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Portes du Soleil awarded 'Ski Area of the year' by Document Snowboard Magazine. Whistler came second, Mammoth came third... pretty impressive!

This is what they said: 'The largest internationally-linked ski area in the world is also Document Snowboard magazine's Ski Area of the Year, and it's not purely down to size. It's true that there are more than 600km of pistes and 270 lifts spread over 14 French and Swiss resorts - impressive enough stats in anybody's language - but there's much more to this area than numbers alone. Avoriaz has been a Mecca for snowboarding since the sport's introduction and is home to Europe's longest established snowboard park, while the trees at Les Lindarets are a must ride when the weather sets in and Les Crosets, on the Swiss side, has another of the best parks in Europe. Morzine, the main town in the area, is less than an hour by road from Geneva, which means that the Portes du Soleil is ideally situated for weekend, week-long or even seasonal visitors - it's no wonder that such a large number of UK pro riders are making the area their home from home this winter.

Document Snowboard Magazine - Issue 30. Spring 2005.

All our accommodation is situated in Morzine which is part of the Portes du Soleil ski area. Most chalets have minibuses in which the staff will take you to the slopes each morning and pick you up at the end of the day.

Montriond and Morzine are picturesque towns, and are situated in the French Alpine region of the Haute-Savoie. Unlike many ski resorts, Montriond and Morzine retains all the charm and culture of the farming towns they once where making them the perfect place to take your ski holidays and snowboard holidays.

Portes du Soleil Ski Area

The Portes Du Soleil, or Gateway to the Sun, is the largest linked ski area in the world, and is made up of 12 French and Swiss resorts in the Alps. It boasts some 650 km of piste in the winter and needs to be skied to be believed.

Climbing from 1000 to 2466m, between France and Switzerland, its 208 ski lifts will take you up to the 8 snowparks, 243km of cross country tracks and 650km of marked pistes that interconnect the 14 resorts ... all accessible with a single ski pass! Even though parts of the ski area sit at a moderate altitude, it's northern situation (the most Northern in France) means that it often gets better snow than most other French resorts which are much higher. This factor along with the abundance of North facing slopes, means the snow lasts well into May!

Depending on your ski-level, mood, the weather, the time available, the possibilities are infinite and a week is not enough to get to know every hidden corner.You can choose a route for its exceptional views over Mont Blanc (Chamossiére, Mont-Chéry...) or lake Geneva (Super Chåtel, Torgon), ski on the Swiss side in order to examine the Dents du Midi from every angle; or opt for a day trying out new culinary treats by ensuring that gastronomic addresses are on your route.

The Portes de Soleil - Click Here to visit the website...Guest Comment: I've skied all over the world, and I'm so glad to have stumbled on the Portes Du Soleil and Morzine... the rest of my skiing years are here. See you next year! - Mark Adams

Piste Map

Go To view the Portes du Soleil Piste Map and truly envisage the size of the ski area click here.

Ski-ing

Take your time... 650 km of slopes, an enormous French-Swiss area, all this requires an instruction manual. Check out the discovery circuit guide. Circuits (that take 2h 30 mins approx) organised according to ski levels have been designed to give you easy access. You'll recognise the itineries (blue runs, red or black). Each circuit is marked by a mountain animal. Head off following the bear, white rabbit, jackdaw, ibex or reindeer and enjoy the show, it's worth the effort!

Snowboarding

The Portes de Soleil was the first area to recognise Snowboarding as a proper winter sport and put in one of the first parks in Europe. Since then it has gone out of its way to provide some of the best parks around and produce some of the worlds best riders who frequent them.

The off-piste throughout the area offers inumerable opportunities to get fresh tracks even after days of no snow.

For the snowboarders, there are 9 snowboard parks, each of them offering something different, and kitted with jumps for all standards. There is also a couple of half-pipes and a beginners park.

Quote: "The best parks and some of the sickest powder stashes: as close to an Xbox-generated Alpine wonderland as you'll find." - Cyrus Shahrad

Go Visit the Snowboard Parks Online - Click Here

Go Les Crosets - Super Park - Click Here

Go Avoriaz - Super Park, Super Pip, Learner Park - Click Here

The resorts
France - Morzine, Avoriaz, Les Gets, Montriond, Chatel, St Jean d'Aulps,, La Chapelle d'Abondance.
Switzerland - Champery, Les Crosets, Morgins, Champoussin, Torgon.

Avoriaz Ski Resort Chapelle Ski Resort Chatel Ski Resort
Montriond Ski Resort Morgins Ski Resort Morzine Ski Resort
Les Gets Ski Resort Champery Ski Resort Les Crosets & Champoussin Ski Resorts

Articles on the Portes du Soleil

Ski Snowboard Holidays Ski Club of Great Britain - Resort Feature by James Cove

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Ski Chalet Holiday in Morzine

Ski Area Information - Morzine Avoriaz Montriond
650km of Slopes
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12 Ski Resorts
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288 Ski Runs
28 black, 107 red, 112 blue, 41 green
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208 Ski Lifts
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8 Snowparks with full range of kickers and rails
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3 Half-Pipes
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6 Boarder-X runs
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243km of cross-country ski tracks
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520 Snow Cannons
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329 hectacres - surface area covered
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Ski pass free for under 5s
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