Morzine Source Magazine Issue 10 - Winter 17/18

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welcome the 10th issue of Morzine Source Magazine. The difference between success and failure is a great team. I’m not sure which catchy motivational statements Team GB are using amongst their winter sports athletes ahead of this Olympic winter, but they’re certainly working. Never before have we had so many opportunities to bring back goods of the bronze, silver and gold variety. As Team GB Park and Pipe head coach Pat Sharples explains in this issue, “I feel like our athletes are my extended family”. Can it really be four years since the Sochi games? Four years since we started asking each other ‘Where were you when Jenny Jones won Britain’s first ever Olympic medal on snow?’ Four years since Ed Leigh, Tim Warwood and Aimee Fuller lost their minds in the commentary box, live on the BBC. Our interview with Ed in

this issue puts the passion behind live Olympic snowsports commentary into context and it’s fascinating stuff.

most inconvenient of truths. We’re sure the eco messages running throughout this issue will help to convince you.

Just because it’s an Olympic winter, it doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of news and new things to share with you from across Morzine, Les Gets, Avoriaz and Les Portes du Soleil. Those entrepreneurs amongst us should definitely head for page 68 for details of the valley’s new networking group, The Alpine Collective. We’ve also included a series of ‘How I Got Here’ features, profiling the locals you need to hear from this winter.

Of course this issue wouldn’t be possible without my own incredible yet tiny team. We’re a small resort magazine, published independently and supported by our advertisers. But I feel we’re punching way above our weight when it comes to the standard of content in this issue and I hope you agree.

On the subject of teams, Source has joined forces with Protect Our Winters UK in this issue. Whilst it’s true that winter holidays damage the environment, there are so many things we can all do to counterbalance this


Our social channels and our website are always brimming with the latest resort news, events and info, so make sure you’re following us this winter. And if you’ve any feedback to share, I’d love to hear from you. Amie Henderson – Publisher


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Contents The Big Source Visitor Survey .......................................................8 What’s New? ................................................................................. 10 Ed Leigh ........................................................................................ 18 #Trending - Ski Hardware.......................................................... 24 Charlie Guest................................................................................28 Inside the mind of an Olympian .................................................. 34 #Trending - Snowboard Hardware ............................................36 James Woods.................................................................................40 How I Got Here - Christophe Mugnier ........................................48 Jon Moy .........................................................................................50 How I Got Here - Reuben Shaul................................................... 54 The Snow-Camp Alpine Challenge.............................................. 56 Millie Knight ................................................................................ 58 #Trending - Kids......................................................................... 62 The 2018 Source Awards for Excellence......................................66 The Alpine Collective ...................................................................68 The Source Accommodation Directory.......................................69 Hot Property................................................................................. 74 #Trending - Interiors.................................................................. 82 Apres Ski Adventuring ................................................................. 84 #Trending - Tech ........................................................................88 Everything is Possible - Learning to Ski .................................... 90 How I Got Here - Pat Sharples .....................................................92 The Brands Saving Winter ........................................................... 94 #Trending - Travel....................................................................100 #Trending - Clothing ................................................................ 102 PyeongChang 2018 - An Environmental Win or Fail? .............. 106 How I Got Here - Mountain E-Park............................................110 An Unlikely Adventure ................................................................ 112 First Steps to Ski Touring ........................................................... 116 The Changing Role of the Chalet Chef........................................ 118 The Ultimate Guide to Summer ..................................................122 Hello Santa Cruz ........................................................................ 126 Competition - Win a Summer Holiday! ..................................... 128

Contributors Chloe Hardy

Helena McClintock

Samuel McMahon

Michael Henderson

Nicola Iseard

Mark Mckellar

Claire Garber

Paddy Morris

Arnie Wilson

Sara Burdon

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our first Big Source Visitor Survey and Last winter 3500 of you took the time to complete ions. We shared your feedback with local we discovered a load of new trends, ideas and opin er we’re back for round two. business owners and tourism officials and this wint feedback – both positive and negative The Big Source Survey is your chance to give us your Avoriaz or the surrounding valley. – during or after your holiday in Morzine, Les Gets, WHO’S THE SURV EY FOR? az this winter season, It’s for anyone that visits Morzine, Les Gets or Avori whatever your reason for being here. WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO?, which should Complete a short survey on our website (morzineso complete the questionnaire via email, then take you no longer than five minutes. If you’d rather m and we’ll forward the survey to you. send a message to info@morzinesourcemagazi WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE RESU LTS? , all of whom care very much about your We’ll share them with a collection of local businesses Offices de Tourisme in the area, with the the with them experiences in our valley. We’ll also share aim of addressing all the points raised in the survey. WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME? your email address into our competition When you complete the survey we’ll automatically enter ghout the winter season. throu to win a collection of really great prizes






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MORZINE? Express Morzine-Avoriaz 2020

A New Resort Logo!

Or EMA as the project is also known, is a new supersized €35 million lift development set to link the very centre of Morzine with Avoriaz via the existing Prodains Express gondola lift in less than 20 minutes. The proposed development also includes a tunnel beneath the village to connect EMA with Pleney. Officials at the town hall have proposed and supported the project and remain committed to creating a direct link between the neighbouring resorts. EMA is also part of a 10-year plan that includes piste and lift developments on the Super Morzine sector of the ski area.

You’ll no doubt spot the new Morzine-Avoriaz resort ‘crest’ across the area this winter. Drawing inspiration from both the 1930s and 1970s, the concept is to establish Morzine-Avoriaz as an authentic, heritage brand, which stands the trends and tests of time.



Electric Charging Points Hotel Le Dahu was one of the very first buildings on the sunny side of Morzine’s valley and the pioneering spirit of its owners continues. The hotel has installed Morzine’s first electric car charging stations (three Tesla and two universal chargers) and they now have their very own electric car available for guests to rent during the season. Charging stations are offered to guests on a complimentary basis each evening. Additionally, guests travelling to Le Dahu this winter also automatically quality for a 20% reduction on their room rate when they arrive in a 100% electric powdered vehicle. Just enter the code ECOLODGE20 into the hotel’s website when you book to receive your discount.

However, as with all huge construction projects, progress is not quick. The proposed EMA route necessitates the The aim being to replace and reinforce the snow making support of ahungry” number of local networks with less “energy machines throughout the landowners and other Morzine/Pléney/Nyon area in order to standardize a theconsensus network stakeholders. Finding for the plan isn’t easy and to make grooming easier using less engines in a more andmanner. raises a number of environmental questions. We controlled will of course keep you updated on all developments at In 2017, the production capacity was doubled. The domain operator aims to continue optimising production. The Pléney lift company is this year investing no less than 700,000€ in its snow making network (800,000€ last year).

Through landscaping efforts and improvements on the beginner’s area at the top of the Pléney cablecar, and the addition of snow cannons allowing the safe practice of skiing for beginners throughout the winter.

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Lift companies continue their effort to foster an investment dynamic, allowing for better flow, safety and fun on the slopes for all skiers.

