Portes du Soleil awarded 'Ski Area of the year' by
Document Snowboard Magazine. Whistler came second, Mammoth
came third... pretty impressive!
This is what they said: 'The largest internationally-linked
ski area in the world is also Document Snowboard magazine's
Ski Area of the Year, and it's not purely down to size.
It's true that there are more than 600km of pistes and
270 lifts spread over 14 French and Swiss resorts -
impressive enough stats in anybody's language - but
there's much more to this area than numbers alone. Avoriaz
has been a Mecca for snowboarding since the sport's
introduction and is home to Europe's longest established
snowboard park, while the trees at Les Lindarets are
a must ride when the weather sets in and Les Crosets,
on the Swiss side, has another of the best parks in
Europe. Morzine, the main town in the area, is less
than an hour by road from Geneva, which means that the
Portes du Soleil is ideally situated for weekend, week-long
or even seasonal visitors - it's no wonder that such
a large number of UK pro riders are making the area
their home from home this winter.
Document Snowboard Magazine - Issue 30. Spring 2005.
All our accommodation is situated in Morzine which is part of the Portes du Soleil ski area. Most chalets have minibuses in which the staff will take you to the slopes each morning and pick you up at the end of the day.
Montriond and Morzine are picturesque
towns, and are situated in the French Alpine region of the
Haute-Savoie. Unlike many ski resorts, Montriond and Morzine
retains all the charm and culture of the farming towns they
once where making them the perfect place to take your ski
holidays and snowboard holidays.
Portes du Soleil
The Portes Du Soleil, or Gateway to
the Sun, is the largest linked ski area in the world, and
is made up of 12 French and Swiss resorts in the Alps. It
boasts some 650 km of piste in the winter and needs to be
skied to be believed.
Climbing from 1000 to 2466m, between
France and Switzerland, its 208 ski lifts will take you up
to the 8 snowparks, 243km of cross country tracks and 650km
of marked pistes that interconnect the 14 resorts ... all
accessible with a single ski pass!
Even though parts of the ski area sit at a moderate altitude,
it's northern situation (the most Northern in France) means
that it often gets better snow than most other French resorts
which are much higher. This factor along with the abundance
of North facing slopes, means the snow lasts well into May!
Depending on your ski-level, mood, the weather, the time
available, the possibilities are infinite and a week is not
enough to get to know every hidden corner.You can choose a
route for its exceptional views over Mont Blanc (Chamossiére,
Mont-Chéry...) or lake Geneva (Super Chåtel, Torgon), ski
on the Swiss side in order to examine the Dents du Midi from
every angle; or opt for a day trying out new culinary treats
by ensuring that gastronomic addresses are on your route.
I've skied all over the world, and I'm so glad to have stumbled
on the Portes Du Soleil and Morzine... the rest of my skiing
years are here. See you next year! - Mark Adams
To view the Portes du Soleil Piste Map and truly envisage
the size of the ski area click
Take your time... 650 km of slopes, an enormous
French-Swiss area, all this requires an instruction manual.
Check out the discovery circuit guide. Circuits (that take
2h 30 mins approx) organised according to ski levels have
been designed to give you easy access. You'll recognise the
itineries (blue runs, red or black). Each circuit is marked
by a mountain animal. Head off following the bear, white rabbit,
jackdaw, ibex or reindeer and enjoy the show, it's worth the
The Portes de Soleil was the first
area to recognise Snowboarding as a proper winter sport and
put in one of the first parks in Europe. Since then it has
gone out of its way to provide some of the best parks around
and produce some of the worlds best riders who frequent them.
The off-piste throughout the area
offers inumerable opportunities to get fresh tracks even after
days of no snow.
For the snowboarders, there
are 9 snowboard parks, each of them offering something different,
and kitted with jumps for all standards. There is also a couple
of half-pipes and a beginners park.
Quote: "The best
parks and some of the sickest powder stashes: as close to
an Xbox-generated Alpine wonderland as you'll find."
- Cyrus Shahrad
Visit the Snowboard Parks Online - Click
Les Crosets - Super Park - Click
Avoriaz - Super Park, Super Pip, Learner Park - Click
France - Morzine, Avoriaz, Les Gets, Montriond, Chatel,
St Jean d'Aulps,, La Chapelle d'Abondance.
Switzerland - Champery, Les Crosets, Morgins, Champoussin,
Articles on the Portes du Soleil
Ski Club of Great Britain - Resort Feature by James Cove
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