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Les Portes du Soleil

Les Portes du Soleil (French for “Doors to the Sun”) is a major ski resort destination in the Alps, encompassing 12 resorts between Mont Blanc in France and Lake Geneva in Switzerland.

With more than 600 km of marked pistes and about 200 lifts in total, Les Portes du Soleil ranks among the two largest ski areas in the world.

Avoriaz

The only vehicles are horse-drawn sleighs at this family-friendly resort in the middle of the Portes du Soleil ski area, which allows access to 650 kilometres of runs from France to Switzerland. It gets an average of eight metres of snow each winter.

Season

December 23, 2017 – April 22, 2018

Ski area

The resort has 36 ski lifts, with 4 green runs, 26 blue, 14 red and six black, two terrain parks, including Europe’s first Burton Stash park, a skier-cross and a superpipe. There’s also a five-hectare learning zone, with two terrain parks for children.

Accommodation

Families love the fact all apartments are ski-in/ski-out at this pedestrian-only resort.

Where to stay in Avoriaz

Off-piste

Avoriaz has an outdoor skating rink and offers activities including dog sledding and snowshoeing to an igloo or tipi for dinner around a fireplace. There’s also an igloo bar and restaurant, where you can also stay overnight, a cinema, bowling alley, indoor water park and a nightclub.

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Morzine

This authentic village with traditional architecture is popular with families. From the summit of Chamossière you can see Lake Geneva to the north, Mont Blanc to the south, and the Swiss border.

Season

December 23, 2017 – April 22, 2018

Ski area

Morzine is divided into two sections with 46 lifts accessing 125 kilometres of terrain, including five green runs, 23 blue, 27 red and nine black. Linked to Avoriaz via a gondola, it has tree-lined runs for beginners, while carvers will love the runs around Le Pleney and powder hounds will revel in the slopes above Nyon.

Accommodation

Morzine has an abundance of family-run chalets and hotels.

Where to stay in Morzine

Off-piste

There are around 100 shops and 40 bars and restaurants, as well as indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks, a bowling alley, an aquatic centre and luxury spas. Activities include snowshoeing, ice climbing, ice diving, paragliding, farm visits and cheese-making tours.

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Les Gets

Families are increasingly discovering this former farming village which centres around an ice skating rink with a free toy-like train running through it.

Season

December 17, 2017 – April 17, 2018

Ski area

Les Gets has 120 kilometres of terrain, with four green runs, 26 blue, 29 red and nine black. Choose between two ski areas on either side of the village. Families usually head to Les Chavannes, which has special zones for beginners and is linked to Portes du Soleil, while Mont Chéry is favoured by more experienced skiers.

Accommodation

Stay in a charming wooden chalet or hotel within easy access of the slopes, shops and restaurants.

Where to stay in Les Gets

Off-piste

Les Gets has a mechanical music museum and cinema, and offers activities including ice skating, snowshoeing, paragliding, dog sledding and bowling. Le Bacchus wine and tapas bar, the Aprèski terrace and Irish pub The Getoise Brewery are great for après.

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Portes du Soleil Ski Deals

    4 Star

Hotel des Dromonts

Avoriaz Hotel

7 NIGHTS + BREAKFAST & DINNER DAILY + 6 DAY LIFT PASS & SKI HIRE + RETURN TRANSFERS
FROM(AUD)
$2,190*pp
    4 Star
  • Chalet Hotel Marmotte - Les Gets

Chalet Hotel La Marmotte

Les Gets Chalet Hotel

7 NIGHTS + BREAKFAST DAILY + 6 DAY LIFT PASS + 6 DAY SKI HIRE
FROM(AUD)
$1,948*pp
    4 Star
  • Hotel La Tapiaz - Les Gets

La Tapiaz

Les Gets Chalet Hotel

7 NIGHTS + BREAKFAST DAILY + 6 DAY LIFT PASS + 6 DAY SKI HIRE
FROM(AUD)
$2,498*pp
    3 Star
  • Residence Les Fontaines Blanches - Avoriaz

Les Fontaines Blanches

Avoriaz Apartments

7 NIGHTS + 6 DAY LIFT PASS + 6 DAY SKI HIRE
FROM(AUD)
$928*pp
    3 Star
  • Residence Antares - Avoriaz

Résidence Antarès

Avoriaz Apartments

7 NIGHTS + 6 DAY LIFT PASS + 6 DAY SKI HIRE
FROM(AUD)
$950*pp
    3 Star
  • Residence Sepia - Avoriaz

Residence Sépia

Avoriaz Apartments

7 NIGHTS + 6 DAY LIFT PASS + 6 DAY SKI HIRE
FROM(AUD)
$1,024*pp
    3 Star
  • Residence Saskia Falaise - Avoriaz

Residence Saskia Falaise

Avoriaz Apartments

7 NIGHTS + 6 DAY LIFT PASS + 6 DAY SKI HIRE
FROM(AUD)
$954*pp
    4 Star
  • Residence Electra - Avoriaz

Residence l'Electra

Avoriaz Apartments

7 NIGHTS + 6 DAY LIFT PASS + 6 DAY SKI HIRE
FROM(AUD)
$1,026*pp
    4 Star
  • Residence Atria Crozats - Avoriaz

Residence Atria-Crozats

Avoriaz Apartments

7 NIGHTS + 6 DAY LIFT PASS + 6 DAY SKI HIRE
FROM(AUD)
$1,064*pp
    5 Star
  • Premium Residence L'Amara

Residence L'Amara

Avoriaz Apartments

7 NIGHTS + 6 DAY LIFT PASS + 6 DAY SKI HIRE
FROM(AUD)
$1,088*pp
    3 Star
  • Hotel Le Crychar - Les Gets

Hotel Crychar

Les Gets Chalet Hotel

7 NIGHTS + 6 DAY LIFT PASS + BREAKFAST
FROM(AUD)
$1,413*
    4 Star
  • Hotel Le Dahu - Morzine

Hotel Le Dahu

Morzine Hotel

7 NIGHTS + 6 DAY LIFT PASS + BREAKFAST
FROM(AUD)
$1,228*

Info & Stats

Vertical Rise: 1,466m Beginner Runs 43%
Elevation: 2,466m Intermediate Runs 11%
Lifts: 200 accessing 600km of runs Advanced/Expert Runs 46%
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Avoriaz trail map

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Les Portes du Soleil trail map

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Ski Resort Video


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