NEW This winter the snow making factory will be open to the #lovemorzine public, with guided tours throughout the season.

The property market across our valley is truly booming right now, unhalted by any Brexit or exchange rate uncertainty. Amongst many exciting property developments currently under construction, Chalet Joux Plane sets a new standard, the likes of which we’ve never seen before in our valley. Nestled into the hillside with views across Morzine, the chalet features a 22-metre outdoor-indoor-outdoor swimming pool, an expansive private spa, floating dining room, party area, indoor swings, glass floors, staircases and an atrium in addition to a private art gallery. With interior architecture exclusively designed by Shep&Kyles, all Chalet Joux Plane has to offer can be yours, for a week’s holiday at least. Contact The Boutique Chalet Company for further details - PR E S S P AC K W IN T ER 1 7 - 1 8

There’s a new team of park shapers in town including specialised building technicians and experienced shapers and groomers. They’ve got their sights firmly set on the Nyon Plateau, which will feature one huge snow park this season. You’ll find two whoops, four kickers and a boardercross course as well as a dedicated beginner's area too.

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In order to meet this clientele’s expectations the Pléney Lift team now includes specialised technicians, shaper


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The Proclou beginner’s area between Morzine and Avoriaz has extra snowmaking capabilities this winter to ensure the connections between the two resorts stay skiable all winter. You’ll also find that the Proclou itself has been widened and redesigned in certain areas to avoid congestion and to make life easier for beginners.

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Never shy to spend money on the winter season, Morzine’s Pleney Lift Company has spent €700,000 on its snow making network ahead of this winter season, following an €800,000 investment last winter. Snow making on Pleney and Nyon sectors now relies on a more efficient, less energy-sapping system of machinery, which makes grooming easier and better conserves snow coverage. Landscaping improvements on the beginner’s area at the top of the Pleney Express should also guarantee snow coverage throughout the winter.


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LES GETS? Le Clos Saint-Jean

The New Ranfoilly Lift

Julie and her family are Les Gets natives and not content with running their own ski rental business and busy estate agency, they’ve developed a stunning new holiday chalet in the very heart of Les Gets for this winter season. Spanning a staggering 500m 2 and accommodating up to 14 people, Le Clos Saint-Jean is just opposite the Perriers piste, offering quick and easy access into Les Portes du Soleil. Built in a traditional mountain lodge style but with beautiful modern interiors, there’s seven bedrooms over three floors in addition to a gym and fitness room, games room and cinmea, sauna and hammam. For more details head to

A staggering €9.5 million has been spent replacing the old, rickety Ranfoilly chairlift for this winter season. The original 4-man chair was built in 1986 and its replacement, a 6-man ‘express’ is capable of carrying 3300 skiers per hour at a speed of 6metres per second! New loading and unloading sections at the top and bottom also make life easier, especially for intermediate skiers and snowboarders, whilst at the top you’ll find an extension to the top section of the existing piste, making the run much more fun for novices. Don’t miss the new automatic selfie spot at the top of the lift, conveniently placed directly in front of those stunning Mont Blanc views.

Timed Parallel Slalom on Mont Chery The Teleporter Meanwhile, the installation of the much-talked-about ‘teleporter’ link between Les Chavannes on one side of the valley and Mont Chery mid-station on the other is still very much up in the air. Whilst the new link would make it easier for skiers and snowboarders to explore the incredible terrain on Mont Chery, the infrastructure required to build the new lift certainly divides opinion. Suspended 50 metres above the rooftops of the village, the environmental impact will be huge.



Perfect for accomplished skiers and those with competitive kids, on the hidden paradise of Mont Chery you’ll find a parallel slalom course. Go head-to-head and battle it out for the title of ‘fastest skier’ on the timed race course. Bragging rights come with every win!

Mini-Boarder Videopark Come winter or summer, Les Gets loves a videopark. This winter, the mini boardercross area on Les Chavannes saves you the stress of trying to film your child on skis, keeping them in shot and in focus. Simply scan your (or your child’s) lift pass at the top of the course and the #loveavoriaz

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Kinabalu Development Begins Just as work ends on their expansive Annapurna development in Les Gets, luxury property developer Alpine Lodges commence their new Kinabalu development on an adjacent site, right in the centre of the village. With the pistes and lifts of Mont Chery just a stones-throw from Kinabalu, properties vary in size between 1-bed apartments and 6-bed penthouses with a starting price of €350,000. The development will also include a private spa, wine bar and restaurant while the services of Alpine Lodges’ own interior design team are also available to plan personalised interiors. For more details head to +33 (0)4 50 79 51 37

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AVORIAZ? Two New Super Chalets

Lil’Stash Gets Bigger. Again.

Holiday rental agency Avoriaz Holidays have entirely refurbished and massively extended two of their most prestigious properties in the resort. Chalet Alaya was already the largest and most exclusive stand-alone property in Avoriaz, yet its size has increased from 250sqm to 340sqm following a recent refurbishment. Facilities now include designer furnishings, an open fireplace, cinema room and flexible bedrooms. At the same time Chalet Toscana has also increased in size and now includes beautiful interiors and stunning views. Find out more at

Not content with the modifications and additions made for last winter season, Shreddie’s helpers have been busy once again. In the Lil’Stash you’ll now find a suspended cabin in the trees with platforms connected by suspension bridges in the forest. It’s pretty impressive. There’s also a new set of oversized picnic tables for kids (OK, and adults…) to practice their tricks (no, they’re not for your lunch stop) and there’s been a fair chunk of landscaping to help with snow coverage throughout the season.

Happy 10th Birthday Burton Stash In 2004 a group of local park shapers and riders had the idea to create a ‘freeride in the forest’ above Lindarets. Using only wood found on the site to make modules and features, that summer ‘Biotop’ was born. Around the same time, many thousands of kilometres away, Jake Burton of Burton Snowboards fame had a similar idea in Northstar, California. Burton’s Stash was born out of an absence of sliding structures for ‘senior’ riders to enjoy with their kids. Biotop became The Stash in 2007 and since then it hasn’t stopped evolving. Head to for all the details. #lovemorzine


€100m Investment As part of the Express Morzine-Avoriaz 2020 project, Avoriaz gets a whopping €100million facelift over the next five years. Aimed at strengthening the resorts attractiveness, existing buildings will be refurbished, new #loveavoriaz

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lifts and pistes will be created and snowmaking facilities across the area will be improved and extended. A further €150 million will be spent on creating an additional 1000 beds for Club Med and Pierre & Vacances in les Portes du Soleil’s highest ski resort.

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As you’ll discover on page 110, electric snowmobiling is now a big deal in Les Portes du Soleil. The team behind Mountain E-Park in Les Gets are this winter opening a new site in Avoriaz to share their passion for the environment, working with kids and all things motor sports. Electric snowmobiles are a great way for kids to experience the fun of snowmobiles in a safe, environmentally friendly way that’s much quieter than their fuel-powered alternatives.

