Guide to Les Portes Du Soleil

Here’s your ultimate guide to the Portes du Soleil courtesy of our friends at PowderBeds. If you don’t already know the ski area you’ll want to explore it after reading this, (and if you do know it then you’re sure to learn something new).

Published on Fri 15 Feb, 2019

The Portes du Soleil is one of the largest ski areas in the world and one of the most popular too! It’s no wonder that the ski area is a favourite with many skiers with its breath-taking views, tree-lined pistes, charming villages and dual country offering. You could go back to the Portes du Soleil for years and still find new places to discover each time. It’s made up of two sides, the ever popular French side with their speedy lift system and varied resorts and the quieter, traditional Swiss side. Ongosa can find you a local ski guide to show you around the Portes du Soleil area, or an instructor to help improve your skills there. 

Best Bits of Les Portes du Soleil

Avoriaz (Best All-rounder)

Avoriaz is a real winter wonderland. The purpose built village is in the heart of the Portes du Soleil and a perfect hub for people who want to explore the whole ski area. Its pedestrianised streets, horse-drawn sleighs and wooden shingled buildings all contribute to the resort’s charm which will have you wanting to go back season after season. The best offering of accommodation, restaurants and entertainment can be found in Avoriaz making it a great all-rounder.

Where to stay: Residence L’Amara

Morzine (Best for Après)

More of a town than a village and split into two main sections, Morzine is a great year-round resort and as such has plenty of activities to keep you entertained off the slopes. There’s a huge variety of bars and après events to suit every taste from live DJ sets to cosy alpine bars. To top it all off, Morzine is only an hour and a half transfer from Geneva which will give you more time on the slopes and less on the roads!

Where to stay: Hotel le Petit Dru

Les Gets (Best for Families)

An ideal village for families with plenty of gentle cruisy runs and nursery slopes for beginners and surrounded by beautiful forests. This traditional Alpine farming village tends to be quieter than Morzine and Avoriaz and benefits from having its own local ski pass that saves skiers buying the full Portes du Soleil pass if they’re not keen for exploring. The village feels like it’s been designed with families in mind from the Piou Piou Club to the Indian village both of which will be sure to get your little ones excited about skiing.  

Where to stay: Les Fermes Emiguy

Chatel (Traditional and Budget-friendly)

Chatel is a lesser known French resort, but still very popular, with British skiers. This traditional village is right on the Swiss border and is full of alpine charm. There’s less choice here for accommodation compared to Avoriaz but it’s a cost effective alternative to busier villages in the Portes du Soleil. There’s plenty of restaurants and bars to enjoy after a day on the slopes. To make the most of the ski area it’s best to have a car otherwise you’ll be stuck waiting for a bus to get easy access to the main ski area around Avoriaz.

Where to stay: Les Chalets d’Angele


The Swiss Side (Best for quiet pistes)

Finally, on to the Swiss side! It is decidedly quieter and more expensive than its French counterpart. There are fewer options for accommodation but nonetheless, it’s just as fun to ski and boasts incredible views into the mountains and down into the valleys below. This part of the ski area is made up of more traditional alpine villages and connects through to the French side via Les Crossets and Morgins.

Where to go: If you’re brave and skilled enough, ski the legendary Swiss wall.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the Portes du Soleil then the accommodation experts at PowderBeds would be happy to help.

Looking for more to read? We spoke to our Portes du Soleil based instructor Sally from The Snow Institute about why she loves Morzine so much, on behalf of Inthesnow, read what she had to say here

Inspired to get out in the Portes du Soleil and find out more for yourself? Make an enquiry by letting us know what you need below, and we will recommend and book the best instructor or guide for you. 

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