St Jean D'Aulps is a quiet town that lies further down the valley below Morzine on the way to Thonon and Lac Leman (Lake Geneva).
The town and ski area are separated from each other by nearly four kilometres and the rest of the Portes du Soleil by quite a bit more. Although the St Jean d'Aulps ski area is included in the Portes du Soleil it isn't actually connected to it by any lifts. The Grande Turche ski area is a separate sector under the shadow of the Roc d'Enfer. It is always quiet here even during the busy high season and although it is a twenty minute drive from Morzine to Le Grande Turche it is worth making a trip down here once in a while as there is free parking and open, empty slopes.
The town of St Jean d'Aulps itself has a popular bar with Brits; Le National or “Nash” as it's locally known. The bar has some pool tables and is a friendly place for a drink but the main reason to visit the Bar Nash are the pizzas which are some of the best in the valley.
Few holiday tour operators work out of St Jean as it is quite dislocated from the rest of the Portes du Soleil but it is a popular destination for people who moved out to the mountains long term as property prices here are significantly lower than in Morzine.