Skiing 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, it really is one of the best places to come for a ski holiday. You’ll never run out of areas to explore even if you come back year on year. The whole area comprises of 12 ski resorts, 7 in France and 5 in Switzerland. Our chalet hosts and drivers know the area very well and will have plenty of hints and tips that will help you to make the most of your trip to this incredible part of the world. Make sure you quiz them over dinner in one of our catered chalets.
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.
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 the first one in Europe. If you love piste riding then there are loads of fast, steep reds and some wide lazy blues if you’re feeling like a lazy day. Most have natural features and changing gradients to keep you entertained as you cruise. If you do want a challenge the infamous Swiss Wall might be worth adding to your wish list. It’s a tough, steep mogul field so not suitable for beginners or nervous skiers.
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 35% 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 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.
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.
Are you staying with us in Morzine? Please see Morzine Lift Pass Prices.
Are you staying with us in Les Gets? Please see Les Gets 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
Official opening dates
Partial opening from 15th of December 2017, Full opening from 23rd December 2017. Closing 22nd April 2018
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
Winter Holiday Activities
You don't need to be mad about skiing or snowboarding to have a fantastic winter holiday in Morzine & Les Gets. There is plenty of winter activities on offer for the less keen skier or boarder or for those that don't ski at all either in resort or on the mountain . Both Morzine and Les Gets are also popular resorts for families with specially designed sledging areas, weekly activities for children, snow gardens and lots more.