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The Portes du Soleil...Culture side
A territory rich in

Heritage & Culture

The mountain, its strength its power, its greatness inspire the men who love it, and live with it. The mountain once sealed its future in the hearts of a handful of pioneers. Jean Vuarnet and his friends looked at the mountain as it has always been. Unique, immense, indivisible. Pure evidence. This truth gave wings to these men who saw neither borders, nor chapels, nor resorts. Just an infinity of snow and freedom. This extreme link of nature, strength, pleasure and land.

The combination of their talents changed the face of the mountains. The peaks no longer being impassable barriers, but bridges, bridges between countries, men and valleys. The mountain seen above the clouds. Where the rock, the ice and the sun are the reason for the men and their too low vision. The breath of the original mountain has opened wide les portes du soleil. That was 50 years ago. This ski area became a world first. One area inspired all the other valleys, which in turn wove their ties, ultimately returning the mountain to its original signature: intensity and immensity.

The spirit of “the High Road of Families” – the name of the project that gave birth to the Portes du Soleil in 1964 – still inhabits these peaks. When a bell tinkles in La Chapelle d’Abondance, it resonates with the clatter of a ski lift in Morgins, which responds to the hoof of a horse in Avoriaz. This beautiful harmony spreads until it rings in March under the seal of the Rock The Pistes Festival.

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Discover the origin of the name Les Portes du Soleil
through our history page


The Multi Pass voucher

for access to museums and cultural sites

of the Portes du Soleil at low prices.

The cultural sites of the Portes du Soleil included in the Multi Pass offer you a dive into the historical and pastoral heritage of our valleys. Discover the Mechanical Music Museum in Les Gets, the Domaine de Découverte de la Vallée d’Aulps, La Maison du Fromage Abondance, the Abbey of Abondance and the Old Mills of La Tine in Troistorrent (Morgins commune).

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Unesco World Heritage Site of Chablais ...

Set out to discover the Chablais, a territory with exceptional heritages, located in Haute-Savoie and labeled a Global Geopark by UNESCO. In the heart of the Alps, the Geopark Chablais stretches from the southern shore of Lake Geneva to the peaks of the Portes du Soleil.


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Our summer/winter selection

Between ancestral knowledge and rural traditions, the Portes du Soleil hold deep roots and dedicate an unwavering attachment to the land and the products of its soil. A human history of people who still give life to their territory by perpetuating centuries-old traditions and customs. The preservation of cultural and natural heritage is a priority.