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Portes du Soleil Ski Area

The largest international ski area in the world

One thing is for certain in the Portes du Soleil ski area... there is plenty of skiing to be had! In fact- over 400km of it! Encompassing over 14 different resorts on both French and Swiss sides of the border, the ‘Gateway to the Sun’ has a variety of different terrain for a variety of different abilities. Trips to the Portes du Soleil with Inghams will go to either the picture-perfect Savoyard town of Morzine, or the 1960s retro-futuristic pop art style Avoriaz. Both towns offer something unique and sit within close proximity to the slopes and skiing.

Avoriaz sits much higher up in the region and can be accessed by the Prodains Express cable car (and by road during the day), and upon your arrival you will find the quirky town completely free of cars and vehicles. The best methods of getting from A to B in the town are either by horse-drawn sleigh or snowcat, or by simply walking! Avoriaz is small and compact, with all useful amenities grouped around the centre of town, and high-rising apartment blocks making the most of the stunning views over the mountains. The skiing area sits very literally on the doorstep of Avoriaz and at the end of the day you can ski all the way down into Morzine.

Morzine is a hustling and bustling ‘centre’ of the Portes du Soleil and houses many shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, as well as being the home to some of Inghams’ fabulous chalets and chalet hotels. A classical Savoyard town with chalet-style buildings, you can really get stuck into the après ski culture in Morzine with its wonderful array of activities off the slopes.

The rest of the expansive Portes du Soleil ski region is made up of a mixture of French and Swiss resorts that lie between Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva, Châtel, Morgins, Champery, Montriond, La Chapelle-d'Abondance, Saint-Jean-d'Aulps, Les Gets, Val d'Illiez, Champoussin, Les Crosets, Torgon and Abondance. 

 

The skiing in the Portes du Soleil is world class, as we have already said, there are over 400km pistes to be enjoyed and a majority of these can be classed as easy cruising blues and reds, with some fun and particularly challenging spots to be hunted down by the keen skiers and snowboarders out there. Beginners are well covered too with the brilliant ESF on hand with lessons and coaching, there are designated nursery slopes and practising areas that are out of the way from the main through traffic in the resort.

  • from£599pp
  • Area: 150km
  • Altitude: up to 2460m
Morzine

Morzine is the unofficial ‘capital’ and gateway to the massive ‘Portes du Soleil’ ski region, which covers 12 resorts in France and Switzerland, with a huge variety of skiing to suit all abilities in an enormous region totalling 400km of pistes.

  • from£429pp
  • Area: 150km
  • Altitude: up to 2460m

Although it was purpose-built in the 1960s, Avoriaz still has an exciting space-age feel. The highest, and – with neighbouring Morzine - the most high-profile ski station in the huge Portes du Soleil region, the world’s largest international linked ski area, it has an excellent snow record.

Skiing levels

Beginner
Intermediates
Advanced
Snowboard
Cross Country

Mountain facts

Ski areas
650km
Runs
  • 152
  • 107
  • 27
Longest run
6km
Snowparks

4 snowparks in Avoriaz which also has a snowcross course and 2 snowparks in Morzine. 

Lifts
Chairlifts 78 , Cable car 4 , Draglifts 105 , Gondolas 10
Slope direction
N,E,S,W
Ski/resort bus

Free in Morzine.

What We say
  • The Portes du Soleil attracts anyone looking to improve their freestyle with 30 snowparks – particularly tailored to snowboarders.

  • The Swiss Wall in Avoriaz can usually be found on the most daring and advanced skier's bucket list!

  • Morzine is a rare treat of a ski resort as the village remains relatively untouched since its construction in 1934.

What You say
  • First time skiing and had a wonderful time. Inghams Reps were very helpful. Resort excellent as was the Mâtine Apartments. I would definitely recommend Inghams.

    Morzine, Julie Greenwood, Mar 2018
  • We had a superb time. Kids loved it and great to have such a great place for kids to learn to ski. Thank you!

    Avoriaz, Thomas Watcyn-Jones, Mar 2018
  • This is a perfect resort for beginners. The Hotel Le Crêt is a very friendly hotel with a good bus service to ski slopes.

    Morzine, Anthony Williams, Jan 2018