Les Portes du Soleil in short
Les Portes du Soleil is one of the world's largest linked ski areas, with more than 600km of pisted ski runs. The ski area is located on the French-Swiss border, and the endless network of ski slopes in the Portes du Soleil allows you to try different routes every day during your ski holidays. The French side of the Portes du Soleil area is packed with ultra-modern ski lifts and is perfectly interconnected, while the Swiss side offers the possibility to try heli-skiing on virgin powder snow. Each village within the ski area offers its own unique atmosphere, from the modern, car-free Avoriaz to the lively Morzine with its picturesque chalets, to the charming villages of Châtel en Les Gets. While staying in Les Portes du Soleil, you can choose from a (cheaper) ski pass for your own ski area, or a ski pass that allows you to access the entire Portes du Soleil linked ski area.
The Portes du Soleil ski area spans 12 ski resorts, 8 on the French side (Abondance, Avoriaz, Châtel, La Chapelle d'Abondance, Les Gets, Montriond, Morzineand St-Jean-d'Arves) and 4 on the Swiss side Champéry, Morgins, Torgon and Val d'Illiez-Champoussin & Les Crosets). The ski area stretches from Lake Geneva in Switzerland through to the Mont Blanc region in France! Some of the most popular ski resorts include the authentic Les Gets and the pedestrian ski resort of Avoriaz. With so much skiing on offer, it goes without saying that there's something for all levels and tastes. And let's not forget to mention, there are plenty of mountain restaurants where you can stop to rest your weary legs and enjoy a drink with panoramic views of the Alps! Les Portes du Soleil is relatively easy to reach from the UK: the closest resorts are just over an hour's drive from Geneva Airport, or you can drive all the way from Calais.
- Blue 320 km
- Red 210 km
- Black 70 km
Mountain: 60 cm
Valley: 10 cm
- Drag Lifts 102
- Chair Lifts 81
- Gondolas 10
- Trains 0
- Glacier No
- Speed 25500 p/hour
Exploring Les Portes du Soleil ski area
The Portes du Soleil ski area is relatively low-lying, which means many of the picturesque slopes are located below the treeline. But that doesn't stop the powder from coming: Les Portes du Soleil has had record-breaking years with over 8m of cumulative snowfall! Expert skiers can tackle challenging slopes like the World Cup piste and Le Pas de Chavanette (otherwise known as Le Mur Suisse, or The Swiss Wall). The latter is reputed to be one of Europe's toughest black runs and sports waist-high moguls that run down a vertical drop of more than 300 metres. Snowboarders are spoilt for choice in the Portes du Soleil, which has a great selection of snow parks with half-pipes, hand rails and various other jumps and cool features.
The ski resort of Abondance is located in the beautiful French departement of Haute-Savoie, 4 km from the ski resort of Châtel and 30 km from Lake Geneva. The village is located to the south of Lake Geneva, on the River Dranse, and offers lot...
Avoriaz is one of the ski resorts which make up the Portes du Soleil ski area, on the border of France and Switzerland. Tucked between Morzine and Val d'Illiez-Champoussin & Les Crosets, the village of Avoriaz is entirely pedestrian becaus...
Champéry lies at the foot of Dents-du-Midi, one of Switzerland’s most beautiful mountain ranges. It combines old charm with modern luxury. In the village you will find beautifully renovated hotels, modern lift systems, shops and different pla...
Châtel is part of the vast Les Portes du Soleil ski area, which is famous for being among the largest in Europe with no less than 12 different ski resorts. Located in the Abondance valley practically on the border of Switzerland, you can easi...
La Chapelle d'Abondance
La Chapelle d'Abondance is a small village in the French departement of Haute-Savoie. The village is situated at an altitude of 1020 metres, between the ski resorts of Châtel and Abondance, on the border with Switzerland. La Chapelle d’Ab...
Les Gets is an authentic ski resort set in a pretty, wooded location in France's Haute Savoie region. This ski resort, with its friendly atmosphere, is situated along the road from Geneva about 10km from the ski resort of Morzine. Les Gets pay...
Nestled in a sheltered valley between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, this village has the most beautiful views that you could wish for. Enjoy the traditional charm of Montriond thanks to its Savoyard chalets and fantastic authentic food. Montriond is...
Morgins is a beautiful village and part of the cross-border ski area Portes du Soleil. This small ski resort provides a pleasant mix of classic chalets and modern hotels. The village is at an altitude of 1300 metres right on the French border. The...
Morzine is located at 1000m above sea level on the French side of Les Portes du Soleil, one of Europe's biggest linked ski areas. Despite the fact that skiers discovered Morzine decades ago, this ski resort has not lost its authentic character...
The village of St-Jean d'Aulps is 20km south of Lake Geneva, located at 900 meters of altitude in the Haute Savoie region. This small but excellent ski area is close to other ski areas that make up the Portes du Soleil ski area where you have...
The village of Torgon at 1,100 meters is in an interesting corner of the Portes du Soleil. The view over Lake Geneva from the slopes is so wonderful that you can't take your eyes off it while on the lift. Torgon offers a range of possibilitie...