Skiing

The stats speak for themselves at this gigantic snow-sports resort. Les Portes du Soleil's 196 ski lifts access 286 ski runs, between 450km and 650km of downhill slopes (depending on how they're measured). A single transfrontier ski pass covers it all (per day/week €52/293). Most snowheads go for the full package but if you aren't a confident skier, you can trim the price by confining your skiing to one area, such as Morzine–Les Gets (per day €40) or Avoriaz (per day €43). There are early-bird deals if you buy online, and there's 30% off passes late in the season.

Frequent powder, nursery slopes for little kids, toboggan runs, indoor pool and spa complexes, children’s clubs and snow play areas make Les Portes du Soleil a great choice for families. Morzine offers ideal beginner and intermediate terrain, with scenic runs through the trees for windy days. The snow-sure slopes of higher-elevation Avoriaz are great for intermediate skiers but can also challenge the more advanced. Plus, it's freestyle heaven for snowboarders, with dozens of snow parks to play in and a fantastic superpipe near the top of the Prodains cable car.

The area's most famous piste is Le Pas de Chavanette, better known as the Mur Suisse (Swiss Wall), on the border with Switzerland (reached from Avoriaz). This ice-gathering slope is no ordinary black run: it's steep, mogulled and has a hair-raising incline around 35° to 40° at the top.

Summer Activities

In summer, the slopes attract mountain bikers to 650km of trails, including invigorating routes such as the 80km circular Enduro Tour des Portes du Soleil. Walkers can pick and choose from 800km of marked trails. The extensive summer lift network (late June to early September, €27/122 per day/week) takes the slog out of reaching higher altitudes.