The Ski Area
Pistes and facilites
From Morzine, you have access to 650km of pistes, stretching across two countries (France/Switzerland). The full area is called the Portes du Soleil, and it's the largest ski area in Europe. There are an outstanding selection of blues and reds, as well as some challenging blacks and off-pisting if you know where to look. One of the top hardest runs in the world is on your doorstep (The Swiss Wall) as well as the world famous Burton Stash (snowboarder heaven) If jumps are your thing, there are 7 parks within easy reach.
Indeed this wonderful ski area is famed for having plenty for everyone - any level, any style, any personal terrain favourites, you'll find it here, in part due to the sheers scale of the ski area. For the adventurous solo skier there's 14 separate resorts all joined together for you to explore, and with a ski area that big you'll find plenty of skiing at all levels. There's certainly far too much for us to talk about on this one page, so we've created a collection of pages each about a different part of the Portes du Soleil Ski Area.
- Skiing Morzine
- Skiing Avoriaz
- Skiing Les Gets
- Skiing on Mont Chery
- Avoriaz for Park Junkies - Freestyle Heaven....
Eating and drinking on the mountain
On the mountain there's a great range of places to eat, and the portions are huge! Sometimes it is worth asking if someone will share! Either that or we roll you down the mountain on the way home!
Some of the best places are Grand Ourson on Mont Chery (run by a Cornish family and has the most epic views!), Pointe de Nyon (has a lovely large terrace for sunny days) and Petit Lindarets in the little goat village south of Avoriaz central. Very quaint. The restaurant at the top of the Swiss Wall is also worth a visit, even if only to gawp down the wall and surrender to a hot chocolate instead. The scenery is amazing, on sunny days they have sun loungers with duvets and the cutest family of boxer dogs who are really friendly and love a game.
Added to that, the practically infinite number of Vin Chaud and Hot Chocolate stops available, as well as more snacky-type food, you are spoilt for choice!
Morzine/Les Gets benefits from many tree lined runs, so when it is cold you can shelter a bit! They are also very pretty to ski through, you feel quite connected to nature! Up in Avoriaz and into Switzerland you are much more closely connected with the sheer rock faces and steep mountainous inclines. An excellent cross section.