Discover the Portes du Soleil
Abondance, Avoriaz, Châtel, La Chapelle d'Abondance, Les Gets, Montriond, Morzine, St Jean d'Aulps, Champéry, Morgins, Torgon, Val d'Illiez-Les Crosets-Champoussin
Overlooking Lake Geneva, while offering a spectacular view of Mont Blanc, in the Portes du Soleil area there are:
- 12 distinctive resorts, between France and Switzerland
Perched between 1000 and 2400 metres above sea level, the resorts of the Portes du Soleil open out onto high mountains, like at Val d'Illiez-Les Crosets-Champoussin, where you are up close and personal with the Dents du Midi. Lovers of authenticity will appreciate the warmth and friendliness of the neighbouring villages of Les Gets, Morzine, Châtel or Champéry, which have preserved their mountainous soul while offering a high quality tourist experience and a wide range of events for all the family. If you're looking for intimacy and the discovery of a preserved heritage, choose St Jean d'Aulps or La Chapelle d'Abondance. For super-active holidays, Avoriaz and its avante-garde architecture allows you to have a getaway in the middle of the mountains, with skis on your feet.
- More than 650 kms of ski slopes in the winter which become as many trails for mountain biking and hiking in the summer.
Ski all day without hitting the same slope twice? It's possible by doing the tour of the Portes du Soleil! In one day, you will take on the legendary "Swiss Wall" or follow in the footsteps of Jean Vuarnet on the World Championships slope, you will get a taste of the extended pleasure of the 1000 m vertical drop of the Linga and of the peaceful wilderness of the Gran Paradiso, you will rediscover Mont-Blanc at each summit... the vast white expanses, the long walks in the forest, views that take your breath away, it's an infinite array of landscapes! On the melting of the snow, wheels replace skis, for mountain biking, the pleasure remains the same, in an area which has become one of the world capitals of the discipline.
- An extraordinary variety of activities
The mountains in winter are synonymous with skiing and snowboarding, it's true... but as one holidaymaker in four doesn't practice winter sports, the Portes du Soleil offers them a whole range of fun and exotic activities: snowshoe hikes or tobogganing, both day and night; sledging with dogs or horses; paragliding, aquatic centres... as for the mountain in the summer, it's a fantastic place to make the most of Nature on foot (hiking, climbing, via ferrata...); in the water (rafting, canyoning...); in the air (paragliding, fantasticable...) and by bike, obviously!