The Portes du Soleil is one of the largest ski areas in the world, with 600km of pistes spanning both Switzerland & France. It is located in the Northern Alps, rising up from Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) towards Mont Blanc and Geneva airport is only 90 minutes away.
History of the Portes du Soleil
Today, the ski area includes 12 ski villages in two countries of which 10 are connected by ski lifts.
Portes du Soleil Ski Area
The skiing ranges from 900m to 2400m with snow sure areas in Chatel and Avoriaz. Although this may seem strangely lower than other ski resorts in France but the microclimate formed between Lake Geneva and the Chablais mountain range creates a higher volume of precipitation in the mountains which in winter means one thing, snow!
French Ski Resorts
La Chapelle d’Abondance
St Jean d’Aulps
Swiss Ski Resorts
Les Crosets/ Champoussin
Find out more about the different ski resorts of the Portes du Soleil.
Chatel and Avoriaz generally open the first weekend of December before the full ski domain opens between the 15th and 20th December. The smaller ski villages close the first weekend of April with Chatel and Avoriaz closing about the 20th April.
We often get asked why they don’t stay open longer as there is usually plenty of snow on the pistes and there are two reasons – the resorts need to remove the snow to get ready for the summer bike season and all the workers need a rest after their 5 months of working for the resort.
The Portes du Soleil Ski Pass
The Portes du Soleil ski pass includes all 12 villages, making it one of the best value ski passes in the world for the amount of pistes on offer. You can see this in detail in our ski pass price comparison.
Ski Holidays in the Portes du Soleil
If you are thinking of a ski holiday in the Portes du Soleil, you will want to read our reasons to ski in the Portes du Soleil post. In the winter, Chalet Cannelle is a catered ski chalet, taking care of everything for your ski holiday.
- 200 ski lifts
- 650km of on-piste skiing terrain
- 30 Snow parks
- 316 ski pistes
- 34 green
- 119 blue
- 101 red
- 32 black
You can read more about the skiing and snowboarding in the Portes du Soleil on our dedicated page