Portes du Soleil Ski Hotel Guide - Ski accommodation

Portes du Soleil

The Portes du Soleil has been one of the biggest players in world skiing for the last 40 years, with 12 linked resorts either side of the French-Swiss border just an hour from Geneva: Abondance, Avoriaz, Châtel, La Chapelle d'Abondance, Les Gets, Montriond, Morzine-Avoriaz, St Jean d'Aulps, Champéry, Morgins, Torgon, Val-d'Illiez - Les Crosets - Champoussin.

This genuine Natural Powder Reserve at the heart of the Alps offers skiers unspoilt surroundings, mountain lifts that keep a low profile amid snowbound forests, pistes that wind their way through snow meadows, spruces and mountain chalets that have stood the test of time.

The ski area enjoys exceptionally good snowfall from mid-November to the end of April, with an average of 8m of powder every year.

The Portes du Soleil offers visitors a unique ski experience that we call "ski safari": just click into your bindings at your chalet and go exploring from resort to resort, valley to valley - and even from country to country...

The Portes du Soleil ski area is open from 18 December 2010 to 25 April 2011.

The Portes du Soleil in numbers:

  • 280 slopes: 26 black, 105 red, 112 blue, 37 green
  • 201 mountain lifts
  • 650 km of groomed slopes
  • 9 snowparks
  • 89 slopeside restaurants

Freestyle
The Portes du Soleil has 9 snowparks at strategic points around the ski area.
All parks feature boxes, tables, wall rides, big air jumps, raised bends, air bags and rails that riders of all levels will be more than happy with! Avoriaz pulls out all the stops for freestyle fans with no less than five dedicated zones for all levels and disciplines: superpipe, border-cross, variety modules and the new Jake Burton-inspired snowpark, aka the Stash, which offers several routes through Les Lindarets forest and some memorable all-wood sections! In Châtel, freestyle fans head for the SmoothPark in Super Châtel. In Les Gets, intermediate and hardcore freestylers head for Mont Chéry's sunny Freestyle District. Les Crosets offers a freestyle paradise at the Superpark.

Freeride
The Portes du Soleil ski area is nothing less than a massive winter playground for powder hounds... Our Natural Powder Reserve offers boundless fun and we encourage you to fill your ski boots, but please be sensible! The Snowcross zones in Avoriaz offer skiers and snowboarders all the thrills of no-holds-barred exploring on safe but untouched slopes. After a big dump of snow, powder-lovers head for Les Crozats, La Frontalière, Les Brochaux or La Marmotte. At Champéry, a favourite place for powder chasers is Le Cuboré. From the top of the chairlift, all you have to do is choose your route and if the Swiss Wall is an icon among ski aficionados, the side of the run is always a hit thanks to the virgin powder turns on offer. In Les Gets both sides of the village resort offer advanced skiers numerous opportunities to sample the powder: La Rosta (Chavannes side), or for more of a challenge on Mont Chéry, Les Planeys near the Snow Park, or even Chéry Nord. The Nyon and Chamossière peaks in Morzine are among the favourite destinations for lovers of steep and deep untracked slopes. Les Crosets and Champoussin are pure heaven for riders. Favourite spots are the tricky Pointe de l'Au couloirs, the Combe de Bonnavau for freeride improvers, the Pierre Plate couloir towards Tovassière, or the Aiguille des Champeys?

Children’s ski areas
With its 4 family-friendly "Famille Plus Montagne" destinations - Châtel, La Chapelle d'Abondance, Les Gets, Morzine ? and numerous dedicated beginners'slopes, there's plenty of space for first-time skiers in the Portes du Soleil... In Abondance, a family ski holiday is easy with pistes specially suited to children just outside the cable car top station. In the centre of Avoriaz, the Children's Village (Village des Enfants) looks after 3-year-olds and over in a reassuring and fun setting, with colourful cartoon characters. Annie Famose and her team have crafted an original learning programme based on role-play and games. Châtel is a superb family destination. At Pré-la-Joux, there's tobogganing, a snow play area for the whole family, an interactive winter trail and ski nursery. In Super-Châtel there's a ski nursery just outside the cable car top station and plenty of lifts suitable for beginners. A stone's throw from the village centre, first-time skiers head for the dedicated Les Marmottons area. At the bottom of Linga, the area called Les Pitchounes is also perfect for beginners.

Champéry kids'club (Le club enfants de Champéry) is handily positioned between the centre of the resort and the cable car. With its tunnels, bumps and hoops, all 3-7 year-olds soon make it their special hideaway! The Grand Cry Territory in Les Gets is a ski and play area on a theme of hunters and native American Indians: it features 2 slopes with raised bends and a series of bumps, wigwams, ?native-entertainers? who face-paint all young visitors and a hunters'lodge with traditional and musical games? Just a few metres from the centre of Morgins, the Snow Park is a dedicated area for first-time skiers. Step by step, beginners make progress in the snow garden, before moving onto the ski school's Snowli drag-lift and then finally onto the Géant.

Number of elevators

208

Drags

Chairs

Gondolas

108 86 14

Length of skiing trails (km)

650

Blue

Red

Black

170

380

100

The highest point (m)

2466



Resorts

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