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Sensapark comes to Les Prodains Les Prodains has really come to life in recent years. The new beginners piste and drag lift will this winter be complimented by Sensapark, a fun new area for families with children of all ages. Archery Tag is just one of the fun activities available and involves shooting foam arrows at one another in a quest to knock over a target in the middle of the arena. Laser Tag takes the classic game to a whole new level within the forest, either during the day or at night under the floodlights. You can play laser tag in teams of six to ten using the latest infra-red laser tag technology, which has a range of up to 150m. Source predicts this will become the hottest après ticket this winter! /MorzineSourceMagazine



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PORTES DU SOLEIL? Rock the Pistes 8th Edition Since its conception in 2011, Rock the Pistes has marked the official start to springtime in les Portes du Soleil. Since then we’ve enjoyed Klaxons, Rag’N Bone Man, Babyshambles, Lee Scratch Perry and many more great French and international acts on pop-up piste-side stages across the ski area. All events take place during the day and are free to attend – all you need is your lift pass! This winter Rock the Pistes takes place between 18th and 24th March and although the line-up hasn’t been confirmed as this issue of Source Magazine goes to print, we have heard rumors of the headline acts and they’re enormous. Keep your eyes on the Source website for lineup announcements very soon.

has now formed to solve the problem and construction of a new Foilleuse lift has taken place ahead of this winter season. Foilleuse is a key lift as it forms a vital link between Chatel on the French side of Les Portes du Soleil and Champoussin on the Swiss side, making ‘Le Tour’ possible. Portes du Soleil Suisse have promised the coordinated development of investments and the concerted exploration of the ski areas in years to come.

France’s first Snowfactory in Chatel Italian company TechnoAlpin are revolutionising the way ski resorts manufacture snow and Chatel is leading the charge. Those traditional snow cannons that you’ll spot across les Portes du Soleil require the air temperature to be -2°C or lower to produce artificial snow. Whilst temperatures are usually cold enough mid-season, things get tricky at the beginning and end of each winter. TechnoAlpin’s Snowfactory can make snow regardless of air temperature, operating at up to 32°C. Snowfactory produces snow inside a temperatureregulated sea container, which has been modified to include refrigerated cylinders. Despite the eye watering costs involved (around €390,000 per container versus around €30,000 for a traditional snow cannon) Snowfactory uses less water and there’s no complicated building work required during installation. The snowmaking system is delivered ready for operation and can produce snow around the clock. Look out for Snowfactory as you ski into Chatel this winter!

Interconnectivity is Saved! Nowhere else on earth will you find 12 different ski resorts connected to offer skiers and snowboarders one enormous playground of pistes to explore. Yet the very essence of Les Portes du Soleil came into question last summer, when the Foilleuse lift in Morgins was deemed unsafe to operate. The local lift operating company didn’t have the funds to repair or replace the lift, consequently it didn’t open for the summer season. An entirely new lift operating company named Portes du Soleil Suisse #lovemorzine





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It’s hard to think of many more recognisable faces in British snowboarding than Ed Leigh, probably because over the last twenty or so years he seems to have been everywhere and done almost everything. From star ting out as a seasonnaire in Val d’Isere in the 90s, he’s progressed to being a sponsored rider, MCing events, editing magazines, writing, filmmaking, winning air guitar championships and presenting Ski Sunday to commentating on perhaps snowboarding’s biggest stage: the Winter Olympics.




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If you’re still not sure who he is, think back to the last five-ringed circus in Sochi and Jenny Jones’ bronze medal. Out of the three people in the commentary booth, Ed was the seasoned veteran to partner Tim Warwood and Team GB rider Aimee Fuller. As it dawned on them that their friend of many years might just take home Britain’s first ever medal on snow, they lost the plot, whooping, hollering and eventually breaking down and crying. It was a moment denounced by the Daily Mail as ‘puerile’, though for many, like me, it showed the passion and heart behind what was - in theory at least - an unlikely victory. It wasn’t even Ed’s first time taking some heat at an Olympics. In 2006 he ended up in mildly hot water for screaming “DRAMA! Jacobelis is down!” at the world number one as she threw away a sure thing for a gold in the women’s boardercross - so with Pyeongchang 2018 looming large, I asked him if there’ll be any changes in approach to his turn in the booth this time round. “I learnt more in four days about the profession I’m in than I have in twenty years… up to that point I’d thought ‘Keep your nose clean, do a good job, people will notice and you’ll get promoted.’ Absolute horseshit. That was a slow news week and the controversy led the sports news for quite a while - I had no work booked on the Sunday morning (when the women's’ slopestyle went out), by the Thursday I was booked up for the whole year.” Not that he’d attempt a deliberate stunt, lest you think the worst. Part of what makes Leigh a great commentator is how indelible the heart he wears on his sleeve is. If anything, his job seems to consist of him holding back the tide of enthusiasm within, such is the depth of his gusto for all things action sports, mainly snowboarding, but encompassing skateboarding, mountain biking and surfing, as well as a host of niche sports he covers working for Red Bull TV like parkour, freediving and motocross.

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As far as Sochi goes, he admits it was a slip up he’s still embarrassed by now, but he describes how he and Warwood doubled down their efforts for the rest of the games. “I want to do snowboarding proud first and make people understand that it isn’t curling and it isn’t speed skating, this is part of our culture: the humour, the fun, not taking it too seriously. But you don’t want to go out there and make a scene for the sake of it. That would be really embarrassing.” The pinnacle was arguably the men’s snowboard halfpipe finals, complete with all the drama and spectacle you could wish for and ending in a job more than well done for the men on the mic. With his years of Ski Sunday experience he’s now established as the ‘straighter’ half of the Beeb’s coverage, with Warwood magnifying the entertainment. It’s a role he’s very comfortable sharing with his old friend. Now ‘the snowboarders’ have been given a bit more trust on the world stage, he actually can have a co-pilot who knows what he’s commentating on. Not to mention he’s good for a laugh. “For me it’s like sitting in a pub without beer, watching your favourite sport. [ In Sochi] Tim would come up with these one liners time and time again - there were so many times in that commentary box where I just had my finger on the cough button, doubled-over crying with laughter!” You don’t get to sit in that seat without getting a few insider tips on who to place a few quid on for the 2018 Olympics, so who are Ed’s top picks for GB medal hopes this time round? Obviously, he started with the snowboarders. “I think Billy [ Morgan]. His ability level is so high, I think with a quad (a jump with four inverts and five complete rotations) and a front triple fourteen (three inverts and four rotations, spun the other way and finishing without being able to see the landing) he’s got a real shot at the big air.” “[ Katie] Ormerod is a machine... it’s only ever [ Jamie] Anderson (USA) that’s shown the level of consistency that Katie’s got. Some people think she’s quiet, but she’s just cast iron confident. But without question, the biggest hope is Woodsy. His entire life has been built around this moment. He’s got the personality, the drive, the repertoire and the experience to do it, and if he’s fit, he’s a definite medal for me.” But enough about the Olympics - there’s far more to a career that sees Leigh constantly jetting round the world than one expensive fortnight every four years.




