Valley De La Manche 2012 | Off Piste Morzine

Not an epic day out in terms of loads of hiking or insanely steep or difficult terrain but still one of the most special off piste Morzine routes in the whole of the Portes du Soleil.

Before we say anything else you really shouldn’t be heading off piste without a guide if you don’t know the area like the back off your hand and you haven’t been in resort long enough to know what the snow conditions have been like up to and including the day you plan on doing your route.

Having said that people out for a weeks holiday are often hesitant about off piste for a variety of reasons, they don’t want to ‘waste’ a day hiking, the cost of a guide and avalanche equipment, or they mistakenly think they aren’t good enough. I would definitely recommend anyone who has a chance to get a guide and give this route a go, it’s a 20min traverse round from a lift so no height to gain and as long as you’ve played around on the side of the piste a bit before you’ll be fine putting your turns in.

The guys at All Mountain Rental can sort you out with backcountry equipment and powder skis/board man enough to handle any of the off piste Morzine routes. It’s not expensive and some of the guides will provide some of the safety equipment included in their price.




Stood at the top of the valley just after the traverse and the initial drop in all ready to roll!



Following tracks is by no means a sure fire way of staying out of trouble but when all roads lead to a specific col you’d be wise to follow suite.



Traversing round the initial drop in, local off piste morzine knowledge is essential in knowing what condition snow faces such as the one in this picture are in.


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