Setting Les Portes du Soleil
The Portes du Soleil - the first linked, international ski area - makes it easy to ski between three valleys: Aulps, Illiez and Abondance. Thanks to the kindly ski gods who bestow lots of snow, the area has more than 600 kilometres of skiing and snowboarding, backed up by a modern ski lift network.
It's also an interesting geographical place in its own right, with an unparalleled diversity of terrain to explore.
With 12 individual ski resorts - Avoriaz 1800, Chatel, Les Gets, Morzine-Avoriaz, Les Crosets, Champery, Val d'Illiez-les Crosets-Champoussin, Morgins, Abondance, Montriond, Saint Jean d'Aulps, Chapelle d'Abondance - beginners' ski areas, challenging off-piste zones, snowparks for all levels and great restaurants everywhere, everyone can find the setting and level of service that they're looking for.
It's not for nothing that UNESCO has recognised this area as one of remarkable natural interest, awarding the French area the "Geopark Chablais" label. This remarkable natural terrain influences the lives of the people who live here, and its many visitors.
From traditional architecture to mountain craft, Alpine meadow farming, stories and fables, the natural wealth of Thonon and Evian bottled water, there's so much evidence of the strong bonds between people and nature here. On the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil, marvellous geological sites are on offer, including the Dents du Midi, a physical emblem of the area that's instantly recognisable.
Les Portes du Soleil can't fail to delight any visitor; the diversity of the location is a sight for sore eyes. After taking two or three mountain lifts, it's possible to go from a mid-mountain environment where the ski slopes wind through the trees, to a high mountain reserve with wide ski slopes flanked by imposing cliff faces. While skiing, there's either a view of Lake Geneva to enjoy or any number of other memorable vistas.