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This lovely area tucked away between Lake Geneva and Mont-Blanc embraces 12 resorts in two countries. Its geographical location, in the most northern part of the French Alps, combined with the effects of the lake, produces a microclimate, which ensures a combination of optimal snowfall and above average sunshine throughout the winter – hence the name. Beyond the stark contrast between the charming traditional resorts such as Chatel and ultra modern Avoriaz the Swiss influence is ever-present.

 

The Portes du Soleil skiing area is very extensive with 650 km of pistes, 279 marked pistes, 9 snowparks, 1023 ski instructors and two countries to choose from. As a whole, it offers classic intermediate terrain but each resort has own appeal and challenges for the more advanced. For ease of navigation within such wide area, there are 12 discovery routes, signposted with different alpine animals according to the level of difficulty. Beginners are well catered for within each local area.

 

Les Gets
Les Gets is a charming village of mainly traditional chalet buildings nestling in the valley bottom with mountains rising on either side. The church with its steeple, the old style farmhouses, and tree lined slopes make an attractive alpine picture. The village has expanded to encompass the winter sports market and there is a good range of shops and some excellent restaurants.
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Morzine
One of the best loved resorts in the Alps, Morzine scores on many points. It's a charming, traditional village and yet linked in to one of the world's largest ski areas. It's a world away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and yet it's one of the closest ski resorts to the Channel and only an hour from Geneva.
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Chatel
Situated at the end of the picturesque and rural Abondance valley and set between Lake Geneva and the Mont-Blanc, Chatel is just a stone's throw from the Swiss border.
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