Lifts & Terrain

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Lifts & Terrain

Our Terrain Ratings

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Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

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 (64CHF)
    Child - €42 to 44 (48CHF)
    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

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XX ski lodging & accommodations.
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  • Vertical (m)
    XXXXm – XXXXm (XXXXm))
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (XX)
    XX Gondolas / cable cars
    XX Chairs
  • Ski Hours
    December to mid April
    8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - XXkm
    Longest run – XX km
    Advanced - XX%
    Intermediate - XX%
    Beginner - XX%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Adult - €XX
    Child - €XX
    Child u/6yr - Free

     XX Ski Trail Map
  • XX Ski Trail Map

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

The raw statistics are impressive. Over 600km of ski trails (incl. routes), 196 ski lifts, high average winter snowfall of 8m & a longest run of 11km. We explored much of it & were impressed, depressed, enthralled, excited & bemused all at once. Any way one looks at it, the lift pass price for all this terrain is astoundingly good.

See the entire Portes du Soleil ski trail map here.

There are 10 resorts interlinked by ski lift, piste trail & lift pass. Five of these are in France, with 4 making up the bulk of the ski terrain - Avoriaz, Châtel, Les Gets, Morzine, & La Chapelle d'Abondance (only part interconnected to Torgon).

See the French Portes du Soleil ski trail map here.

Five resorts are in Switzerland, generally facing east so are delightfully sun soaked in the morning. They include Champéry - Les Crosets, Champoussin, Morgins & tiny (but sensational) Torgon.

See the Swiss Portes du Soleil ski trail map here.

A further 2 French ski resorts are part of the Portes du Soleil lift pass but NOT ski lift or piste trail interlinked with the 10 other areas – Abondance (close to Châtel & La Chapelle d’Abondance) & St-Jean d'Aulps (close to Morzine). Glad everyone is clear on that!

The terrain diversity at Portes du Soleil is wonderful. Terrain across all aspects & for all levels abounds. Tree skiing is available too. The northern part of the resort is quieter than the southern end. Some areas are heavily trafficked & piste trails can suffer as a consequence, but we found untracked lines days after the last storm, particularly in Torgon, Champoussin & the Barbossine sector of Châtel.

For more information on each area, see our Portes du Soleil Ski Resorts page.

Lift Passes

As one can imagine, with all these ski resorts there are a bucketload of ski lift pass options. The simplest (but not the cheapest) is to just get a Portes du Soleil pass. The only catch is that one needs to start every day in the country it was purchased in! What the…?

Local resort passes are available, but in amongst the main interlinked ski area, one needs to be mindful of the boundaries. There are lift passes linking smaller resorts together like the Swiss CLCF Champery-Les Crosets-Champoussin-Morgins combo, the French Morzine-Les Gets combo or the Swiss-French Espace Liberté Torgon-half of Morgins-all of Châtel pass & also the Torgon-La Chapelle Abondance cheapy lift pass. Confused, so were we, but not so much anymore! It makes more sense once you are there.

Due to the magnitude of the region, it may behove one to first buy local passes for a few days, then branch out with a full Portes du Soleil pass once you have your ski legs. If in Morzine or Les Gets, check out the super-cheap Saturday (Samedi) & weekend lift pass prices valid in the local sector. Note also that many (or most) of the ski pass options are significantly cheaper if bought online.

The basic rule that the Swiss ski resorts are less crowded than the French ones may guide your lift pass choice!

More information on Skiing & Snowboarding Portes du Soleil is coming soon