Col de la Joux Verte

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Joux: Mountain Forest

A super scenic climb in the Porte de Soleil ski region (largest connected ski area in the world) that starts at Morzine ski-station.  I climbed the South route to the Col and onto Avoriaz a couple of years back during a heat wave and had descended today’s north route and knew it was nice.  Not too hard but 3 or 4 tough kilometres.  Early in the ride is a beautiful Alpine lake.

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 Its a beautiful narrow valley with more tree cover than usual for this sort of ride.  About half way up the hairpins start in earnest.  2/3’s of the way up are a few restaurants and tourist stores in goat town —- dozens roam freely.  Bizarre.  I was working hard as a few guys were not too far behind me had my highest average heart rate of the year …. but I lost them after goat town. 

 

Col de la Joux Verte  

After some great hairpins, the Col is less than a kilometre short of Avoriaz Ski station, so I continued on but is a ghost town in the off-season.

Col de la Joux Verte  

 

 Col de la Joux Verte

 I needed to climb a bit more to get over 1,000 metres and on the descent I saw some of-road mountain bikers (a gaggle of english) and joined them for a bumpy and steep detour.  Lotsof nice waterfalls as still lots of snow up top.  Great ride.

  

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