Portes du Soleil ski holiday allow you to ski an international ski region that encompasses ski resorts in both France and Switzerland. The most popular resorts for ski holidays on the French side are Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz, closely followed by Chatel. Whilst on the Swiss side Morgins, Les Crosets, Champoussin and Champery are popular. It is a huge ski area with 650km of piste with just under 300 individual pistes, offering great skiing for all skiers and snowboarders, from beginners through to experts. There are 152 blue runs, 107 red runs and 27 black runs and load of varied terrain from tree lined pistes to high altitude peaks up at 2400m. A short transfer from Geneva of roughly one hour is another reason for the popularity of ski holidays in the Portes du Soleil.
The most popular resorts in the Portes du Soleil are Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets. Morzine is probably the most popular of the three due to its location in the middle of the valley linking the Morzine/Les Gets ski area with the rest of the Portes du Soleil. It gives you great access to the skiing and as a proper town rather than a small ski resort so there is loads of après ski and nightlife. The popularity of Avoriaz is mainly due to its altitude (1800m) and the ski convenience on offer, with nearly all of the accommodation options offering virtually ski in ski out access. Whilst Les Gets is not quite as high and does not have as easy access to the rest of the area but it is very popular with families due to its quite resort centre and gentle gradient of slopes.
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The Portes du Soleil is one of the biggest ski areas on the planet and offers some of the best skiing in Europe. If you are thinking of skiing the Portes du Soleil then you will not be disappointed whether you decide to stay in Morzine, Avoriaz, Les Gets or any of the other resorts on offer.
The Portes du Soleil is a brilliant ski area for beginners. There are over 150 blue runs and the skiing on offer in the Morzine/Les Gets side of the region is perfect for learning to ski due to the gentle gradient of many of the slopes. Avoriaz is also great for beginners with easy access to the nursery slopes right from the village as well as ski in ski out locations for nearly all of the accommodation.
With 152 blue runs and 107 red runs, intermediate skier will be able to ski for days on end without getting bored when skiing in the Portes du Soleil. In total there are 650km of piste and intermediate skiers will definitely want to get the full area lift pass in order to make the most of all of the skiing that is on offer throughout the entire region.
Advanced skiers in the Portes du Soleil will have a field day. There is what seems like an endless amount of skiing with a huge variety if pistes and terrain. The men's World Cup Downhill run from the top of Les Hauts Forts is a must do as is the Swiss Wall offering some of the biggest moguls to be found in the Alps. On top of the on piste skiing there is a huge amount of off piste skiing on offer, as well as a good number of snowparks.
Snowboarders will love the Portes du Soleil due to the number of snowparks on offer and the vast amount of quality on and off piste snowboarding that is available. Snowboarders will especially enjoy holidays in Morzine and the neighbouring resort of Avoriaz. Avoriaz is one of the top snowboarding destinations in Europe has one of most unique snowparks in The Alps (namely The Stash, sponsored by Burton and made from all natural materials) as well as offering a well maintained half pipe. Those wanting to combine snowboarding with a good chunk of nightlife might want to look at staying in Morzine has it has great après ski and offers direct access to Avoriaz via the Super Morzine lift.
There is a huge amount of off piste skiing in the Portes du Soleil and after a fresh dump of snow you will not find that it all gets tracked out in just a matter of hours like you will find in May of the other big ski areas I'm France. In Avoriaz there is some great off piste skiing to be found around the Express du Fornet lift whilst there are also some lovely off piste runs from Avoriaz over towards Chatel. In Morzine check out the bowl which you can access from the Chamossiere Express and in Les Gets check out the Mont Chery side of the valley. There is loads more off piste as well so get herself out to the Portes du Soleil and check it out for yourself!
If you are looking for après ski in the Portes du Soleil then the best resort is Morzine. It is a real mountain town rather than a small little ski village and there is loads going on. You won't find any umbrella bars with dancing on tables out on the sun terrace in Morzine but there are loads of bars in the town centre to hit directly after skiing with Rhodos and Robinson's being two of the most popular venues for an après ski drink. There are then loads of late night venues in Morzine as well.
Avoriaz also has a few bars for après ski but nothing quote like the number of bars on offer in Morzine. However, in Avoriaz it is more a case of less is more. For a lively atmosphere check out the Danish bar called Le Place where they regularly have live music and DJ's and if you want to party into the night Le Yak is the place to head which is open until 2am.