Accessible trails across Europe’s most vast interlinked terrain. Between France and Switzerland, on the summits of Chablais, our waymarked trails promise all the joys of running at high altitude. So why not try it this summer?
Linked up by 23 lifts, this borderless region boasts 32 peaks exceeding elevations of 2,000 metres that can be reached on foot. So it’s only natural that the Portes du Soleil, a summer playground of unmatched dynamism, should become a hotspot for trail runners.
Trail running reinvented without borders
With its accessible trails crossing the most vast interlinked terrain in Europe, the domain of Portes du Soleil invites you to travel beyond borders as you conquer mountain pastures and the Chablais summits. Since June 2017, the 54 permanent routes have offered runners 400km of waymarked paths. With the Multi Pass card, you can choose your valley, your village of departure and level of difficulty (distance/elevation range), then slip on your trainers and off you go.
Morzine – Avoriaz trail running
The Tourist Offices of Morzine and Avoriaz propose a whole website devoted to Morzine Avoriaz trail running where you’ll find all the information you need about running in the mountains.
This includes details about specific trail runs for all levels (with route map, profile and detailed description), a brief about waymarkers used on permanent routes, multi-media overviews, excursion suggestions, a calendar of trail races taking place in the vicinity of the resort, and much more. In short, nothing has been left out.
You can also join our Morzine Trail Running Facebook group to chat with other trail runners.
Trail running in the Portes du Soleil domain
Here you’ll find all the information you need to prepare your trail run, including the complete itinerary, distance, elevation gain, etc.
A total of 54 courses and 5 variants have been identified across the entire Portes du Soleil region.
The trails cover a total of about 400km and are listed by level of difficulty, from green to black.
To date, there are:
– 18 green trails
– 13 blue trails
– 11 red trails
– 7 black trails (including 4 skyruns)
– 2 vertical kilometre sections
– 8 competition trails.
Trail running for all
Whether you’re a novice or an experienced runner, the summer lifts offer you that fresh mountain air without the huffing and puffing. The elevation range becomes feasible and a pleasure that anyone can enjoy. For less difficulty and greater enjoyment, get your Multi Pass, download the Portes du Soleil Trail Running app on your smartphone, and head for the starting line at the tourist office of one of the Portes du Soleil villages!
Simplicity of finding your way along the trail:
→ The green, blue and red trail are waymarked with signs bearing the specific Trail Running pictogram.
→ At the tourist offices you’ll find a free map of the itinerary and the Portes du Soleil domain with a close-up map of each valley.
Run safely across borders with the free Portes du Soleil Trail Running mobile app.
This allows runners to monitor their progress in real time with GPS tracking, get live weather info from the webcams, benefit from a rescue alert feature, and even export the GPS outline of the itinerary.
The application can also show you the terrain profile on a given loop as well as remarks from other runners…
Discover the Hauts-Forts Trail Run
The Hauts-Forts Trail Run is hosted jointly by the Tourist Offices of Morzine and Avoriaz. It takes you discovering the very best panoramic views of the Portes du Soleil, around the Haut-Forts summit, the highest point of the Chablais and Portes du Soleil mountains. The event features 4 runs: 3 individual races and a relay race.
– Trail des Hauts Forts 51km / 3 850m elevation gain
– Trail du Fornet 40km / 3 050m elevation gain
– Trail des Mines d’Or 23km / 1 950m elevation gain
– Le Relais des Contrebandiers: 51km relay in pairs, on the Trail des Hauts-Forts itinerary
Discover the Multi Pass
Embark on a magnificent discovery of the spectacular domain of Portes du Soleil!
Take your children for unlimited rides on the chairlifts to enjoy fabulous mountain hikes amid the most beautiful peaks and our sublime lakes and waterfalls.
The Multi Pass gives you unlimited access to the pedestrian lifts and more than 60 free activities.
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