Portes du Soleil Destination Guide
Set between Mont Blanc in France and Lake Geneva in Switzerland, the Portes du Soleil ski area is made up of 13 linked ski resorts. There is over 650 km of marked pistes and around 200 lifts, which subsequently makes it one of the largest ski areas in the world.
Eight of the linked ski resorts are French. Namely Morzine, Chatel, Avoriaz, Les Gets, Saint-Jean-d’Aulps, La Chapelle d’Abondance, Abondance and Montriond. There are 10 snow parks and a wide variety of terrain to explore for varying levels and styles. Additionally, visitors are spoilt for choice as the area is famous for its gastronomy with influences from Swiss and Savoyard cuisine!
In the summertime, activities range from hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing to horse riding and paragliding. Alternatively, you can relax in one of the blissful thermal baths. In winter, if skiing or snowboarding is not your thing, you can take part in one of the many winter-based activities. This includes snowshoeing, tobogganing, ice skating, sledding and even ten-pin bowling to name but a few.
Conveniently, it is very close to Geneva airport – the travel time from Les Gets is under one hour.
Avoriaz is located right in the centre of the Portes du Soleil ski area, with varied terrain for beginners right through to advanced skiers and snowboarders.
Morzine is a beautiful Alpine village and a firm favourite with visitors as the capital of the Portes du Soleil ski area. Furthermore, it is conveniently linked to the other resorts by a ski lift circuit
Les Gets is a picturesque village and family-friendly, full of authentic Alpine charm. The varying slopes are suitable for all levels. There are slopes for beginners up to advanced skiers and snowboarders with 23 lifts, 3 snow parks and a total of 107 km to explore.
Set in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area, Montriond has around 77 km of skiable pistes. There are 51 runs in total. This includes some beginner slopes, however, runs are mainly geared towards more intermediate and advanced skiers. As a matter of fact, l’Abricotine is one of the longest ski runs in the area at 8 km long.
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