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Portes Du Soleil – Ardent

We have been building our chalet portfolio in Ardent over 15 years because we think it is such a perfect place for family skiing from beginners to experts.



At a glance

In detail

Ardent 1,260m is a small, charming and traditional village set in the heart of the vast Portes du Soleil ski area with direct access to Avoriaz. Nestling between tree-lined cliffs Ardent has its own modern 10-man bubble lift to take you up to Les Lindarets where you can branch off to explore the fantastic runs in both France and Switzerland.

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. This video is taken between the excellent tree-lined pistes accessible directly from the ski school in Les Lindarets and the easy slopes in Super Morzine – favoured destinations in snowy weather for the best visibility.

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 run from the top of the ‘Col de Fornet’ into the unspoilt ‘Vallée de la Manche’ and then return to Avoriaz by helicopter. There are plenty of other off-piste skiing opportunities as this video of a sunny powder day from the top of the Chaux Fleurie lift next to the ski school in Les Lindarets and in the Fournet valley above Avoriaz shows. The area is also widely respected as having some of the best ski and board parks in Europe with high profile competitions, attracting top professionals, organised every season.

The whole Portes du Soleil area is well known for its fantastic restaurants both on the pistes and in the villages and Ardent’s local cuisine is excellent.

You can ski virtually to the door of all our chalets in Ardent and a full area lift pass gives you access to runs in both France and Switzerland.

Resort Key Facts

  • No. of Runs: 278
  • Black: 28
  • Red: 104
  • Green/Blue: 146
  • No. of Lifts: 204
  • Marked Pistes (km): 650

Chalets in Ardent

Ardent Chalet Map

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We list prices for specific properties on their individual pages. Use the map below to navigate to the resort you'd like to visit and choose a property by clicking on the marker and following the information.

Chalet L’Eau Vive

Ski Chalet L’Eau Vive sits next to the stream at the entrance to this quiet village and sleeps 12-14. On the first floor there are…


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Chalet Les Falaises

This charming and cosy ski chalet close to Chalet L'Eau Vive and has the same advantage of a perfect ski-in location. Ideally, it sleeps two…


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Chalet Cosy

This charming and very spacious ski chalet is superbly situated only 30m from the Ardent Bubble in the heart of Ardent Village and has a…


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Chalet Les Grolets

See all our amazing First Week and New Year Offers including Les Grolets Les Grolets is located close to the heart of the village within…


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Chalet La Ferme

This chalet has just been superbly refurbished to our specifications from a tumble down old farmhouse into a beautiful luxury chalet that will sleep 2…


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Chalet La Grange

Chalet La Grange is a beautifully refurbished ski chalet that sleeps 16-18 and offers real Alpine charm with traditional timbers and carvings. There are two…


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Chalet Plagnat

Chalet Plagnat is a spacious, traditionally timbered chalet that sleeps 12. It offers one of the best locations in the village almost next door to…


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Chalet Rulens

Ski Chalet Rulens is beautifully located next to the stream and pine forest and is close to Chalet L’Eau Vive and Les Falaises. It sleeps…


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Chalet Perce-Neige

This Chalet was recently refurbished to a very high standard to our specification and is now a luxury chalet providing very comfortable accommodation for two…


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