Learn how and when to remove this template message As one of the largest ski areas in the world, Portes du Solei offers ski runs of all kinds and difficulties, ranging from shallow beginner slopes "blue slopes" to some of the most challenging downhill slopes "black slopes" in the Alps. Due to the size of the area, it takes several days to traverse all different resorts. There are places on the circuit especially in Morgins where one might experience sparse snow or even have to go down by chairlift late in the season. However, the circuit will by no means cover the entire ski area.
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Learn how and when to remove this template message As one of the largest ski areas in the world, Portes du Solei offers ski runs of all kinds and difficulties, ranging from shallow beginner slopes "blue slopes" to some of the most challenging downhill slopes "black slopes" in the Alps. Due to the size of the area, it takes several days to traverse all different resorts.
There are places on the circuit especially in Morgins where one might experience sparse snow or even have to go down by chairlift late in the season. However, the circuit will by no means cover the entire ski area. It was the seater Pleney cable car in Morzine. The lift officially opened to the public on December 15th This lift is still operated today making it the oldest current lift in the Portes du Soleil. This was the first cable car in French-speaking Switzerland and only the third of its kind in the entirety of Switzerland.
The lift opened in was only operated until a fire in The lift opens up a new area for skiing in Chatel. Each cabin could hold 80 people. The name comes from the mountain pass above the resort of Les Crosets. The resort of Champoussin was also founded. To this day, it is the most efficient ski lift in the Portes du Soleil with a capacity of 4, people per hour.
Resorts[ edit ] The border between France and Switzerland on the slopes. There are thirteen resorts in the Portes du Soleil area, of which seven are French and five are Swiss. Most of the resorts have grown around traditional valley villages - only Avoriaz and the very small Les Crosets and Torgon were purposely built during the mid-sixties.
Morzine and Chatel are the largest of the traditional towns in the area. As a whole the skiing is relatively low in altitude compared to most French destinations. However, the area is heavily influenced by the microclimate between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, which generates very substantial snowfall between November and April making it possible to keep the area open to skiing typically from early December until mid to late April.
Some of the lower stations close around April 1 or earlier depending on snow conditions though. Avoriaz[ edit ] The most modern skiing and accommodation of the Portes du Soleil is the resort of Avoriaz with more than Avoriaz is among the largest purpose-built ski destinations in the world.
Avoriaz features purpose-built wood-clad buildings reaching 15 stories and a car-free policy. Avoriaz has extensive offerings for snowboarders and freestyle skiers — 3 major fun parks, border cross, snow cross zones and more. Avoriaz is a hub for a number of summer-activities as well: mountain biking, golf, paragliding, climbing and hiking.
There are restaurants and bards around the area, some also open during the summer. Morzine[ edit ] Morzine is the largest town in the Portes du Soleil area. It is a traditional market town and the town from which the idea of a large connected ski area stems.
Morzine has been one of the leading ski destinations in Europe for 80 years, with a large choice of hotels and apartments in Morzine and on the surrounding mountainsides. There are bus services for the Prodains cablecar, the Ardent gondola and the Nyon cablecar, while cablecars to Supermorzine Avoriaz and to Pleney can be walked to from the town centre. At an altitude of just meters, Morzine offers predominantly easy to medium skiing. Morzine is the most northern of the French Alpine resorts and benefits from the regional microclimate between Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva.
The village stretches from Lac de Vonnes near the border down to centre. This area forms the link between Chatel and Avoriaz and while it is dominated by intermediate and difficult slopes, it is possible to ski all the way to Avoriaz on beginner slopes. There is also a small church built into the rock.
Les Gets[ edit ] Les Gets is an alpine village situated on the Col des Gets between Morzine and Taninges at an altitude of m with a year round population of around 1, people.
The resort is popular among families with many gentle runs at the top of the Chavannes gondola. The ski area in Les Gets ranges from an altitude of m to m and is serviced by many modern lifts. Morgins[ edit ] Morgins forms part of the Swiss section of Portes du Soleil and is not as crowded as the larger resorts in France. The skiing is linked to Chatel on one side of the village and to Champoussin to the other side. As one of the lower resorts with shallow runs, Morgins is among the first to close connections to other areas when the snow melts in spring.
The skiing in Morgins is comparatively easy, many of the lifts are draglifts. It can be reached by ski from Morgins and Avoriaz. It allows views of the Dents Du Midi and has a large funpark. A famous steep black itinerary piste nicknamed The Swiss Wall a steep mogul run can be reached from Les Crosets.
Les Crosets is built above the village of Champery. There are no pistes connecting Les Crosets to Champery. Skiers have to either go down by cablecar or ski down to Grand Paradis and continue by car or shuttle bus. It is a years old village which was among the initiating towns when the Portes du Soleil ski area was established in the late Sixties.
There are no pistes leading all the way down to Champery due in part to the fact that the mountainside above the town is heavily exposed to snow. Torgon[ edit ] Torgon is a purpose-built ski resort and is know by locals as the "Balcon du Chablais". The resort is situated at an altitude of m. Skiing can be done here as low as m altitude with the Fingards drag lift. Torgon also has views of Lake Geneva and the Dents du Midi. The first ski lift was built there in the s.
The ski area on this side of the valley can be accessed directly from the village center. On the other side of the valley is Braitaz ski area, built in Situated at an altitude of m, the village and resort of Champoussin is on a plateau facing the Dents du Midi.
Champoussin is located between the swiss ski resorts of Les Crosets and Morgins which are also in the Portes du Soleil.
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Piste Maps The Portes du Soleil ski area enjoys exceptionally good snowfall across the many valleys it covers. With our resort chauffeur you will be there and back in no time. Look out for the Milka cow while you are skiing about. She is known to hand out chocolates on the piste side on a regular basis. The main gondola also runs from the centre of the village which makes this as quick to access as possible for enthusiastic young skiers. There are plenty of challenging runs as well from Super-Chatel including a fun little black run behind and to right of the gondola. Scalable pdf files of the maps below can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.
Piste map Portes du Soleil
The Dents du Midi and the Dents Blanches mountain ridges also offer numerous well-marked walks and hikes with breath-taking views at every turn. You can access several concerts during the season freely! You can spend most of a week there and hardly ski the same run twice. All in all, if you like skiing more than nightlife this is a great place to ski, and if you get the train from Genova, like we do, it follows lake Carman then takes you up the mountains. Cut-price holidays with the Multi Oiste deal.
Portes du Soleil Piste Maps