AVORIAZ – IS THE SNOWIEST RESORT IN FRANCE
At the heart of the Portes du Soleil sits our favorite, Avoriaz, with an average snowfall of 7.5m. Avoriaz is at resort level the snowiest ski resort in France which is quite an accolade to hold. Its record is partly explained by the resort’s height, but also its almost complete exposure to snow storms moving in, and the special Lake Geneva micro-climate.
NATURE vs NURTURE – THE PORTES DU SOLEIL SNOW HISTORY
The Portes du Soleil certainly has nature on its side, but it has also nurtured itself to offer some incredibly long ski seasons, sometimes from November until May, due to heavy investment in the ski infrastructure in all resorts from Morzine and Les Gets to Avoriaz and Chatel, including:
- Heavy investment in snowmaking facilities – such as Chatel’s seven million euros spent to easily ensure they can cover slopes in 20cm of snow in less than 48 hours making resorts such as Chatel, Morzine, and Les Gets snow sure.
- Snowmaking facilities that don’t use chemicals – just air and water – ensuring safe snow for skiers and the environment.
- Piste maintenance – there is an incredibly advanced team operating who can scan the depth of the snow on piste and relay this information to the piste-bashers who then use it to ensure even coverage across the piste.
So, it is important not to judge a book by its cover, a ski resort by its altitude, or read the British press snow reports without a healthy pinch of salt. The Portes du Soleil is riding high, much higher than some of its taller friends.
Yes, picking what seems like a ‘low altitude’ ski resort can seem counter-intuitive. You could always head somewhere purpose-built, like Tignes (although early season it has over 19,000 students descending upon it for pre-season cheap skiing). But this is science. This is geography. There is no guess-work here.