“Avoriaz is the highest resort in the Portes du Soleil, a long-established circuit of a dozen villages that straddles the Swiss border. The published statistics refer to 650km of piste served by 207 lifts that are regularly upgraded, to create a well-linked circus covering vast tracts of land bordered by Lake Geneva. In reality, the Portes du Soleil consists of a series of naturally separate ski areas. Most are joined by awkward and often confusing mountain links, while a few, such as St-Jean d’Aulps, Val dIlliez and Abondance, are entirely independent."
A second visit to the Portes du Soleil was an unscheduled stop as Ade & Roy travelled back to Geneva to get Ade a new passport when we were in Verbier. Kilo & Stakesy were dropped off at Champery and met up with the Darlo lads who were in Les Gets for the week. This time the 'Wall of Death' had to be skiied in thick fog but thankfully there no falls again.
In 2012 we headed back to the Portes du Soleil, this time stopping in Morzine - the opposite side of Avoriaz to where we've approached before. As we again dropped lucky by blindly picking an hotel off the internet which just happened to be next door to the Super Morzine gondola taking us directly up to Avoriaz and possibly the best skiing the region has to offer.