Portes Du Soleil, France

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The Resort

France has some of the worlds best ski resorts and many of the mostly high acclaimed pistes, mountain restaurants and apes scenes that you will hear about, making Ski Instructor Academy’s newest course destination in Morzine, a very welcome addition.

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!


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Morzine is seen as the capital and central point of the huge 660km cross-border Portes du Soleil ski area, which makes Morzine ski resort a perfect base for beginners and experts alike. 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.


Morzine offers so much more than an amazing ski area, there are heaps’s of awesome off-hill activities that will round off an unforgettable experience with us and will be remembered forever as the best days of your life!

Such a vibrant area offers some once in a lifetime moments on your course.

Ever fancied jumping out of a plane at 12,000ft above the alps? then our sky diving weekends will be right up your street! Challenge your new friends to a spot of snow mobile racing or to an Audi Drifting Experience if you are a bit of a petrol lover.

Ice Hockey Trips
Movie Nights
Heli Skiing into Italy or Switzerland
Scenic Flights
Winter Hiking
Spa Days
Dog Sledding
Ice Diving
Ice Skating


Now of course everyones primary reason for joining us in Morzine is to take advantage of world class training on route to becoming a fully fledged BASI ski instructor…but we would be fooling ourselves if we also didn’t realise that the social side plays just as big a part in your winter experience. Which is why we have no doubt that your time with us in Morzine and the Port du Soleil ski area will meet and surpass expectations. Morzine 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.


For the 11-week instructor course we have partner with the fantastic family owned and operated slope side Chalet-Hotel Starlight.

All bedrooms have been newly refurbished in 2019 and come with new beds, decoration, furnishings and USB charging points. Next to the large glass walled dining room there’s a TV lounge with comfy sofas, games consoles and English freeview – the perfect place to cosy down in the evening! New for the 2019 season they have even created a cinema room with a Digital HD Projector – an ideal space to enjoy a night in with a great movie or to go over course materials and lectures towards your BASI exams. 

If you were worried about having to cook for yourself or put up with basic meals, think again!

Everyone staying here benefits from: an amazing breakfast 7-days per week (Continental buffet breakfast – fresh pastries, cheeses, cured meats, yoghurts, porridge, eggs, fruit, juices, tea/coffee.) – EVERY DAY! – to ensure you have the energy for the days training head.  Afternoon tea is also put on and available (when you are not up on the slopes), as well as a fantastic two course evening meal 5-days per week.

As well as all of the above, you will also have access to the Hotels own hot tub to ensure that you and your muscles can relax in the evening. 

See our Accommodation page for full details.

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