Events in the Portes du Soleil

Every summer we have seen some huge events taking place over the years.  Some events are a one off affair, whilst others continue year after year.  Summer 2019 is set to be huge with the UCI World Championships visiting Les Gets for the first time since 2004, the Passportes du Soleil which will now be in its 16th year, the Reebok Spartan Race in Morzine for the 4th year running, the Trail des Hautes Forts trail running event, Morzine Haut Chablais Granfondo road cycling event, Harley Davidson biannual festival and the Chatel Bike Show… just to mention a few!  As well as these big events you’ll find a weekly activity programme in each resort offering a huge selection of different events for all the family.

UCI Mountain Bike World Championships and World Cup

Les Gets has once again been selected to host both the UCI World Championships and the World Cup Final.  This is massive news for Les Gets who last hosted the event back in 2004.  It will be an amazing opportunity to watch the very best riders in the world battling it out to obtain the title of Mountain Bike World Champion.  The events will take place over the next four years during the summer months in Les Gets.  Find out more

Passportes du Soleil

Passportes du Soleil 2019 – Mountain Bike Event

The big event every summer in the Portes du Soleil is the PassPortes du Soleil. An annual event that showcases the fantastic mountain biking on offer in the area as all the resorts (Les Gets, Morzine, Avoriaz, Chatel, Morgins, Le Crosets, Champery and Torgon) open their lifts and the whole area becomes accessible from the end of June to the middle of September.  The Passportes route uses 15 of the 24 available lifts and covers 80km through France and Switzerland.  The route takes you down 6000m of decent with just 1000m of climbing.  Using the chair lifts to take out a lot of the hard work and get you to the top in no time.  The Passportes route is set up to showcase the best tracks and views the area has to offer and it is a truly stunning ride.  There are eight refreshment stops along the way with drinks (even beer), snacks, meals and entertainment making the whole day not just a great mountain bike ride but a fantastic experience with a great atmosphere. Find out more

Spartan Race Morzine

Spartan Race sponsored by Reebok – Assault Course

Spartan Race and mountainous terrain go hand-in-hand. Discover what it means to be a Spartan and meet others as you battle toward one common goal: the finish line. A Spartan race is a series of obstacle races of varying distance and difficulty ranging from 3 miles to marathon distances. The series include the Spartan Sprint, the Super Spartan, the Spartan Beast, and the Ultra Beast. As is the case for mountain courses, you’ll be sent up and down a lot. Thankfully there’s the reward of a view from the outstanding heights. Come prepared for the unexpected in the weather department as mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable. Spartans always come prepared but some things are certain: there will be rope climbs, there will be barbed wire, and there will be heavy carries. No one likes 30 burpees and that’s why it’s wise to train hard, train well and be prepared to conquer each and every obstacle. Find out more

Here is a full list of events that might interest our guests during the summer season.  To discover more information just click on the ‘Event Name’.

Day Date Month Confirmed? Event Category
Fri-Sun 24th – 26th May-19 Yes SALOMON GORE-TEX MAXI-RACE Trail Running 4km to 117km
Sunday 19th May-19 Yes CycloTour du Leman Road Bike Sportive 55km – 176 km
Sunday 2nd June TBC Time Megeve Mont Blanc Road Bike Sportive 64km – 142km
Sunday 9th June TBC Faucigny-Glieres Road Bike Sportive 90km – 130km
Sunday 9th June TBC Criterium de Dauphine Road Bike – Watch
Fri-Sun 14th – 16th Jun-19 Yes Samoens KMV Trail Running Event 1.98km – 85km
Sunday 16th Jun-19 Yes Morzine Sportive Road Bike Sportive 105km – 155km
Sat-Sun 22nd – 23rd Jun-19 Yes Concours de Debardage Farming Machinery
Fri-Sun 28th – 30th Jun-19 Yes Passportes du Soleil MTB XC/DH Event 85km
Friday 28th Jun-19 Yes KMV Chamonix Run 3.8km
Sat-Sun 29th – 30th June TBC TRAIL FAVERGES-SEYTHENEX Trail Running 12km – 50km
Sunday 30th Jun-19 Yes Mont Blanc Marathon Run 42km
Sat-Sun 6th – 7th Jul-19 Yes Spartan Race Run 6km – 21km
Sun 7th Jul-19 Yes JPP Cyclo Road Bike Sportive 55km – 135km
Sunday 7th July TBC L’Etape du Tour Road Bike Sportive 169km
Sat-Sun 13th – 14th Jul-19 Yes UCI Mountain Bike Downhill UCI Mountain Bike World Cup DH and XC
13th-16th 11th – 14th Jul-19 Yes Morzine Harley Days Motorbike Event
Mon-Fri 22nd – 26th July TBC 4 Elements Family Fun
Sat-Sun 27th – 28th Jul-19 Yes Trail du Fiz Trail Running Event 15km – 61km
Sunday 28th July TBC Montée des pavés Trail Running Event 8km – 12km
Wed-Sun 31st – 4th Jul-Aug TBC 100 Ciels Family Fun
Saturday 3rd Aug-19 Yes Lake Annecy Fireworks Family Fun
Sunday 4th August TBC Avoriaz Grimpee Road Bike Sportive 14.6km
Mon-Sun 5th – 9th August TBC Lounge Music Festival+Concert Family Fun
Saturday 10th – 11th Aug-19 Yes Hauts Forts Tail Run Trail Running Event 23km – 51km
Saturday 10th August TBC Nantaux KMV Run 2.2km
Sunday 18th August TBC 1 Day 1 Col – Joux Plane Road Cycling Fun 13km
Sunday 25th August TBC 1 Day 1 Col Ramaz Road Cycling Fun 14km
Fri-Sun 7th – 8th September TBC Mont Blanc Rally Rally Car – Watch
Sunday 15th September TBC Annecy 10K Run 10km
Saturday 28th September TBC Le Tour du Lac d’Annecy au Clair de Lune Run 40km

