Guidebook

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.

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/

Mont de Grange, Petit Pertuis Couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont de Grange, Petit Pertuis Couloir

Portes du Soleil
3 - 4 hrs
5.3 km
870 m
870 m
44 °
An excellent couloir on a prominent and quiet peak - what more can you ask for?!?!
Severe
Private
Col Ratti
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Col Ratti

Portes du Soleil
0 - 1 hrs
2.7 km
11 m
485 m
25 °
Long, easy hike with an easy, open descent - accessible by car or lift.
Easy
Private
Col De La Golese

Col De La Golese

Portes du Soleil
0 - 1 hrs
2.0 km
24 m
381 m
29 °
NE
Easy ascent with great views of Mont Blanc at the top, descent through open terrain.
Moderate
Private
Pointe de Ressachaux: West Side
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Pointe de Ressachaux: West Side

Portes du Soleil
0 - 1 hrs
3.0 km
56 m
1,154 m
38 °
A secluded summit squeezed between Morzine and Avoriaz with a steep ascent and short but beautiful descent requiring good snow cover to be worthwhile.
Difficult
Private
Les Hauts Forts: South Face First Couloir

Les Hauts Forts: South Face First Couloir

Portes du Soleil
0 - 1 hrs
0.8 km
0 m
468 m
47 °
SW
Sunny backcountry tour with steep couloir.
Severe
Private
Contrebandier's Couloir

Contrebandier's Couloir

Portes du Soleil
0 - 1 hrs
2.4 km
78 m
649 m
47 °
SE
An awesome couloir that takes you from France into Switzerland.
Difficult
Private
Corne's back side expedition

Corne's back side expedition

Portes du Soleil
5.2 km
23 m
989 m
42 °
SE
A full ski tour around bringing to some long skins walk and into a really steep line.
Extreme
Private
Hermine's expedition

Hermine's expedition

Portes du Soleil
4.4 km
266 m
805 m
44 °
SW
A long skiing expedition to do in case of good snow condition as the back part might suffered of lack of snow.
Extreme
Private