Morgins – La Foilleuse trail
Going up to la Foilleuse
If the idea of an uphill sprint on skis by moonlight sounds like fun, then the Foilleuse Vertical is for you! With a 525-metre elevation gain over just 2.66 km, this ski touring ascent appeals to beginners, amateurs and die-hard ‘skinners’ training for the iconic Patrouille des Glaciers race. But what really sets the Montée de la Foilleuse apart from other ski touring sufferfests is the convivial atmosphere that reigns supreme on this well-travelled slope. Even the hardest-training skiers are here for the fun of it, as you’ll see at the top where the term ‘après-ski’ takes on a whole new meaning. This year, the Là Ô restaurant welcomes skiers every Friday night with a special menu.
Last slope 9h30 PM
Rando Park – the Original
Nothing beats the feeling of earning your turns! In December 2016, Morgins announced the creation of the very first ski touring park in Valais. The first, and arguably the best of its kind, Touring Tracks Rando Park in Morgins offers a unique approach to ski touring. Seven marked trails of varying difficulty provide a safe training ground for skiers of all levels and ensure better cohabitation between alpine skiers and ski tourers. The Rando Park’s purpose is to encourage the practice of this fun and challenging sport in a way that respects the environment and our fellow winter-sports lovers.
Last winter, local SkiMo champion Yannick Ecoeur added new trails to the existing itineraries. This constant drive for improvement means that the park’s most frequent users won’t feel like they’re skiing a rut and keeps Morgins on the forefront of ski-touring destinations.
Three blue trails, three red trails and one black trail offer routes ranging from 35 minutes to 2 ½ hours with an average altitude gain of 600 m. For more info, check out the map and information billboard at the departure point or swing by one of the local tourist offices for a handy, pocket-sized trail map.
Unique offer – The Rando Parc Challenge
Winter 2020 is a ‘Patrouille Year’, which means that the Alps will be swarming with Lycra-clad athletic junkies on skinny skis, training for one of the world’s most iconic SkiMo races. Morgins and Région Dents du Midi fully intend to head up the vanguard of ski mountaineering activities. This year, rando park users can download a mobile app for timing their individual performance on trails which can be visualized in a live-timing general ranking on each of the trails. Additionally, thanks to GPS tracking on an interactive map, even skiers out on their own will be safer. A sign at the Rando Parc entrance provides all the information you’ll need to start your own Rando Park Challenge!
2019-2020 season races
- Friday, December 27th, 2019 – Timed climb to la Foilleuse – 7 PM in Morgins
- Saturday, January 11th, 2020 – Morgins Yannick Ecoeur Trophy – 9 AM in Morgins
- Friday, January 31st, 2020 – Ski Alpi Champéry – 7 PM in Champéry