Today’s images are from my recent ski trip to Morzine, one of the gateways to the vast Portes du Soleil ski area. See previous post for a bit of background – ‘An Alien Concept‘.
The Portes du Soleil encompasses thirteen resorts straddling the French-Swiss border in an area between Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva. With approx 650 km of marked pistes and about 200 lifts in total, spread over 14 valleys and about 400 square miles, The Portes du Soleil vies with the Three Valleys ski area to be regarded as the largest linked ski area in the world. By any standard it is vast with terrain to suit skiers and boarders of all levels of competence.
Trying to sum up what this ski area offers in a few images is an impossible task but the following set of images will give some idea of what this ski area is like.
There is plenty of snow; what nature provides and what the snow blowers create.
Each valley has it’s own hub from where up-lifts take you to a ridge that leads you over to another valley’s terrain.
Views from ridges are magnificent – this panorama from the Swiss border encompasses two superb clusters: the Dents du Midi (left) and the Dents Blanches (right).
And there’s always time for a coffee at one of innumerable small chalets, snack bars or restaurants from where you can watch the action.
But it is always the high points that yield the greatest vistas – and when mist hangs in the valleys, the views are ethereal. This image from near Les Gets looks towards the Mont Blanc range thinly veiled in cloud.
The view from Pointe de Chery near Les Gets in the mid-afternoon.
The view of the Dents Blanches from the Abricotine piste below the Pointe de Mossette.
See: ‘An Alien Concept‘ – an intro to this trip.
And see: ‘The Architecture of Avoriaz‘, images of the purpose built ski resort at the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area.