Guidebook

Unlock Portes du Soleil's Freeride Adventures #1

Gorge on this huge collection of freeride lines, taking you to the freshest powder and most exciting off-piste in Portes du Soleil.

Description

With 450km of skiable area combining 12 lift-linked resorts, Portes du Soleil is a snowsports playground of truly epic proportions. The dramatic mountain panoramas, snow-sure conditions and reputation for sunny skies keep Portes du Soleil up there on the list of must-try alpine ski destinations.

Expert skiers and those gunning for a total adrenaline kick come here to attempt the famous “Swiss Wall”, a ferociously steep, mogul filled challenge that’ll turn your stomach when you peer down at it from the top. But if you want to venture further away from the pistes and onto the powder, there’s a phenomenal amount of freeriding to excite expert powderhounds. There are so many that we had to split the routes into 2 guidebooks, this one features routes around Avoriaz, Morgins and the surrounding area. Check out the guidebook "Unlock the Adventure of Portes du Soleil #2' for more routes around Morzine, Le Verard, Chavanette and the surrounding area.

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/

Pointe de Vorlaz: South Couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Pointe de Vorlaz: South Couloir

Portes du Soleil
477 m
45 °
S
155 m
1.5 km
Challenging line for experienced backcountry skiers with airy and exposed ascent.
Severe
Private
Pointe de Chésery: Northwest Face
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Pointe de Chésery: Northwest Face

Portes du Soleil
402 m
44 °
NW
360 m
2.5 km
A great short day hike and ride for intermediate backcountry skiers.
Difficult
Private
Pointe de Vorlaz: Northwest Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Pointe de Vorlaz: Northwest Face

Portes du Soleil
760 m
43 °
W
0 m
2.4 km
Classic off-piste route for experienced skiers with short but exposed hike.
Difficult
Private
Tête du Géant: North Couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Tête du Géant: North Couloir

Portes du Soleil
464 m
54 °
N
263 m
1.8 km
Short but steep couloir that often retains brilliant snow conditions.
Extreme
Private
Pas de Chaux Fleurie
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Pas de Chaux Fleurie

Portes du Soleil
406 m
34 °
W
7 m
1.5 km
Designated off-piste section. Playful at the top but becomes steeper towards the bottom - for moderately experienced off-piste skiers.
Difficult
Private
Satellite
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Satellite

Portes du Soleil
245 m
27 °
SW
62 m
1.7 km
Mythic off piste in Chaux Fleurie
Moderate
Private
TK Cubore
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TK Cubore

Portes du Soleil
123 m
32 °
NW
3 m
0.6 km
Very lappable area of small drops and rollovers.
Moderate
Private
Cubore
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Cubore

Portes du Soleil
278 m
34 °
NE
5 m
1.1 km
Great pitch that looks intimidating from above but offers a huge variety of lines that you can ride again and again.
Difficult
Private
Pointe de Vorlaz: North Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Pointe de Vorlaz: North Face

Portes du Soleil
537 m
44 °
NE
0 m
1.3 km
A variety of lines for experienced skiers with airy, exposed ascent.
Difficult
Private
Pointe de Chésery: South Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Pointe de Chésery: South Face

Portes du Soleil
440 m
31 °
W
2 m
1.4 km
Great short day hike and ride for intermediate backcountry skiers.
Difficult
Private
Combe aux Corbeaux
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Combe aux Corbeaux

Portes du Soleil
126 m
36 °
NE
0 m
0.3 km
Warm up playground.
Difficult
Private
Combe aux Poubelles
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Combe aux Poubelles

Portes du Soleil
276 m
36 °
NW
9 m
1.1 km
Secluded forest playground.
Difficult
Private
Pierre Plate (Flat Rock)
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Pierre Plate (Flat Rock)

Portes du Soleil
458 m
43 °
N
31 m
1.5 km
The Freeride World Qualifier face in Morgins.
Difficult
Private
Morgin's village north face line
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Morgin's village north face line

Portes du Soleil
516 m
36 °
NW
33 m
2.8 km
A long walk to accessing an isolated forest line.
Extreme
Private
Marcheuson's between slope line
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Marcheuson's between slope line

Portes du Soleil
112 m
34 °
E
0 m
0.4 km
Small short cut line going close the slopes.
Severe
Private
Cuboré Montriand's line
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Cuboré Montriand's line

Portes du Soleil
514 m
38 °
SE
18 m
1.6 km
Easily accessed line but really steep.
Extreme
Private
Geant's junction line
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Geant's junction line

Portes du Soleil
451 m
47 °
SE
451 m
1.9 km
A long hike needed what give you access to a steep and then forested line.
Extreme
Private
Pointe des Mossette's line
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Pointe des Mossette's line

Portes du Soleil
280 m
42 °
E
20 m
0.7 km
Short cut line under "Mossettes-Suisse" chairlift with some very steep ground.
Extreme
Private