The Portes du Soleil is the biggest interconnected ski resort in the Alps. With over 650km of fantastically maintained pistes between 950m and 2450m served by 200 lifts and covered by one ski pass the area offers a huge range of runs from tree-lined and winding to wide open and vast. The area straddles the France-Switzerland border and includes the French resorts of Morzine, Avoriaz, Les Gets, St Jean d’Aulps, Chatel and Abondance and the Swiss resorts of Morgins and Champrey.
The scenery is spectacular with towering peaks, deep crevasses and grand glaciers and there’s a myriad of activities to enjoy besides skiing and snowboarding such as climbing, hiking, paragliding, sledding, snow shoeing and husky sledding. The area is a hub of activity in the summer as well drawing individuals, groups and families to enjoy the splendid views and summer activities, which include hiking, climbing, pony trekking, mountain biking, cycling, swimming in the lakes, picnicking, adventure parks and paraglading.
Les Gets is a picturesque village located between Morzine and Samoens filled with alpine charm and tradition. With lots of events held throughout the year there’s always something interesting going on.
Morzine is a traditional mountain village sat inside a gorge beside La Dranse de Morzine. It’s bustling night life combined with its family friendliness makes it very popular with British expats.
Avoriaz is a favourite for freestyle snowboarders and skiers who are drawn by its four snow parks. It’s also a powder haven with limitless off piste options and pristine powder fields. The summer months see the migration of mountain bike enthusiasts to the resort to enjoy the fantastic downhill and cross country MTB trails around the area.
St Jean d’Aulps is a hidden alpine gem largely undiscovered by the British expat and holiday market. It’s a charming village with all the amenities you’d need nearby for a holiday home or permanent mountain abode.
Avoriaz is a purpose built ski resort in the heart of the Portes du Soleil around 13km east of Morzine. It’s a favourite for snowboarders & free riders with its 4 terrain parks, excellent powder and wide range of pistes.
The delightful small residential village of Essert La Pierre lies in between Montriond and St Jean d’Aulps. The nearest shops are either the large Carrefour just minutes away or those in St Jean d’Aulps three kilometers away
Bordering Morzine, Essert Romand is a popular location because of its tranquillity and ease of access to Morzine and so the rest of the Portes du Soleil.
Located eight kilometers North of St Jean d’Aulps, on the road to Lake Geneva, La Baume is a small village with a pleasant feeling of community. The nearest shop and restaurant are just a few minutes away,
Sitting above Essert Romand, La Cote d’Arbroz is a pretty, peaceful Alpine village. It has its own small shop/café, although the bright lights of Morzine are just five kilometres away.
Le Biot is a pretty little village, with a community feel, just five minutes drive from St Jean d’Aulps, but with a few of its own shops, restaurant and primary school.
Arguably the prettiest resort in the Portes du Soleil Les Gets is nestled on the col between Samoens and Morzine. It’s a high altitude resort at 1172m with beautiful traditionally styled chalets dotted on its slopes
Montriond is a pretty and popular village in its own right, but is more and more being considered a suburb of Morzine as it is just a few minutes drive away and on a free bus route.
Morzine is a traditional market town in Portes du Soleil sitting within a gorge carved out of the mountain by La Dranse de Morzine river, a popular base from which to explore the massive Portes du Soleil area.
Saint Jean d'Aulps is a hidden gem amongst resorts in the French Alps. Conveniently situated in the heart of the Vallee d’Aulps this quaint traditional village retains the tranquil atmosphere of a mountain village while being at the centre of a fantasti