The Manche valley area
The Manche valley (la vallée de la Manche) is an ideal place to try Nordic activities; it’s pure backcountry, there are no ski lifts for miles and the altitude range is 1100m to 1400m. The sector offers some 20km of maintained tracks from Nyon car park (regular free shuttle service from the village centre - E circuit) to the Mines d’Or lake, Chardonnière and Terres Maudites. It’s also possible to reach l’Erigné directly by car or on the free shuttle from the village centre (E circuit). Some inviting guest houses are open to passersby in l’Erigné and the Mines d'Or for a welcome break and something to eat or drink. To ensure that everyone enjoys the sector, walkers and snowshoers are asked to keep off the pisted cross-country tracks.
Pléney – Chavannes area
The Pléney-Chavannes sector offers a 6km nordic track. The circuit’s altitude (1500m) guarantees excellent snow all winter. This area is very sunny and has panoramic views: from the Pleney’s “belvedere”, or 360° viewpoint, there’s an orientation table which is an excellent place to gaze at the Mont‑Blanc range. On foot or with snowshoes, it’s possible to carry on as far as the Joux Plane pass (col) and “Bourgeoise”, for a wonderful full-day trek. From Morzine, access is via the Pléney cable car. It is also possible to get there by car, via Les Gets/Les Chavannes. Please note that there are many places on the circuit where you can stop for something to eat and drink.
Probably the biggest and most beautiful Nordic area in all of the Portes du Soleil! In this highaltitude setting (1500m-1800m), the sector has 45km of slopes suitable for all levels, from green to black, with magnificent viewpoints too. It’s the perfect place for walking and for cross-country ski training, as the route alternates between backcountry forest and more popular sections near the downhill ski slopes. Accessing the sector is possible from different places: at Super-Morzine, Joux verte, Crêtes de Zore or Seraussaix. Many restaurants located at: Super-Morzine, Joux Verte, the Crêtes de Zore, Seraussaix and also in the snowbound Lindarets village
Morzine area Walkers can also set off from Dérêches park in the centre of Morzine, or follow the riverbank (Dranse) towards Nyon on the “Renard” route. These two easy routes are possible on foot or snowshoes after heavy snowfalls.
Montriond lake area
Montriond lake is the 3rd largest natural lake in the Haute-Savoie. The best way to explore it is by means of a Nordic discipline, since there is no access for downhill skiers. The site is perfect for a relaxing stroll in the mountains, deep in a valley where there’s an imposing cliff-face and fir trees all around. Please note: wrap up warm because parts of this sector are shaded for much of the winter; a Frozen North experience is guaranteed! Given the increasing popularity of Nordic sports since 2008, the decision was taken to attribute dedicated areas to walkers (and snowshoers) and cross-country skiers. The forest track on the left of the river looking down the valley (“rive gauche”) is out‑of‑bounds because of the avalanche risk. Each end of Montriond lake offers plenty of comfortable inns and bars where you can take a break. Access to Montriond lake is possible by car or free shuttle (M circuit, start behind the Town Hall, “ecole” stop).