The Portes Du Soleil

 

The Portes Du Soleil offers all snowsports enthusiasts an unlimited ski area between France and Switzerland. Ski slopes for all levels and abilities, panoramic views, tree-lined runs and lovely restaurants nestled in little hidden valleys. There are 12 different circuits, coded for different levels of skier, which can guide you around the resort in around 2 1/2hrs. Simply choose from the Bear, White Rabbit, Jackdaw, Ibex or Reindeer to guide the way.

 

In total there is 650 Km of piste, 195 lifts (10 gondolas, 104 drag lifts, 79 chairlifts & 4 cable cars) 577 snow cannons, 267 slopes (36 green, 113 blue, 104 red & 27 black). The Portes Du Soleil area, is only an hour's drive from Geneva airport and provides easy access to all ski areas.

 

The snow record is excellent, even though Morzine, Les Gets & Avoriaz sit at a moderate altitude, it is the most northerly ski resort in the Alps, which means that it will always get much better snow than most other French resorts. This factor along with an advanced snowmaking system and the fact that most of the pistes are north facing, on pasture land and no rocks ensures that there are fabulous conditions from December right through till mid to end of April. The Morzine-Les Gets Ski area is directly accessible from the village centre, there is more than enough terrain her to cater for the needs of a beginner to intermediate skier. This sector links Pleney to Nyon, where you can venture into the Chamossiere bowl, for your first powder tracks or you can drop into Les Gets, have a play in the Ranfolly bowl or head over to Mont Chery and it's stunning views of Mont Blanc.

 

The Morzine-Avoriaz, Portes Du Soleil Ski area is equally accessible from Morzine centre by the Super Morzine Gondola, from there you can head in any direction, either to the Famous Swiss Wall or "Le Grand Paradis" circuit, taking in both France and Switzerland in one day. There are various options for lift passes, you can choose from the Morzine-Les Gets, Morzine-Avoriaz or the full Portes du Soleil, all depending on how adventurous you feel. With the smaller area options, there is plenty of skiing for all levels to keep you entertained for your whole holiday. All in all, this whole area can keep you entertained for weeks on end!

 

Morzine

 

Morzine is a beautiful, traditional French Alpine village in the Northern Alps near to Geneva, which offers great access to and from the area. Traditional wooden chalets with slate roofs and stone foundations ensure that the village retains its character and Savoyard charm.

 

Morzine is a working French village, with established patisseries, traiteurs and village shops. These authentic aspects, combined with bars, excellent Savoyard restaurants and ski shops make this a mix of old and new, a wonderful place to enjoy a winter ski holiday and summer holiday.

 

Morzine is a town full of life offering a range of sporting and cultural activities. There are plenty of excellent restaurants and bars for you to enjoy the après ski during the winter.

 

In summer, Morzine offers mountain bikers some of the world’s best and challenging biking terrain. Over the years it has been host to the Tour de France and Mountain Biking Championships. Other activites that you can partake in during the summer are: paragliding, golfing, fishing, canyoning and tennis to name a few.

 

In winter the skiing is extensive, there is more than enough terrain to cater for everyone’s needs and levels. Morzine is part of the Portes du Soleil area which links together up to 14 resorts spanning across 2 countries, offering over 650km of pistes, where Morzine is the largest village within this area.

 

Morzine and Avoriaz are excellently linked, with over 5 main lifts from the valley floor and 197 ski lifts in total. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, it is the perfect ski resort to suit every level and ability and to gain the most enjoyment from your ski holiday.

 

Other activies that you can partake in are: Snow Shoeing, Snow Mobiling, Dog Sled Riding, Paragliding, Cross Country Skiing, Ice Skating, Swimming, Massage, etc.

 

In the Morzine/Les Gets ski area, there are 110 Km of runs, 52 lifts (2 cable cars, 26 chairlifts, 3 gondolas, 14 drag lifts) 385 snow cannons and 67 slopes (3 green, 26 blue, 28 red & 9 black).

 

Morzine Tourist Information    Morzine Lift Passes

 

Les Gets

 

Located between Lake Leman and Mont-Blanc, in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area, is the resort of Les Gets (1,172 to 2,002 metres).

 

Typically Savoyard, Les Gets has managed to preserve its mountain-village soul, it is a charming village of mainly traditional chalet buildings, in stone and wood nestling in the valley bottom with mountains rising on either side. The church with its steeple, the old style farmhouses and tree lined slopes make an attractive alpine picture. The village has expanded to encompass the winter sports market and there is a good range of shops and some excellent restaurants.

 

In the summer you can do any of the following activities; hiking, mountain biking, golf course opposite Mont-Blanc, the tree-to-tree Adventure Park... A wide range of outdoor activities for everyone!

 

Les Gets hosts many downhill mountain biking events, it has an 18 hole par 70 golf course 5264 metres in length which overlooks Mont Blanc which in the winter forms part of the pistes.

