Showing posts from January, 2019

Winter tyres mandatory in French Alps in 2019

Published  Avorianet  |  After the carnage on the roads over the winter of 2017/18 amid record breaking snow fall, authorities will make it illegal for light vehicles to travel in the French Alps without winter tyres from the start of the 2019/20 season. The period for mandatory winter tyres has been set from November 1st to March 31st, but the geographical areas and altitudes where the order will apply will be at the discretion of local authorities in the municipalities affected by the new ruling. Which types of winter tyres will be deemed suitable (M+S or 3PMSF), or whether chains or snow socks will suffice, is still unknown

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

Morzine vs. Meribel: Which is the Better Ski Resort?

When it comes to ski resorts, and French ones at that, you’ll be hard pushed to find two more popular destinations with British skiers than  Meribel  and  Morzine . And, if you’ve found your way here, you’re probably finding it hard to choose between the two… Sound familiar? Don’t worry, it happens. Plus, if this is the biggest dilemma you’re currently facing, I’d like to think you’re in a pretty enviable position! Both are gorgeous French resorts with plenty of brilliant après-ski, and respectively large ski areas to explore – Trois Vallées for Meribel, and  Portes du Soleil  for Morzine. So, which one’s right for you?  Sam at More Mountain breaks down the pros and cons of both resorts for you...

7 Excuses to Visit Les Portes du Soleil

STORY BY  Megan Hughes   A hugely popular ski area, Les Portes du Soleil is one of the top destinations in the Alps. Here at 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’

Our Winter 19 Portes du Soleil Highlights

Our Winter 19 Portes du Soleil Highlights SHARE   TWEET   SHARE   EMAIL   COMMENTS With all those kilometres of piste to explore, venturing beyond Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz is always recommended by the team at Morzine Source Magazine. Here’s what you can expect to find beyond the resort limits this winter… LE CONTAINER It’s always fun to ski to the very edge of the Portes du Soleil piste map, but now there’s another good reason to head to Torgon this winter. Le Container is a piste-side snack bar run by Anaïs and Cyrille and as the name might suggest, it’s housed within a shipping container. You’ll find Le Container on the Plan de Croix piste and although the menu is still in development, you can expect savory and sweet crepes and homemade soups. Le Container is open between 8.30am / 9am and 5pm / 6pm (depending on the season) and you can find out more at ROCK THE PISTES Back in 2011, the powers that be at Les Portes du Soleil lau


The Portes du Soleil   has   11 snowparks   and   4 boardercross   at strategic points around the ski area. All parks feature boxes, tables, wall rides, big air jumps, raised bends, air bags and rails that riders of all levels will be more than happy with! AVORIAZ Avoriaz pulls out all the stops for freestyle fans with no less than five dedicated zones for all levels and disciplines: superpipe, border-cross, variety modules and the new Jake Burton-inspired snowpark, aka  the Stash , which offers several routes through Les Lindarets forest and some memorable all-wood sections! Babar & CornDog Kelly SILDARU - PVS Company CHÂTEL In Châtel, freestyle fans head for the SmoothPark in Super Châtel. LES CROSETS Les Crosets  offers a freestyle paradise at the  Superpark . Expert exponents of the art can fine-tune their line, while beginners can train on the Micro Park. www.

Latest gear - New jackets for winter 2018/19

Check out the newest clothing products for the upcoming winter Published:  AVORINET Winter is on its way. You can smell it on clear mornings and it won’t be long until the first frosts and proper snowfalls on the mountains. Clothing forms a big part of winter gear. It’s pretty obvious that you need more clothing for a day skiing at -10ºC than a summer trail run at 25ºC. So, here are some items of clothing to keep an eye out for this winter. In the next couple of months, I’ll take a look at new equipment for this winter, including skis and snowboards. Rab Microlight Summit Jacket The Rab Microlight Jacket is, without a doubt, the most popular lightweight down jacket on the market, in the UK at least. It’s crazy how many of these Rab have sold in the past 6 or 7 years. They are a common sight on the mountains and in towns and cities too. The original Microlight is really well designed. Most importantly, though, it’s well priced and carries the Rab logo. The Microligh

Winter 19 Avoriaz Highlights

The Portes du Soleil’s highest resort gets better and better each winter. Here’s some of Morzine Source Magazine's favourite unmissable developments in Avoriaz, fresh for Winter 19. LAUNCHING LE ROC Bowling is a big deal in Avoriaz and we’ve been massive fans of the retro bowling lanes and old school arcade games at Le Bowling for many years. This year, courtesy of its new owners, Le Bowling is getting a massive face-lift in two distinct stages. Le Lounge Roc is a brand new lounge bar complete with a VIP area, a DJ booth, cigar club and cocktail and tapas menu, the space incorporates the buildings adjacent and connected to Le Bowling to create one huge, swanky venue. The original bowling alley will remain untouched for this winter season, becoming Le Strike Roc after a huge refurbishment, commencing in April 2019. The new owners have promised us even more bowling lanes, which is very good news indeed! Follow the progress at VILLAGE IGLOO As yo