Ski Tour & Conquer the Mighty Peaks of the Portes du Soleil

A collection of ski tours taking you around the alpine giant that is the Portes du Soleil.

Ski Touring Moderate, Difficult, Severe, Extreme

Also in Haute-Savoie, France

Looking up at the summit from the west ridge. The Petit Pertuis is the line directly down from the little col right of the summit.
Looking up at the summit from the west ridge. The Petit Pertuis is the line directly down from the little col right of the summit. Photo: Charlie Boscoe

Description

Proclaiming to be “A genuine powder reserve deep in the Alps” (http://en.portesdusoleil.com/), Portes du Soleil is not only fantastically huge, but it has the wicked combination of being sun-rich and snow-sure. This alpine giant is one of the world’s biggest ski regions, with over 450km of runs covering about a dozen French and Swiss resorts including the famous Avoriaz, Morzine, Champéry and Châtel. So there’s more than enough skiing to keep everyone from amateurs to experts satisfied.

Here is a collection of 6 ski tours taking you up the prominent summits, down the lesser-known couloirs, and into the heart of Portes du Soleil’s backcountry. Sources Thorne, P. (2014) Powder- The Greatest Ski Runs on the Planet. (2014) London: Quercus Editions Ltd. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/articles/best-destinations-for-big-ski-areas/ http://en.portesdusoleil.com/

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