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What about the commentating for the Freeride World Tour? Documenting adventures for Whitelines and Transworld? Ski Sunday? In fact, what’s been the best gig yet? “It’d be my role with Red Bull for the last two years as their live anchor. I get to go to some of the best events in the world and I get the same adrenaline rush in the last five minutes before you go on air that you would if you were riding, surfing, skating... whatever. It’s the same ‘Oh wow, we’re really doing this!’ and you have to know what you’re doing and believe in yourself. It’s the art of self-control and self-belief, and I love it. I get really addicted to it.” And there you have it; we’re back to the seasonnaire thrillseeker once again, always after a new challenge to conquer with a cheeky side serving of endorphins. I was lucky enough to go under Ed’s wing on a multi-day backcountry mission a couple of years ago and it was evident to me from the off how his obsession for finding the perfect adventure is only equalled by the joy he gets from sharing the tales of it after. That is, until the next project or idea comes along, then he’s off again. From blagging trips as the tea-boy-made-editor-after-six-months at Whitelines, to planning stories for Ski Sunday via ‘testing’ resorts for The World Snowboard Guide, of course there have been a fair few adventures and enough stories to fill this whole magazine but which of them has been the best? What follows next is a lot of groaning and allusions to being frogmarched on Russian platforms at gunpoint, getting held hostage by small town Mongolian mayors and mastering heliboarding in Alaska on his sixth attempt, but eventually one rises to the top: “The one that stands out, as one of those fairytale trips was in March… 2003? Matt Barr (another ex-Whitelines editor) said he’d heard about this resort in Spain, Baqueira Beret, and that we should do a trip. We had a night in Barcelona going nuts whilst the storm was doing its business, then we drove up the next day in the midst of the storm. It was so bad it tore all the snowboards and the roof racks off the car on the fast lane of the motorway up there. We went over a pass where the snow was over the bonnet and eventually got to this little town. We went up and rode - there was no one. It was all blue and green runs in between this insane terrain. There was a chair lift up this ridgeline and the poles were numbered so you’d sit on the chair looking down at all the lines. Then we’re like ‘we’ll turn round the bottom of pole 34, then it’s smash the windlip and off the cliff ’, for days!” The whole time telling these tales he’s grinning like a Cheshire cat who’d got the cream, stolen it, got busted and then talked his way into selling the cream back to the dairy. It’s infectious - you can’t help but smile along because he’s clearly so into everything we discuss. It’s no wonder he makes a great anchor, being so open with your audience gives you that instant hook and connection.


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his obsession for finding the perfect adventure is only equalled by the joy he gets from sharing the tales of it after

Given his candidness, those who know him will wonder how he hasn’t ended up splashed across the tabloids for some of his past antics. Like most snowboarders, he’s had his share of down days and summers with fewer places to vent his energy than a ski resort can offer. “I’ve certainly calmed down from the earlier days, and I’m SO lucky that so many of my indiscretions snuck in just before social media and camera phones - there’s no digital footage out there!” “The thing is, a lot of them look quite sanitary on the surface: three


time UK air guitar champion - it looks like a lot of fun! It’s not until you tell people it was whilst dressed as Satan Whoppercock jumping out of a nine foot penis into a spunking fire extinguisher that people start to look twice!” There can’t be many better end quotes to an interview than that, but to try and avoid any Sochi-like aftertaste, I went for one more: what does he think of our small mountain town? “I’ve ridden in Morzine so many times and for me, I was always really impressed with how tight but laid back the Morzine scene was, it’s


grown organically with a massive cosmopolitan community. You don’t have those divides that you find in so many other towns - it actually has grown up as a truly multi-cultural mountain town.” It’s indicative of what Ed Leigh is all about. ‘Puerile’ is a perfectly accurate description, but so is ‘thoughtful’. ‘Loudmouth’ rings as true as ‘loveable’, which probably explains his almost universal appeal. If anyone with that much drive and zeal is given the chance to follow his passions, good things are bound to happen for everyone.



We love kit, gadgets and other snow related stuff here at Source Magazine. So much so that we’ve dedicated several pages in this issue to our #Trending gear guide. First up, who better to round up the very best ski hardwear on the mountain and in the shops this winter than Fall-Line Skiing Magazine’s Editor Nicola Iseard.

- ski hardware The North Face Modulator ABS

RRP €750.00 Companies have been scrabbling for ways of making avalanche packs more accessible since the idea was first launched. Given the life-saving tech onboard, avi packs, compared with regular packs, are typically a good deal heavier and vastly more expensive – but The North Face have decided that in fact their most limiting factor is that they restrict the user to a single pack. Some lateral thinking has allowed The North Face to approach the problem by externalising the ABS module so that it can be affixed to your favourite ski pack. Still a little pricey, but for the versatility it offers and the ability to share it between your own, or friends/family packs, a pretty good deal all round. Very clever.

Salomon X Max 120

RRP €420.00 Let's not beat around the bush. It doesn't matter if your boots are super-light, ultra stiff etc., with all the shiny bells and whistles, if you're not comfortable wearing them for a whole day. Enter the X Max 120. Salomon's latest iteration of their renowned X Max series incorporates a 360° custom shell fit and boot-fitters’ favourite 3D custom fit racer liner, which means that, with heat moulding, the 98mm last can expand all the way up to 104mm – which basically means, from Cinderella to... Shrek. Other things we like? The progressive flex, which reminds us of what you find in the highest performing boots, but toned down to an all-mountain 120 flex. It also has replaceable toes and heels for when they become worn from walking around town – and you will wear these boots around town, they're that comfy. Available in both men’s and women's versions, skiers looking for a slightly more forgiving flex should



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By Amie Henderson

“I know I’m going to win a medal one day” 23-year-old Charlie tells me when we meet one scorching August morning. And fair play to her. Currently ranked as Team GB’s No.2 slalom ski racer, Charlie already has the qualification points she needs for a place in our Olympic squad.




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Like so many Scottish children, Charlie’s first taste of snow was in the Highlands, aged three, braving those icy winds. “My Grandparents lived in Aviemore, we’d visit at the weekends and the Cairngorms were literally in our back garden!” Charlie explains. “My dad popped me on a pair of skis and pushed me down a golf course. I was hooked!” After years spent training with the Scottish Ski Club, Charlie’s ski skills were so impressive that she won a bursary, aged 11, to join the British Ski Academy in Les Houches. “It’s here that I fell in love with the sport,” Charlie tells me. “Scotland had some really great winters in the years that followed, I was able to progress quickly and really grow with the sport.” Success came at the Trofeu Boruffa Championships in Andorra in 2008, where Charlie’s winning run was rewarded with Chupa Chups. “I travelled home with my body weight in lollies stuffed in my suitcase. It felt incredible!” Charlie decided to make skiing her fulltime career after leaving school in 2012 and the intervening years have been entirely dedicated to ski racing. “I want to become the best in the world and bring home World Cup and Olympic medals to the UK”. Those plans were somewhat scuppered in November 2014, when Charlie fractured four vertebrae in a crash during training. “The actual crash is still pretty vivid in my mind,” Charlie tells me. “It was a normal training day in Sweden, I was giving it everything ahead of my next race. The crash itself was nothing spectacular, but I ended up sliding off the piste at speed, landing on my back and hitting a rock. I tried to save it as I could see what was coming. Then I felt a sharp pain, I was winded and my coaches arrived immediately.”

