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Skiing in the portes du Soleil

The ski area of the Portes du Soleil

For 50 years, the Portes du Soleil has been acknowledged as one of the largest ski areas in the world. There are 12 linked ski resorts between France and Switzerland, located just one hour’s travel from Geneva: Abondance, Avoriaz, Châtel, La Chapelle d'Abondance, Les Gets, Montriond, Morzine-Avoriaz, St Jean d'Aulps, Champéry, Morgins, Torgon, Val-d'Illiez - Les Crosets - Champoussin.

This area is a veritable nature preserve of powder snow and an ideal environment to help skiers perfect their technique. The chairlifts wind their way discretely up the wooded hills and the ski pistes themselves meander down through pastures and forest, occasionally passing a farmhouse which may be a hundred or so years old.
From mid-November until the end of April, the ski area is blessed with excellent falls of snow. The average depth of the snow is generally around 7.83 m (25 feet) each year.

There is a wide variety of skiing packages available in the Portes du Soleil too. You can go on ski safari or tour the entire ski area seeing everything as you ski from resort to resort, valley to valley, country to country ...

Statistics for the Portes du Soleil

  • 285 ski pistes : 32 black; 100 red; 122 blue; and 31 green
  • 196 lifts
  • 400km² (155 sq miles).
  • 21 snow parks / boarder-cross / ski-cross areas.
  • 90 restaurants on the pistes
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