4 - 5
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Despite the fact that this tour is located in a valley slap bang between two busy ski resorts (Megeve and Praz Sur Arly), it has a surprisingly charming and remote feel. A beautiful yet benign journey, the Tete de Very and Mont de Vores ski tour is ideal if you're looking for a relaxing, relatively low risk adventure. If conditions are in it can also offer exceptional low angle snow and some great little passages through the trees if you go with a local. Begin at the top of the Route de Leutaz (1,309m) and head up the obvious low angle forest track that meanders gently through the trees.
Whether you choose to stay on this track or take some mini shortcuts up through the meadows, you will eventually emerge out of the forest at the Chalet de Chavan with the ski lifts of Praz Sur Arly facing you.
Proceed in a southerly direction leaving the ski resort to your right for around 300m before breaking left in a E/SE direction to climb a steeper section - 30 degrees for around 100m.
The ability to kick turn would be helpful here. The angle eases quickly and you emerge onto a slope that leads you to the chalet at the summit of the Tete de Very (2,039m). The views at this point are fantastic and you have the choice to retrace your route or extend the adventure to take in the summit of Mont De Vores (2,067m) which lies almost exactly due south. Descend to the col between the two peaks with or without skins then climb gently again to the summit of Mont De Vores.
Depending on snow conditions, you can just retrace your steps or ski off the N/NE facing slopes for a few turns before putting your skins on again and climbing back up to the Tete De Very. From here retrace your original route taking time to sniff out the best snow as there can be some great fun to be had with a bit of creativity.
Skirt round the hillside back to the car park either taking the obvious forest track or nipping into the trees for some fresh tracks to max out on the adventure. Splitboarders be aware - the angle is pretty low on the descent if you stay on the track so you will need to be intelligent with your line and judge the snow conditions accordingly. If you're looking for a hefty reward for your morning's efforts then feel free to pop into the 3 Michelin Star Restaurant located in the 5 Star Flocons de Sel Hotel just down the road. Or just have a cup of tea and a Snickers at home!