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With weather conditions too bad for a helicopter, an eight-hour journey to hospital in an ambulance followed, giving Charlie time to ask “Will I be training tomorrow?” and “Are my skis OK?” “I was just 11 weeks away from my first World Championships and I was in great form. It was soul destroying when the Swedish doctors told me it would be a minimum of 15 weeks before I’d be back on skis.” It’s Charlie’s approach to the weeks that followed that really set her apart, both as a professional skier and as a sportsperson.





“Yes, I fractured four vertebrae and yes, I was back on skis six weeks later, and it’s all thanks to the Scottish Institute of Sport”. As it turns out, the clever folk at the Scottish Institute of Sport had just seen a very similar injury on a cyclist. Their treatment programme landed the cyclist back on her saddle in time for the Commonwealth Games. With Charlie’s competitive season still in play, she still had a chance to do something great with it. Since her return, Charlie has ranked well inside the top 100 skiers in the world, peaking in 75th position last winter, before breaking her hand. “I’ll leave no stone unturned this summer when it comes to my training plan for the coming season” Charlie tells me. “Summer training for ski racers includes fitness tests, glacier training in ski resorts across Europe and dry land training back in Scotland. But I’m only ever home for a maximum of three weeks at a time. I love the lifestyle and I’m very lucky to be part of the Delancey British World Cup Team”. Charlie’s spot amongst our Team GB athletes heading for Pyeongchang won’t be confirmed until January 2018. “It was such a weight off my shoulders to nail all of the qualification criteria during January 2017. It’s just a case of waiting now. Training and waiting!” I’m keen to know how a ski racer prepares mentally for these big, potentially life changing events. “I believe that I can win every single race that I take part in. As I stand at the gate, I’m nervous, my heart rate increases, the adrenalin is definitely flowing. But because of my training I can keep everything under control.” Of course, when you’ve been skiing since the age of three, ‘the fear’ has long since been taken care of. “In a race, in the moment, the very last thing I’m thinking about is the consequences. I can’t consider what might go wrong, as then I’d instinctively start to hold back and my times would start to slip. I simply don’t let these thoughts enter my head”.

“I believe that I can win every single race that I take part in. As I stand at the gate, I’m nervous, my heart rate increases, the adrenalin is definitely flowing.” Funding is a hot topic this year. Our Olympic heros of 2014 left Sochi with four medals, Team GB’s biggest medal haul since the inaugural Winter Olympics in Chamonix in 1924, suggesting there’s real talent out there. But is there the financial support to nurture it? “I was aged 15 when I moved into the senior race category” Charlie tells me. “In this year, Snowsports GB went bankrupt. I therefore had zero funding and had to rely on private sponsors



to maintain my training and travelling. This is the first year since 2014 that I have had the financial support from British Ski & Snowboard, along with sponsors Delancey. They are doing all they can for us.” Yet Charlie continues to depend upon the support of private sponsors such as specialist winter sports insurance company MPI Brokers. “They were my first financial sponsor and their support is massively important although I am still looking for a head sponsor for 17/18.” The team at Head Skis keep Charlie moving quickly, offering up the very latest equipment and access to the best servicing team in the industry. “Alpine skiing is really on the map now, especially as athletes such as Dave Ryding continue to rocket through the world rankings. This helps us all hugely!”.


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“Snowsports GB went bankrupt. I therefore had zero funding and had to rely on private sponsors to maintain my training and travelling.” Alas, the professional life of a ski racer cannot continue forever. I’m unsurprised to discover that even at the age of 23, Charlie has already considered life after the world circuit. “I applied to study biomedical science at The Univeristy of Aberdeen, even though I knew I wanted to be a ski racer. I need to give 100% of my energy to whatever it is I’m doing, so studying alongside skiing wasn’t an option for me. I have probably 10 more years of professional racing ahead of me, which could mean another two or three Olympic challenges. After that, I’d like to become a physio. With my injury history, I think it would be a smart move!”


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If you can see it, you can achieve it. Inside


mind of an Olympian By Claire Garber

The Winter Olympics are upon us. That’s two whole weeks of watching a group of talented individuals excel in their chosen field while we sit on the sofa scoffing Nutella. They will be smashing world records. They will be pushing their bodies to the limit. They will be setting themselves apart from the pack. Are they super humans? Do they possess extra special DNA? Or are they harnessing the power of visualisation to achieve extraordinary goals? Apparently, winning is all about having the right mindset. So how can you use it too?

Inside the mind of an athlete and an astronaut, mental preparation is as important as what you do physically. That is the news from some of the finest athletes in the world. You can train all you want, but without a winning mind-set you are unlikely to succeed. This is by no means a new phenomenon. In fact, it is almost as old as time.

astronauts walk through every single stage of their mission, second by second, minute by minute, in their minds. This was an integral part of the space mission training. They were visualising their success.

FROM NASA TO THE OLYMPICS These methods were quickly incorporated into the American Olympic Programme in the 1980’s and 1990’s by Dr Denis Waitley PHD. His team took Olympic athletes and hooked them up to biofeedback equipment, before asking them to practise their event in their minds. He found that exactly the same muscles fired, in exactly the same sequence, in the mind of a visualising athlete as when the athlete was running on the track. The human mind didn't differentiate between thinking and physically doing. But what was the benefit of preparing the mind for an event or challenge? The answer is simple. You will perform better AND you are more likely to achieve success. The use of visualisation to achieve goals has of course been a feature of the self-help industry for decades. It forms part of Law of Attraction teachings based on the principle that you bring about what you think about. There are other quirky catchphrases such as, ‘If you have been there in the mind, you will go there in the body’; ‘You become what you think about’; ‘If you can see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand’. But there is science behind the hype, the likes of which has been attributed to the success of athletes such as Michael Phelps, Jessica Ennnis and Tiger Woods. Indeed visualisation is now a standard part of sporting success, because it seems we can train the mind.


NASA, 1963 Let’s teleport ourselves back to NASA in the 1960’s. The space race against those pesky Soviets is in full swing and the Apollo space missions are launching every second minute. To prepare astronauts for the greatest feat ever known to man, NASA started to use VMR - Visual Motor Rehearsal. They would make their #lovemorzine


Prior to London 2012, Olympic medal winner Jessica Ennis revealed that she uses visualisation to prepare for races. “I use visualisation to think about the perfect technique. If I can get that perfect image in my head, then hopefully it’ll affect my physical performance.” Tiger Woods has been using it since his pre-teen years. World Champion Golfer, Jack Nicklaus has said “I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp in-focus picture of it in my head.” On the evening before a Premier League #loveavoriaz

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football match, striker Wayne Rooney habitually asks the club’s kit man what colour shirts, shorts and socks the team will wear the next day so that his pre-game visualisations can be as detailed and accurate as possible.

