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Why the Portes Du Soleil keeps solo skiers coming back!

  Why the Portes Du Soleil keeps solo skiers coming back! The solo ski experts at The Ski Gathering tell us what is attracting first-timers and veteran solos to Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets. Across the board, solo travel has grown enormously in recent years, mirroring a general trend in ‘independent’ and socialising hobbies. Today, people use apps and websites to find flatmates, meet gym buddies, arrange car shares… and plan their solo-travel adventures. This is particularly noticeable with ski holidays, where solo travellers are increasingly making their mark. Some solos prefer to ski alone, enjoying the total freedom of the mountain. But most see it as a social opportunity to meet other skiers or boarders and avoid paying the empty-bed supplement. For the latter group in particular, the Portes du Soleil has become a focal point in the solo travel revolution. Why is that? It’s Perfect for Mixed-Ability Groups It’s Day One of your solo ski holiday and you’re heading out with a group o

7 Excuses to Visit Les Portes du Soleil

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  STORY BY  Megan Hughes   A hugely popular ski area, Les Portes du Soleil is one of the top destinations in the Alps. Here at InTheSnow.com we are giving you a rundown of 7 reasons why you NEED to visit Les Portes due Soleil this year. 1. Size Matters With over 650km of marked piste and 196 lifts, Les Portes du Soleil is one of the largest ski areas in the world. It boasts over 300 runs, 2/3 of which are either red or blue, meaning that skiers of every level will be able to enjoy themselves with an abundance of runs to ensure good variety throughout your visit. Due to the immense size of the ski area, there are good pre-marked trails and circuits that are often popular with holidaymakers due to the ease that comes with their being well signed. If you prefer to make your own routes however, this is simple too thanks to a  free app  that creates and plans routes based on your ability level and preferences. You could spend a whole season there and never get bored, so whether you’re think

16 Reasons Why Morzine Is the Perfect Winter Holiday Destination for Families

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  It’s always tricky to find the ideal destination for a  family ski or snowboard trip . There’s so much information out there and it’s a big responsibility to ensure that the whole family really enjoy their holiday. This trip needs to be absolutely brilliant… so no pressure! More Mountain's  advice would be to make your search as simple as possible. Compile a wishlist of what you need from your perfect family ski holiday destination. Now look for somewhere that ticks as many of those wishes as possible. Morzine ticked quite a few wishes for the Telegraph Newspaper. It was given 5 out of 5 for families in their  ski resort review of 2016 . What Are the Challenges of Finding a Family Friendly Resort?  READ ON...

Driving To Morzine

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  Morzine is just over an hour from Geneva airport, but with the uncertainty of air travel, many people will be driving to Morzine. Located in the Northern French Alps, Morzine is one of the closest ski resorts to drive to from the UK. Driving to Morzine gives you lots of flexibility, but more importantly, it will keep you and your family safer and more isolated than taking the plane. With this in mind, in this post, we are going to go through some practical information about driving to and through France. We will also go into what we and the ferry companies are doing to keep your mind at rest. Getting To France From The UK The great news about driving to France is that there is a multitude of options to suit you. Which option you choose will depend on where you are located in the UK, your budget, the ferry or train times, and your personal preference. Crossing The Channel By Ferry Hopping on a ferry at Dover and arriving in Calais just 90 minutes later is one of the most popular ways

Why Morzine France should be your next Ski destination

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           Why Morzine France should be your next Ski destination By  melbtravel When asked what my favourite  ski  resorts are around the world,  Morzine  France is always in my top 5. It is a resort that suits all types of groups from family  ski  holidays to a bunch of friends flying in for a weekend. It offers a wide range of activities on and off the slopes and also has a large selection of restaurants and pubs to cater for your needs. Not to mention it is part of one the biggest ski areas in the world,  Portes de Soleil,  with over  650kms  of runs and is only around an hour and a half from  Geneva   airport . Because of this, it is fast becoming incredibly popular with British skiers/snowboarders. Out of the 12 resorts that make up the  Portes  du Soleil   ski  area,   Morzine  is the largest and probably the most convenient in regards to resort hopping. It is one of the reasons why I have been here on several occasions during the  ski  season. It is also the only resort, where

The Joys Of Off-Piste Skiing In Morzine

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  Words and photos  from  Avoriaz Alpine Ski School . Les Portes du Soleil  ski area is one of the biggest linked networks in the world.  With more than 650 km of marked pistes and about 200 lifts in total, spread over 14 valleys and about 1,036 square kilometres (400 sq mi), this Alpine wonderland is an absolute paradise for skiers and snowboarders. But There Is So Much More What I described above is just the groomed pistes and lifts. These cover only a small percentage of the terrain you can ride. Once you start exploring the off-piste, you encounter a lifetimes’ worth of adventure and good skiing and snowboarding. Why is the Portes Du Soleil so good for off piste? Les Portes du Soleil sits at the northwest corner of the Alps. The prevailing direction of incoming storms is from the northwest, so our local ski area is the first major set of mountains the storms will hit. This creates a microclimate offering more snowfall than other regions of the Alps. One of the best ways to make use

Why Do People Go Skiing? – All the answers

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  Why Do People Go Skiing? – All the answers The question of why do people go skiing? Is a perfectly valid question. If you were to describe the process to someone that has never heard of skiing, it would sound pretty bizarre. “We go out in the cold, attach planks to our feet, sit on a chair suspended above the ground that takes us to the top of a mountain. Then we do our best to slide down the mountain as fast as we can so we can get to the bar”. Of course, there is more to it than that, but in a nutshell it is amazingly great fun! In this post I am going to go through all the reasons why we travel the world to slide around on snow. If you are a skier or snowboarder, you will understand what I am getting at. But, if you have never tried it, I hope that I will inspire you to give it a try, it is potentially life changing. The Thrill Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you will experience the thrill of sliding on snow. Beginners will love the feeling of achievement when they have m