Guidebook

Unlock Portes du Soleil's Freeride Adventures #2

Gorge on this massive 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 in Morzine, Le Verard, Chavanette and around. Check out the guidebook "Unlock the Adventure of Portes du Soleil #1' for freeriding lines around Avoriaz, Morgins 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/

Ranfoilly Peak
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Ranfoilly Peak

Portes du Soleil
377 m
38 °
NW
12 m
1.5 km
Easily accessed descent from the highpoint of the Les Gets area
Difficult
Private
Pointe d'Angolon
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Pointe d'Angolon

Portes du Soleil
997 m
43 °
N
126 m
2.8 km
Backcountry skiing with magnificent views for competent off-piste skiers.
Difficult
Private
Pointe de Nyon's north line
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Pointe de Nyon's north line

Portes du Soleil
411 m
38 °
N
0 m
0.9 km
A long line below and then over a ridge with some steepness and a mix of snow conditions.
Extreme
Private
Pointe de Nyon's sunny side line
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Pointe de Nyon's sunny side line

Portes du Soleil
385 m
49 °
SW
22 m
0.9 km
Little walk needed to enter a steep and sunny line.
Extreme
Private
Chamossière North Face
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Chamossière North Face

Portes du Soleil
450 m
42 °
N
97 m
1.5 km
Little walk needed into a long line with steep first part.
Extreme
Private
Chamossière chairlift line.
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Chamossière chairlift line.

Portes du Soleil
465 m
49 °
W
5 m
1.2 km
Under the chairlift with rocks and steepness on a west facing slope.
Extreme
Private
Pointe de Ressachaux: West Side
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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
Pointe de Ressachaux: La Lanche aux Chamois
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Pointe de Ressachaux: La Lanche aux Chamois

Portes du Soleil
1,086 m
44 °
NE
74 m
3.4 km
Magnificent and very steep couloir on the north side of Ressachaux.
Extreme
Private
The Ski Patrol's Couloir
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The Ski Patrol's Couloir

Portes du Soleil
610 m
48 °
SE
42 m
1.4 km
A legendary couloir known to be popular with the local ski patrol, for expert skiers only.
Severe
Private