Pistebashing

Just some of the delights that can be found on the famous Prolays piste. Photo: Sam McMahon
Just some of the delights that can be found on the famous Prolays piste. Photo: Sam McMahon

Morzine serves as the main access point for the massive, lift-linked Portes du Soleil ski area, with 650km of slopes. My personal favourite is the Prolay, a cruisy run that has a ton of jibs and hits off the side. My mates and I call it the “run of fun”, and with good reason. It’s the kind of run you go on when nothing else is going right that day – you can always rely on it to make you feel better. Another wicked one is the long run underneath the Chaux Fleurie – there’s a ton of tracks that you can boost off into the pow (assuming there is pow). If it’s a long leg-burner you’re after, take the piste from the top of the Arare lift down to Prodain. This takes in the ‘home run’ back to resort and if you’re lucky you can get a few cheeky off-piste hits in while you’re at it.

There are a couple of flat bits to watch out for, including the Fornet to Avoriaz cat track. Unfortunately you have to take this is you want the powdery fun of Fornet though. There’s another flat bit around Les Lindarets which is almost impossible to clear even if you’re hooning it. When it’s super-busy the key is to get out of Avoriaz, and head for Switzerland, where stuff tends to be quieter. Only don’t, whatever you do, take the Swiss Wall run to get there. It’s a big dirty mogul field from hell. Oh, and be sure to check out the “snowball lift”, the chair that runs through the centre of Avoriaz. Seasonnaires love it ‘cos it goes past a load of (usually open) apartment windows so there’s plenty of opportunity to pelt people!

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