jeroenvh op 17 januari 2011 · 11:33
Ik heb niet alle reacties gelezen (dus er zullen vast wel dubbelingen inzitten) maar ga zelf in februari ook naar PDS (Les Crosets) en had het volgende al verzameld, welke ik natuurlijk graag deel met jullie:
there is a black run in morzine called Chammosiere I think from the top of that if you go down about a 1/8th the way down the is a massive section of beautiful off pistes running parralell with the black run which usually has a nice dump of pow.
there's some great trees on top of the super morzine. They're avalanche safe but they are pretty tightly packed so the risk from tree-wells is a bit more. To get in to them, start heading down 'tetris', cross over 'zores' and then dive off into the trees on your left. Make up your own line down through them and you'll come across a cross country ski track. Cross over that and keep going and you'll come back out on tetris taking you straight back to the chair lift to do it all again. If you search on the videos section for 'front flip in to the trees' you'll see the start of it. That's the only one I'm giving up today. edit: be careful on chamossiere, it can be quite prone to sliding in the bowl that you've mentioned. Just use your head before going (applies to any off-piste though!)
satallite was a favorite over the winter - nothing crazy, but a really nice powder field on a good day, and super easy to get to! Head out of the Linderets bowl in Avoriaz on the Chaux Fleurie lift (towards Chatel) head left at the top and hike up (about 10 mins) to the peak in front of you. then you can drop back into Linderets and down through Goat Village and on to Ardents. And go exploring around Chatel,(up Super Chatel Lift) saw loads of stuff that looked great fun over there, but never went to play there! oh, and Happy Valley! the PDS is massive, so you'll find some fun stuff easily enough!
There's loads of amazing off piste in the PDS. Happy Valley and Hidden Valley are both in the Chatel/ Pre La Joux sector of the Portes Du Soleil, whether they are safe or not depends entirely on the snow conditions, your ability, the weather etc. We live in Chatel so ride that area a lot but we're not daft about when and where we go, and you shouldn't be too. If you don't know the area get a guide, not only will they be able to advise on safety but they'll take you to the best parts anyway, it's money well spent.
i can confurm what fijit with happy fally and hidden vally but its abit of mission to get there but worth every second becasue its normally got fresh traks even a day after fresh snow its got long open powder fields with a few nice cliff drops even a beginner could have fun with, and is very safe, if you want trees i always liked star wars if you go to the top of the small snowboard park and ride past the top of the park there is a small 4-5 foot drop into heaven on the right but keep to the left otherwise you could hit a small cliff but then have to walk out be there done that haha but there is loads if you look for it............
happy valley is the area between the cornebois and les combes lifts, at the top of the pre-la-joux lift in Chatel
Avoriazprobably offers the biggest area for easy access off piste fortunately this high altitude play area is easily reached from Morzine. Taka the Super Morzine and Zore lifts and traverse over in around half an hour. Alternatively use the bus or car and access the area via Prodains tÃ©lÃ©phÃ©rique. Once in Avoriaz take the Express Lac Intrets to the top of the Hauts Forts and descend towards the Secteur Chavanetteusing the Bleue du Lac, ensuring you explore the little stashes to either side of the piste. Follow the Aller Chavanette down through the tunnel and youâ€™ll reach the foot of the Secteur Chavanette with a choice of two lifts to access the top; Express Choucas and Express du Fornet. The latter lift takes you up above the Canyon du Pschott Snowzone. This is a large un-pisted area characterised by multiple canyons, natural half pipes, cliff drops and kickers. It is one of the best areas to head for after a big dump of snow as the variety of terrain is immense and despite it sitting right in front of everyone on the lift does take some time during the day to become tracked out. The multiple lines down this area all converge on the aforementioned lifts making multiple runs easy. The Express Choucas provides access to similar terrain on the opposite side of the bowl and again the multiple lines drop you down to the two lifts at the bottom. The latter has less potential to run you down into a big cliff drop if you lose your bearing but is demanding none the less.
To finish off your day in the Secteur Chavanette take the Express du Fornet and head a little further afield to the VallÃ©e de la Manche. Watch out for the warning signs at the top indicating you are headed into a totally un-patrolled area and are therefore operating at your own risk. The traverse will be obvious, before dropping into the canyon du Pschott bare left and drop over the low saddle to enter the valley. This will give you access to a huge powder field with a huge drop affording plenty of chances to put in the powder eights or big GS style turns complete with rooster tails. Just keep on following the obvious valley route past the old chalet building and onwards to the head of the valley road. If there is sufficient base then it is possible to ski all the way back down to Morzine all though this does involve a little bit of poling. For anybody not up for that and any snowboarders then catch the new bus service back to town. Un-fortunately the latter has prompted an increase in the popularity of the valley but still itâ€™s not one to miss.
