The Portes du Soleil is the biggest interconnected ski resort in the Alps. With over 650km of fantastically maintained pistes between 950m and 2450m served by 200 lifts and covered by one ski pass the area offers a huge range of runs from tree-lined and winding to wide open and vast. The area straddles the France-Switzerland border and includes the French resorts of Morzine, Avoriaz, Les Gets, St Jean d’Aulps, Chatel and Abondance and the Swiss resorts of Morgins and Champrey.
The scenery is spectacular with towering peaks, deep crevasses and grand glaciers and there’s a myriad of activities to enjoy besides skiing and snowboarding such as climbing, hiking, paragliding, sledding, snow shoeing and husky sledding. The area is a hub of activity in the summer as well drawing individuals, groups and families to enjoy the splendid views and summer activities, which include hiking, climbing, pony trekking, mountain biking, cycling, swimming in the lakes, picnicking, adventure parks and paraglading.
Les Gets is a picturesque village located between Morzine and Samoens filled with alpine charm and tradition. With lots of events held throughout the year there’s always something interesting going on.
Morzine is a traditional mountain village sat inside a gorge beside La Dranse de Morzine. It’s bustling night life combined with its family friendliness makes it very popular with British expats.
Avoriaz is a favourite for freestyle snowboarders and skiers who are drawn by its four snow parks. It’s also a powder haven with limitless off piste options and pristine powder fields. The summer months see the migration of mountain bike enthusiasts to the resort to enjoy the fantastic downhill and cross country MTB trails around the area.
St Jean d’Aulps is a hidden alpine gem largely undiscovered by the British expat and holiday market. It’s a charming village with all the amenities you’d need nearby for a holiday home or permanent mountain abode.