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Why we love to ski in the Portes du Soleil

The Portes du Soleil ski area is made up of 12 linked Alpine resorts in France and Switzerland. This covers 650km of pistes and 197 lifts in total, making it the largest ski area in the world for over 50 years! The most well-known resorts are Morzine, Les Gets, Avoriaz and Châtel, which are particularly well known for having an abundance of shops, restaurants, bars and luxury accommodation.

 

 

Whether you’re looking for a fully catered chalet, a flexible catering option or a self-catered apartment, Morgan Jupe provides a bespoke experience with a luxury touch in Morzine and Les Gets.


But these aren’t the only reasons why we love to ski the Portes du Soleil and why it makes for a perfect winter getaway… Allow us to let you in on a few local secrets!


Great snow


Did you know… Avoriaz is officially the snowiest ski resort in France! That sounds like quite the statement but it’s true. With an average seasonal snowfall of 7.5 metres, the local slopes here are very reliable for snow and extremely easy to access from Morzine, particularly with Morgan Jupe’s complimentary driving service! All those powder days combined with bluebird skies, what more could you want out of your winter holiday?

 


Great ski schools


Whether you’re a complete beginner or an absolute pro, the Portes du Soleil boasts a wide range of fantastic ski schools, offering both private and group lessons for children and adults. No matter what your level, spending some time with an instructor will really help you make the most out of your annual ski trip.


This year Les Gets is offering a lift pass for just 20 euros for beginners, which is a great saving for those who don’t plan to venture further afield!


Other than improving your technique, experienced instructors will also show you around the best slopes and make sure you catch the best views.

 


The views


Speaking of views… WOW! Another reason this huge ski area is one of the best! What’s more spectacular than snowy peaks, blue skies and charming ski resorts below? From various points across the Portes du Soleil you can enjoy completely unique views of Mont Blanc and even Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). Taking a camera or a GoPro is an absolute must as this is a sight you’re never going to want to forget.

 


It’s simple to get here


There are many flights landing into Geneva every day throughout the winter and there are always great deals to take full advantage of, especially at the start of the season. It’s just a short 1hr 15min transfer to Morzine from the airport and with Morgan Jupe you’ll have help organising transport through partners such as Alp Nav, who offer a slick and professional door-to-door service (with a 10% discount).


There’s something for everyone


From beginner slopes to black runs, the pistes are varied for all abilities and there are even runs for the little ones! The famous ‘Lil Stash’ runs through the alpine trees in Avoriaz with small jumps and obstacles in a picturesque setting. And for the adults, ‘The Stash’ is the perfect playground for skiers and snowboarders wanting a completely unique snowpark experience… a one of a kind project developed by Jake Burton himself.


After a glorious day tearing up the mountain why not enjoy a beer or two? This year the Portes du Soleil has many new après bars including a Folie Douce, which has taken centre stage in Avoriaz! There ain't no party like an après party!

 

 

Last but not least there is certainly more than just skiing in the Portes du Soleil! Morzine and Les Gets are becoming increasingly popular holiday destinations for non-skiers, who can enjoy an abundance of non-skiing activities while soaking in the fabulous scenery. From spa days, yoga, pilates and the gym to husky rides, tobogganing and paragliding, the list really is really endless!


So what are you waiting for? Get your next ski holiday booked in the Portes du Soleil!

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