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Portes du Soleil
Portes du Soleil
Short transfers
Large ski area
Great apres
Family friendly
Dual country area
 

The Portes du Soleil, with a ski area of 400km, is one of the largest ski area in the world. 12 or so resorts are spread across France and Switzerland, although France lays claim to the bulk. 

There really is something for everyone with the Portes du Soleil. Chatel and Les Gets offer more traditional Alpine charm, while Avoriaz is the purpose built ski resort with plenty of apartments and access to steeper terrain, making it more of a snowboarders favourite. It's also car-free which adds a little charm so often missing on purpose built ski resorts. Morzine is the largest resort in the Portes du Soleil and serves as a good base to access the whole area along with all the amenities of a proper town, complete it's own ice hockey team and swimming pool complex.

These days there's some dispute about how big the major ski areas actually are, but without freting about the details you just need to know that this area is one of the largest in the world. Hundreds of kilometers of runs are waiting for you and you'll be hard pressed to even scratch the surface in a week's trip. 

In summer Portes du Soleil is a mecca for mountain bikers, and the area also plays host to a number of events such as the Rock the Pistes music festival.

One of the best things about the Portes du Soleil is that it’s just an hour from Geneva, making it great for family ski trips, holiday-limited weekenders and those just looking to maximise their time on the slopes without the hassle of a long transfer.

There are plenty of private transfer companies who can get you from the airport, and for groups a private transfer that leaves when you want it to is often the best option if time is of the essessnce. The Portes du Soleil, and specifically Morzine, is our go-to destination for long weekend breaks. Flying out from Gatwick on the early morning flight might be a bit of struggle to get up for, but that feeling is soon lost when you find yourself heading up in the chairlift just after midday, which is easily doable if you're taking your own skis / snowboards and boots. May we suggest at that point a cheeky little social status update or email to the office?

 

Total ski area:400km
Pistes:300
Number of Lifts: 199

1 day area pass:€51
6 day area pass:€255

Official website
http://en.portesdusoleil.com/

Linked areas:
AvoriazMorzine, Abondance, la Chapelle d’Abondance, ChâtelLes Gets, Montriond, St Jean d’Aulps, Champéry, Morgins, Torgon, Val d’Illiez, Les Crosets, Champoussin. 

 
  • By air
    Geneva is the closest airport, just an hour's drive from most the Portes du Soleil ski area with plenty of ski transfer companies offering shared or private transfers. 

  • By road
    Take the A41 towards Chamonix then exit 18 Cluses towards Taninges on the D902, then head to Les Gets and Morzine. To get to Avoriaz continue past Morzine and follow signs to Avoriaz 1800.

  • By train
    Closest train stations are Thonon-les-Bains, Cluses (France) and Lausanne, Montreux and Aigle (Switzerland).


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Towns and Resorts in Portes du Soleil

Morzine

The Morzine ski slopes are wonderfully situated in the very centre of the Franco-Swiss region of Portes du Soleil. It offers approximately 300km of ski slopes and trails served by some 100 ski lifts split into two quite similar-sized areas, varying from the simple to the positively monstrous The overarching Portes du Soleil ski area itself, within which Morzine sits, connects some 12 ski resorts by lift and offers skiers an unprecedented 650km of generally-lift-linked paths that cross from France in to Switzerland. The most famous run in the entire area is perhaps The Swiss Wall, some might say a brown run, but really much more officially a black one where the chairlift down is sometimes seen as the far easier option! And the equally famous World Cup descent down from Avoriaz to Morzine offers over a fully-adrenalised 1100m vertical run and a wonderful souvenir for the more expert skiers to chat about afterwards. Cross country skiers are also offered 95 km of trails varying from simple to tough spread over five separate areas. Do bear in mind though, that beginners are never forgotten in Morzine. There are some quite exceptional nursery slopes in and around the immediate area, many, if not most, within easy walking distance of the main resort.

Avoriaz

Sitting just up from Morzine, Avoriaz is a purpose built resort in the Portes du Soleil offering ski-in, ski-out accommodation and some excellent terrain.

Chatel

Châtel's skiing is divided into two sections, providing a total ski area of 130km. One section heads down to Avoriaz, the other to the Swiss resort of Torgon. While intermediates often have the most fun, there are plenty of mixed runs including many for beginners.

Les Gets

Les Gets has the famous Lake Geneva on one side and the equally famous Mont Blanc on the other, situated on the Morzine side of the Portes du Soleil ski area - one of the largest in the world.

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