Walking in a cyclist's paradise


Les Crosets: Les Mossettes

Les Crosets: Les Mossettes

Les Crosets: Le mur de Chavanette - Portes du Soleil

Les Crosets: Le mur de Chavanette - Portes du Soleil

Portes du Soleil: the name stands for cross-border, unbounded skiing fun. 14 skiing areas - 8 of them in France and 6 in Switzerland - with over 200 lifts and cable-/railways combine to make the largest single skiing area in the world. In summer things are much quieter here, but even in the warmer months there is spectacular sport. Word has spread in the biking community about the massive bike park with its many downhill slopes and tricky tracks, and it is becoming very popular. Nevertheless, there is room for walkers too. The paths are mostly strictly separated from the biking trails, so you can enjoy the views from the mountain paths without interruption.

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Technical information

Begin of tour: Top station of the Champéry - Croix de Culet cableway
End of tour: Top station of the La Foilleuse - Morgins chairlift
Access starting point: Cableway from Champéry station
Access point of arrival: Chairlift to Morgins. From there, buses to Troistorrents
Technical requirements: Medium difficulty
Physical fitness: Easy
Total altitude meters: Approx. 460 m
Hiking time: 3 hrs. 40 min.
Season: June to October
Gastronomy: Croix de Culet, Gîte Chaupalin, La Foilleuse
Overnight: Champéry, Morgins
Various: Mountain panorama, bike park
Literature: www.karten-shop.ch


Croix de Culet - Gîte Chaupalin - Portes du Soleil - Pointe de l'Au - Pertuis Chetrain - La Foilleuse

The station at Troistorrents in the Val d'Illiez is the ideal starting point for the tour. From there, you go by train to Champéry and then by cable-car up to the Croix de Culet. A wonderful mountain path leads first into a hollow, then past the Gîte Chaupalin and up on the other side to the Portes du Soleil. The climb up to the Pointe de l'Au follows the ridge, before a steep and difficult path leads down on to a wider track. Then a mountain path with wonderful views leads gently up and down to La Foilleuse. You take the chair-lift back down to Morgins, and from there buses go back to Troistorrents quite regularly.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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