In addition to the variety, beautiful panoramic views over the Swiss and French Alps will enhance your ski excursions.
On the French side of Portes du Soleil ski area are the ski resorts of Avoriaz, Châtel, Les Gets, Morzine, Abondance, La Chapelle d’Abondance, St Jean d’Aulps and Montriond. To the east, on the Swiss side, are the ski resorts of Champéry, Champoussin, Les Crosets, Morgins, Torgon and Val d’Illiez.
A modern resort, at an altitude of 1800m, Avoriaz has great views over the surrounding mountains and down into the valleys. With many of the properties in Avoriaz offering ski-in-ski-out access, skiing with children is made easier. With the nursery runs on the doorstep and family friendly off-piste activities, it is a great choice for those traveling with kids.
The picturesque town of Morzine combines excellent skiing with a fantastic après scene. It is an ideal choice for groups within Portes du Soleil ski area. With access to 650km of piste, the skiing opportunities are endless. Off the slopes, non-skiers can enjoy exploring the shops and boutiques. Or trying out one of the many activities on offer.
With easy access to nursery slopes and a good range of off the piste activities, the compact resort of Les Gets is a great choice for family ski holidays. Most of the resort facilities are close to the main lift station and there is a bus to get around the village as well as to the resort of Morzine.
At a good 1,000m elevation, Chapelle d‘Abondance lies immediately below the summits of “Cornettes de Bise” and “Mont de Grange”. It offers perfect access to the various piste areas in Portes du Soleil ski area. The “villages own” skiing region is particularly ideal for beginners and families with children.
Chatel allows the winter sportsman access to the full range of piste offers – great for beginners, intermediates and experts alike. There are 49 marked trails, a skiable area of 83km and 43 lift systems. As a result, Chatal guarantees a varied and comfortable skiing holiday. Furthermore, visitors interested in cross country skiing can take advantage of the 49 kilometers of cross country trails available in the Abundance Valley.
Situated between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, St Jean d’Aulps is a quiet, typical Huit-Savoyard village away from the crowded slopes of the more popular resorts. In addition to a complete beginners area, the ski area also offers 40 km of slopes for the seasoned skier. At 2,244 m elevation, skiers and snowboarders can experience adventure in a 20km forest circuit. St Jean d’Aulps is linked to other resorts of Portes du Soleil ski area by a free shuttle.
Champéry is ideally located in the center of the mountains and the Portes du Soleil ski area. Known for it’s delicious cuisine, Champéry is a quaint, Swiss mountain village with a variety of outdoor activities to explore. The ski slopes of Champéry-Les Crosets are just a few minutes away from the village center by cable car. Champéry ski resort also offers night skiing on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Just 30 km south of Lake Geneva, on the doorstep of Portes du Soleil, lies the Abondance Valley. There are a wide variety of activities to explore. This includes both downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoe walks, ice driving, ski joering and husky sled touring. While Abondance is linked to Portes du Soleil ski area by a free bus shuttle, there are also 25km of skiing available from the village with dedicated child runs.
Montriond-Avoraiz is located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area. The ski resort boasts some of the most famous slopes, including the longest in the entire ski area. It runs for nearly 8km, from the France/Switzerland border down to the village cable car. On the way down, foodies can rest at any of the slope side chalet-restaurants. Monitriod is directly linked to Avoriaz, Morzine, Chatel and Les Crosets.
Morgins village-resort offers the Swiss staples to it’s visitors; sport, cuisine, nature and panoramic views. The ski resort is family-friendly and perfect for intermediate skiers. It has also been highly rated by snowboarders due to it’s extensive terrain parks. All of Portes du Soleil ski area is easily accessible from the center of the authentic mountain village of Morgins.
Small and family friendly, Torgon is located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area. The ski resort is part of the Espace Torgon Liberte’ sector, which includes the French La Chapelle d’Abonance and Chatel. In addition to 83km of ski slopes, Torgon offers unique activities such as Yooner sledging, geocaching games, archery, quiz-based routes and a teepee village.
Although Les Crosets is a small ski station, it is filled with slopes for experts. The village is the ideal gateway to the rest of Portes du Soleil, perfectly situated at 1,668m. Not only are the surrounding Swiss resorts nearby, but the French resorts are also easily accessible with the Mossertes lift at 2,277m. The snowpark at Les Crosets ski resort is known to be one of the best and the slope, Chavanette, or the Swiss Wall, is known to be one of the most difficult in the world.
An old, chalet style village, Champoussin is a small resort with a thriving apres-ski scene surrounding the Residence Royal Aplage Club. The ski resort is connected to Les Crosets by snowshoe and cross-country trails. Champoussin and the trails connecting the two resorts offer some of the most incredible views of the Dents du Midi. In addition to skiing, the area offers paragliding, sledging, horseback riding, hiking and cheese making demonstrations.
- Contracting Team
- July 24, 2016
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