Literally called the 'Doors of the Sun', taking its name from a mountain pass that connects Morgins and Les Crosets, the Portes du Soleil area is vast, with 600km of pistes spread across 12 different ski resorts in France and Switzerland. There are 306 pistes and 30 snowparks – including boarder and ski cross tracks as well as fun slopes – all accessed by 195 ski lifts. In the whole ski area there are 38 greens, 131 blues, 105 reds and 32 blacks.
Perched 600m above Morzine the snow-sure resort of Avoriaz has some of the best snowparks in the Alps and is home to Europe's first Burton Stash freestyle park. Powder hounds will love the Hauts Forts sector and the powder fields in Lindarets and Chatel. It's also a great area for beginners and young families. Read more in our guide to the Avoriaz Ski Area.
This sector of the Porte du Soleil ski area include a good mixture of piste skiing for most levels, although no black runs, as well as some gently sloping powder fields for the off-piste lovers. Read more in our guide to the Chatel, Pre la Joux and Linga Ski Area.
Saint Jean d'Aulps
Although the St Jean d’Aulps ski area is part of the Portes du Soleil it is not connected by pistes or lifts to the rest of the resort but it is well worth a look particularly as a full area ski pass is valid here. Read more in our guide to the St Jean d'Aulps Ski Area.
The Swiss resorts – Morgins, Les Crosets & Champery
The Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil ski area includes six separate resorts which can all be reached relatively easily from Avoriaz but might require a little more planning and time of you're heading over from Les Gets. You'll find more snowparks, some steeper red pistes as well as the infamous Swiss Wall, the most demanding run in the whole ski area. Read more in our guide to the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil Ski Area.