Avoriaz is probably the best-known resort of the vast Portes du Soleil ski area which spans 12 resorts and two countries (France and Switzerland). For the 2008-09 season there is the bew ultra-fast 8-seater chairlift "Crozets" at Les Crosets and is only the second of its size in Zwitzerland and provides an hourly passenger flow of 4,000 people who are whisked to the summit in just 3 minutes and 30 seconds!
The Portes du Soleil
is one of the largest ski areas in the world
with its 650 km of ski-runs covered by just one lift-pass.
278 ski-slopes covering 650 km (28 black ; 104 red ; 112 blues ; 34 green)
214 km of cross-country ski-tracks
694 snow-canons covering 391 hectares
89 snow-grooming machines.
Known as the gateway to the famous Portes du Soleil ski circuit, Avoriaz and Morzine link into another 12 resorts in this vast skiing area which divides France and Switzerland. Yet skiing knows no boundaries and you can use the extensive system of lifts to wander between the resorts on the 650 kilometers of piste served by 208 lifts. The area is classed as three-star for beginners, five-star for intermediates and four-star for the better skiers.
Morzine is the lower of the two resorts we feature. It is 1000m whilst traffic-free Avoriaz is located at an altitude of 1800m - but both have access to the top slopes at 2466m. Avoriaz stays open until April 26 and skiing is possible until the end of the season here. New for the 2007-08 winter season will be a new generation snowpark created by Avoriaz and Burton to be known as "The Stash" which will be 100 per cent "natural" and accessible to skiers and snowboarders alike. It is to be located in the Lindarets forest and features log jibs, pow slashes, high speed turns, jumps and drops.
The chairlift company - SERMA - replaced the old 3-seater chairlift "Combe du Machon" with a new high-speed 6-seater chair last season.
Avoriaz is a purpose-built village, characterised by its bold, modern architecture and is entirely traffic-free.The resort offers a wide range of accommodation, most of which are self-catered apartments. It boasts a friendly atmosphere and ideal for families and offers a specialist creche and snowboard school for children. Lower down the valley is Morzine which is amongst the easiest of journeys by car from the French coast at just over 500 miles. For the apres ski enthusiast you will find an ice rink, sleigh rides and horse riding, with a once-a-week floodlit ski slope.
For beginners there are plenty of gentle nursery slopes (153) whilst intermediate and slightly more competent skiers have 107 red runs to select from linking all parts of the Portes du Soleil complex. Black run skiers can enjoy 28 runs described as "difficult" including some of the biggest moguls in Europe! There are plenty of off-piste opportunities but do remember to take a guide and nver ski off-piste alone. Children are well catered for with a nursery welcoming young babies from 3 months and kids up to 5 years of age. At the "Village des Enfants" children from 3 years up to 16 years of age can learn to ski from English-speaking instructors.
On the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil there are excellent lift connections up from Morgins and Champery so an excursion for lunch or some Swiss cheese shopping are but a short ski journey away!
The resorts of Avoriaz and Morzine offer squash courts and a bowling alley, ice skating, helicopter rides, snow shoe walking together with plenty of restaurants, a cinema with two screens and regular ice hockey matches.
The Portes du Soleil has a good snow record stretching from mid-December through to early April and whethjer you are a beginner, intermediate or expert skier, you will find numerous pistes to suit your abilities.
Resorts in the Portes du Soleil area are: (France) Abondance; Avoriaz; Chatel; La Chapelle d'Abondance; Les gets; Montrians; Morzine; St. Jean d'Aulps.Special Offer:
On the Swiss side: Champery; Morgins; Torgon; Val d'Illiez; Les Crosets; Champoussin.
A car journey takes about 10/11 hours and flight are usually into Geneva with a two-hour transfer. please visit the lagrange-holidays website.
We have teamed up with PV Holidays, leading supplier of French Skiing accommodation to offer a Christmas offer of one night free with every booking.