The Pass’ portes hosted this weekend 4000 riders from all over Europe, giving them the opportunity to (re) discover the Portes du Soleil and local specialties. Everything took place under great weather and good mood … Good news, the area is now open in its totality, the sky is still blue and we are at your disposal to take you out on the best trails !
This year the lifts will be open:
- in Morzine, every days from the 5th of June.
- in les Gets, every days from the 12th of June to the 12th of September.
- in Châtel, during the week ends of the 12th/13th & 19th/20th of June and the 3rd/5th & 10th/12th of September. Then every days from the 25th of June to the 29th of August.
- in the whole Portes du Soleil area, from the 25th of June to the 29th of August.
The day lift pass for the whole area is still 20,50 euros… yes that is for 24 different lifts!
Yesterday I guided a group of great riders who already know the official (and not so official) bike park DH Tracks…..so I thought it was time to show them something different! We headed off toward Samoëns, a small resort out of the PdS, via a 1000m descent. There, took the GME, a super fast cable car open to Mountain bikers for the first time this summer, and reached the top of Morillon 1600. From there it was another straight 1000m descent down to the bottom of the valley… We finished the ride with a dip in the lake and a couple of beers to cool off our bodies and minds. In total 35km of single tracks for 2000m drop, that’s what I call a balanced route!
If you fancy going from Pré la Joux (bike park) to Châtel village, then you’ll need to take the trail by the river at the bottom of the valley. The balcony trail underneath Linga is shut for the summer, as they are doing massive amounts of work there including firing mines.
With a firstly menacing weather on Saturday and then very sunny on Sunday (some nice sunburns around), the Pass’ Portes 2009 went really well in the same fun and relaxed way as usual. The show on the main square was very busy all weekend with its numerous bike tests, assistance stands and of course, its amazing animations! See you next year?!
photo: Guy Bowden