Ski holidays - Portes du Soleil
Tourist offices in the resorts making up the Portes du Soleil will argue against those of the Three Valleys that it is in fact their ski domain which is the largest interlinked ski area in the world. The 'Gateway to the sun' is claimed to have 650km of ski pistes, although an independent study measured the total interlinked distance at 426km. Regardless of what you believe ski holidays in the Portes du Soleil will offer you a massive and varied ski area.
There are 12 separate ski resorts in the Portes du Soleil area with 7 on the French side of the border and 5 on the Swiss side. No passport is needed to travel from one country to the next and all resorts are covered on the same lift pass. The cross-border nature of the skiing is one of the main attractions of a ski holiday in the Portes du Soleil. The French resorts are very different from the Swiss ones and the many on-mountain eateries are just as varied.
The resorts are not high altitude by French and Swiss standards with skiing ranging from 2,500m at the highest to 900m at the lowest. However, the Lake Geneva/Mont Blanc micro climate ensures that the area gets more than its fair share of snow allowing a snow-sure winter season in the higher resorts from mid December through to mid April. Apart from 'the wall', located between Avoriaz and Les Crosets, the on-piste skiing is relatively easy and with the huge distances possible is suited most to intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Experts will find some interesting off-piste terrain and beginners are well catered for in Les Gets and Avoriaz in particular.