With all those kilometres of piste to explore, venturing beyond Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz is always recommended by the team at Morzine Source Magazine. Here’s what you can expect to find beyond the resort limits this winter…
It’s always fun to ski to the very edge of the Portes du Soleil piste map, but now there’s another good reason to head to Torgon this winter. Le Container is a piste-side snack bar run by Anaïs and Cyrille and as the name might suggest, it’s housed within a shipping container. You’ll find Le Container on the Plan de Croix piste and although the menu is still in development, you can expect savory and sweet crepes and homemade soups. Le Container is open between 8.30am / 9am and 5pm / 6pm (depending on the season) and you can find out more at lecontainer.ch
ROCK THE PISTES
Back in 2011, the powers that be at Les Portes du Soleil launched their very own music festival. The concept was relatively simple (though we wouldn’t like to be in charge of logistics!); piste-side concerts on specially erected stages in resorts across the ski area, straddling two different countries. Festival-goers could enjoy the music free of charge, skiing from one stage to another during the course of the week. Rock the Pistes returns for its ninth year between 17th and 23rd March 2019 and the festival continues to go from strength to strength. All gigs take place on the snow with concerts commencing at 1.30pm each day in a different location. We’ll include the full line-up on our website once it’s released but in the meantime head to rockthepistes.com for updates.
ALAÎA WAVE BASIN
Here’s an exciting new development for those of you who enjoy summer holidays in our region. Over in Sion on the other side of Les Portes du Soleil, the construction of a surf pool has been proposed. Sion is just 1 hour, 50 minutes from Morzine by car and construction is expected to commence in the spring with the facility opening to surfers in 2020. The pool will produce up to 1000 waves per hour, ranging in size from 20cm to 1.8m. Other facilities such as a gym and tennis courts are also proposed for the site. For further updates, head to facebook.com/alaia.actionsports
NEW PIERRE-LONGUE CHAIRLIFT
We absolutely love a new ski lift here at Morzine Source Magazine, though you’ll have to head a little further into the Portes du Soleil for this one. Over in Châtel the original 4-man Pierre-Longue chairlift has been replaced by a 6-man detachable Poma chairlift, increasing the flow of skiers and snowboarders from 2600 per hour to over 3000. The new lift will make it much easier to cross back into Avoriaz after a day spent exploring our huge ski area.