A huge ski area that overlaps the Northern French and Swiss Alps, Les Porte du Soleil is a very popular ski destination for both families, friends, couples and solo skiers alike. Made up of 12 ski resorts, there is a lot of diversity not only in the landscape, but also in the atmosphere of your chosen resort. So, whether you are looking for a small, family-friendly resort, an all-rounder or somewhere more well-known for its partying and après-ski culture, there is something for everyone in Les Portes du Soleil.
1 hour and 30 minutes’ drive from Geneva airport, Les Portes du Soleil are particularly well-located if you plan to travel to The Alps by plane. There are many low-cost airlines that fly into Geneva every day, so you won’t have a problem finding a convenient – and often very affordable - flight to get you to your ski destination of choice.
Situated at the base of iconic mountains Les Dents de Midi and Les Dents Blanches, Les Portes du Soleil boasts some truly unique natural landscapes. Les Portes du Soleil has a skiable area which spans over 600km, with 316 slopes and many non-skiing activities to keep the whole family entertained both on and off the slopes.
The ski resorts in the ski area include Abondance, Avoriaz, Champéry, Châtel, La Chapelle d’Abondance, Les Gets, Montriond, Morgins, Morzine-Avoriaz, St Jean d’Aulps, Torgon and Val-d’Illiez Les Crosets Champoussin. The most popular options with Brits are Avoriaz, Morzine, Châtel and Les Gets, but the others should certainly not be overlooked.
Avoriaz & Morzine
Avoriaz is a highly rated resort which is popular with families. A more modern ski resort, with avant-garde buildings, Avoriaz is linked with neighbouring Morzine via ski lifts. The two resorts are so close and so well-connected, by that is almost where their similarity ends. Morzine was originally founded as an Alpine village and retains much of that community village feel. Avoriaz, by contrast, is fully pedestrianised and has a strong identity as a sustainable and purpose-built ski resort.
A charming, authentic Alpine village, Châtel has a notable lack in high-rise apartment buildings and a well-preserved mountain ambiance. Châtel is a popular choice for families and lovers of cosy wooden chalets and landscapes with traditional architecture. With 83km of skiing in the immediate area, 9 green slopes, 15 blue slopes, 15 red slopes and 6 black slopes, it’s an ideal mixed-ability group destination.
Positioned between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc on the western side of the Franco-Swiss Portes du Soleil ski area, Les Gets is a charming Savoyard village with typical Alpine architecture. Excellent for beginners and intermediate skiers, the region has a majority of blue and red slopes. Awarded the sought-after ‘Famille Plus’ accolade, Les Gets has been given the stamp of approval as an excellent option for family ski holidays.