The Hotel Esprit Montagne is ideally situated for winter sport lovers. The La Panthiaz gondola departs just 300 meters away, which takes you directly to the slopes of Les Portes du Soleil. You are just 15 minutes away from Pré-la-Joux by car, and just an hour later you can be atop the slopes above Morzine and Les Gets. Or take the complimentary ski bus that shuttles back and forth between La Panthiaz and Crêt Beni from 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Colombus also travels from the Panthiaz to Linga and you can be in Morzine or Avoriaz even faster. For the departure times for the Colombus, check the schedule in the ski shed.  The bus stop is located 30 meters away from the hotel.

Les Portes Du Soleil

Hotel Esprit Montagne skiingWhether you are going skiing for the first time or you’re a highly experienced skier, we’ve got something for everyone. Are you a true skiing fanatic and do you love long trips and variety? If so, then the Portes du Soleil ski pass is ideal. The Portes du Soleil is a gorgeous white skiing landscape with more than 600 kilometers of slopes, connecting 12 ski resorts and 2 connections:

  • 286 slopes for every skill level: 32 black, 101 red, 119 blue and 34 green
  • 196 lifts that take you quickly and conveniently from one resort to another.
  • 30 snow parks/boarder cross/ski cross/parque ludique
  • more than 1,000 snow canons, which guarantees outstanding snow throughout the entire season
  • 99 restaurants directly on the slope


View the interactive slope map.

Châtel Liberté

If you would prefer a bit more relaxation, or if you are looking for a less expensive alternative, there is the Châtel Liberté (130 km) ski pass. With the Châtel Liberté pass, you will ski in part of the French and Swiss Portes du Soleil. From La Chapelle d’Abondance, you ski in the Swiss resort of Torgon to Super Châtel and then towards Morgins, but also to the French ski areas of Linga and Pré-la-Joux. The area offers 61 ski lifts and 73 slopes, including 7 black, 23 red, 29 blue and 12 green.


La Chapelle d’Abondance – Torgon

This pass offers access to the charming, enclosed beginners area Crêt-Beni (in Chapelle d’Abondance). Thanks to its location, the area has guaranteed snow with many green and blue slopes and a challenging red slope. With the free ski bus, you can be here in under 5 minutes.

In addition, with this pass, you can ski the slopes from La Chapelle d’ Abondance to the Swiss ski resort of Torgon. The area is famous for its long, wide descents and beautiful slopes among the pine forests. From Torgon, a connection is available with the rest of the Portes du Soleil.

Complimentary ski busses ride back and forth between Crêt-Béni and the rest of the area. This ski pass offers access to 75 kilometers of slopes.


Skiing lessons

Hotel Esprit Montagne skiingWe work together with the Ecole de Ski Francais in La Chapelle d’Abondance and ESI in Châtel. We have also had very good experiences with the Snowride ski school. They offer private lessons at all levels and for all ages. Just about all of the instructors speak good English. There are also interesting lessons to follow for the experienced skier, such as off-slope or telemark skiing.

Visit de website of ESF La Chapelle or of ESI Châtel for more information. The lessons can be scheduled at Esprit Montagne.


The Trincaz Sport sports shop is located in the center of la Chapelle d’Abondance. In this shop, you will find a wind choice of equipment, for everyone from the beginner to the highly experienced skier. Upon arrival, you will receive a voucher from us for a 10% discount at Trincaz Sport.

Ski tours

There is also plenty of skiing fun to be had in the mountains around the area and in places where the lifts don’t go. With skins under your touring skis, you can leave the beaten path, climb up and ski down through pristine powdery snow. You will arrive at breathtaking places where you would never come as an ordinary skier. You can also purchase a day pass for the ski area to reach the starting point of a climb via a number of lifts.

The Hotel Esprit Montagne organizes ski tour weeks upon request. Under the guidance of an experienced, local, English-speaking mountain guide, we take a trip each day with gorgeous descents. The trips are decided upon in consultation with the guide and depend on the skill level of the group. In addition, sufficient attention is given to trip planning, equipment and of course risk management, in particular avalanche drills.

Do you want to know more about all of the skiing options in and around Esprit Montagne?

Please contact us for a no-obligation consultation.