Portes du Soleil - plenty to see and do
So what does the Portes du Soleil have to offer?
The simple answer is everything. There's always loads to keep all the family occupied all year round in the 'gateway to the sun'.
Of course in winter it is a sporting paradise for skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, paragliders, ski tourers, freestylers and freeriders alike, with a modern lift system that will get you to every corner of the Portes du Soleil quickly and comfortably. Even those who don't like the snow are well catered for with top notch leisure facilities at resort level.
In summer, the Portes du Soleil transforms itself into a mountain biking mecca with miles and miles of trails, freestyle and dirt parks, so you will never be bored on your bikes. With 24 lifts open in the summer, walkers and hikers will love it too, with lots of mountain grazing meadows (called 'alpages') to wander through, cows to meet, auberges to eat at and lakes to picnic by too.
There are also several key events that run every year across the Portes du Soleil resorts, such as the Rock the Pistes live music festival, the Rallye du Mont Blanc, the road bike Tour du Chablais-Leman-Portes du Soleil, the Grande Odyssee husky race and the famous Pass'Portes du Soleil mountain bike festival that is one of the key events of the summer season around these parts.
One thing's for sure - each resort has it's own personality and appeals to different types of people whatever time of year you choose to visit.
Portes du Soleil Resorts
All The Resorts!
Just so you can get your bearings, here's the complete list of resorts and villages that make up the huge Portes du Soleil ski area, starting on the French side with:
* Abondance - the one with the cheese and the cows
* Avoriaz - the one that unique architecture
* Chatel - the last village in the Val d'Abondance
* La Chapelle d'Abondance - the one with the tradtional alpine music
* Les Gets - the one that families love
* Montriond - the one with the stunning lake
* Morzine - the one with the liveliest nightlife
* St Jean d'Aulps - the tucked away one to keep quiet about
And over in neighbouring Switzerland:
* Champery - the one with the very cute High Street
* Morgins - the one where champion skier Didier Defago is from
* Torgon - the Swiss one sandwiched between two French ones
* Val d'Illiez - Les Crosets - Champoussin - the one where the massifs du Giffre and Chabalis meet
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