Portes du Soleil

This cross-border winter sports region is situated in Switzerland and in France, on the "gates of the sun". The skiing area is almost astronomically large, even though the highest mountain tops are at most alpine mean. The region is divided into two historic landscapes, twelve valleys, nearly twice as many mountains and it offers innumerable possibilities for all kinds of winter sports.

With a total area of approximately 400 square kilometres, more than 600 kilometres of marked pistes and more than 200 kilometres of cross-country ski -tracks, it is recommended to consider firstly the Swiss part of the huge winter sports region - without losing sight of the whole Portes du Soleil. The twelve villages of the region are combined since the sixties and there is one ski pass for all. Exactly half of the villages are located on Swiss territory: quiet, almost dreamy holiday villages with impressive panoramas, for example Torgon or Champoussin, Champéry and Morgins. These villages rank among the oldest tourist centres in Switzerland and housed the first holiday guests already 150 years ago. And there is still preserved the delightful air that is typical for the first generation of holidaymakers.

Anyway, skiers should always take along a valid passport or identity card for crossing the "white border" between the Swiss Confederation and the euro zone. An attempt to escape from annoying control by adventurous downhill, normally ends after a short distance with embarrassing questioning and admonition - for stubborn racers even worse.

In such a case it isn't even possible to refer to the offer of "unlimited skiing" - as the operators of ski lifts and cableways of Les Portes du Soleil advertise. Nevertheless, the slogan "in the morning in France, in the afternoon in Switzerland" (or vice versa) is not just a promise. The possibilities to change between the various skiing areas are perfectly sophisticated and well organised.

For example it is possible to change within Switzerland from Champoussin to Morgins, beyond the border from Les Crosets to Avoriaz and from there to Morzine. In the detailed list of "links between the ski resorts of Portes du Soleil" (obtainable in tourist offices) all the routes are listed, containing also a reference to the level of difficulty and the duration. The opportunity to change rapidly between the skiing areas has also a significant impact on the guests of the six villages.

The ski runs on the Swiss territory are considered as less demanding - anyhow there are lots of young, sporty skiers among the skiing families, because they appreciate the enjoyable atmosphere in Valais and they can easily change between the different areas.

Ski lifts
Ski tow: 107
Chairlifts: 83
Cable-cars: 4
Cable cars: 0
Cable railways: 10
Magic carpets: 0
In total: 204 Ski lifts
Ski runs
easy
170 km
medium
380 km
difficult
100 km
Freeride
0 km
Open ski runs: 0 km
Open lifts: 0
Lit up ski runs: 0 km
Sea level
900 - 2466m
Snowboard
1 Fun park
-1 Halfpipe
-0 Jumps
-0 Boxes
-0 Rails
Apres-Ski
0 Ski lodges and restaurants
0 Après-ski bars
Other
Number of chilren's parks: 0
Prices
Adults
Day ticket: 59 CHF
5 days: 250 CHF
Children
Day ticket: 44 CHF
5 days: 188 CHF
Seniors
Day ticket: 53 CHF
5 days: 225 CHF
Blanket rate