Thinking of a vacation to Switzerland? The small town of Portes du Soleil is situated in the Swiss Alps. It is a small town with traditional Valaisan architecture and ambiance. It is situated in a large ski region with the same name-Porte Du Soleil-meaning Gates of the Sun.
The area is situated between Mt Blanc in France and Lake Geneva in Switzerland in the Swiss Alps. There are approximately 400 square miles of connected ski area just a couple hours away from Geneva. Some of the world's best skiing can be found here because of the fact you are in the Alps, and the rich history.
The area is poplar for skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports. The summer is also a great time to visit here. There are mountain bike and hiking trails all through the area.
There are 13 major interconnected ski areas in the Portes Du Soleil region, including Les Gets, Morzine, Avoriaz, Champery, Morgins, Abondance, Les Crosets, La Chapelle d 'Abondance, Chatel, Saint-Jean d'Aulps, Montriond, Targon and Champoussin. 230 chair lifts are found in the Portes du Soleil area to keep you regularly on new terrain. A special ski pass will allow you to ski throughout all 13 resorts. Morzine was an old farming community and slate mining area turned into a ski area. Each of these old towns is unique with its own story to tell. A lot of history can be found touring through this area.
The Portes du Soleil is a very good area for families. The terrain is widely mixed with beginners, intermediate and advanced slopes. Many skiers prefer to stick to the area closest to their resort, but for the more adventurous skiing the whole circuit is a once in a lifetime experience. It's more of an adventure than strictly skiing. An excellent addition to your adventure is skiing across the Swiss border to Champery, a small hamlet in an isolated valley.
Currency conversion- as of March 1, 2009 $ 100 USD is equal to 117 Swiss Francs CHF.
Passport-plan ahead, save time and get your passport updated through the mail with the US passport office. Switzerland is a party to the Schengen agreement. As such, US citizens may enter Switzerland for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.
Switzerland has a low rate of violent crime. Good medical care is widely available. The Department of State strongly urges Americans to consult with their medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to confirm whether their policy applies overseas. Public transportation in Switzerland and Liechtenstein is excellent.