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Portes du Soleil: Summer holidays in the French Alps
Issue 16 / 31 May 2019
Portes du Soleil: Summer holidays in the French Alps

Once the snow melts, Portes du Soleil unveils magnificent scenery and offers a host of activities for all ages and abilities.

Serena Norton

Meaning “Gates of the Sun”, it is no surprise that Portes du Soleil is an irresistible summer destination. With its south-facing position giving maximum sunshine combined with a wealth of activities on offer, there is no better place for an active holiday. With this in mind, we present you with some highlights of what you can expect on your summer holiday in Portes du Soleil.

Portes du Soleil is the mountain biking capital of the Alps

Made up of 12 village resorts, the Portes du Soleil has five internationally renowned bike parks in Chatel, Les Gets, Morzine, Avoriaz and Champery-Morgins. With over 650 km of mountain biking trails ranging from beginner to expert level, there really is something for everyone. E-bikers aren’t forgotten about either with 35 tailor-made slopes for e-riders and 23 Bosch charging stations freely available throughout the area. Several exciting bike events take place throughout the summer, including the upcoming Pass’portes Du Soleil event at the end of June and the MTB World Cup in Les Gets from 12-14 July 2019.

Dig out your walking boots as you explore over 800 km of marked trails

Portes du Soleil is a hiking paradise with stunning scenery and a variety of terrain to negotiate with the help of 22 mountain lifts, making it easy to climb the peaks. Explore deep alpine forests, lush green valleys and remote pastures as you take in the spectacular views of Mont Blanc and Dents du Midi. Trail running is also popular during the summer - it even has its own app, Trace de Trail, making it easier than ever to navigate the region.

Water sports and activities in the heart of the French Alps

The Portes du Soleil is home to several lakes which when heated by the sun are perfect for swimming. Lac Montriond in Morzine with three restaurants and multiple activities around the lake is one of our favourites. Should wild swimming not be for you, there are a number of aquatic centres and thermal baths in the region. Children will especially love the Wibit Les Get inflatable water park which is open from 29th June to 1st September 2019. Everything from rafting and kayaking to stand-up paddle boarding and canyoning is available in the region. The options really are endless.

Via Ferrata and rock climbing in the Portes du Soleil

A halfway house between walking and climbing, there is no need for training or specialist knowledge to enjoy via ferrata in Portes du Soleil. Tackle fully-equipped routes incorporating suspended bridges, ladders, steps, ramps and zip lines whilst admiring the spectacular views. Alternatively, there are a number of traditional rock climbing routes in the area to discover.

Stay in one of our luxury chalets to truly enhance your summer holiday experience

We have several luxury chalets in the Portes du Soleil which are sure to make your holiday a trip to remember in the best possible way. One of our favourites is Ferme de Moudon in Les Gets, a private chalet at the end of a quiet lane, just a three-minute drive from the centre of town. The chalet has incredible outside space with a heated pool and hot tub - perfect for long summer sunny days. Another inviting property is White Valley Lodge & Spa in Morzine. Enjoying an elevated, scenic position at the entrance to the Vallee de la Manche, the lodge boasts fantastic spa facilities including a hot tub, barrel sauna and cold plunge pool.

For further details of how best to enjoy a summer holiday in the Alps, do contact our experienced and knowledgeable team who will be more than happy to assist you with finding the best accommodation for your trip.

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