Whether it's a cosy fireside vin chaud, shots in a busy ski bar like Morzine's Le Tremplin, live music in a classic pub or a classy cocktail in a chic hotel like the Chamois d'Or in Les Gets, you're guaranteed to find a way to blow off some steam after a long day on the slopes.
For foodies, the Portes du Soleil has a fantastic restaurant scene, with the main advantage being that the area stretches over both France and Switzerland. On the French side, sample some traditional Savoyard dishes; nothing beats a raclette or tartiflette after a cold day on the mountain - head to Chez Flo in Avoriaz for a hearty mountain supper.
Alternatively, try some of the famous haute-cuisine in one of the many high quality eateries scattered across the area - we love Quatre Saisons in Les Gets for the finest French cuisine in a modern, chic setting.
On the Swiss side, the Cantine du Coux in Champery does amazing ‘Pierre Chauds' -hot stones used to cook meat- and traditional Swiss rôsti.
The area has some awesome off-slope activities, especially the larger resorts. Les Gets and Avoriaz both have a bowling alley, there's an ice rink in Morzine and Les Gets while Avoriaz, Morzine and Les Gets all have a cinema and Les Gets has a fantastic weekly market selling traditional artisan products.
There are a number of wellness facilities - the Aquariaz centre in Avoriaz is an amazing place to relax your muscles and Val-d'Illiez is known for its thermal baths.
It's also worth mentioning the other snow activities available, including husky rides, snowshoeing and good old tobogganing.
When is best to ski Portes du Soleil?
The unique positioning of the area between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc means there is good snow throughout the season, as the humid lake fronts meet with the cold mountain fronts. The area has invested heavily in recent years in new snow making technology, meaning there is almost always snow to found. The NSEW facing slopes and average snow fall of 8m per year makes the Portes du Soleil an excellent choice for a holiday.
Avoriaz was the snowiest French resort in the 2011/12 season, making it a great choice for serious skiers. It also plays host to both Rock the Piste music festival and jazz festival later on the season, for those interested in great après-ski.
Due to the fantastic facilities for children across the board in this area, Christmas, half-term and Easter can be busy. The resorts are however well prepared, and there is a whole host of activities and special events, in the larger resorts, Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets in particular.
Christmas in the Portes du Soleil resorts is arguably the best in the Alps. Family favourites Les Gets, Avoriaz and Morzine, with carol concerts, fireworks, Santa workshops and fairy-tale displays will ensure a magical Christmas holiday.
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New Year's Eve in the Portes du Soleil is just as magical as Christmas, as the magic tends to last for the whole festive period. Firework displays and plenty of bars and restaurants, not to mention the incredible ski area, make Avoriaz, Les Gets or Morzine the perfect resorts in which to see in the New Year.
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Being such a great place for children, February half-term in the Portes du Soleil sees not only excellent snow, but special entertainment for children. Head to Avoriaz if your little ones are desperate to board, as it has a unique snow park for children.
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Easter in the Portes du Soleil sees the arrival of the sun, but not a huge fall in snow quality. The higher resorts like Avoriaz usually still have great quality snow, and those seeking a relaxing holiday, with skiing, sunbathing and exploring can combine the two in Les Gets or Morzine.
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