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Swiss Side of Portes du Soleil Ski Areas

The Swiss wall, plenty of terrain & stunning views from the pistes

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Of the 13 resorts in the Portes du Soleil, six of them are located in Switzerland: Les Crosets, Morgins, Champoussin, Champery, Val-d'Illiez and Torgon. You can ski to them from Chatel or from Avoriaz (see the piste maps). 

Although a lot smaller than their French counter-parts, it is well worth making a trip over to them, as long as you ensure you leave enough time to get home - taxis are expensive!

Les Crosets 
Les Crosets offers the biggest area and the most runs and handily is the easiest and quickest to access from the Linderets valley. Drop down a choice of reds or a blue all the way into Les Crosets from the top of the Express Mossettes lift. From here you can head up the opposite side of the valley using the TS Crosets II. This rises up the mountain above two steep super well-groomed reds and, for those of a particular persuasion, there is a big snow park, more for the expert freestyler really. Dropping down the blue from the top of this lift stay hard over to the skiers left and make the signposted turning after the restaurant. This opens up another bowl from where it is possible to take a super long red all the way down to Champery from the top of the TK Ripaille drag lift. Or if you want to head for home then drop to the TS Chavanette which will put you over into the Secteur Chavanette above Avoriaz. Under the lift line is the famous Swiss Wall, probably the most demanding run in the whole of the Portes du Soleil. Basically, this is a huge un-pisted steep mogul drop. The drop in at the top is big and not the place to make a mistake as this is also the steepest section and it is more than possible to fall and keep going for many hundreds of meters. Really this run is only for expert skiers and even then it’s a debate as to whether it’s enjoyable or not.

Morgins & Champoussin
In the opposite direction from the top of the Mossettes lie Morgins & Champoussin. The best way to experience both resorts is to head for Morgins first via the long blue road taking you to the centre of town. Get on the télésiège TS la Foilleuse at the end of the run and make your way back to Champoussin and ultimately Les Crosets for the last lift of the TS des Mossettes. Faster skiers will have time for a run or two at Morgins under the lift on the two excellent well groomed but steep tree-lined red runs. From the top of la Foilleuse work your way across the valley following the signposts for Champoussin and then Les Crosets. This will encompass blues and reds via a number of drag, t-bar and chair lifts. There is more than a day’s skiing here, just don’t miss that lift back to France from Les Crosets!

This little resort is often missed out by many holidaymakers and, in fairness, if you are staying in Les Gets that is probably fair enough, as it's so far away you will not make it there and back before the lifts shut. For those who can get to Torgon and home in time for tea and cake it is worth the trip, especially during the busy holiday period when it is one of the few places with small queues and open, empty pistes. Ski off the back of the Morclan in the Chatel sector. The runs become more winding rather than cruisey, but the views are spectacular but there is a freeride zone under the Tronchey Chairlift that is good fun when conditions allow.

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