Portes du Soleil ski area
Morzine
Events calendar for winter 2017-18
More than 650kms of marked pistes… 2 countries… 199 ski lifts… 14 different valleys... 400 square miles to enjoy… The Portes du Soleil is one of the two largest linked ski areas in the world! Morzine is located at the heart of the ski area and is the best location to access this amazing winter playground!
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Morzine   is   a   small   market   town   located   at   the   heart   in   the Haute   Savoie   department   of   France   near   the   border   with Switzerland.   In   contrast   to   many   purpose-built   French   ski resorts,   Morzine   has   developed   organically   from   it’s   origins as    a    slate    mining    town    and    therefore    retains    a    lovely traditional    feel    and    has    many    beautiful    old    chalets throughout   the   town.   Morzine   was   one   of   the   pioneering towns   of   skiing   with   it’s   first   lifts   dating   back   to   the   early 1930s - but don’t worry, they’ve been upgraded since then! In   addition   to   skiing   and   boarding,   Morzine   offers   a   broad range   of   other   energetic   activities   such   as   ice   skating   (both   at the   permanent   indoor   rink   and   the   temporary   outdoor   rink),   snow   mobiling,   parapente   and   even   husky-dog driving!   There   is   also   a   large   indoor   swimming   pool   complex   (with   3   pools   including   a   smaller   children’s   pool   and warm toddler splash around area) and a cinema which shows films in English throughout the winter season. Morzine   centre   is   really   attractive   and   has   a   large   selection   of   bars   and   restaurants   that   you   may   wish   to   visit   on the   chalet   night   off   and   plenty   of   shops   selling   winter   sports   clothing   and   accessories   and   a   range   of   other   shops selling   local   and   French   specialities   such   as   cheese,   wine   and   saussison!   The   tourist   office   organises   events throughout   the   season   including   the   weekly   descent   flambeaux   (ESF   instructors   skiing   down   the   mountain carrying flaming torches!) - ask us for more details! Visit www.morzine.com
Avoriaz
Avoriaz   is   a   purpose-built   ski   resort   which   was   developed   in   the   1960s   as   a   way   of   linking   the   Swiss   resorts   of Morgins,   Champoussin,   Les   Crosets   and   Champery   with   those   on   the   French   side   of   the   border   such   as   Morzine, Les   Gets   and   Chatel.   It   is   architecturally   intersting   as   the   wooden   building   were   designed   to   blend   in   with   the rocks   when   viewed   from   the   valley   below.   Today   it   ranks   as   one   of   the   top   ski   resorts   in   France   and   is   one   of   the top snowboarding destinations in the world! Avoriaz   is   a   car-free   resort   as   all   the   roads   turn   into   ski   pistes   in   the winter,   so   you   can   enjoy   exploring   the   town   on   skis   or   take   a   horse- drawn   sledge   taxi   ride   through   town!   It   boasts   an   igloo   bar   where you   can   stop   off   for   a   cheeky   vin   chaud   and   there   is   even   the   option of   dining   there   on   the   chalet   night   off   -   please   ask   us   to   book   this early   to   avoid   disappointment!   for   those   wanting   a   break   from   skiing, Avoriaz   also   has   an   indoor   water-park,   Aquariaz   with   a   variety   of slides,   children’s   play   area,   lazy   river,   hot   tub   and   even   a   small climbing wall over the pool! Our   chalets   are   only   minutes   from   the   Prodains   express   lift   which   takes   you   directly   up   to   Avoriaz   town,   allowing you   to   reach   the   highest   and   snowiest   slopes   very   quickly.      Avoriaz   also   has   a   healthy   number   of   bars   and restaurants   to   explore   and   you   could   consider   spending   your   chalet   night   off   up   in   Avoriaz   for   some   real   winter atmosphere…just don’t miss the last lift down at around midnight! Visit   www.avoriaz.com
The   Portes   du   Soleil   offers   an   incredible   ski   area   with   300   ski   runs   and   30   snow   parks   (including   the   popular Burton designed “The Stash” park!) and over 90 on-piste resturants! There   are   13   resorts   in   the   Portes   du   Soleil   area,   of   which   7   are   French   and   5   are   Swiss,   making   it   one   of   the   few ski   resorts   world-wide   where   you   can   ski   2   countries   in   1   day.   Most   of   the   resorts   have   grown   around   traditional valley   villages   -   only   Avoriaz   and   the   very   small   Les   Crosets   and   Torgon   were   purposely   built   during   the   mid- 1960s.   The   area   is   heavily   influenced   by   the   microclimate   between   Lake   Geneva   and   Mont   Blanc,   which   generates very   substantial   snowfall   between   November   and   April   making   it   possible   to   keep   the   area   open   to   skiing   typically from early to mid December until late April.
9th - 10th Dec 2017 - Morzine - Winter Start Festival Winter kicks off in Morzine with this fun celebration of winter - Christmas markets, bands etc. 15th - 17th Dec 2017 - Avoriaz - Rock on Ultimate Festival The   opening   weekend   in   Avoriaz   is   a   major   event   for   all   winter   sports   and   music   lovers.   Each   year   the   latest   skis and snowboards from over 50 brands are available to test! 23rd Dec 2017 - 5th Jan 2018 - Morzine - The Enchanted Village of Morzine Two weeks of magical performances in Morzine. 10th Feb - 9th March 2018 - Avoriaz - Snow Carnival 4 weeks dedicated to children with many free animations: sledge races, carnival parades, lanterns etc. 13th Feb - 6th March 2018 - Morzine - Morzine Loves Carnival Enjoy a carnival parade through Morzine every Tuesday night! 27th Feb 2018 - Morzine - Ladies Night Tour Downhill ski race - a chance to watch some of the best female skiers around… 12th - 16th March 2018 - Morzine - Morzine Loves Women Festival 5 days of female-directed activity - details to follow! 18th - 24th March 2018 - Morzine - Rock the Pistes Festival - line up to follow! Major   artists   performing   in   free   concerts   on   the   ski   slopes,   with   some   30   other   après-ski   gigs   in   the   heart   of Morzine!   This   winter,   Morzine   plays   host   to   the   8th   Rock   the   Pistes   festival.   This   music   event,   which   is   unique   in Europe, offers five days of gigs for all, in exciting temporary venues on the slopes in the Portes du Soleil. 18th - 24th March 2018 - Avoriaz - Snowboxx More   than   5000   people   come   to   Avoriaz   for   this   unique   festival   for   a   full   week   of   electro   shows.   A   crazy   concert will take place every night in the "box" in the centre of the resort. Pool partys, crazy après-ski etc! 4th - 7th April 2018 - Morzine - The Kids Kingdom An exceptional week with loads of activities taking place for kids of all ages. 8th April - Morzine - The Champions Ski Race A   grand   race   to   end   the   season   high   on   Nyon   plateau,   where   children   can   mingle   with   champion   skiers   from Portes   du   Soleil   resorts,   who’ve   been   invited   to   come   and   ski,   sign   autographs,   have   their   photo   taken   and encourage young talent. 7th-21st April - Avoriaz - Pipe Ground The   Avoriaz   superpipe   is   one   of   the   last   of   its   kind   in   France:   120m   long   and   6m   high.   Each   year   the   best   pro- riders   use   it   to   train   or   for   competitions.   At   the   of   the   season,   local   riders   re-shape   the   pipe   to   create   a   new snowpark with an original design.
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