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Decide upon a goal Imagine Future You achieving this goal Imagine it, as if it is happening right now Feel how you will feel in that moment Imagine the scene in as much detail as possible. Where are you? Who are you with? What are you wearing? What can you hear? What can you smell? What can you see? 6. How does achieving this goal make you feel? Elated? Proud? Excited? Feel how you would feel having achieved it. 7. Now spend a few minutes each day practising this, perhaps in the morning shortly after waking or just before you go to bed at night.


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If Samuel McMahon, filmer and photographer for Whitelines and Onboard offered personal shopping services, here’s what you’d be riding on and in this winter.

- snowboard hardware Dupraz D1 Snowboard

RRP €449.00 Whilst the world’s elite contest snowboarders have been breaking boundaries hucking double backflips and quad corks, for us mere mortals there’s been a resurgence in popularity for good ol’ fashioned carving on piste. Great then that Dupraz - a French brand based just a few kms down the road from Morzine - have decades of experience in producing fast charging snowboards that eat corners for breakfast, like this, the D1. You’ll notice that each board in their range is measured in feet and inches rather than the industry standard cms - this is all down to their surf-inspired heritage. They’re perfect for arcing long, perfect turns over hardpack thanks to an ingenious sidecut and stance pattern, but don’t take my word for it - they run heaps of test days up in Avoriaz throughout the season and getting yourself on one is an absolute must!




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RRP €219.00 Quite frankly, if you’re out riding powder this winter and you’re not taking an avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel with you, you’re blowing it. It sucks, but the reality is that the mountains are a hostile environment and accidents do happen. Save yourself some trouble though and get all the essentials (bar some proper training on how to use them) all in one go with this complete kit. The ‘Zoom’ in the title refers to the transceiver that’s included, a basic model, but one that will let you find buried victims pretty easily as well as letting others find you, should the worst happen. It comes with a five-year warranty as standard, so it’ll keep you safe for a good while at a decent price, considering you get the digging tools as well. Oh yeah - everyone in your crew should have a set too. Friends don’t let friends ride

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Dragon Mountaineer X Sunglasses

RRP €189.00 It might just be my job - getting snowblind filming on glaciers for eight months every year - but over the years I’ve come to really appreciate a good, quality pair of sunnies and for the last few winters I’ve not gone anywhere without these doozies from Dragon. As well as some pretty awesome UV-protected and polarized lenses, they come with a bunch of accessories like interchangeable arms, a compact case and leather sun shields that mean you’ve always got the best pair handy for riding,

I genuinely, never, ever thought I’d ever be so stoked on a belt. A bloody belt! Made from the same fabric as goggle straps, these genius pieces of design will radically change your day’s riding for the better. No more will your waistband cut into you and force multiple piss stops, nor will they fail you whilst racing down the home run at Mach 10 and result with your trews round your ankles - it’s just pure comfort from first chair to last call. Get one for snowboarding, then get another one for your jeans. I did.

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RRP €449.00 Taro Tamai is arguably one of the most stylish-yetunderrated snowboarders of all time. Shaping boards out of his Gentemstick workshop in Niseko, Japan, his groundbreaking board designs and own riding paved the way for the Japanese ‘snowsurf’ style that has permeated the rest of the snowboarding world, with even the likes of Jeremy Jones citing him as a major influence. This year K2 let him turn his hand to designing boots, and boy do they offer something new. A lower cut gives the wearer heaps more flexibility whilst getting low in the turns, giving a more surf/ skate feel, whilst all the while the double BOA lacing system gives you a ton of ankle lock. Perfect for anyone who likes to stomp up to find the deepest powder pockets, there’s even an external gaiter to stop snow from freezing up the laces.




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Located on the site of the old Colibri theatre in the very centre of Morzine, local girls Pauline and Manon are opening a brand new 100-seater café bistro with a fresh, modern interior and a truly family-friendly vibe. Le Colibri will be open between 8am and 10pm each and every day of the season and food will be served non-stop with a strong focus on local, homemade dishes. On the menu you’ll find five different brunch options with homemade bagels thrown in for good measure. Expect a French brunch of cheese and ham, eggs, bread, pastries, homemade preserves, yoghurt and granola, or an American brunch featuring pancakes with maple syrup. “Le Colibri is about relaxed dining in an informal café bistro style” Manon and

Pauline told Source. “As mothers, we know how important it is to find good quality meals for children and to offer a warm, welcoming venue. We’re looking forward to meeting many locals and holidaymakers at Le Colibri this winter.”







Also on the menu are no fewer than ten homemade speciality burgers served in homemade buns with gluten free options. Vegetarian and vegan dishes will also feature, in addition to a well-considered, healthy menu for children. Those with a sweet tooth with enjoy the homemade tarte du jour, cheesecake, carrot cake or brownies, all served alongside quality coffee. Follow Le Colibri on Facebook for further updates - lecolibrimorzine


As we reported in last winter’s issue of Morzine Source MORZINE VS MONTPELLIER Magazine, our local professional #GOMORZINE ice hockey team the Penguins merged with the Chamonix Chamois to form the Chamonix Morzine Pionniers. In a move that was designed to strengthen the team financially and attract higher profile professional ice hockey players from across the globe, half of the season’s league matches were played at the Skoda Arena in Morzine, and the remaining games in Chamonix. For reasons that remain unconfirmed, the two teams have now split, and SAT 10TH FEBRUARY


we’ve got our own hockey team back! This is great news for holidaymakers and locals alike. A night out at the hockey is an umissable experience and promises a great atmosphere, especially when the Penguins win! You’ll find a full list of all home matches on page 127 of this issue and we always give away 10 tickets for each match on the Morzine Source Magazine Facebook page.

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The one thing that really comes across when you talk to James ‘Woodsy’ Woods is that he absolutely loves what he does. And you kind of have to, to make your way from the UK dry slopes to ski bums’ laptop screens to Olympic athlete. British freeskiing’s golden boy shot into the public eye when he started winning Olympic qualifying events straight off the bat in the lead up to Sochi 2014, being touted as one of Great Britain’s most promising medal hopes. But Woodsy had been killing it on the lesser-known freestyle scene long before that.




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The Sheffield native grew up skiing on the dry slope at the now extinct but still legendary (in terms of British freeskiing, anyway) Sheffield Ski Village. No one in his family skied. The dry slope just happened to be next to the skate park where a young Woodsy went skating. Freeskiing was still in its infancy at the time; a far cry from what we’ll be glued to on the TV this winter. So, what exactly was it that attracted him to the ski slope? “I was around ten years old and had played, or at least had a go at, every sport under the sun,” he explains. “I really enjoyed skating but when I found skiing, I also found the action and free sports culture. It truly was that environment and people who were the real draw to this industry.”

