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Portes Du Soleil
Morzine and its satellite villages are well-served by numerous ski lifts taking you directly up to the peaks from all ends of town, and a couple of lifts are accessed in town itself. The new Pleney Express cable Car (opening winter 2013/14) accesses the plateau that links into the Les Gets area and on the other side of town, the Super Morzine bubble links directly into Avoriaz, and the Swiss sector of the Portes du Soleil. In addition there is the new Prodains Express cable car which opened in 2013 and speeds you up to the Avoriaz slopes in less than 4 minutes. A superb, free, interlinking bus service to all the lifts makes life very easy.

Morzine has skiing for all levels of skier and boarder, from tree-lined blues and greens to wide, cruising reds and challenging, steep-faced, mogulled blacks. Plenty of challenges abound for off-piste junkies, including the infamous Swiss Wall and the back of the Col de Fornet which runs down into the top of the Valley de la Manche, and along the River Dranse right back to Chalet Framboise!

Avoriaz, abounds with snow parks, and deliberately designed ‘play’ areas like ‘the Stash’ which make it a must-do destination for international boarders and freestyle skiers, and great fun for kids, of all ages!

Whether a beginner or an expert, the scope of variety and choice means you can ski a different area every day and go your whole holiday without skiing the same area twice! Ski passes can be bought to reflect your ability. For example, the local area pass may be ample for a beginner and the full Portes du Soleil perfect for the ranging intermediate and beyond.

The winter landscape also offers a whole host of other activities which can add to your holiday experience. From dog-sledding to parapenting, ice-skating to snow-mobiling, or discovering the serenity of the mountains on snow-shoes. Some of the best, get-away from it all, alpine snow-shoe walks can also be found in the valley and its environs.

There are a huge variety of ski companies offering private or group lessons. These are some of the ones we recommend. If you are coming to the area at peak times please make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

Ski Schools
Morzine offers a comprehensive range of snow schools catering to all levels of skiers and boarders:

Morzine Based Ski Schools Avoriaz Based Ski Schools Private Tuition

Ski Pass
There are 2 choices when deciding on which ski pass to buy for your weeks trip. The local area pass Morzine-Les Gets covers over 150km of slopes with a range of tree lined skiing and wide cruising blue runs  as well as challenging reds in the Ranfolly area and some mogulled blacks in Chamossiere and  Mont Chery sectors.

  • The price for a 6 day local pass is €176 for adults and €133 for children.

If you enjoy travelling and clocking up the kms on the pistes then the full Portes du Soleil pass is the one for you. It covers 12 resorts in 2 countries (France – Switzerland) and is still the largest linked ski area in Euope with over 650kms of skiing on 1 great value pass. The charming resorts of Champery, Champoussin and Morgins in Switzerland provide stunning back drops and beautifully groomed reds and blues, while the resort of Avoriaz is popular with snowboarders and provides some challenging long black runs in the Haut Forts secotr as well as the infamous Swiss wall from the Chavanette region of Avoriaz down into Switzerland. In the other direction Chatel has something for everyone with some fabulous off piste areas, steep reds and beautiful tree lined slopes for beginners.

  • The 6 day Portes Du Soleil pass is fantastic value at €242.50 for adults and €182 for children.

Click here to see detailed lift maps of these 2 areas

Date 09 May, 2018

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