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The Portes du Soleil is one of France’s best kept secrets. Historically lying low under the luxury radar, often being overlooking in favour of Trois Vallees or Le Espace Killy, France’s second largest ski area nowadays is making a lot of noise. And quite rightly as it has a lot to shout about. Consisting of 12 resorts, spread out over 2 countries from Mont Blanc to Lake Geneva and boasting over 650 km of marked ski terrain expertly connected by over 200 lifts – Portes du Soleil is a must “see & ski” this season. Beautiful traditional resorts such as Chatel, Morzine and Les Gets patiently wait to be discovered by skiers with a promise of chocolate box chalets and traditional (and well-priced!) restaurants to greet them. Do you fancy waking up in France, being in Switzerland in time for lunch and back to France for bedtime? This is all possible in Portes du Soleil. And with it being just one hour transfer from Geneva airport, we urge you, if you haven’t already, to turn your attentions this season to Portes du Soleil.


Portes Du Soleil

The Portes du Soleil is one of France’s best kept secrets. Historically lying low under the luxury radar, often being overlooking in favour of Trois Vallees or Le Espace Killy, France’s second largest ski area nowadays is making a lot of noise. And quite rightly as it has a lot to shout about. Consisting of 12 resorts, spread out over 2 countries from Mont Blanc to Lake Geneva and boasting over 650 km of marked ski terrain expertly connected by over 200 lifts – Portes du Soleil is a must “see & ski” this season. Beautiful traditional resorts such as Chatel, Morzine and Les Gets patiently wait to be discovered by skiers with a promise of chocolate box chalets and traditional (and well-priced!) restaurants to greet them. Do you fancy waking up in France, being in Switzerland in time for lunch and back to France for bedtime? This is all possible in Portes du Soleil. And with it being just one hour transfer from Geneva airport, we urge you, if you haven’t already, to turn your attentions this season to Portes du Soleil.

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December

  • The Farmhouse Christmas Fair
  • Christmas Festival
  • Ladies Night tour Alpine Ski Competition
  • X-speed Ski Tour
  • New Years Eve Festival and Fireworks

January

  • Husky Dog Sledding Competition

February

  • Carnival Day
  • Torch Lit Ski Show from ESF

March

  • Rock the Piste Music Festival

Activities in Portes du Soleil

Bowling Alley

  • 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

Cinema

  • 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.

Helicopter rides

  • 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.

Ice skating

  • As the skating rink is indoor you could use this as way to get those leg muscles burning on bad weather days.

Parapenting

  • 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.

Snowshoe walking

  • 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.

Husky sledging

  • 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.

Hot-Air Ballooning

  • 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

Ice diving

  • 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.

Nightlife

  • With many cosmopolitan bars and clubs to choose from, you can keep your après going way into the early hours of the morning.
 

TIME ZONE
GMT + 1 hour

LANGUAGE
French

CURRENCY INFORMATION
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.

MONEY MATTERS
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)

  Adult Child*
Senior**
Full Day
€60 €40 €40
6 Days
€290 €210 €210
7 Days
€300 €230 €238
* Children aged 14 and under
** Seniors aged 65 and above
*** Family passes are available in some resorts
Please note that the above shows average prices, not resort specific.

TIPPING SUGGESTIONS
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.

NEAREST AIRPORT
The nearest airports to Portes du Soleil are:

  • Geneva (88km)
  • Chambery (135km)
  • Grenoble (213km)
  • Lyon (210km)

WEATHER
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.

HEALTH
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.


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