This is a fine walk which follows some of the Nordic ski-ing trails (7 and 8).  It takes about 2-3 hours and gives you a good way to explore the Seraussaix alpage while avoiding most of the mountain bikers and getting more peace and quiet than if, for example, you wander around Lindarets.

 

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The ideal place to start is the top of the Super Morzine lift, nice and easy if you are taking the lift from Morzine.  If driving, go up the Avoriaz switchbacks and park at the bottom of the Zore chairlift (take a left hand access point just before Maisons de Zore).  The benefit of starting/ending here is you can grab a meal after at one of the mountain restaurants.  We think Le Passage is the best…

There is a large map of the ski-de-fond area at Zore, or you can use the winter guide, or just follow the Nordic arrows which are easily visible throughout.  Take the low track round to the back of the Super Morzine bubble, it leads under the Le Passage restaurant and slowly climbs, signposted ‘Crete de Super-Morzine’.  There are a few paths down to Morzine and Montriond here, but keep on a slow ascent and it becomes a very quiet trail.  Effectively you are above the steep cliffs dropping off to Lake Montriond.   This area is a nature reserve for Chamois, though I can’t claim to have seen one.  Plenty of evidence of wild boar though.

 

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The highest part of the climb is the Col de la Croix des Combes.

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Here there is a wide open meadow full of orchids and butterflys.

Its pretty marshy though so be prepared for wet feet as you cross it.  From the large cross, you can decide to carry on round the loop, or go all the way up to Avoriaz, or descend across the Joux Verte to Les Lindarets and visit the goats.

 

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The track now meet the ridge at the top of the Zore chairlift.   There are great viewpoints here, and also Les Cretes restaurant which is excellent and often has a band playing.  The route down, again following the Nordic arrows, follows the Blue piste track until it meets the Avoriaz road at the Ferme de Serraussaix.  At this point you want to go through the tunnel and then turn right as the track bends round to the right and parallels the underside of the road.  It can get pretty muddy if the cattle are grazing so be prepared to stay on the road if it is wet.  After a mile the return track to Super-Morzine is visible on the right, but be careful as some of the track is used by bikers.

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Strava: http://www.strava.com/activities/164810168