The Portes du Soleil is a land of skiing which gives its champions everything they need to make it at the highest level. This desire to help young talent is in the ski area's DNA, since one of the people behind its creation was none other than Jean Vuarnet, Winter Olympics gold medallist at Squaw Vallée in 1960.
Since then, generations of champions have been born, and the Portes du Soleil has become a ski area that's renowned for hosting ski competitions and for its top-flight facilities.
Every year, the ski area also hosts a fun Champions' race to celebrate the exceptional sporting achievements of the following athletes:
Present at the last Portes du Soleil Champions race:
Portes du Soleil Champions
Yohann TABERLET /Ski Handisport
Selected for the 2014 Sotchi Winter Paralympic Games Yohann won 2 French Championship titles in 2014: Super-G and Super-Combined.
He finished 4th in the Giant and Slalom.
World Cup: 2nd in the Super-Combined at Panorama Mountain (Canada).
Participated in the 2015 World Championships in Panorama, Canada.
Johann BAISAMY / Snowboard – Half Pipe
2nd in the 2014 World Cup
2nd in Ruka (Finland),
6th in Stoneham (Canada)
Selected for the 2014 Sotchi Winter Games (finished 16th)
2015 French Half-Pipe CHAMPION (Avoriaz)!
Cyprien RICHARD / Giant Slalom
2011 World Cup silver medallist & World Cup team champion 2014: 8th at Solden (Austria),11th at Alta Badia (Italy), 13th at Beaver Creek (USA), 15th at Adelboden (Switzerland).
2015: a mixed season (not selected for the World Championships), but a good end to the winter with 2 victories in the European Cup and 3rd place in the French championships.
Anthony CHALENCON / Ski Handisport (partially sighted)
Participated in the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games
2015 WORLD CHAMPION 2015 (Team cross-country)
Alexis SEVENNEC / Ski Mountaineering
Ski Mountaineering 3rd in the 2013 World Championships 2013 Military World Champion 2nd in the 2014 World Cup (Courchevel) 4th in the Pierra Menta 5th in the Mezzalama 2015 SILVER MEDALLIST (TEAM EVENT) with DIDIER BLANC
Didier BLANC / Ski Mountaineering
2010 World Champion,Team event 2nd in the Patrouille des Glaciers Silver medallist in the 2014 French championships (team event with Pierre François GACHET) 7th in the Pierra Menta 2015 SILVER MEDALLIST (TEAM EVENT) with ALEXIS SEVENNEC
Ben CAVET / Moguls
2015: Injured at the beginning of the season but still achieved a 4th place finish in the World Cup in Japan.
Also French moguls double champion (parallel and single) 2014: 8th in the Sotchi Winter Games World Cup podium finishes in la Plagne Junior single moguls World Cup silver medallist Junior World Cup parallel moguls champion French champion 2011-2015.
Déborah ANTHONIOZ / Snowboard Cross
Olympic medallist in Vancouver in 2010
Didier DEFAGO / Downhill skiing
2010 Olympic downhill champion Many World Cup victories including Kitzbuhel and Wengen
Portes du Soleil Ski Clubs
In Avoriaz, champions train on the Arare and Tête aux Bœufs stadiums
In Chatel, champions train on the Linga stadium
In Les Gets, champions train
In Morzine, champions train on the Pleney stadium.
In Abondance, champions train on the Lac's blue ski slopes, on Corne and Grand Fremoux.
In La Chapelle d'Abondance, champions train on the slalom stadium underneath the Braitaz chairlift.
St Jean d’AulpsMore
In Saint Jean d'Aulps, champions train.
In Montriond, champions train.
In Morgins, champions train.
Val-d’Illiez / les Crosets / ChampoussinMore
In Val-d'Illiez / Les Crosets / Champoussin, champions train.
In Champery, champions train.
In Torgon, champions train.