The Pointe de la Golese is located towards the end of the Vallée de la Manche, a picturesque and sparsely populated valley heading south-east from Morzine. It is one of the less frequently visited peaks in the area (shh, don’t tell anyone) meaning that fresh tracks are guaranteed on the descent.
Much of the ascent is through forest before opening out onto a remote bowl leading to the summit. The route takes you past several alpages, summer pastures with traditional farm chalets. From the summit, at 1835 m, you get spectacular views of the Tete de Bostan, the Dents Blanches and over towards Samoens.
The height gain from the departure to the summit is 700 m, making it a great day out and away from the crowds. The classic descent route offers you various options from along the ridge (watch out for the big cornice). The steepness is a maximum of 32 degrees, the most technical part of which is through back through the forest with tired legs! The bowl faces west and north, meaning that the snow stays good long after a snowfall. There are also more technical descent variants on the south and eastern slopes, however much steeper and with many cliff bands.
Elevation gain: 700m
Orientation : N or NW
Slope angle : 30°
This is a great itinerary with no hidden challenges. It is away from the crowds and much less frequented compared to other routes of a similar grade.
Suitable for those wanting a relatively straightforward splitboard tour in the Portes du Soleil area.
Fitness Level 4/5: A good level of fitness required to enjoy this course to it's fullest
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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