Freeriding, terrain parks and pistes
Freeriders will have to venture beyond the immediate slopes of Morgins to satisfy their needs. Chatel is a better option than Champoussin, and beyond that there are some good options around Pre La Joux. Heading past Champoussin toward Point de Mossette will provide easily accessible off-piste descents. Mountain guide, Guillaume Nantermod, is based in this area and amongst other activities offers off-piste free riding (tel : +41 79 431 25 58).
Morgins doesn't have a park of its own, but there are two fairly close by. Champoussin's Edge park is relatively small and can be reached in just a handful of lifts. More likely to impress is Chatel's Smooth Park, which is similarly close. The Smooth Park has it's own drag lift and a good selection of features catering for the beginner freestyler and upwards. If you're looking for gnarly, advanced features, you'll have to travel a little further; the SuperPark of Les Crosets will suit, as will the Happy Park at Pre La Joux, if it's built.
Morgins is surrounded by a wealth of intermediate slopes, blues and reds, providing plenty of choice for the piste cruiser. Heading for Chatel's slopes and beyond toward Torgon will unlock numerous wide, flat slopes, great for opening up and cranking out nice turns. Whilst Morgins and some of surrounding areas such as Champoussin and Torgon are quieter than other parts of the Portes Du Soleil, be aware that there are a lot of drag lifts servicing these slopes.
There are 3 lift pass options to choose from: the full area pass, the Evasion pass (Champoussin, Morgins, Super Châtel, Torgon and La Chapelle d'Abondance) and the CLCF pass (Champéry, Les Crosets, Champoussin and Morgins). Although Morgins isn't the most centrally positioned resort, accessing Chatel (including Linga and Pre La Joux), Torgon, Avoriaz, Les Crosets and Champoussin is all do-able. A good helping hand in this regard is the long blue run, Tovassiere that leads from Point de Mossette back to Morgins. While there are flat sections that will require some walking for a snowboarder, Point de Mossette is central between Avoriaz and Les Crosets, so this run provides a good route home if it's late in the day.
Be aware that when moving between the French and Swiss resorts you're supposed to have a passport or Id card with you. The potential customs check points being Les Mossettes, Chavanette and Chalet Neuf.
At the town level, Morgins has a small set of green slopes, Geant, which are suitable for beginners.
Once the nursery area has been outgrown, beginners can head in the direction of either Champoussin or Chatel. The return from Champoussin down into the Morgins valley is a red run, which will make the other side of the valley (toward Chatel) more appealing, where the exploration and progression can be achieved using blues.
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