Ardent Ski Holiday Resort


The Portes du Soleil is something of a hidden gem and an excellent choice for families skiing with young kids – many skiers are unfamiliar with the area despite being one of the largest linked ski areas in the world with a vast 650km of pistes; runs for every ability, fantastic snow record, and shortest transfer time from Geneva airport. One of the best features of the skiing in the Portes du Soleil are the beautiful tree lined pistes. Avoriaz, Morzine and Chatel are the largest resorts within the region that is split into four main ski areas: Morzine/Avoriaz, Pleney/Nyon/Les Gets, Les Crosets and Chatel. All of these are easily accessed from Ardent. The unique charm of the Portes du Soleil lies in the mix of fantastic ski terrain, a modern lift system and the traditional, unspoiled charm of its many small villages, like Ardent, which offer a children’s holiday experience not equalled in the more commercial resorts. At the top of Ardent’s telecabine is the sunny bowl, Les Lindarets, from which point a fast 6-man chairlift or the 4 man express give direct access to Avoriaz. At 1,800m Avoriaz is the highest point in the ski area and offers excellent top of the mountain skiing up to 2,446m. Avoriaz has won numerous awards for it’s futuristic architecture and was created by local skier and Olympic Gold medalist, Jean Vuarnet, who won the downhill for France in 1960. On his return from Squaw Valley he was asked to oversee the creation of a high-altitude ski resort above his native Morzine which linked to Champéry in Switzerland. He called the new resort Avoriaz and it has become the heart of the Portes du Soleil region. At the top of the Ardent telecabine you can also access superb skiing on the Swiss side of the ski area, with many beautiful runs down to the villages of Les Crosets, Torgon, Morgins, Champéry and Champoussin. The area offers beautiful tree lined blues and reds for beginners and intermediate skiers. For the more experienced there are many technical black runs – not least the notorious ‘Wall’ run which offers a challenging route into Switzerland. If your ski level or courage is not up to the challenge you can also make your way down with the chairlift. For more adventurous skiers hire an ESF guide for the breathtaking

Offslope/apres ski

There are a number of well priced restaurants in resort but as it is a small and quiet resort situated on a single street, après ski and other activities are limited. We recommend going into Morzine or Avoriaz if you are looking to après ski. But there is plenty of space for sledging and building snowmen with the family.


Lovely family resort with an excellent snow record.

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  • It is at the heart of the ski area with an excellent fast lift very close to all our chalets making access to ski school and the slopes quick and easy.
  • 650km ski area with really interesting, varied scenery and great on-piste touring through French and Swiss villages.
  • Traditional charming wooden village at the head of a pretty valley with a bar, two ski shops and gentle slopes perfect for playing in the snow after tea.
  • Short transfers from Geneva Airport. You are usually in your chalet within an hour and a half – and short driving time from the Channel.
  • Among the best lunch options in the Alps. Lots of pretty old chalet restaurants and some excellent well-priced food.


  • Limited night life

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