The 27th most popular snowboarding destination in Switzerland.
Monday 1 August 2016 06:13 GMT
East of Geneva, the Torgon Ski Area has 11 lifts serving 21 pistes totaling 35km. The lifts reach a maximum elevation of 1,980m and provide a vertical drop of 640m. Of the eleven lifts, 8 are drag lifts. By far, most of the runs are intermediate and only 10% are difficult. Between the intermediate runs and the prevalence of drag lifts, this may not be a great place for beginning boarders.
For a nice descent, try the easily accessed run under the Grand Places chair.
If you are looking for freeriding, there is an ungrommed freeride area under the Tronchey chairlift. This steep, treelined run has some narrow sections and descends down to a main run leading back to the lift for easy laps.
On powder days, head up the Tronchey chair lift and cruise back down through the steep powder.
Note: it is not easy to explore the rest of Portes du Soliel from the Torgon Ski Area. It takes about two hours just to reach Avoriaz.
The Torgon Ski Area is part of the Portes du Soleil ski domain. 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.
Note: If you plan to head to Torgon for snowboarding by train, here are two great options offered by the Swiss train system SBB. First, there is the discounted Swiss Transfer Ticket which provides a round-trip train ticket from an airport directly to the town near the ski area, plus 50% off any additional train or bus tickets. Second, there is the Snow-N-Rail ticket which provides a round-trip ticket from anywhere in Switzerland combines with a ski lift pass for as long as you need at a total 20% discount (see: http://www.sbb.ch/snownrail ).
Overall, Torgon is the 27th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 80 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Torgon including Morzine, Champery, Avoriaz, Chatel, La Chapelle d Abondance and Abondance.