Morzine is perhaps the most well known of the Portes Du Soleil resorts, and very popular with British visitors. It is a very old village, dating back over 1000 years and has a great deal of interesting history as well as many plans for the future, It links to Les Gets on the Pleney side and Avoriaz/Chatel and Switzerland on the opposite side via Super Morzine, Ardent and Prodains.
Avoriaz is the most modern of the villages in the Portes Du Soleil. It was constructed in the 1960s as part of Olympic Skier Jean Vuarnetís vision of uniting the separate resorts of the area into one huge area. It was envisioned as being modern yet not invasive to the surrounding mountain. It is situated on the cliffs above Morzine and can be accessed directly by the Prodains lift or via Ardent and Super Morzine. It is a car free town.
Les Gets is a traditional mountain village on the outskirts of the Portes Du Soleil. It is quieter than Morzine and more traditional than Avoriaz. It is generally a quaint village with some modern development to deal with increased visitors. It has ski lifts on the Mt Chery side as well as a ski area on the other side of town that links to Morzine and from there to the rest of the Portes Du Soleil. Being situated closer to Taninges means that it is the first resort of the Portes Du Soleil that drivers reach, or that transfers from Geneva come to, meaning that those staying here can avoid some of the traffic on the road to Morzine.
Chatel sits furthest away from the other French villages. It is on the border of the Swiss and French ski areas and provides access on one side to Linga, leading to Lindarets and from there to Avoriaz, as well as the Super Chatel side that links with the Swiss resorts of Torgon and Morgins, which then access Champery and Les Crosets. It also provides the closest access to the small and often overlooked Abondance area. It is another traditional village with some modern touches to keep it up to date with the requirements of modern holiday makers.