The Col de Cou is a fantastic option for an introduction to ski touring and splitboarding, with nothing particularly technical nor tricky to contend with. The Col de Cou is on the border between France and Switzerland and can be approached either from the Morzine side (starting from l’Erigné, 1160m, at the end of the Vallée de la Manche) or from Switzerland. At a height of 1920m it is a 760m ascent from the Morzine side or can be just 300m from the Champery lift system in Switzerland.
There are lots of different options for descent on either side with some great variants offering some fun lines. Once up on the Col de Cou it’s only another 70m up to la Berte which is the highest point on the ridge offering some nice descents. There are also lots of variants you can do turning it into a great day out snowboarding off piste through both France and Switzerland.
Suitable for those wanting a relatively straightforward splitboard tour in the Portes du Soleil area.
Below is a description of the skill levels suited:
Level 4. High Intermediate
You are an experienced snowboarder, competent riding the whole mountain, in almost all snow conditions and terrain types. Even if you’re content with what you’re riding, a session with an top level instructor can help you enjoy it even more … and chances are you’ll find out there’s still plenty left in the tank. It’s time to increase your performance, dominate the mountain, master new tricks and venture further off piste.
Level 5. Advanced
You are a seasoned snowboarder who has an extensive experience off piste and / or in the snowpark. You can ride any terrain and make it look good. Join a program for riding steep & deep terrain, or finding how 3 feet out of a pipe can be 10 with a bit of coaching.
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