- The Farmhouse Christmas Fair
- Christmas Festival
- Ladies Night tour Alpine Ski Competition
- X-speed Ski Tour
- New Years Eve Festival and Fireworks
- Husky Dog Sledding Competition
- Carnival Day
- Torch Lit Ski Show from ESF
- Rock the Piste Music Festival
Activities in Portes du Soleil
- A great activity to do after being on the slopes or if you have non-skiers with you it’s a mildly energetic activity for during the day
- You can catch up on the latest films here. On bad weather days you will find they open their doors early so you can hide out.
- Being able to sit back, relax and take photos of the top of the mountains is not something that many get to do. The views of the snow topped Alps could be a tick off your bucket list.
- As the skating rink is indoor you could use this as way to get those leg muscles burning on bad weather days.
- Otherwise known as paragliding to the rest of the world this is a unique way to see the Alps and the views of the valley without really doing much at all.
- Perfect to do in bad weather or for non-skiers, it is a fantastic way to see the mountains and to get out and enjoy the snow.
- Being in charge of your own team of excitable dogs, flying down the forest paths following your guide, a very active couple of hours for an afternoon off the piste.
- A truly unique experience, the views are stunning and it is such a surreal way to see the mountains. A must do here is Morzine
- Take the plunge into the icy cold waters of the Lake. Get to explore the depths of the water and the ice formations. A strange underwater adventure that shouldn’t be missed.
- With many cosmopolitan bars and clubs to choose from, you can keep your après going way into the early hours of the morning.
GMT + 1 hour
The official currency is the Euro (€). Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent, €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in the country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
COST OF LIFT PASSES (based on Dolomiti SuperSki pass)
** Seniors aged 65 and above
*** Family passes are available in some resorts
Please note that the above shows average prices, not resort specific.
In restaurants a service charge is built into menu prices. However, it's customary to round up amounts when paying the waiter or waitress if you're happy with the service. This means that you might hand the server EUR 50 for a EUR 47 meal. If you're paying by credit card, hand the server a cash tip of up to 5%. For Taxis as in restaurants, round up or add 5% when you're happy with the service. Tips to your chalet staff are entirely at your discretion.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE FORMALITIES
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have: a signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points. Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
The nearest airports to Portes du Soleil are:
- Geneva (88km)
- Chambery (135km)
- Grenoble (213km)
- Lyon (210km)
The alpine climate is cold and visitors should wear warm, waterproof clothing at all times when outdoors during the winter. Hats and gloves are also essential to prevent frostbite. Sunglasses or ski goggles are also necessary to reduce the glare of the sun on the snow.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and imperative to take out appropriate travel and medical insurance. Winter sports involve a high degree of risk and you should be in good health and carry adequate medical insurance in case of winter sports accident, including cover for air ambulance.