Portes du Soleil

Portes du Soleil

Overall Rating

Portes du Soleil

Portes du Soleil4/52
Portes du Soleil4 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
  • Recommend
    100%
  • Would Revisit
    100%
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Portes du Soleil Resorts

French

Avoriaz
Chatel
Les Gets
Morzine

Swiss

Champery-Les Crosets
Champoussin
Morgins
Torgon

    Portes du Soleil Ski Trail Map
  • Portes du Soleil Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    950m – 2,277m (1,327m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8m
  • Lifts (195)
    13 Gondolas
    78 Chairlifts
  • Opening Date & Times
    December to mid-April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 600km (incl. routes)
    Longest run – 11km
    Advanced - 12%
    Intermediate - 35%
    Beginner - 53%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Portes du Soleil Lift Pass
    Adult - €55.50 to 59 (61 to 67CHF)
    Child - €42 to 44 (46 to 50CHF)
    Child u/5yr – Free

    Local Resorts Lift Pass
    Adult - €25 to 44
    Child - €18.60 to 34
    Child u/5yr – Free
    French Portes du Soleil Ski Trail Map
  • French Portes du Soleil Ski Trail Map
     Swiss Portes du Soleil Ski Trail Map
  • Swiss Portes du Soleil Ski Trail Map

Portes du Soleil - Reviews

Portes du Soleil - Reviews

Wow Factor at Portes du Soleil

01/10/2019

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    5

Wow Factor at Portes du Soleil

01/10/2019

WOW. The largest interconnected trans-national ski resort in the world certainly impressed us. Portes du Soleil has so much to love; but with its immensity comes a few things to loathe as well. We skied it in early February when crowds were at their peak & some fresh snow had fallen. A more perfect time to check it out could be had. The backdrop of Montreux & Lake Geneva to the north, the peaks of the Dents du Midi to the southeast, cold dry powder in the Torgon steeps, the world’s best hot chocolate, and mile after mile of diverse skiing are just WOW.

We adore Portes diversity - 2 countries, all terrain types, & loads of villages that will suit everyone’s proclivities. We love the great snow in the high alpine, affordable lift passes, ease of access on the Swiss side (to Champery) and the fact that from one end to the other, one can still find quiet, untracked, ‘old school’ ski areas (like Torgon). And we love the distance one can travel. On one long day we skied over 80km distance with relatively little effort, and that included some fine powder snow hunting & a long lunch as well! Simply wonderful, and reason enough to come to Portes du Soleil.

We loathe that there are too many people in a few of the resort areas (Avoriaz for example) and that it leads to piste trails getting smashed in those locations to a point where it is impossible to believe it had been groomed earlier in the day! Thankfully, we are powder hounds and so such things concern us less, but we are in the minority when it comes to the skiing world! It is also a shame that skiable verticals are not greater, but again, that it relative - fun on snow is fun on snow whether its a staggering 2000m vert or a more comfortable 400m vertical (as is usually the case at Portes!). We do worry that in a changing climate the lower sectors of the resort are becoming snowless earlier in the season. Pleasingly though, it does get massive dumps of snow from cold winter storms.

Regardless of the things to loathe, Portes du Soleil is an area best explored in totality, as a sum of its many parts, rather than just sticking to one country or sector. Unlike some mega-resorts, it is the combination & complex interlinking of resorts that make the experience so good.

Where to stay is the vexed question. If after busy, bustling & popular stay in Avoriaz or Morzine. If seeking high alpine quiet, look to Champoussin. If wanting public transport convenience & classically Swiss, try Champery. For affordability, try Torgon or even better, Morgins. If after a mix of all of the above, Châtel is the place!

We say it often of European ski resorts and here is another. Do yourself a favour & ski here for a week at least once in your life. Take you time, explore, eat, drink & soak it all in. You’ll think WOW too.

You can see our thoughts on the pros and cons on the Portes du Soleil overview page and also see our European ski resort ratings page regarding how we score it compared to other skiing areas.

Amazing place!

Mr. Michaels
20/09/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

Amazing place!

Mr. Michaels
20/09/2019
Portes du Soleil (PduS) is the only place I have skied in Europe, fortunately several times over the years, so my only basis of comparison is the big Canadian hills in BC (Fernie, Whistler, Lake Louise, Kicking Horse, Red) and Quebec (MS Anne, Le Massif, Tremblant). Lift tickets and rentals are generally less then 1/2 the price they are in Canada. Canadian skiing is more rugged and wild, and less crowded in general (maybe not Whistler) compared to PduS, but the amount of terrain at PduS is unparalleled. Truly stunning. Just an endless number of lifts and runs and places to explore (some nice off-piste too, but I only did a little...there was too much snow to feel completely safe!), all with a different feel and different scenery and different terrain. Also loads of restaurants and cute little cafes on the hills, often at the top, the middle and the bottom of a run. Best to have an experienced guide though, it would be very easy to get lost in this paradise.