The Portes du Soleil mountains by Evian Sotheby’s International Realty

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The Ski Area

The Ski Area

For more than 50 years, Les Portes du Soleil has been one of the largest ski areas in the world, with 12 linked resorts between France and Switzerland, one hour by car from Geneva.
 
Les Portes du Soleil is a natural reserve of powder snow located in the heart of the Alps, where skiers can develop their skills in an unspoiled environment. Lifts operate discretely in this wooded area, with ski trails running through Alpine pastures and forests, occasionally skirting alongside chalets several centuries old.
 
From mid-November to the end of April, this area is covered by an exceptional amount of snow, with an average of 7.83 meters of accumulated snow per year.
 
Les Portes du Soleil offers a unique skiing experience: the ski safari or ski-in, ski-out trips, from resort to resort, valley to valley, one country to another… This is the ideal place to discover two countries and cultures!
 
Come and explore Les Portes du Soleil and admire its diverse landscapes, vast open spaces and extraordinary views for a one-of-a-kind ski experience!
 
Les Portes du Soleil in numbers:
 
- 285 ski trails: 32 black trails, 100 red trails, 122 blue trails, 31 green trails
 
- 196 ski lifts
- 400 km2
- 21 terrain parks/boardercross/cross-country ski cross slopes
- 90 restaurants on the slopes
 
Les Portes du Soleil is a combination of 12 inter-connected resorts:
 
Abondance, Avoriaz, Châtel, La Chapelle d'Abondance, Les Gets, Montriond, Morzine-Avoriaz, Saint-Jean d'Aulps, Champéry, Morgins, Torgon, Val d'Illiez, Les Crozets, and Champoussin.
 
 
Let us give you a brief introduction to the main resorts:
 
 
Avoriaz: A legendary, snow-covered, pedestrianized ski resort
Avoriaz is ideally located in the center of the Portes du Soleil ski area, giving you access to a high-altitude realm. Each day, you can set off on a new trip on the Portes du Soleil’s 650 km of trails with beautiful panoramic views. This massif is guaranteed to be snow-covered from December to April, with an average of 8 meters of snowfall per winter that earned it the weathertoski.co.uk and Financial Times award of France’s snowiest resort in 2013. Since it is a 100% pedestrianized resort, you can navigate it on foot, on skis, or by sled. Here, you can ski immersed in the beautiful landscape, with panoramas that open onto the Dents du Midi, the Dents Blanches and more. Swing through large valleys on ski trails that run through the trees for a ski trip that’s fun for the entire family, children and adults alike.
 
 
This resort is buzzing with activities every day, fulfilling all your desires for relaxation and escape, right at your doorstep!
 
 

Fully contained within the ski area, the Avoriaz ski resort is known for its snowy pedestrian streets.
 
Here, taxis are replaced by horse-drawn carriages. Relax on one of the sunny terraces of Avoriaz, and enjoy this lovely village and its original architecture. 
 
 
Morzine: A 100% authentic village
 
Escape is at your fingertips in Morzine, with numerous activities, events, and, most of all, an enormous ski area. Come spend your winter vacation in this archetypal and authentic mountain village. In the summer time, the ski slopes are transformed into designated mountain biking and hiking trails. As for its immense areas of pristine nature, you can come and lose yourself in them as you please.
 
 
 
From the peak of Chamossière, you can see Lake Geneva to the north, Mont Blanc to the south, and the Swiss border just a few cable lengths away, allowing you to locate Morzine in an instant - a village nestled in the Alps between mountains and forests. In Morzine, discover the good life and the authentic charm of this genuine Savoie village.
 
 
 
Les Gets: A 100% Snow Sports Ski Area
 
Les Gets is part of the French-Swiss Portes du Soleil ski area.
 
In Les Gets, you can leave the village on your skis to escape among the fir trees and alpine pastures. You can choose between two ski areas on either side of the village: Les Chavannes, a ski area connected to the Portes du Soleil, and Mont-Chéry, from which you can enjoy an exceptional view of the Mont Blanc massif.
 
This ski area (120 km of designated trails, 48 ski lifts) offers trails that are appropriate for all levels, Nordic ski tours, an area for beginners, an Indian-themed skating rink for children and high-altitude restaurants. As for freestyle, try out a new snow sport at the Déborah Anthonioz boardercross slope, dedicated to the silver medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and the Jib District.

Come and play golf at Les Gets! This 18-hole golf course offers exceptional panoramas in a forest environment. This diversity makes this course a one-of-a-kind experience. Its variety and upkeep will seduce even the most experienced of golfers.
 
 
 
Châtel: A charming ski resort town
 
Châtel is located in the heart of the French and Swiss Portes du Soleil ski area.
 
Châtel is a dream of a ski resort town, with its bustling village center and well-preserved mountain architecture. Its landscapes are just like the old chalets in the Abondance Valley: majestic! The chalets and farms of the Abondance Valley carry a local identity found in villages and hamlets.
 
This town is brimming with both an easy-living and festive atmosphere in summer and winter alike.
 
The Châtel ski area offers a wide range of options for both snow-sport novices and experienced skiers for a trip everyone will enjoy.
 
Châtel is located on two massifs: Barbossine/Super-Châtel and Linga/Pré-la-Joux, which range from 1,110 to 2,220 meters high.
 
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