St Jean d Aulps Snowboarding
The 17th most popular snowboarding destination in France.
Saturday 30 July 2016 06:13 GMT
East of Genevea, the St-Jean D Aulps Ski Area has 14 lifts serving 20 pistes accessing a maximum vertical drop of 950m. The lifts are located about 2.5km from this quaint town and are accessible via free shuttle bus.
The tree lined St-Jean D Aulps Ski Area is known to be pretty quiet and family oriented.
The St-Jean D Aulps Ski Area, known as Espace Roc dEnfer, is divided into two sectors: Secteur Saint-Jean dAulps and Secteur La Chevrerie. There is no terrain park in either sector.
If you are looking for some freeriding, there are two ungrommed open areas for off-piste riding at Combe de Graydon and Col de Graydon.
Make sure to try the 20km Roc D Enfer Circuit starting from the Col de Graydon.
The St-Jean d Aulps Ski Area is part of the Portes du Soleil ski domain, although not interconnected. The Portes du Soleil ski domain is one of the largest in the world linking 14 villages on both sides of the Swiss-French border southeast Geneva. The very family-friendly Portes du Soleil encompasses 206 lifts serving 283 pistes totalling 650km over 400 hectares of terrain. The pistes are classified as 41 green, 104 blue, 110 red and 28 black. From a snowboarders perspective, the classifications at Portes du Soleil can be translated as green means walking, blue means occasional walking, red means intermediate and black means difficult. In addition to the groomed pistes, there is plenty of off-piste terrain to explore under craggy peaks and down steep couloirs. Keep in mind that there are plenty of t-bars and Poma platter lifts spread throughout the region, along with flat or rolling traverses between ski areas. Overall, you are not going to find many snowboarders here, maybe 15%, except up at Avoriaz. By the way, Avoriaz makes for a great central and high elevation base to explore the entire Portes du Soleil region and it has exceptional terrain in every direction. Since the region tends to be lower in elevation, snow depth can be a problem throughout. If the quoted minimum depth is less than 60cm (24 inches), the off-piste routes are pretty sketchy to explore and you will be stuck on the icy groomed pistes. There can be some inconsistencies in published snow reports, such as centimeters reported as inches, so make sure to check several snow report sources before coming.
Overall, St Jean d Aulps is the 17th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 47 snowboarding resorts in France. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby St Jean d Aulps including Morzine, Champery, Avoriaz, Chatel, La Chapelle d Abondance and Abondance.