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.