Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil
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Visitor reviews for Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil Ski Resort
January 30, 2016
peter from Belgium
Torgon has really got it's act together and is now a smashing little starting off point for the whole Portes du Soleil.
There is now a very regular navette to the main plain du croix ski area from the La Jorette village; something that was lacking in previous years.
When the snow comes, it has to be one of the best places in the whole domain. Lots of relatively untouched powdery runs await. While Chatel, Avoriaz and Les Gets are easily accessible and not to be missed, some of the nicest runs are towards La Chapelle.
When snow cover is poor, take the main Trenchey lift and head towards Chatel and beyond.
There is a new restaurant that seems to be an upmarket steak house and in the old village, the hotel de Torgon serves nice Belgian beer.
Beware that Torgon is very small and if it is closed for lack of snow early or late in the season there is not a lot to do! But if you have a car, you can still wind your way round the mountain to higher-up Champery and its cable car, so you will get some skiing. Torgon's relatively low altitude means this drive only takes about 45-50 mins.
Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil Ratings
Overall: 3.7. Based on 8 votes and 9 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil.
Public Transport: 3.7
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.6
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.6
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.4
(1) There are no snow groomers at Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.8
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.1
(1) Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.3
(1) The staff at Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 5.0
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.7
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.3
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 2.3
(1) Not even a kicker at Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.3
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 2.6
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.3
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.7
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.1
(1) Overall, Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.1
(1) Overall, Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
January 21, 2011
Family André from United Kingdom
Hello all at Torgon (Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil),
We went on our first skiing trip as a family over the New Year at your resort and had a wonderful time. We would like to thank all the staff at our accommodation for being so welcoming and friendly, especially Lewis, Sarah, Jack and John. Adrian was a fabulous ski instructor for the kids and it was reassuring to see they were being looked after by someone who was not only patient but also friendly and caring. I have never been interested in skiing before and was completely hopeless during the first three days and was ready to give up many times, but with the help and support from Sander our ski instructor I was able to ski by the end of the week and now cannot wait to go skiing again. Thank you for a great start to 2011.
The André family.
January 16, 2011
Stuart Robinson from United Kingdom
Just came back from New Year ski trip in Torgon (Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil). Nice snow and pistes, wonderful weather, good accommodation in a large flat with a swimming pool in the house Les Crêtes.
Our Kid had a very exciting week with the Swiss Ski & Snowboard School Torgon and came back with a medal for his great improvements. He was very proud.
I have already booked my ski trip for next winter in Torgon again.
January 06, 2010
alan blake from United Kingdom
I have been to Torgon (Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil) on many occasions with my family and hundreds of students staying in the Gold Test Centre. Last year was fantastic over 4 different weeks with superb ski school and company support. I would leave my children with The Ski Company and their International Winter Camp knowing they would have a fantastic time. I cannot recomnend them highly enough. The skiing at Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil is great and scenery magnificent. Families should check it out. Alan Blake
September 23, 2009
Neil dainton from United Kingdom
We had a fantastic holiday at les Cretes in Torgon (Torgon-Les Portes du Solei) w/c 16/1/09. I took my 3 children aged 3,6 and 8; unfortunately without my wife who had broken her arm 2 weeks earlier.
The apartment was superb as we were upgraded to the penthouse 3 bed at the top of the building with stunning views
The kids loved the skiing and enjoyed the Kiddies club (giving some much needed daddy time for me).
The pistes are a bit challenging near the resort until you hit the top station where the Portes De Soleil opens up for miles and miles of skiing
The pool, although small, was bookable by the 1/2 hour giving us the place to ourselves.
The pizza restaurant near the bottom lift is superb and highly recommended.
We had a great holiday at Les Cretes in Torgon (Torgon-Les Portes du Solei) and hope to return.
December 29, 2008
Scott from United Kingdom
Just returned - Saturday (the 27th Dec 08) from Torgon (Torgon-Les Portes du Soleil) where we stayed in Les Cretes. The Staff were most welcoming and helpful. Our party had three appartments altogether in different parts of the hotel. Following our request the receptionist was able to co-locate us in adjacent rooms on the same level. We had no problems with the parking clearly having it explained where to park and how to gain entry and exit from the garage.
The swimming pool had a capacity of 8. However, with 24 hours notice you were able to book a slot of 1/2 hour, far preferable to the pool being inundated all the time which would have meant never going in at all.
Felix and the many staff also had entertainment arranged every night from Latin dancing, nativity plays to table tennis competitions.
The rooms were excellent with rear views of the resort slopes and to the front, awe inspiring views of the mountains above the clouds - especially sunrise.
The welcome meeting on the Saturday evening was well organised and Andre - the Head Ski instructor was able to answer (in whatever language you liked it seemed) all our questions on ski school and the ski region. Also Andre and his little helpers did a brilliant job arranging for Pere Noel to exclusively visit our resort on Christmas Eve with complimentary Vin Chaud kindly provided and presents for our children.
The Swiss Ski School HQ at the bottom of the nursery slopes was an amazing place to take young kids with a ski chalet and a climbing wall (inside) for the younger kids to explore, and goat skin covered seats to recline in and some lovely hot chocolate with ammaretto for us larger kids.
The restaurant/pizzeria with open pizza oven along from this has to be one of the nicest inside that we have been to with great views, very tasteful furnishings inside and open fires serving a very rapid lunchtime menu of the basics & beer. Our evening Xmas meal here was excellent.
Incidentally the skiing was fantastic as well with the lift pass for 2 adults and 2 children coming in at £324 for 6 days covering over as far La Chapelle more than enough for us.
Although not a large resort with a large choice of bars, restaurants and shops what is there is a feeling of relaxation, quality and the personal touch. We would definitely recommend Torgon and Les Cretes as a great choice for a family ski holiday.
April 05, 2008
Poule Delagamie from France
I have just came back from a week at Torgon. Snow was ok, but the main thing I would like to elucidate is the worst ever service experienced at the accommodation Les Cretes.
The reception people had a non-professional behaviour. In particular they kept us waiting for over half an hour even though we had arrived on time.
There was not an allocated parking space as advertised on the brochure and therefore every time we had to search for at least 15 minutes for an indoor space.
The worse event we experienced during our stay was once when they attached an A4 page notification on the windscreen of the car using proper GLUE!!!!!.....to make as aware that the parking space we left our car in was not appropriate. So imagine yourselves in the morning to have to spend at least half an hour to detach the glue from the windscreen....disgrace!!!!!
The swimming pool, the sauna and the Turkish bath, although they are advertised on the brochure as all-day standard facilities of the hotel, they are open only for half an hour a day per room i.e. we find these facilities to be fully booked several times and consequently we were not able to use them.
I would not recommend Les Cretes for absolutely any purpose.
Last but not least, we were told that due to the fact that the hotel was not fully booked they decided to keep the restaurant closed i.e. no breakfast and no dinner was served.
February 23, 2008
Paul from United Kingdom
Just returned from a ski holiday in the Valais region. Great snow in all the resorts I visited but decided to visit an old favourite - Torgon and, in particular, Plan de Croix which lies adjacent to La Jorette. La Jorette is pretty small with only a couple of après-ski venues whilst Plan de Croix has just the one at the foot of the three lifts adjacent the sole car park. Both provide great access to the Portes du Soleil area. Whilst facilities are limited, Plain d Croix should not be overlooked. The restaurant is located at the foot of the three main ski lifts and, as you would expect, the main runs return here so it's ideally placed, especially if not everyone in your group wants to ski all day but you do - they can sit and enjoy the great views and still feel involved in the days activities.