Portes do Soleil - The Doors of the Sun
Portes du Soleil is the largest international ski area in the World! Twelve (Yes, 12!) ski resorts straddling France and Switzerland make up these huge snowy playground.
France has some of the worlds best ski resorts and many of the most highly acclaimed pistes, mountain restaurants and après scenes that you will ever experience, making Basecamps home in Morzine-Avoriaz, a very welcome addition to our destinations.
Spread across a huge ski area, the Port Du Soleil is made up of 12 resorts crossing over France and Switzerland, making it the largest cross-border skiing area in Europe and one of the largest ski areas in the world.
With 660km of pistes connecting 12 ski resorts through France and Switzerland, some of the most recognisable being Les Gets, Morzine, Avoriaz, Châtel, Morgins and Champéry, there is terrain suitable for everybody no matter the level or experience. From long beautifully groomed blue and red pistes to the steep black’s to be found on and off the tourist routes, not to mention the Swiss Wall… Classed as one of the world’s scariest runs, it is sure to test the nerves and edges of even the bravest of victims...erm... I mean volunteers!
We all want this winter to be a successful one; a winter full of fun, achievement, great skiing and new friendships. We believe these can all be achieved so long as we follow certain Covid safety procedures. But we're realists too... we could be forced to cancel our courses if the situation deteriorates. Here we outline our Covid-19 Booking Policy.
While the large Portes du Soleil ski area with rolling pistes lure those seeking challenges on the slopes, the picture perfect tree-lined runs of Morzine’s local area is ideal for intermediate skiers honing their skills. For those that have a penchant for the steepest black runs in the Alps, head straight to Chammosière’s unpisted black run and the renowned Swiss Wall, but do so with a clear head and fresh legs - you have been warned!
Without a doubt the variety of skiing is unsurpassed, from wide open tree lined runs, various terrain parks and steep white knuckle chutes, you will struggle to believe you’re in a busy resort. It really does make adventuring around the whole Portes du Soleil ski area pay off with this much to explore. With 11-weeks at your fingertips, your trainers will be sure to make the most of your time and the ski area available to you.
Courses in Morzine - Avoriaz
Not many hotels in Morzine have a better location to get up into the mountains or the ease at being able to enjoy everything the area has to offer than our slope-side Hotel. The town centre is just 250m in one direction and the main Pleney lift just 200m in the other, the ski bus connecting the rest of the resort stops just along the road. You literally could not be in a better position to take advantage of everything that Morzine has to offer on and off the snow.
With a quality restaurant and vibrant bar in the hotel, Basecamp will provide half board catering for all our students for the duration of their stay.
So if you were worried about having to cook for yourself or put up with basic meals, think again!
Included as standard in your course fees is an amazing continental breakfast 7 days per week (buffet style – fresh pastries, cheeses, cured meats, yoghurts, porridge, eggs, fruit, juices, tea/coffee.) as well as a fantastic two course evening meal 5-days per week to ensure you have the energy for the days training head.
Now of course everyones primary reason for joining us in Morzine-Avoriaz is to take advantage of world class training en route to becoming a fully fledged BASI ski instructor… but we would be fooling ourselves if we didn’t realise that the social scene plays just as big a part (if not bigger) in your winter experience. Which is why we have no doubt that your time with us in Morzine and the Portes du Soleil ski area will meet and surpass expectations. Morzine-Avoriaz is renown as one of the livelier French resorts you will come across in the Alps, with something for everyone no matter the activity or time of day.
We could list the great bars and hangout spots here but where’s the fun in that? You have 11-weeks to see the area and everything on offer, and if we have not make this point firm enough already, there’s alot to explore.
You need a cherry on top you say? No problem! The awesome Snowboxx and Rock the Pistes Festivals designate Avoriaz as Party Central and both just happen to fall during the final weeks of your 11-week program. A blizzard of top DJ's, parties and pistes will top off your season with two enormous bangers of winter festivals in the Alps.
Oh, did I mention we throw in a wristband to Snowboxx as part of your course? You're welcome.