- Anyone know Where this is trail in the Portes de Soleil?
it looks like the trail at the top of Chatel which has some bus stop jumps along the right hand side then you turn to the right and it is basically a load of berms and table tops and runs into mid Chatel at the top of the bike park. Thing is, what makes me things it’s not is the mountains in the background…Posted 5 years agomildredMember
Essel, is that taken from the near the top of the Point de Mossette? If so, I think its one of the trails that is across the valley at Les Crosets on that wooded ridge in the the background. I don’t think its actually part of the official route, but its a bit of a variation for dropping into Champery.
I did a bit of a val d’ Illiez / Champery tour last summer and it looks really familiar from this.Posted 5 years agojamesoSubscriber
Recognise that.. as mark w says above, go towards the top of the col du cou climb but turn left on the obvious trail near / just before the top of col du cou, follow the trail and you’ll end up on the trail in the pic pretty much. Check a map, but it’s one we rode a couple of times last year and I remember it being an easy one to follow. Great trails between col du cou and champery.Posted 5 years agoAmbroseMember
I prefer to ‘ride’ the Col de Coux from the Swiss side.
Starting in Morzine, go up on the SuperMorzine and then the Zore lifts. Then along the Crete Super Morzine, to Col de la Joux Vert. Then down the trail to Les Brocheaux and up the Mossettes lift. From the top lift station ride left, down the wide, loose track to the big junction where you turn left and ride down (passing beneath the Swiss Mossettes chair lift) to the next junction. You may be sent off left on some easy muddy berms here. You very soon arrive at Portes/ Croix de L’Hiver. Rightwards down and the right again by a little cattle building, on great trails to Chaux Palin, then follow the lanes SW eventually to La Laspisa (top grub here) and then out the back of the farm to follow some more great trails to the bottom of the Col de Coux, just past la Poyat. Gird your loins and up you go! At top, back down into the Dranse valley to Morzine. The riverside pathe down to Morzine is really lovely, and as it enters Morzine has a nice little fun balcony to traverse beneath the bridge.
Alternatively- close to the top of Col de Coux, the second left signed path as you ascend is Arête du Berrois; it has a variety of trails on it. Follow the fantastic singletrack trail, via some great rocky steps to a farm. look up, left, to the big cross and head for it. Follow the arete along and down. Various options exist to get you to Les Chalets du Barme. Then take the track/ steep loose gravel trail under the HUGE cliffs at Braye. You will soon be in Champerey
Alternatively, From La Poyat (foot of Col de Coux) you can descend on steep lanes to Champery.
From Champery catch the BIG red cable-car up to the Croix de Culets, and ride down to Les Crossets and go up the (Swiss) Pointe de Mossettes chair lift. From here, ride down the wide, loose track to the big junction where you turn left and ride down (passing beneath the Swiss Mossettes chair lift) to the next junction. You may be sent off left on some easy muddy berms here. You very soon arrive at Portes/ Croix de L’Hiver. Left down the fast rocky and gravelly track leads to Lac Vert and More Yummy Food at Refuge de Cheseray. Continue to follow the GR5 trail beyond the Refuge, to climb back up into France, the amazing swoopy-doopiness down to Les Linderets, finishing either on the DH runs or the fire roads.
From Les Linderets there are a variety of returns to Morzine. A nice one is to ride down the road to Les Linderets village, filled with goats and tourists, then more tarmac (there are two hairpins where you might get to go off-piste to get ahead of slow cars). Look out for a massive ski car park below the road on the left, where the road finally starts to straighten out. By some big Chalets on the left is a small track, possibly signposted to Cascade D’Ardent and Lac Montriond. Take this, down through the woods to the holiday village where you ride down the wide grassy trail between the big chalets down to the lakeshore. Go easy on this bit; there are often a wide variety of kids around.
Take the higher trail around the lake, perhaps taking in a swim and a beer at the far end.
Next- go left out of the Lake car parks, but at the junction by the bridge fork right onto the smaller lane, then drop left immediately onto another rocky track. Follow this down on the right bank of the stream to a lane. Down the lane, left and onto the continuation of the streamside trail. You will come out in Montriond. Cross the bridge and turn left into the campsite/ sports area. From here head up through the riverside meadows back to Morzine.Posted 5 years agothebigladMember
Johnhe- To get to the top of the col de cou from the top of the Mossette,either take the Swiss national or the singletrack that takes you to Chaux Palin. You then traverse around to Lapisa on a gravel road,take the singletrack from there to virtually the bottom of the col de cou. The Swiss side is pretty steep in places but it is rideable. There are 2 ways to get on to the ridge,if you want to ride the part in the photo,you will have to climb nearly to the top and make a left or alternatively about 3/4’s of the way up you can make a left and there is a trail that will take you out to the ridge. The best way in my opinion is to go to nearly to the top of the col.Posted 5 years ago
You then stay on the ridge and follow the trail till you get to a cross,with a tricky step section from there you can’t go wrong.
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