Les Portes du Soleil

With seven resorts in France and five in Switzerland, Les Portes du Soleil is regarded as the most versatile ski area in Europe. With resorts located under an hour from Geneva, it is also one of the most accessible. While the relaxed pistes on the French side are well-suited for families and beginners, the Swiss slopes offer more of a challenge.  Residents and regulars love to explore the region while racing around the circuit (Chatel-Morgins-Champoussin-LesCrosets/Champery-Avoriaz-Chatel) either clock-wise or anti-clockwise.  Its wide terrain makes it a favourite for cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing.

The dynamic region offers experiences for all tastes and budgets, from traditional Savoyarde villages like Chatel, to purpose-built resorts such as Avoriaz, the self proclaimed 'Capital of Snow-Boarding' thanks to its 3 fun-parks. Traditional wooden chalets, stone houses, small boutiques and souvenir shops dot the village centres and keep a coherently authentic alpine feel across the region. The largest of the resorts, Morzine, is where the web of interconnected slopes originated and now offers the area's best nightlife.

Although the slopes across les Portes du Soleil are set at a relatively low range between 900-2400 metres, snowfall is substantial during winter months thanks to the weather micro-climate the runs between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc.  Combined with its proximity to Geneva, this makes the region one the most popular spots in the Alps come summer, when the snow melts to meadows connected by 800 marked walking trails and 650 mountain biking trails. A recently launched Les Portes du Soleil app now enables visitors to becomes masters of the slopes, combining lift opening hours with suggested routes, piste maps and snow reports.

The experts say

To truly experience the charm of Les Portes du Soliel, don't miss La Grande Odyssée - a world-renowned dog sled race that takes place annually in January, and Chavanette Session, an open ski race down the steepest slope in Portes du Soleil that runs across the season. Are you up to the challenge?

The property market in Les Portes du Soleil

Thanks to the versatility of architectural styles and lifestyle experience offered across Portes du Soleil, buyers can find the perfect property for almost every budget. Purpose-built resort Avoriaz combines a strategically sunny town with shady slopes, futuristic apartments with some of the best fun-parks in the Alps and is a favourite with groups and families, giving properties here a good rental yield.  In comparison, the charming town of Les Gets is under an hour to Geneva, meaning you can hop on a flight in the morning and tucking into raclette on the slops comes lunch-time.  While small modern studios are more abundant in places like Avoriaz, chic chalet-style accommodation is more common in Chatel and Les Gets.

As annual investments in services and infrastructure continue to improve both the quality of the experience and accessibility, Les Portes du Soleil is a region on the up.

How to Get There

By Train

The TGV offers direct access to Thonon-les-Bains in France and is less than 40 km away. Les Cluses is another French resort that enjoys direct access to the TGV and is less than 30 minutes away by car to the villages in Les Portes du Soleil. In Switzerland, stations such as Montreux, Lausanne and Aigles sit on the other side of Lac Léman and are a short car ride to the resorts.

By Air

The village of Les Gets is under an hour’s drive from Geneva airport, only 80km away.


Spring / Summer

The average temperature in towns like Avoriaz ranges from 16°to highs of 25 in July. Rainfall is most common in May, June and July.

Fall / Winter

The winters in Les Portes du Soleil are quite temperate and generally warmer than most other places in the Alps, with an average of -1°C .

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