 

In the winter, Les Gets is a linked ski resort within the Portes du Soleil ski area. Combined Morzine and Les Gets, have around 50 lifts across several distinct ski areas.The ski area consists mainly of blue and red runs (beginner and intermediate). There is an area known as "The Bowl" to which numerous ski runs and chairlifts feed into. Situated in this area are the resort's most easily accessible black runs: Yeti and Myrtille. Mont Chery hosts the majority of black runs, also having numerous red runs, with just one blue and no green pistes. It is the "locals'" mountain, Les Chavannes being the more tourist side.

 

There are several good spots for off-piste skiing and snowboarding, the best of which are; to the sides of 'Yeti', the long black run off Chamossiere and also by taking a short hike from the top of the Ranfoilly lift. The latter has been rated as one of the best off piste powder bowls in Europe.

The snowpark is located on Mont Chery, which is on the ski area on the other side of the village. A bus connects the 2 sides however it takes just as long to walk. The snowpark has kickers, a spine, rails, boxes, a boarder cross. The park is fairly small and served by a 2 man chairlift.

In the Morzine/Les Gets ski area, there are 110 Km of runs, 52 lifts (2 cable cars, 26 chairlifts, 3 gondolas, 14 drag lifts) 385 snow cannons and 67 slopes (3 green, 26 blue, 28 red & 9 black). Les Gets has an area of the mountain for children only, Le Grande Cry "Indian Park". This has 2 button lifts and several runs, all themed around trappers and Indians. They hold weekly treasure hunts for children.

 

Les Gets is not just about the village and the views. The variety and quality of the skiing is one of the reasons why families go back year after year. The ease with which beginners and intermediate skiers can access gentle scenic slopes with plenty of more challenging terrain for more experienced members of the family, makes Les Gets a favourite.

 

Once you start exploring you’ll find plenty of charming mountain restaurants where you can stop for everything from a restorative hot chocolate to a hearty home made tartiflette. Many are old mountain huts originally used by farmers and most are still run by local families.

 

This sunny village has a quiet ambiance that appeals to families but also Les Gets livens up at the weekend for those wishing to have a drink or dance after skiing. The scenery in Les Gets is best from high points such as Mont Chery where you can get a lovely panorama of the village, wooded slopes and in the distance – Mont Blanc.

 

Les Gets Tourist Information    Les Gets Lift Passes

 

Avoriaz

 

Avoriaz is one of the most distinctive Alpine ski resorts you will probably ever visit; perched high on a rocky promontory it looks down over the cliff edge towards Morzine and beyond. Situated at the centre of the Portes du Soleil it falls within the Chablais region of the Haute-Savoie.

 

Possibly the most modern resort in the Portes du Soleil, Avoriaz is instantly recognizable for its dynamic architecture, based on the concept that in nature there are no right-angles. Jaques Labro built the Dromonts Hotel in March 1966, and his futuristic design set the tone for the rest of the resort. The architects of Avoriaz have embraced the bold lines and sharp angles of its cliff top location rather than the ‘chocolate box’ chalet design that we tend to associate with ski resorts. However, despite being built in the 1960’s (the same era when many ‘concrete jungle’ ski resorts were hastily constructed) the overall visual impact of the resort is surprisingly in keeping with its natural surroundings. The buildings are mainly fabricated from wood and slate and blend well into the colours of the cliffs. Many of the designers that have contributed to the development of Avoriaz have won prestigious awards ie Académie des Beaux Arts, the Equerre d’Argent and a silver medal from the Architectural Académie. In 2003 Avoriaz was awarded a prize by the Minister of Culture for being one of the great heritage achievements of the 20th century.

 

The resort of Avoriaz 1800 has no traffic apart from sleighs, thus preserving the environment and ensuring your well-being. All amenities are close to many of the apartments and residences and most of the accommodation is, quite literally, ski in ski out. Its car-free policy is enhanced by the addition of horse drawn sleighs and it is a common sight to see people sledging home after a night out!

 

The snow covers every corner throughout the season, allowing you to ski-walk amid the timber holiday residences that blend in with the countryside so well. With daily events for every taste, the resort provides all the relaxation and escape you could wish for.

 

Fully integrated into the surrounding ski area, Avoriaz is unique with its snowy pedestrianized streets, as it has no traffic apart from sleighs, preserving the environment and ensuring your well-being. This means that you are not able to drive to your accommodation or around town, but parking is convenient and plentiful. The streets are ski runs, all tourist accommodation has access to the slopes, and children can go sledging in complete safety right in the heart of the village. The taxis are horse-drawn sleighs and there are sunny terraces where skiers and non-skiers can get together and enjoy the lively atmosphere that prevails in Avoriaz!

 

Avoriaz Tourist Information    Avoriaz Lift Passes

 

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