Snowboarding

For snowboarders, Les Gets and Morzine has a wealth of things to do and explore. There are snowparks on Mont Chery in Les Gets and in the Nyon area in Morzine. Morzine also links easily into Avoriaz with four snowparks including ‘The Stash’ designed by Burton with snowboarders in mind. The area has a collection of wooden obstacles including a wall, logs and tree trunks, wooden tables, jumps from paths and rocks, snow shock absorbers, wooden toboggans, ramps and natural obstacles. The area holds regular contests known as ‘The Stash Gathering Europe’ where around 40 snowboarders Men, Women and children compete for prizes. Boarder cross parks can be found in Les Chavannes in Les Gets, Nyon in Morzine and in nearby Avoriaz. Here snowboarders can race down a downhill course with jumps and other obstacles constructed out of snow. In Les Gets, the boarder cross park is named after the legendary French snowboarder who won a Silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Deborah Anthonioz. The park holds many international races and competitions.

There are lots of safe places to explore off-piste in Les Gets and Morzine. Snowcross areas are designated off-piste zones running alongside some slopes. These are off-piste but still maintained by the snow patrols to be safe from avalanche risk. For all other off-piste areas, we recommend taking an experienced guide. Ski hosts and off-piste lessons can be booked with most ski schools in Les Gets and Morzine. There is an avalanche safe area at the top of Super Morzine through some trees. This is accessed via the Super Morzine and Zore chairlift. Board down the tetris, cross over Zores and turn left into the trees. You’ll cross over a cross country ski track then eventually come back out to re-join tetris, then back down to the chair to start all over again! ‘The Bowl’ can be found at the bottom of the Ranfoilly from which numerous ski runs and lifts feed. Here, there are several good spots for off-piste and snowboarding the best of which are to the sides of the ‘Yeti’ run accessed by the ‘La Rosta’ chairlift and by taking a hike from the top of the ‘Ranfoilly’ lift. The latter has been rated as one of the best off-piste powder bowls in Europe. There are many more areas of off-piste to explore.

To practice your jumps, there are airbags in Les Gets Mont Chery snow park and in Avoriaz too. Avoriaz has the largest halfpipe in Europe which is well maintained and serviced by it’s own button lift. They hold the X Games Superpipe competitions here. There are snowboard specific ski schools and snowboard camps including girl only camps available. All areas in the Portes du Soleil are snowboard friendly.