Skiing in the Portes Du Soleil
The huge variety of terrain ranging from the gentle tree lined slopes of Les Gets and Morzine to the steep, challenging world cup downhill course in Avoriaz means that there really is something for every type of skier. The Portes du Soleil boasts 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 snowboarder friendly, check out snowboarding in the Portes Du Soleil.
Self Catered Chalets
We run 14 beautiful self-catered properties in Morzine and one ski in ski out self-catered chalet in Les Gets.
Morzine and Les Gets's proximity to Geneva airport make them ideal ski resorts for a short stay. We offer 3 and 4 night short stays in our catered chalets.
- Try the circuit, cover the whole area in one day
- There’s no better view than at the top of the Mossettes chair
- Best for kids: Avoriaz kids snowpark
- Best fast food: Changabangs, Avoriaz
- Best long lunch: Les Relais Rosti Restaurant
- The off piste tree runs in Les Lindarets
- The powder fields in the Les Combes area
- Avoid the crowds by heading away from Avoriaz to Chatel
UP TO 20% Off Ski & Snowboard Hire
All three ski hire shops offer a great choice of quality ski rental equipment at competitive prices and you will receive a 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 20% discount for Brown Bear Lodge guests.
If you prefer your skis delivered to your chalet and will be bringing them home with you overnight, we recommend Doorstep Skis.
Portes Du Soleil Lift Passes
There are two types of ski pass available.
A Morzine-Les Gets ski pass which covers 160km of piste and covers all of the slopes in Les Gets (both the Chavannes side and Mont Chery) and over to Morzine. This is in itself a large area and plenty big enough for a weekend trip or for a week skiing for beginner and intermediate skiers.
A full area Portes Du Soleil ski pass covers 650km of piste and includes 12 resorts between France and Switzerland. We recommend the full area pass if you are a higher intermediate skier or boarder or if you are coming at the beginning or the end of the season.
See this year’s lift pass prices here: Lift Pass Prices.
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.
Tree Lined Slopes
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.
Ski Area – Portes Du Soleil
Total Number 197
Highest Lift – 2,460m
Lowest Lift – 1,000m
Length of Pistes – 650km
Total Number – 280
Longest Run – 11km
Cross Country – 250km
No. of Restaurants – 89
No. of Snow Cannons – 694
Avoriaz, Champery, Champoussin, La Chapelle d’Abondance, Chatel, Les Croset, Les Gets, Morgins, Morzine, Torgon, Linga, Grande Terche