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Les Crosets to Village des Chèvres for lunch and back – on foot (mostly)

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Looking down from Les Mosettes beyond the Lac Vert towards Morgins. The GR 5 hut hut is in the foreground, just in front of the Lac Vert

The weather has turned glorious at last. We have been making the most of it and going on various favourite walks (more of those on another blog), but we decide to meet up with some old friends from Heinemann days (yes – that old) and to meet in our favourite ski rdv in France, Le Cremailleure.


At the top of Les Mossettes

In order to minimise the pain (for my poor legs!) we decide to drive to Les Crosets and take the Mosettes chair up and then walk down to the Lac Vert and along the ridge and down to Goat Village. We reckon it will take about 2 hrs 30. The route is shown in this map, from Pointe des Mosettes, down to Les Lindarets, and then we will walk back up the valley to the French Mosettes lift (route here shown in green) and take the lifts back up and down the other side. A very cunning plan.


Coming up out of Les Crosets


Our early start means the Dents are towering above us in a haze as we start off, but the Lac Vert (so-called because of the algae) is iridescent and there are some pretty wildflowers too. Few walkers in our direction – the most surprising being a man with a husky carrying two panniers, like a donkey! No time for a pic as they flash by.IMG_1505IMG_1508IMG_1510IMG_1512

As soon as we cross over on to the ridge, where we join the GR 5 which runs from the Netherlands down to Monaco via our mountains, the path becomes like a motorway with oncoming traffic from Avoriaz and Chatel we assume. You can actually park in Goat Village and Les Lindarets so it’s not hard to access the mountains.


Ross looking over at the runs on the other side


On the GR 5, ridge overlooking the Abricotine run

From here we have great views over the Avoriaz ski fields (taking care not to disturb the cows who, one man warns us, are likely to charge!)  and traverse under the Chaux Fleurie lift where we are almost mown down by velos which are hurtling down my favourite red run at breakneck speeds.


Ross looking on to the Pointe de Vorlax, a favourite off-piste run


Looking over towards the runs coming over from Avoriaz down into Les Lindarets

From there it feels like a home-run to Les Cremailleure (quicker on skis to be fair) where Caroline and Martin are waiting. 2 hrs 25 mins – not bad!

After a yummy lunch and much reminiscing (they live in Les Gets part of the year and cycled here, very impressive) we set off again, this time following the stream up to the bottom of the lift for our up and over. On the way we see a woman being stretchered off, though it doesn’t seem too serious. We see that our other favourite restaurant, Ancelles, is open so we are already planning another sortie over the border.


On the path back up to Les Brochaux


And coming over back into Les Crosets

Author: vickyunwin

I am a writer and traveller. Our darling daughter Louise died on 2 March 2011, aged 21 ( and I started writing as therapy. We never know how long we have on this earth, so I live for every November 2013 I was diagnosed and operated on for a malignant soft tissue sarcoma in the calf, followed by 6.5 weeks of radiotherapy, so am embarking on a different kind of journey which you can follow here. I also have another site with my blueprint for health and well-being.

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