Les Crosets, on the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil, is home to a great in park for intermediate to expert level riders and is in a wonderful sunny location. Jumps in Les Crosets Superpark range from 6m to 20m+ tabletops as well as a whole host of cool features. The line of about 6 smaller jumps are down the left hand side (skiers left) and the big jumps and jibs are in the centre and down the right hand side. At the bottom of the snowpark there is a natural halfpipe; great for boosting out of on the way down 8 man Express chairlift servicing the park.
The Chatel SmoothPark, located in the Super Chatel area, is a fun park with a wide range of jumps and jib features. It is generally quieter than the Avoriaz & Croset parks. In 2012 the Smoothpark hosted the French leg of the ‘Nike Chosen Series’, giving proof that Chatel’s park shapers definitely know what they’re doing. At the bottom of the park is an airbag, free of charge and open from 12h to 15h. The park is serviced by two button lifts and also has a boardercross track down the length of it.
The park at Les Gets is on the Mont Chery area, which is south facing and in the sun all day. The park is serviced by an old two man chair and is always pretty quite so a good place to head to get away from the crowds during the holiday periods. The Mt Chery park has a number of features; from jumps, rails, boxes and often a wall ride at the bottom.
Les Gets is also home to a decent sized and well maintained boardercross course which runs under the Chavannes lifts. This is definitely the best of the board-cross courses in the Portes du Soleil and great fun for racing against friends.
There is a small snowpark on the Nyon area of Morzine / Pleney slopes, although not very well shaped and often full of ski schools. It does, however, have a fun boardercross course (although much smaller than the one in Les Gets). If you are staying in Morzine and into freestyle riding, then you are better off heading in the Avoriaz direction.
Avoriaz has long since been recognised as an crucial hub to the history and development of snowboarding in Europe. The Avoriaz History Project tells the pioneering story of the evolution of France’s first snowpark in Avoriaz.
The film explores how the early legends of the scene gave rise to a new generation of snowboarders, the world’s first natural snowpark and a multi-million euro tourism industry. Featuring interviews with pro snowboarders of the era Nico Droz, Peter Line and Eddie Wall.
Using a mix of 1980s and ‘90s footage self captured by the riders the film tells the story of how the sheer determination of a unique group of friends literally shapes a snowpark and creates it’s own snowboarding scene recognized throughout the world.
The resort of Avoriaz has continued to inspire creative ideas, such as the Burton Stash and now is home to a whooping 6 snowparks! Long may this continue!
Great work from Reel Fun Media, lets hope they manage to get funding needed to finish this fascinating archive project.
Recommend a friend and take home a pair of Anon goggles!
Our facebook friends will have seen the snow falling at Mint hq already so it’s only fair we get you even more excited about winter and tantalise you with our amazing snowboard camp deal!
From now until November 30th we have an incredible deal on our snowboard camp bookings! If you book before the deadline and get a friend to book with you, you will both receive 50€ off your booking*! As if that isn’t enough, you will also receive a pair of Anon goggles** just for bringing along your buddy!
Mint snowboard camps cater for beginners through to advanced, from piste to park, pipe and powder we have everything covered. Kick start your winter with the ever popular December Shred Progression camps to get your shred ahead of the game, or join the Burton Experience snowboarding programme which caters for those of you wishing to strap on a board for the first time. For riders with some weeks already clocked on the board we offer everything from a freestyle camp, to a backcountry shred week and a splitboard adventure camp. Try something new and keep entertained, progressing and having fun!
Have a look on our snowboard camp page on the Mint website for more information.
See you in the snow soon!
*Discount will be applied when balance is paid in full before the offer deadline
**First come first served basis based on payment in full and subject to stock availability
It’s confirmed, the snowpark will not be back in Lindarets this season! This park will return to its original location next to the boarder-cross on Arare where there is no dedicated lift… NOT GOOD AT ALL!
The rumours behind the decision to move the snowpark is that the snowpark wouldn’t be profitable, that the big kickers would get too dangerous and that some ski schools would petition for the park to be dismantled because it encroaches on their teaching area.
These might be acceptable excuses in many French resorts but not in Avoriaz. Avoriaz has always been at the forefront of the snowboarding scene and has always been successful, so what is the reason to change that now?
PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION so that we can let the people at the top know that we’re not going to take this lying down. The Avoriaz snowparks are an important part of the success of the resort and they should be placed in the best possible place for their users, NOT in a valley that is cold and icy and has no lift!