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Against the Wall at Morzine

February 03, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 126

Morzine is a wonderful place for learner skiers to learn the ropes of the craft, and for intermediate or lapsed skiers to stretch their skills a little. But there is one other type of skier who may find themselves drawn to Morzine: the expert. This type of skier is truly dedicated to the craft and artistry of the sport, and they'll be out on the slopes the instant they step out of their catered chalet. Morzine is a wonderful place for experienced skiers to challenge themselves - the resort itself is 1000 metres above sea level, and the ski lift can take you to the dizzying height of 2466 metres. Some of the attraction is in challenges such as Grandes Combes and Chamossiere, but the biggest challenge of all is known as The Wall.

The Wall

Officially named La Chavanette, this steep and extremely difficult piste is more colloquially known amongst locals (and those in skiing circles) as the Wall. Sitting right on the border between France and Switzerland, in the colour code scheme used to denote the difficulty of skiing runs, the Wall is coded orange. This is outside the standard scheme of blue, red and black for easy, intermediate and difficult - the Wall is simply that much of a challenge. The hazards are certainly best braved by expert skiers - but if you can master the Wall, you'll certainly come away with some interesting stories to tell in your catered chalets. Morzine's expert slopes require skill and nerve - and the Wall more so than most!


One of the best ways to approach a challenge such as skiing the Wall is with the three 'P's' - proper planning and preparation. If you make a mistake on a challenging turn, you may be spending a lot more time recovering in your catered chalet! Morzine skiers will therefore be best served by approaching the Wall cautiously. The best time to ski the Wall is right after a snowfall, because otherwise the surface can be more than a little icy, making it difficult to keep your skis stable. At the top, a skier stands almost directly on the French border, looking down towards Les Crosets in the distance. As you set off, the gradient of the incline is so steep you can't actually see what's below you. The run proceeds downhill for about a kilometre with plenty of moguls and icy conditions can make navigating them very difficult! Passing the 150ft mark, the path forks, and the one on the left is a slightly easier choice for those who need a break.

Liz Olkowicz is the Business Development Manager for Ski and Summer Morzine, a specialist Morzine Tour Operator, based in Weybridge in Surrey offering tailor-made holidays in a catered chalet, Morzine is the perfect location to explore the French Alps. For a great-value Alpine holiday in a catered chalet, Morzine is the ideal choice.

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