Région Dents du Midi

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The Région Dents du Midi encompasses 6 charming villages nestled high in the Swiss Alps near the south eastern end of Lake Geneva. Aligned along the spectacular Val d’Illiez, these villages form the Swiss half of Les Portes du Soleil, the world’s largest international ski area, offering over 800 square kilometres of natural beauty year round.

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The Ski Area

Sprawling across the Franco-Swiss border, Les Portes du Soleil recreational area nips at the shores of Lake Geneva and stretches from the the iconic Dents du Midi mountain range on one side, to Mont Blanc on the other.

Covering 12 resorts in Switzerland and France, the area boasts over 300 ski slopes and 600 km of terrain, making this the largest international ski area in the world. A winter sports lover’s paradise, in the Portes du Soleil the joys of winter come in a multitude of experiences – the ski slopes are just the beginning.

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Non-Skiing Activities

150 km of snowshoe trails explore silent winter landscapes far from the madding crowds, and this is just the start. Non-skiers here can choose from a wealth of winter sports, from sledging to ice climbing, with a little cross-country skiing, ski touring, invigorating winter hikes, curling, ski joring, husky touring and ice skating thrown in for good measure!

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Getting There

No matter where you are, you’re just a hop and a skip from the Région Dents du Midi. By car, the Val d’Illiez is just 15 minutes from the St-Triphon exit off the A9 motorway.

By train, the emblematic Swiss Federal Railways (CFF/SBB) provide fast, efficient connections from Geneva and Sion airports and major European cities via Lausanne or Brig to the nearby town of Aigle. From Aigle, the panoramic AOMC cog-wheel train wends its way up the Val d’Illiez and straight into the heart of Région Dents du Midi.

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This Winter's Top Events

Champéry Film Festival 8-10/11/19 – The latest mountaineering, skiing, snowboarding and adventure films.
C’est l’Hiver Morgins Festival 7/12/19 – A musical kickoff to the winter season!
Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games 09 – 22/1/20 – Champéry will have the honour of hosting the curling competitions for the world’s top 24 top national teams.
Welsh Alpine Ski Championships 18 – 25/1/20 – A championship ski-racing event with FIS ski races and downhill ski races.
Morgins Snow in Light 19/2/20 – This ephemeral event turns the iconic Foilleuse piste in Morgins into a magical, multicoloured winter wonderland.
Rock the Pistes 15 – 21/3/20 – This unique, high-altitude festival features internationally acclaimed performers on stages right on the slopes throughout the ski area.
7 Peaks Riverstyle 27 – 28/3/20 – Freestyle skiing at its most spectacular as famous skiers take on a massive, 23m jump.

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