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“I really enjoyed skating but when I found skiing, I also found the action and free sports culture. ” But how did he take it all the way to Team GB and the Olympics? “The rest is simply motivation!” he laughs. And that’s certainly true. Looking at Woodsy’s early career, he’s cut his own lines the way few others have. Before the days of Olympic slopestyle, skiing saw him studying for his GCSEs while competing in the Dew Tour and working towards his A Levels via email while living in the USA for the winter. It’s not the kind of thing you do unless you really love something. Woodsy’s skiing saw him quickly making a name for himself as one of the most stylish freeskiers, not just in Britain, but in the world. His now trademark effortless style and innovative grab combos earned him movie parts and competition results alongside each other, two aspects of freestyle snow sports that are becoming more and more exclusive of each other the more established they become. But his thoughts on being the only skier in his family sum up his somewhat individual journey as a skier perfectly: “It truly made the discovery of skiing for me all that more exciting... It was and still is my own adventure!”

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Woodsy came away from the first ever Winter Olympic slopestyle with fifth place, a remarkable achievement considering he’d been competing with a hip injury sustained during practice. “It definitely was a rad experience going to the Olympics, obviously it was the first time freeski slopestyle was in the Olympics, so it was quite an adventure for everyone really.” He explains. “Unfortunately, [the injury] really cast a shadow on the whole experience for me, but has definitely lit a fire for 2018!” And that it has. Woodsy’s had an extraordinary track record since 2014, winning two X Games medals, podiuming World Cup events, placing first at the New Zealand Winter Games, to name but a few. Winter 2016/17 also saw him travelling around the UK with Planks as part of the Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour, as well as coming to the Alps (including Morzine) on a tour of all the Planks clothing stores. He’s even found the time to work with Planks to create the Woodsy Signature Series of clothing and outerwear. “I'm so happy to be working with Planks.” He says, “The whole crew are such great people and it's amazing to have the creativity with the 'Woodsy Signature Series'!”

“This is my dream and I wake up to it every day - it doesn't get better than that” Have there been any particular highlights for him? “The X Games gold medal is huge for me, that certainly goes down as one of my biggest achievements” he starts. “However, I have to say that really, no one day or particular achievement is a highlight for me - I've always dreamt of this life; the freedom, adventure, the lifestyle of a professional freeskier and somehow I've achieved that. This is my dream and I wake up to it every day - it doesn't get better than that.” And there it is again. That absolute passion for what he does shining through. It comes out again when I ask about how he trains – what’s the secret to that unique style and those mind-bending grabs? “Skiing has always been my everything. I would ski, ski, ski all day long and pretty much scoff at anyone who thought differently to me. However, the more of the world I've seen and experienced, the more I've begun to enjoy. Surfing, skydiving and biking are right up there with skiing as activities that I love now.”

No gym? “For a while I got all of my strength from the range of skill based activities that I was filling my days with. The last six months though - due to injury - I've been forced to spend more time in the gym sorting my aches and pains so I can


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get back out there and do what I love. Honestly, I have found myself getting a good kick out of the strength, fitness and the healthy lifestyle that going to the gym has opened my eyes to. So I'm pretty much all about that now as well and I have very busy days!” Those days will be getting busier leading up to the Games no doubt. I ask Woodsy if the Olympics has changed things for him. “In the little bubble that I'm so lucky to live in, nothing really changes,” he says. “My focus on skiing and the people I'm surrounded with hasn't really changed, it just seems like we've gone up in other people's estimations!”

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And how is he feeling in the run-up to Pyeonchang? Images of a teary-eyed Ed Leigh and Tim Warwood from Sochi come to mind as I wonder if the athletes competing feel the same level of patriotism about the Games as the general public. But Woodsy likes to think of it in the same way as he would any other competition. “I enjoy putting a lot of effort into all the competitions that I do and every season feels just as important for me really. I'll treat it just the same as any other; dial in my tricks, get there in as good a mind state as possible and do my thing.” Does it add an extra element of pressure? Knowing you’re competing for your country? “Thinking back to Russia in 2014,” he carries on, “It was definitely a bit strange seeing the whole crew wearing their nation's colours [instead of] the gear they would usually, and that does add a different kind of pressure in a way. The reason the Olympics is a big deal is because people know about it, your family, friends and country get behind you and expect you to perform.”

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This is something Woodsy seems to take in his stride, where his love for skiing and equal drive to do well in every single competition works in his favour. Something he often says in interviews is how he views freeskiing as a lifestyle sport, which must be a good way to view things in terms of a discipline, where the level is so high and continuing to progress all the time. “I like to think about what I do as an art rather than a sport.” He explains. “Everyone brings their own flavour and spark to the event and it is so, so difficult to judge. In many cases, it's comparing apples and oranges, so as far as the results are concerned I try not to worry about it. My focus is and always has been to do my best run possible, show the world what I'm capable of and if I do that to the standard that I know I can, I'll be very proud of myself.”

“I like to think about what I do as an art rather than a sport.” Enough about the Olympics. Like Woodsy says, it’s just another competition at the end of the day, only one that happens to get a bit more attention than others.




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Since its move to Avoriaz from Alpe d’Huez three years ago, Snowboxx has brought the likes of Stormzy, Sigma, Mike Skinner and Dizzee Rascal into our valley. In 2018, Snowboxx takes place between 17th and 24th March and features a full line-up of music heavyweights including Chase and Status and Fatboy Slim plus a full compliment of international DJs including Steve Lawler and Danny Howard.


Snowboxx takes place at the same time as Rock the Pistes, so you’ll be able to access many of the piste-side and resort centre events for free. However, you’ll need a wristband to access the various club events and full package options including accommodation, airport transfers and lift passes are available from £435. Head to for more details.


Between 17th January and 18th February 2018, the commune of Morzine-Avoriaz is obligated to complete a full census of its permanent residents. Although the dates aren't ideal for those of us running busy resort businesses, the population count is essential for the planning of commune resources and the dates were determined by the central government. The census will only take place within the commune of Morzine-Avoriaz during these dates; Montriond, Essert Romand and the surrounding villages will all take their turn at a later date. The Mairie de Morzine-Avoriaz have asked us to ensure that as many local English residents as possible are aware of the census, which has absolutely nothing to do with tax collection, employment status or anything else! The information you provide is completely confidential and the census is only concerned with the precise number of adults and children living for six months or more each year in Morzine-Avoriaz.

Aurore Tournier is in charge of communication at the Mairie de Morzine-Avoriaz, she told Source; “Having a correct figure for the number of inhabitants in our commune will allow us to get better state donations for things like schools, roads, childcare, doctors, and chemists. It is important for everyone who lives in MorzineAvoriaz to take part in the census” During the above dates you’ll be visited at your home by an agent of the Mairie who will present an official card to confirm their identity. You then have two options; complete the census form with the agent in your home, or take an official document from the agent so you can complete the census online using a reference number provided.

