The Area

   

Winter

The region of the Portes du Soleil offers an endless diversity of pistes with varying difficulty and terrain. Choose between wide, sunny tree-lined slopes to the infamous "Swiss Wall"! 

If you make the great decision to stay at the resort, St Jean Station itself has more than 40 kms of runs, of varying levels, including an 11km Roc d'Enfer circuit following the "lost valley" through unspoilt scenery. The skiing area of this small alpine village is one of its true charms - we rate it as one of the best areas to ski in the Portes du Soleil.   
It offers quiet runs which are a well kept secret and we often enjoy skiing the runs entirely on our own!  No UK package holiday companies come here so it has a wonderful traditional alpine feel.  The scenery is  fabulous and small traditional restaurants on the pistes offer a genuine, welcoming atmosphere. 

 

St Jean d'Aulps

Keen skiers have the whole of the Portes du Soleil at their disposal. The best access to this is from the Ardent gondola, 15 minutes easy drive past Le Lac de Montriond. There is plenty of car parking and rarely any queues. Morzine and Les Gets are also less than 15 minutes drive away, as is access to Avoriaz and from there the main circuit. In all there are twelve resorts to be explored in both France and Switzerland and the possibilities are endless. The 600km of slopes, 196 lifts, 11 snow parks and 90 alpine restaurants of  the Portes du Soleil combine to make this the largest ski area in Europe.

 

Link: Portes du Soleil

Ardent, Morzine and Les Gets are well served by shuttle buses from La Grande Terche and St Jean.

Link: Local area

Link: Ski buses

 

Summer

This area of France is beautiful at any time of year. The shores of Lake Geneva are only 30 minutes away with steamers running during the summer months to many towns around the lake.

Cable cars are open from June to mid September for keen mountain bikers and walkers, and there is white water rafting and canoeing in the valley. There are opportunities locally for paragliding, riding, fishing and swimming.

Chamonix and Mont Blanc are approximately 1 1/4 hours drive away and this town offers good mountain themed shops with numerous bars and restaurants.  The cable car ride to the Aiguille du Midi to view the highest peaks surrounding Mont Blanc is one of the most spectacular trips to be experienced in the area.

For golfers, there is a short but challenging course at Les Gets, beautifully set in the mountains with panoramic views overlooked by Mont Blanc.  A pleasure to play for golfers of all ability with a very a friendly club house and staff.  We recommend a buggy as the course is quite hilly.

Royal Evian Golf Club is 30 minutes drive away and you can enjoy immaculately kept fairways and greens on this championship course with views of Lake Geneva.  The course is used annually for the Ladies Evian Masters (the highlight of the Ladies European Tour).  A beautiful chalet-styled club house and terrace affords views of the course and provides a marvellous setting for your pre-round breakfast or for a celebratory drink and meal. It offers a relaxed atmosphere where all are welcomed.