Mont Blanc Rally

At the beginning of September the mountain roads are shut off and the quiet mountain roads are transformed into a rally track.  Over 2 days the rally car drivers will cover over 200kms of roads around this area.  Each stage has marked viewing and safe standing areas. It is recommended you arrive early and allow plenty of time to get into position before the stage begins.  Once the action starts you are in for a real treat as the cars fly past often getting air.

Trail des Hauts Forts

A trail running mountain race linking Morzine to Avoriaz, the Hauts-Forts trail, you will discover the most beautiful views of the Portes du Soleil, around the summit of Hauts-Forts, the highest point of Chablais and the Portes du Soleil.  From Morzine, 3 races are offered. They all end in Avoriaz, 1800 m. altitude. The route allows you to cross several passes and summits by circling the Hauts-Forts, traversing the most beautiful trails of the Portes du Soleil: Pléney peaks, Pointe de Nyon, Vallée de la Manche, Lac des Mines d’Or, Col du Cou and the arrete du Vanet, the Col du Fornet, Morzinette etc..

Harley Davidson Bike Festival

The Morzine Harley Days event takes place in the centre of Morzine with lots of different activity areas including a Custom Bike Show, rides and concerts in the evening.  Now a regular biannual event for riders from all over Europe and those who love rock music. Morzine Harley Days will host a fantastic rock concert on the Friday and Saturday nights. This year’s event will be a huge celebration of music, freedom and all things chrome in the perfect setting of Morzine. Four full days dedicated to the Harley-Davidson spirit and legend.

Chatel Mountain Bike Festival

This replaced the Chatel Mountain Style competition which was a massive annual Freeride event featuring some of the best riders and sponsors in the world! The event was held on ‘The Face’ trail. This 300 metre decent is more an area to get down than a track. Riders pick their own line over rocks, roots, northshore and steep ground. Watching the competing guys fly down this track over the obstacles and throwing in a few tricks along the way is just amazing!  It’s an easy ride over from our chalet to get to ‘The Face’ so if it’s just spectating you’re after it couldn’t be easier to get to. If you’re keen to take on ‘The Face’ we can definitely get you there and we are more than happy to take photos!

Past Events:

1992: French Nationals, opening run of the national circuit. 1993: French Nationals, opening run of the national circuit.
1994: Final French Championships MTB.
1995: French Cup.
1996: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
1997: National Trophy for Young Athletes.
1998: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
1999: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
2000: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
2000: National Trophy of Young Cyclists.
2002: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
2004: UCI World Mountain Bike Championships.
2010: French Mountain Biking Youth Trophy.
2011: Enduro Series.
2012: French Mountain Bike Championships.
2016 to 2018: Crankworx World Tour.

Les Gets was back on the Mountain bike high profile events calendar in 2012. After playing host to the 2004 World Mountain bike Championships, then the 2010 French Mountain Biking Youth trophy, Les Gets hosted the 2012 French Mountain Bike Championships. Bringing together the very best French Mountain Bike riders, the competition saw the best of the best compete for the title of French Mountain Bike Champion. The event took place in Les Gets in July 2012.