Portes Du Soleil Ski Day Itinerary

Two countries, 12 village resorts – there’s so much to discover in the Portes du Soleil ski area.

Published on Thu 17 Jan, 2019

We’ve planned a day’s itinerary for you, featuring the pistes around Avoriaz that we know and love.

Print or download our route and guide yourself round the best of the area’s long, undisrupted tree runs (and even longer mountain lunches if you wish). Use this guide to get your bearings at the beginning of a holiday, or charge about – covering some serious distance between France and Switzerland, once you’ve got your ski-legs.

For more fantastic routes like this one, we can recommend guides and instructors in Morzine, Avoriaz and The rest of Portes du Soleil , whose impeccable local knowledge means they'll be able to craft a route that fits your ability and interests perfectly.

Lift pass: Portes du Soleil

Start point: PRODAINS EXPRESS Avoriaz 

End point: PRODAINS EXPRESS Avoriaz (although this loop can be started/ended at any point)

Portes du Soleil’s Dents du Midi
Portes du Soleil’s Dents du Midi

Warm up in Avoriaz with blues, or ski straight to the snowpark!

Hop on the PRODAINS EXPRESS gondola and ski across to the TOUR chairlift.

Follow any of the blues down towards Les Brochaux, you could go via The Stash – a Burton designed 100% wooden and ecological snowpark. However, stick right as you’re taking the MOSETTES chairlift next.

You’re at the highest point of your tour around Portes du Soleil – take in the 2277m views and perhaps coffee and refreshments at the Cookie Café. Then, depending on how refuelled you feel, chose the RED or BLUE option down into the Les Crosets bowl.

Ski into Switzerland then back towards Chatel

You’re now in Switzerland! Take the CROSET and have a quick lap on their lovely STADE.

Go back up the MOSETTES-SUISSE. Turn right and take the RED to join the GRUEILLY drag lift (it’s not long – we promise!) and it’s worthwhile to cruise the long BLUE down to Champoussin.

Another drag lift (it must be a Swiss thing) CHAMPEYS, then AIGUILLE DES CHAMPEYS chair. This is definitely worth it, because now you can ski Portes du Soleil's famous DIDIER DEFAGO piste, a glorious 2km through the trees, into Morgins. It's worth noting that - if you're peckish by this point, and you haven't packed your baguette et fromage - buying lunch in France is much cheaper than on the Swiss side.

Quickly get your skis off and cross the road to take LE CORBEAU. Ski to the CULET draglift and stay right, towards the CHERMEU chairlift. Take the chair and from the top ski down towards Chatel but hang a right for the new GABELOU lift.

Portes du Soleil offers 600km of pistes

Les Lindarets is a must-see before heading back to Avoriaz

Ski down into Linga (Portes du Soleil offer night-skiing here too) and take two lifts: the LINGA TELEPHERIQUE followed by L’ECHO ALPIN to Tete de Linga.

You can choose REDS or BLUES all the way to Plaine Dranse and across to the ROSSACHONS.

Drop down into Lindarets, again, your choice of RED or BLUE. We really recommend you take a stop here in the quaint ‘Goat’s village’ – perhaps a vin chaud… it’s nearly apres o’clock anyway!

Take the LINDARET chair to return back to Avoriaz; you can ski down to your start point at the PRODAINS EXPRESS, or chill out and take the gondola down.

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