Torgon Ski Resort

Torgon ski resort Switzerland
Ski powder at Torgon, part of Portes du Soleil
Torgon is a family friendly ski area
Torgon ski resort provides stupendous views to Lake Geneva & Montreux
Relax & take in the Dents du Midi at Torgon
Explore the deserted off-piste terrain at Torgon ski resort
Torgon ski resort village
Torgon is linked to Morgins & Châtel to form the Espace Liberté
Freeride north aspect steeps in Torgon ski resort Switzerland
The Panorama Restaurant at Torgon ski resort is indeed a cosy viewpoint
Torgon has the mightiest hot chocolates in the land!
Torgon ski resort village & learn-to-ski area is at La Jorette
Fresh lines abound when skiing Torgon
Torgon has some steep freeride terrain to test one's mettle
The original village of Torgon is down the road from the ski resort
Torgon is part of the huge cross border Portes du Soleil ski resort
In the Barbossine freeride ski terrain adjacent to Torgon
Avoriaz is one of Portes du Soleil most recognisable villages - a long day's ski from Torgon
Torgon-Morgins high alpine skiing
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Torgon Ski Resort

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  • Vertical (m)
    Portes du Soleil
    950m – 2,277m (1,327m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    8m
  • Lifts
    Espace Liberté (incl. Torgon) – 56 lifts
    3 Gondolas / cable cars
    19 Chairlifts

    Portes du Soleil – 196 lifts
    11 Gondolas / cable cars
    75 Chairlifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid December to mid-April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Espace Liberté Runs - 130km
    Portes du Soleil Runs - 600km
    Longest run – 10+ km
    Advanced - 12%
    Intermediate - 35%
    Beginner - 53%
  • Lift Pass Prices (Day Ticket 19/20)
    Espace Liberté
    Adult - 51CHF
    Child - 38CHF
    Child u/5yr – Free

    Portes du Soleil
    Adult – 63CHF
    Child - 47CHF
    Child u/5yr - Free
    Portes du Soleil Ski Trail Map
  • Portes du Soleil Ski Trail Map
     French Portes du Soleil Ski Trail Map
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Torgon Ski Resort Switzerland

Torgon ski resort is a quiet outpost in the massive Portes du Soleil that straddles Switzerland & France in the mountains overlooking Lake Geneva & the city of Montreux. Torgon is one of those many ‘forgotten’ Swiss ski resorts that is ripe for ‘re-discovery’ by anyone looking for a good value, fun & friendly ski resort.

Barely rating a mention in most paraphernalia about the behemoth that is Portes du Soleil, Torgon is reminiscent of many Japanese ski resorts in the late 90s. Hanging on but in decline & showing it. Fear not though. Beneath the crumbling veneer is a thriving little community and a ski area that, despite its challenges, provides a skiing experience totally different to the majority of the other Portes resorts.

Pros & Cons for Torgon Ski Resort

Pros

  • No crowds on a powder day or any day in the off-piste after that!!
  • Exceptionally friendly locals;
  • Great value lift passes, accommodation, food & drink;
  • Part of the Portes du Soleil, the world's largest cross border interlinked ski area;
  • Interesting variety of piste trails for all levels;
  • Wonderful ski school;
  • When the snow is deep, challenging & extensive freeride terrain.

Cons

  • Has the appearance of a ski resort in decline;
  • Older style ski lifts throughout the entire northern section of the Portes du Soleil;
  • Closure of linking chairlift now requires a shuttle bus from the main village to the ski area;
  • Low elevation base area may look deceptively green on the approach;
  • Awkward lift links with some parts of Les Portes du Soleil;
  • Limited ski in / ski out accommodation.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Small & quiet ski resort that may or may not be everyone's cup of tea (but we loved it!);
  • No retail shopping therapy available (you will just have to buy your Rolex somewhere else!);
  • Only 5 public buses per day from the valley at Aigle limits travel times & access.

Torgon Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

See the Torgon ski trail map here.

Torgon Accommodation

Torgon provides great value accommodation and a quiet place from which to make forays into the wider Portes du Soleil or just to stay nearby and enjoy the local family friendly skiing. The old Torgon village is down the road a few km from the ski resort base which is called Torgon La Jorette. The chairlifts that once linked the resort village of Torgon La Jorette to the main ski area at Plan du Croix have recently been decommissioned, leaving the seven monstrous apartment complexes & the awesome Torgon Alpine Centre disconnected except for two beginner lifts. A free ski bus links the resort village to the Plan du Croix ski lifts, but the original village of Torgon is only connected by public bus a few times a day. If intending to stay in the old Torgon, your own transport or taxi rides are required to get to the skiing. The Hotel de Torgon is the place to rest your head, particularly after sampling their interesting beer selection!

Search & book all Torgon ski accommodation here.

Torgon La Jorette’s main accommodation is within the ghastly looking multi-storey apartment buildings. A large number of self-contained apartments are for rent. All have balconies with views, but vary in quality on the inside. For anyone seeking quality budget lodgings in the Portes du Soleil, the Torgon Alpine Centre is the place. Run by the local ski school crew & also the providores of the best hot chocolates in the region, the centre can cater for singles plus groups large & small.

See the Torgon Accommodation Info page for more information.

Facilities, Services, Food & Nightlife

The resort village at Torgon is quite small, despite the towering apartment blocks. The local retail complex has a food market, two good café/bar restaurants and a ski shop with rental, retail & service/repair facilities (The same ski rental shop has a larger satellite rental outlet near the main ski lifts at Plan du Croix.). A larger bar/restaurant, the Auberge des Caprins, is located slightly up the ski slope. It would have made the ideal après ski location when the old chairlifts were still in service but is sadly out of place now. Regardless the food & service at Restaurant des Caprins is excellent.

Torgon La Jorette is also home to the Café Chocolate Suisse & its spectacular marshmallow hot chocolate, complete with cow cups & saucers. Part of the Torgon Aline Centre, the great local ski school also operates from the combined cafe/bar/hotel reception! The ski school has another satellite base at Plan du Croix in Le Container (which doubles as a lovely bar & creperie).

Aside from the excellent Le Container, three other food outlets operate in Torgon. None are particularly inspired, but the Panorama Restaurant at the top of the quad chair has brilliant views across to Lake Geneva & Montreax.

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