The Portes du Soleil

Winter has arrived in the Portes du Soleil! Thanks to recent abundant snowfalls (80cm at the top, 30cm at resort level), 5 of our 12 resorts opened partly last weekend!

What’s happening in the Portes du Soleil this winter season:

The Portes du Soleil introduces a new activity: the “Taxi-ski”. The Taxi-ski allows everyone, no matter what their age or fitness level, to go up the mountain and meet friends at a high-altitude restaurant, to reach the peaks for a stunning view, and to see the slopes at first hand… Passengers simply sit in a chair that’s guided by an instructor who gets them to their meeting point – without putting on skis!

Prices start at 36€/hour. Reservation: ESF Châtel +33 450 73 22 64, and ESF Morzine +33 450 79 13 13,

Abondance reopens this winter! After a two-year interval, Abondance is all set to reopen its ski area this winter. As part of a public service initiative, 9 lifts will open, giving access to 13 slopes for all levels in the Essert sector.

New learn-to-ski spaces. Avoriaz is trialling a new concept: starter courses for adult beginners. With 4 special zones that are totally safe and off-limits to other skiers, ski schools will be offering teaching that helps new skiers through the four learner phases while boosting improvement through targeted on-piste workshops. The course price includes ski lessons on the special zones with qualified instructors, specially selected equipment and a lift pass.

Event: The Portes du Soleil welcomes the 6th Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc international dog-sleigh race from 10th to 13th January 2010. The Portes du Soleil stage comprises 4 legs in which the huskies have to cross mountains, ski slopes and wild terrain.

For food lovers: 1st Michelin Star restaurant in the Portes du Soleil! The “C21 – Centre” in Champéry has received a Star in the 2010 Michelin Guide. Chef Denis Martin, who has already got 2 Michelin Stars for his restaurant in Vevey (Switzerland), offers a 21st century cuisine with his molecular gastronomy.

The Portes du Soleil has invested in a brand new 360° high definition webcam on the Mossettes summit in the heart of the ski area.

Contact: Cosima Zinck – Portes du Soleil press office
Phone: +33 450 73 32 54