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On the Piste…

As our driver and manager Jes is always being asked for top tips on the best runs and the quietest pistes amongst many other things. Here she shares with us a guide to her favorite runs around the valley.

Wherever you choose to be dropped off in our beloved ‘Drover’ you are in for some world class skiing and wonderful scenery to suit all levels of from beginner to off-piste expert. 

The Pleney gondola is the gateway to the Morzine & Les Gets ski area. From the top of the brand new Belvedere Ski Lift you can drop down the lovely gentle slope of Crocus before joining Bruyère all the way down into the centre of Les Gets. From there you can catch the Chavannes Express and drop down Violette into the Les Gets bowl area. In the bowl you will find blue, red and black runs including the famous Yeti black run, which guarantees a cheer off the lift should you make a mistake! The beauty of this area is that here everyone can ski to their own ability and meet back up at the bottom of their chosen run. Don’t forget to check out the viewing platform at the top of Ranfolly Express with a breathtaking view of Mont Blanc and a photo point that you can get a group photo sent directly to you by email. 

For the more adventurous skiers the Chamossiere offers challenging red and black runs as well as the free ride area although being a North facing slopes watch out for ice on the morning runs. Take a trip up Troncs Express to access the Nyon plateau where you will find a snow park, a restaurant hosting an eagle show whilst you dine and whilst you are up there a trip to the Pointe de Nyon offers another amazing photo opportunity with the newly built viewing platform as well as a fast and furious ski back down via Aigle Rouge.

Having been skiing these runs for well over a decade, to my mind the best kept secret of the Morzine & Les Gets ski area is Mont Chery where you will find much quieter pistes, an abundance of fast red runs to carve, a couple of black runs and the best view on the mountain from the top. On a powder day this is a place not to be missed as while the crowds head to Avoriaz, you find this small mountain filled with locals and seasonaires doing laps of the easily accessible off piste.

Prodains is another lift where you can easily be dropped at in the ‘ drover. This takes you up directly in the heart of Avoriaz with the Stade d’Arare, Coupe du Monde, a half pipe, a snow park with a big airbag and Snow Cross Crozats all just a ski lift away. And that’s not the only draw of one of the most snow sure resorts in the Alps – from here its easy to access to fabulous lunchtime restaurant spots in the Village of Les Linadrets or the legendary Folie Douce – more on that over in the Apres Ski blog!

For beginners and more gentle skiers the Super Morzine ski area is very easily accessed from the chalet ad its is here you will find long cruising blue runs in the sunshine. Pop round the corner to the Fornet bowl and find the wonderful Snow Cross runs Marmotte and Pschott and access via Chavanette to the World Famous Swiss Wall! Access into the wonderful Swiss area of Les Crosets and beyond is via the Swiss Wall but don’t worry for those of you whose ski legs aren’t quite up to it you can ride the lift down! 

Our final favorite ski area is Ardent where the gondola lift delivers you into the Les Lindarets bowl. This is where you’ll find the legendary snow park The Stash. You can also access Mossettes here where you can enjoy, long cruising blue runs, black Snow Cross Frontalière or drop over into Switzerland to Les Crosets and Champoussin or to Morgins – the home of Didier Defago (who he?) – via his very own piste. From Les Lindarets bowl you can jump on Chaux fleurie express and access Plaine Dranse, Pre la Joux and Linga areas of Chatel and it’s even possible to access Super Chatel and indeed complete the famous Portes du Soleil circuit! Thank goodness I will be there to pick you up at the end of the day to come back to the chalet and enjoy a glass or two in the Stag Bar or to hot tub! 

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