The Portes Du Soleil, the largest linked ski area in the world!


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Portes Du Soleil

Skiing & Boarding In The Portes Du Soleil

Welcome to the  Portes Du Soleil the biggest linked ski and snowboard area in the world, with 650km of linked pistes spread over 2 countries France and Switzerland comprising of 12 ski resorts, 7 in France and 5 in Switzerland.

The huge variety of terrain from the gentle tree lined slopes of Les Gets and Morzine to the steep, challenging world cup downhill course at Avoriaz 1800 or the infamous Swiss WALL in Les Crosets, means that there is a great selection of all grades of pistes and is ideally suited to mixed ability groups and for family skiing holidays. The area is both skier and boarder friendly, check out our specific snow boarding page.

NEW for 2015

The New Avoriaz Brochaux Chairlift - a replacement lift between the Swiss side to Avoriaz, this will reduce queues and lift times in a busy spot

Snow Sure

The Portes Du Soleil often gets more snowfall than higher French resorts for a number of reasons, firstly our more northerly position in the Alps and secondly our proximity to Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc : the humidity off  Lake Geneva coming into contact with the cold front surrounding Europe's largest mountain results in heavy snowfall.

The average snowfall over the course of the winter season over the past 10 years in Avoriaz has been over 8 metres, a better record than Val Thorens!!  In 2014-15 Avoriaz was ranked the "snowiest resort in France" by Weather To Ski

The Portes Du Soleil has a lot of north facing slopes combined with a fantastic ability to make snow with 694 snow cannons guaranteeing snow all season.

Morzine and Les Gets although lower in altitude than some resorts don’t require a huge amount of snow to give great cover as the slopes are on mostly grassy meadows, nearby Chamonix for instance has rocky and craggy terrain and requires a few metres of snowfall to provide good cover.

In bad weather the tree lined slopes of Morzine and Les Gets provide skiers and boarders with better visibility and shelter from the high winds and are often less icy than wind swept higher altitude resorts.

Freestyle Skiing

Avoriaz is one of the leading resorts in terms of providing parks, half pipes and patrolled unpisted areas called SnowZones to enable freestyle skiers and boarders to get some air, practice tricks and have fun. The Stash is a snowpark with giant wooden features and jumps in a wooded area and was is the first one in Europe. 

 

Ski Guiding Service

You may be aware that the “ski guiding/ski hosting” service we, and many other UK operators offer, was questioned by the French courts back in February. The ruling went to appeal but was unfortunately lost, see http://www.planetski.eu/news/6276

This basically means that ski guiding/hosting is illegal in France. The ruling is being appealed again but we don’t know how long that will take. Therefore, we are going to have to remove the free ski hosting service we offer guests this winter as we don’t want any of our employees being arrested on the piste!.

We are very disappointed to have to do this as we know how much this adds to our guests' experience of this beautiful, extensive ski area. We will still have the ski hosts helping out in the chalets and on hand to provide an in resort mini-bus service where required and to help with all ski related matters such as ski hire, route advice, where to eat on the hill, book you a mountain restaurant and to generally ensure you make the most of your ski holiday.

Cross Country Skiing

The perfect way to discover quiet valleys, hidden hamlets, and enjoy real peace and quiet and stunning scenery. There are 4 cross country areas accessible from Morzine and its surroundings: the Manche Valley with 25km of challenging circuits, the Morzine-Avoriaz sector with 47km for all levels, Lake Montriond with 10km of Canadian-style runs and the Pleney - Chavannes sector with 8.5km of forest runs.

Ski Insurance

The Ski Club Of Great Britain offer comprehensive snowsports cover, on and off piste skiing and snowboarding (with our without a guide), snowparks, cross country, ski touring, parapenting & ice skating all covered.

Skiing For The Disabled

Discover the Morzine-Avoriaz ski area by ski-chair. Accessible to all disabilities, in total safety with high performance equipment. Contact Michel Journal a qualified instructor by email michel.journal@wanadoo.fr.


 

At least 20% Off Ski & Snowboard Hire

We recommend Francois Baud Freeride in Morzine,  Ardent Sports in Montriond & Perrieres Pro Ski Shop in Les Gets.

All three ski hire shops offer a great choice of quality ski rental equipment at competitive prices and you will receive at least 20% discount as a Reach4thealps guest when renting for 6 days or more, staff are helpful & there is overnight heated storage for boots & skis. Ardent Sports offer a 35% discount for Brown Bear Lodge guests.

As a guide price for 6 day skis and boot rental for an adult start at about €115.  We'd advise you to hire a helmet too.

When you arrive in resort a Reach4thealps representative will take you to the ski hire shops. We will help you choose the right equipment for your level.

If you prefer your skis delivered to your chalet and will be bringing them home with you overnight, we recommend Doorstep Skis

 

Ski Area - Portes Du Soleil

Official opening dates
 
Partial opening from 10th of December 2016, Full opening from 17th April 2016. Closing 22nd April 2017

Lifts

Total Number 197
Highest Lift - 2,460m
Lowest Lift - 1,000m

Pistes

Length of Pistes - 650km
Total Number - 280
27 Black
104 Red
119 Blue
33 Green

Facilities

Longest Run - 11km
Cross Country - 250km
No. of Restaurants - 89
No. of Snow Cannons - 694

Linked Resorts
Avoriaz
Champery
Champoussin
La Chapelle d'Abondance
Chatel
Les Croset
Les Gets
Morgins
Morzine
Torgon
Linga
Grande Terche
 

Download a map of the Portes du Soleil ski slopes.

Download a map of the Morzine - Les Gets slopes.

Download a map of the Avoriaz slopes.


 

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