It offers an enormous km of slopes and so much to choose from in this extensive area, skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels are well catered for. Avoriaz is a purpose built resort nestled on a sloping shelf on a high cliff with views spanning across the lower resort of Morzine. It is arguably the best designed as the resort itself receives a lot of sunlight but its local slopes are able to withhold snow well as they are situated in the shade. It is also traffic free and luggage is often transported to accommodation by horse drawn sleighs.
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It offers an enormous km of slopes and so much to choose from in this extensive area, skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels are well catered for. Avoriaz is a purpose built resort nestled on a sloping shelf on a high cliff with views spanning across the lower resort of Morzine.
It is arguably the best designed as the resort itself receives a lot of sunlight but its local slopes are able to withhold snow well as they are situated in the shade. It is also traffic free and luggage is often transported to accommodation by horse drawn sleighs. At the heart of the Portes du Soleil, Morzine is an all-year round alpine village is a fantastic base to explore the vast Portes do Soleil and the two cultures of France and Switzerland.
This French village remains unspoiled and retains its traditional working farms. Les Gets is a small family friendly resort and shares its slopes with Morzine, making up the largest network in the ski area.
Its picturesque, tree-lined slopes are varied but are best suited to intermediate skiers although it does have some beginner areas. As it sits at a lower altitude, it does have a shorter season, so is best to visit during the peak of the season for the best snow conditions. Champery is an authentic Swiss village, known for its chocolate box style chalets and picturesque scenery over ski convenience.
From here skiers can access Les Crosets on the other side of the Croix de Culet, providing just a fraction of the Portes du Soleil slopes. Mixed ability groups will have no issue with a huge the choice of terrain to suit every standard of skiing and snowboarding. Morzine and Les Gets is also great for intermediates looking to practice technique on gentle blues and red runs.
The majority of the ski area is intermediate friendly, especially with the ability to ski the Portes du Soleil circuit, a ski route which takes a day starting from Morzine to Chatel then to Switzerland before returning back over the French side to Avoriaz.
It takes about 6 hours ski time and less if you are a more experienced skier. Make sure you keep an eye on the time though so you can get the last lift back and make it to your hotel or chalet for some afternoon tea! Check out our Avoriaz video guide below for an insight into what it has to offer. Ice hockey matches are also a favourite in Morzine, so why not sit back and relax and enjoy watching somebody else taking the strain after your hard day on the piste!
Many of the properties, certainly in Avoriaz offer ski-in ski-out access making skiing with children a convenient dream.
Families return year after year to this ideal family holiday hotspot where you have a winter wonderland playground right at your feet.
The nursery slopes run directly back into the resort making even the longest day on skis a gentle run home. The sports centre and bowling alley can keep you well entertained long into the evenings.
Holiday search for skiing holidays to the Portes du Soleil. La Vaffieu, Morzine at the top of the Golf Chairlift. La Cremaillere, Les Lindarets. Changabang, Avoriaz - at the top of the Prodains lift is a fantastic quick snack stop with the best curly fries and curly wraps in Avoriaz! La Ferme de la Fruitiere, Morzine — very traditional and one of our favourites. Bec Jaune Brewery, Morzine - for an excellent mix of local beers and delicious burgers from pulled pork buns to vegan superfood burgers.
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Piste Map Poster - Les Portes du Soleil
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.
Portes du Soleil piste map
For those of you unfamiliar with the area, the Portes du Soleil straddles the French — Swiss border. It has km of groomed runs linking 12 different resorts, making it the largest ski area in the world. If you want to see more of the area and cover some distance this winter, the Portes du Soleil Circuit is a great day out. What is The Circuit? The circuit takes you on a huge loop around the Portes du Soleil. The route takes in the best views of the Portes du Soleil and the quieter slopes of Switzerland.
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