Explore Portes du Soleil from 1 euro with the Multi Pass
Whether you are mountain biking, cycling, climbing or hiking in the Portes du Soleil this summer, the multi-pass keeps you connected
Portes du Soleil is known as one of the biggest ski areas in Europe, with over 12 ski resorts all connected. Each resort attracts international attention by itself; such as Morzine and Avoriaz. and they are in the Portes du Soleil. Together, they are irresistable. United by an expansive infrastructure, with open borders allowing free passage between resorts, the Portes du Soleil is favoured by snowsports enthusiasts across the world.
The mountains and infrastructure don’t fade in the summer months. Portes du Soleil, literally ‘doors to the sun’, never fails to be bright. Staying anywhere in the region gives you easy access to almost anywhere else, even the distant peaks of alpine mountains. The twenty-four lifts that run throughout the summer open up 380km of hiking routes and 650km of mountain biking trails in the French and Swiss Alps. These lifts provide both the climber’s adrenalin and the sight-seer’s ease. They are also really cheap.
All of the lifts throughout the Portes du Soleil are free with the Multi-Pass, along with shuttle buses and over fifty activities. The Multi-Pass can cost as little as 1 euro a day, allowing you to travel from a chalet in Morzine to the top of a mountain in Avoriaz for less than the price of a can of coke. The Multi-Pass puts the incredible range of activities available in Portes du Soleil within easy reach.
Mountain Biking in Portes du Soleil is second to none. Each year in June, there is a mountain biking festival, called the Passportes du soleil, giving thousands of bikers a chance to share the great trails, that give constant opportunities to show off their fearlessness, endurance and skill. The area has 650km of signposted tracks and plenty more for explorers to find off the beaten paths. You can get a map of the area free of charge or a guide for a little more. Some guiding companies may offer discounts to Multi-Pass holders and you can ride on the lifts dirt cheap and hit the downhill from the start. Read all about mountain biking and the trails on the website page.
Hiking in Portes du Soleil is equally abundant, with beautiful walks starting just outside your door or a short ride away on a lift or a bus. For details on the walks and maps to download, read our dedicated walking page. There is also fantastic cycling in the Portes du Soleil, with endless incredible routes up and down hills, with lakes and rivers close by to cool down in during the midday sun. Read our dedicated cycling page.
Some of the most popular climbing spots in Europe are in Portes du Soleil, including the cliffs of Le Biot, Foron Biot, Foron (La Côte d’Arbroz) and le Bas-Thex (Saint Jean d’Aulps). Rock-climbers cannot resist the quality and beauty of the routes here, and climbers of all levels are well-catered for. Via Ferretas or ‘iron roads’ are common in the area, cliffs with rungs and cables attached to give novices the security to get a taste of alpine climbing.
There is also caving in Portes du Soleil, known as Speleology. Caving takes you into the unknown, deep into a mysterious underground world. Whilst caving, you walk, crawl, swim and rappel, learn about rock formations and observe underground fauna. You can give caving a go in a day trip or take a longer course and really get to the bottom of it.
There is something for everyone at the ‘doors to the sun'; you can try all the adventure sports in Portes du Soleil whilst the children enjoy themselves with the numerous activities on offer. Read all the about the family activities available by age, on our family activity pages. your partner takes advantage of the huge range of fishing available, fly-fishing, casting or line-fishing in lakes or fast-flowing rivers. Your kids can take adonkey ride, (maybe on the slightly grumpy FanFan or one of her kids if they’re lucky) or a pony trek around the fairytale lake in Montriond, whilst adults bathe in the clear waters.
You can monkey around with a bird’s eye view at Indiana’Ventures in Morzine, the all-natural adventure park with tree-top rope bridges and monkey ladders. The Espace Aquatique (Aquatic centre) is also in Morzine, with three indoor and three outdoor pools, a hammam and a hot tub. The Aquatic centre is so popular that it alone constitutes the Multi Pass Premium, slightly more expensive than the Multi Pass that gets unlimited free access to the Aquatic Centre in Morzine.
The Multi Pass gives you free, unlimited access to many swimming pools in Portes du Soleil as well as to mini-golf parks and ice rinks. Along with the functional transportation over mountains and valleys, rides on touristic trains are also free. Cultural activities, such as museums and historic houses and sporting activitiesincluding tennis and golf are also free with the Multi Pass.
If you stay at Chalet Morzine, you can get the Multi Pass at 1 euro, or 2 euros for premium(which includes the swimming pool)
If you are not staying at a participating chalet, a Multi Pass is 6 euro, 9 euros for premium.
You can get a Multi Pass for the whole season, from 8th June till 8th September for 55 euros, 108 for premium.
This blog post was taken from the summit news linked to www.chaletfinder.co.uk.