Secteur Linderets sits adjacent to Avoriaz and the Fornet valley. Lower down this valley the drop under the Col de Bassachaux is accessed from the TS Chaux Fleurie. Drop straight under and to the left of the lift line along multiple lines passing through the trees and into the little, and some not so little, cliffs at the end of the run near the foot of the lift stations.
Higher up the Linderets valley, accessed via the Express Mossettes lift drop straight under the lift line for a long section of natural features where, drops ins, wall rides and lickers abound. The section is marked on the lift as La FrontaliÃ¨re Snowzone but receives fairly light use as a function of its demanding nature. Alternatively drop down a little ways from the Mossettes lift station towards the Les Cases run and as soon as the fence runs out drop the edge and traverse back towards the lift line. This is a great big hump of mountain dropping all the way to the Les Cases blue for a return journey to the Express Mossettes lift. On the opposite side of the valley the TS Cubore lifts you up to the ridge line whereby you can traverse along as required before dropping down again to the Les Cases blue.
Les Getsâ€™best area for off piste is the Chavannes bowl sitting under the peaks of Le Ranfoilly and La Rosta. The five lifts servicing this area offers multiple off piste tracks between the abundance of red, blue and black runs in the bowl. The off piste options are clear from the lift but the area is big and does take a little while to become fully tracked out. Once the more open spaces have been used up youâ€™ll need to go exploring in the trees but donâ€™t worry as there is little chance of getting too lost, all routes lead back to the lifts.
Descend off the Ranfoilly peak drop into the small bowl to the skiersâ€™ right before you get as far as joining the blue Gentiane piste. The bowl funnels tighter between the trees but offers multiple lines eventually depositing you on the Tetras red run and onward to the Choucas leading to the Grand Pre for a retour Morzine.
Morzine and the wider Portes du Soleilski area abounds with easy lift accessed off piste. Above Morzine sit the Nyon and ChamossiÃ¨re ski peaks, the high points of the local ski area. These offer lift accessed off piste saving the necessity to hike for hours. Firstly Nyon reached via the TS de la Pointe, has a multitude of lines down the face of the mountain in between the pisted runs. Itâ€™s easy to venture as little or as far as your experience allows. To the far skiers right is the ridge line demarcating the VallÃ©e de la Manche, donâ€™t go over the edge as you will very quickly find yourself on the valley floor and you will not have covered the distance on your skis! But donâ€™t worry too much the edge is marked out with denser trees a little tight for skiing anyway. To skiers left the face of Nyon can be accessed cutting off the Aigle rouge piste at the first switchback and traversing to the weather station. This takes you over the bowls ridge line and allows you to drop down to the ChamossiÃ¨re valley on a variety of lines depending upon how far you traverse.
Secondly ChamossiÃ¨re accessed via the TS des TÃªtes express chair lift prior to the old school TS ChamossiÃ¨re has a perfect un-pisted bowl to skiers right. Take the traverse from the lift station over the small ridge above the avalanche cannon and drop into the bowl. Traverse as far as required and pick your line down emerging at the foot of the TS ChamossiÃ¨re lift for a repeat performance. The bowl does get tracked pretty quickly but it is a big area and youâ€™ll be able to get multiple runs down before the snow loses its appeal. For those willing to hike a little a greater drop can be achieved by hiking along the ridge line above the ChamossiÃ¨re bowl and dropping in before the Pointe dâ€™Angolon peak. This will gain you many vertical meters before you hit the lower traverse as described above. Due in no small part to the hike this upper bowl area remains untracked far longer than the easy access lower half. In fact the snow conditions will have deteriorated due to weather conditions far before it becomes overly tracked.
The Arbisred from ChamossiÃ¨re offers a number of off piste options to both the right and left of the piste as does the drop down the black Creux run. For the former the run to the skiersâ€™ right offers the chance to traverse along the ridge line separating the red and black runs and ultimately drops out near where the Blanchots red and blue Choucas join by the drag lift. Take the latter and you return to the bottom of the TS ChamossiÃ¨re for another run or alternatively drop down to the Grand Pre on the Choucas and move on to Les Gets or head for home.