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Snowboarding In The Portes Du Soleil

The Portes Du Soleil is arguably one of the leading ski areas and Avoriaz in particular is seen by many as the snowboard capital of Europe. Linked with 11 other towns, Avoriaz has become a big player in one of the best circuits in the world and with a massive ski area of 650km2 there's some major off-piste to shred.

The terrain has something to offer everyone, regardless of age or riding style - parks, powder bowls, cliff drops, trees and wide, easy flats and patrolled snowzones for beginners which are unpisted but safe enough for those just getting used to powder turns.

On days with no fresh powder, you can head to one of 9 parks and jib all day instead. Avoriaz has 3 parks alone, plus a permanent super pipe and the town is big on boarding so they are all well maintained all day, every day and the designs are fresh.

If you're a piste hound then there are some fast, steep reds for cranking it over and some wide lazy blues if you're not feeling like scaring yourself today. Most have natural features and changing gradients to keep you entertained as you cruise.

Snowparks In Avoriaz

The Stash snow park was developed by Jake Burton himself of Burton Snowboards and was born in 2004.  This is the first eco-friendly Superpark in all of Europe and the second in the world after California. Rumour has it that they couldn't get the wood carved how they wanted here in France, so they just shipped a load over from California.  The Stash is 1.3 km long with 470 m descent, endless natural wooden elements to ride and caters for all free riders. Shaped every night there's easily 20 hits from top to bottom - wall rides, rails made from logs, rainbows, boxes, picnic benches, pow-slashes, jumps through trees, hips - it's awesome.Don't forget to check out the mini Stash for mini shredders!

La Chapelle is located in the main area of Avoriaz, under the Express Proclou lift, and is suitable for all levels from beginners to strong freestylers.  Expect two, sometimes three kicker lines with rails, boxes and jibs in addition.  The park has its own dedicated drag lift, a good vantage point to watch the big boys do their thing and listen to the beats playing over the sound system.

Arare started in 1993 and is set up for the seriously advanced shredders. Just above Avoriaz, the park is 800m long and 80m wide and has some pretty hectic kickers, rails and difficult jibs. The park changes and advances as the season goes on, the more snow, the better it gets. Helmets are obligatory!!!

The Superpipe,  is found in the Arare area and due to it's super size, is for the big players only.  The Superpipe is 120m long and between 6 and 6.5m high walls and is now one of the last pipes in France. The pipe is located opposite the Prodain lift and has it's own button lift so you can lap to your hearts' content without unstrapping!

Snow Parks In The Portes Du Soleil

Les Crosets SuperPark is on the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil and locals tend to hit this during busy periods when the larger parks like the Chapelle and Arare are swamped. Here you'll find some cruisy kickers and tabletops from 6m to 20m+ for intermediate to advanced freestylers. There's also a load of cool features and a natural half pipe at the end to boost out of.

Les Gets Snowpark can be found on the Mt Chery side of the valley and is a great place to head during busy periods. There's rarely many people there and it gets the sun all day with some stunning views of Mt Blanc. There's several features including rails, boxes and jumps and there is sometimes a wall ride set up at the end.  Les Gets also houses one of the best board-cross courses in the area and it's great fun to hit that with friends, you can even scan your lift pass to be filmed as you shred. Look out for the signs near the Chavannes lift

Chatel SmoothPark is a super fun park located in the Super Chatel area. Expect;

-Music playing all day
-Chill-out area for tired riders including picnic benches and a self service barbecue.
-A free to ride Airbag, down the park open from 13:30 to 15:30
-A border-cross along the park
-2 Lifts (one on each side of the park: Cocks & Bossons lifts)

Lift Pass Prices Morzine Les Gets & Portes Du Soleil

Snowboard Shops In Morzine

Snowboard Tuition

 Mint Snowboard School has been setup to cater for those demanding the highest level and quality of snowboard instruction whether it be a beginner lesson or something more advanced. Book by email info@mintsnowboarding.com or by phone France Tel : 00 33 (0)6 80 77 66 09

British Alpine Ski & Snow Board School (BASS) of Morzine. They have an excellent reputation and have the added benefit of all instructors being native English speakers. Small group sizes normally of 4-6 (maximum of 8 clients in any class). Book by email morzine@britishskischool.com or phone UK Tel: 0871 780 1500 or France Tel: 00 33 (0)4 50 74 78 59

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