Skiing

For skiers, Les Gets and Morzine have a multitude of things to do and places to explore. Combined, the two resorts make up the largest ski area of the Portes du Soleil. The 150km of slopes have something for all levels and abilities. Typically the slopes will open from Mid December until the end of April with the lifts opening from 9am until 5pm each day.

For advanced skiers, Mont Chery in Les Gets has several steep blacks including Bouquetin, seep enought o challenge the most advanced skier and Chery Nord, a steep mogul run down to Col de l”Encraz. A key highlight is the famous La Chavanette also known as “Le Mur” or “The wall” quite literally a vertical drop into Switzerland. This can be reached from the Super Morzine, then into Avoriaz and up the Chavanette gondola. For the fait hearted, there is the option to take the chairlift down. There are several good spots for off-piste too, though we would recommend being accompanied by a qualified guide. The Ranfoily area in Les Gets, accessed by the Les Chavannes gondola has several areas for off-piste. The best off-piste are to the sides of the ‘Yeti’ run accessed by the ‘La Rosta’ chairlift and by taking a hike from the top of the ‘Ranfoilly’ lift. The latter has been rated as one of the best off-piste powder bowls in Europe. There is a good safe area of off-piste up the Super Morzine too. Take the zore chairlift, and follow the tetris run, turn left through the trees just after passing over the zore blue and pass through the trees until you come back out onto the tetris again close to the bottom. There are snowparks on Mont Chery in Les Gets and Nyon in Morzine, as well as Avoriaz, close to Morzine accessed by the Super Morzine. There are various slalom areas including the new free Videopark system in Les Gets. located in Les Perrieres at the bottom of the chairlift, opening hours are from 10:30 until the lifts close. Here you can get a free video of your parallel slalom touching the box at the starting line with your ski pass to start filming, then racing on the slalom. At the end, you can preview your performance on the screen, and then later find the video online by clicking http://www.lesgets.com/glisse-ski/videopark-videos.html which can then be shared to friends via social media. There are Stade de Slalom areas on Mont Chery accessed via ‘de la pointe’ chairlift and Les Chavannes via the ‘Ranfoilly’ and ‘Nauchets’ express in Les Gets. Morzine has a few Stade de Slalom areas too, on the PLenney accessed via ‘La Crusaz’ and ‘Belvedere’ chairlifts and ‘La pointe’ chair in Nyon. The perfect place to show off to a few spectators!

The areas are great for beginners and families too. Les Chavannes in Les Gets has a free beginner area ‘Les Mappys’ with a choice of four slopes accessible by magic carpet, rope tow and snow cable. There is also the children only ‘Le Grand Cry’ ski area with the theme of hunters and native American Indians featuring 2 slopes with raised bends and a series of bumps, wigwams and a picnic area. Here, there is also the Mauve Piste, sponsored by Milka which doubles up as an educational introduction to the Alpine environment. Specific animal signs made out of natural materials help children to recognise different fauna and flora. The Gentiane is a nice wide blue and The Bluet is a sweeping blue run taking you back to the village perfect for beginners. Some more good cruisey blues are Piste B, C or D which all start at the top of the Plenney and take you back into Morzine. Night skiing is also available every Thursday evening at the Plenney Stadium. The Super Morzine is a good area for less seasoned skiers with a selection of quiet blues such as ‘Zore’ and ‘Tetris’; the ideal place to perfect those turns.

The entire Portes du Soleil area can be toured in one day (with an early start, a big breakfast and a lot of energy!). There are two routes: Les Gets to La Chapelle d’Abondance and La Chapelle d’Abondance to Les Gets, both stop at each resort within the Port du Soleil. Piste maps, available in the ticket offices have the full routes under ‘Le Tour des Portes du Soleil’. There are also twelve discovery circuits coded to different levels of skiers and take around 2.5 hours. Simply follow the bear, white rabbit, jackdaw, ibex or reindeer to cover many pistes within your level. Discovery guides with maps of the circuits are available at the tourist and ticket offices.