The team at Chillout Mountain have carefully and lovingly restored one of Morzine’s original farmhouses. Located on the sunny side of the valley, overlooking the rooftops of Morzine and the pistes of Pleney, the new chalet offers holidaymakers a choice of several balconies, terraces and a hot

tub from which to enjoy those views. There’s an airy, openplan living space with bi-folding doors leading onto an impressive balcony, plus five beautiful bedrooms, all of which can be doubles or twins. You can book Chalet Perdrix on a catered or self catered basis this winter, just head to


























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How I got

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I joined the Morzine-Avoriaz Office de Tourisme as its Director in May 2016. For the previous seven years I was in charge of events at the Office de Tourisme in Meribel in the Three Valleys and during 2014 and 2015 we organized two World Cup finals; one for mountain biking and the other for skiing. These are two of the most popular sports in our mountains and it was the first time that France had hosted a ski World Cup final. Both events were a huge success and helped to put France back on the map for big international mountain sports events.





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“Originally I’m from Les Gets and many years ago I started working as a ski coach. During the summer months I needed to find another activity and it’s from here that I started work in tourism. Eventually this ‘side’ job became my main one! Morzine-Avoriaz will always enjoy a unique location as a holiday destination because of its proximity to Geneva Airport and the ‘two-in-one’ combination of Morzine and Avoriaz. The two resorts offer something for all types of skier. However the mountain holiday market does face some challenges at the moment. On one hand we must guarantee good access to our ski area and good service too, especially with the climate situation that we are all aware of. On the other hand we must take into account the different consequences that Brexit might have, and has already had, on the British population visiting our region. Morzine-Avoriaz will continue to stay competitive as a mountain resort during these challenging times because of

To help us in our endeavors to maintain the popularity of Morzine-Avoriaz, we are looking at some new events





and initiatives to really increase our visibility. This autumn we’ll share a brand new platform for Morzine, which we’re all very excited about. Developing the summer season will be a real focus for my team and I. Let’s take a quick look at the last one, during which many important events were hosted in our village – the Spartan Race, Harley Days, Trophée des Jeunes Vététistes. We’ll keep working in this direction to bring in new and exciting events. Next summer Morzine will host the Europa Spartan Championship and the Pass’Portes du Soleil exhibition village too. We’re also planning some important events for July to boost the popularity of the resort outside of the school holidays. The best part of my job is meeting new and different people every day; there’s no routine in my role! I’m often asked to recommend ‘must do’ activities and this winter our Christmas events are not to be missed. During the holidays we’ll have a huge programme of more than 40

“Morzine-Avoriaz will always enjoy a unique location as a holiday destination because of its proximity to Geneva Airport and the ‘two-in-one’ combination of Morzine & Avoriaz.” our ‘two-in-one’ situation. Morzine and Avoriaz compliment each other and offer real advantages for winter and summer tourists. We really walk on two feet so we will strengthen and take advantage of this natural situation. Many tourists visit Morzine as a mountain village – we must be sure to take care of them during both seasons.


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Jon Moy By Chloe Hardy

You may not have heard of Jon Moy. Therefore, you might be wondering what he’s doing in our Olympic issue. But Jon is an integral part of bringing to life the GB Park and Pipe Team’s journey to PyeongChang. Head honcho of action sports video production company Life Cinematic, Jon has spent the last five years filming and travelling with Team GB’s most talented freestyle athletes. ProjectPY2018 is a four-year video series documenting the training, competition and qualification process of Britain’s future Olympians, the idea being to show the public the results of Olympic funding money. It’s been Jon and his team’s job to capture the action in the run up to Pyeongchang 2018, which can involve anything from sunset jump shoots to GB-funded grom camps for young British talent. We caught up with him to discuss how the Olympics is shaping freestyle snowsports and what it’s like to work with some of the world’s best skiers and snowboarders. #lovemorzine

Hey Jon! You’ve been successful in a pretty niche industry. How did you get into filming snow sports and how did you progress to filming the GB Park and Pipe team?

You’re pretty well-known in the industry for your insane camera rig. What kind of gear and physical fitness levels are required to film riders of such a high level?

For me filming snowsports was an amalgamation of the two passions in my life: action sport and filmmaking. Before starting Life Cinematic I got a film degree and banked some time as a ski and windsurf instructor in the UK. After that I did a season as a ski rep in Serre Chevalier to get to the mountains and meet people. I shot a bunch of projects on the side and ended up working the following summer producing a windsurf and SUP tuition series out in Turkey.

It can be hard work for sure, as we aim to shoot the team in a way that does their level of skill justice. The kit we use on the hill really depends on conditions and what’s going down that day. Sometimes the best tool for the job is just a simple GoPro, other times we’ll go all out when we’re pushing for something more cinematic. I won’t geek out too hard here but for those who are interested, here is the rig we use on those days.

From then on it was a case of meeting more people from shoot to shoot until I was working for DC with UK snowboarders Si Cudlip and Sam Turnbull (both absolute legends). Sam was riding for Team GB and suggested I pitch for their upcoming series about the Sochi Olympics. I put my ideas on paper and got the job.

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trying not to sink in powder or crash into too many trees.

What does a standard day filming with the team involve?

While operator Two (this Irish scoundrel otherwise known as David Tallon) will be pulling focus, operating the gimbal head remotely and generally kicking back while I hike back up again for every take, all day. On spring shoots goggles are a total no-go as they’d be steamed up after one shot.

It varies so much, one day we might be sat in the front scoop of a pistebasher at 4am hitching a ride to a sunrise shoot. Another we might be building a backyard setup in Colorado or shooting follow-cam down the Dew Tour course. One thing is consistent though – the evening will be spent logging endless footage and charging enough batteries to power a Tesla for a month. How has the team dealt with being filmed all the time? You must know each other pretty well by now but did they find it difficult at the start?

To start with for sure! My first shoot with the team in 2013 was Breckenridge, Colorado for the One Team to Sochi series. I remember my first morning picking up my media credentials and having to keep my excitement in check to stay professional. I was definitely grinning from ear-to-ear as I looked around recognising riders from the UK and all over the world, who’s videos had inspired so many rainy evenings at the dry slope back home. Now it’s a bit different as we know each other well, we’re all there to get the job done together. Having said that, I’m still blown away by their performances and am just as honoured to be a part of it as I was that first morning in Colorado.

Well, media content is an essential part of an athlete’s career, whatever sport you’re in, so the guys are pretty used to it really. Sometimes it can be tough if someone gets injured, or dejected with a contest result. It’s a balance really – between reaching for dramatic content and not adding negative pressure to a tense situation.

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It must be great to be there to capture the team’s high points, but how does it feel having to capture the low points as well? It’s tough when things go wrong. It’s against human nature to stand there and keep filming when someone is on the floor after a heavy slam. But the team are really tough and support is always on hand immediately from other riders, coaches and medical teams – so unless I can actually do something to help, I gotta keep rolling. None of the footage gets used unless the riders are comfortable with it being released and if it’s appropriate to a story. Have you had any absolute disasters on your travels with the team? Nothing beyond repair, touch wood! We’ve had kit go down in really awkward situations a couple times and one of our film crew broke a rib on a shoot. But we’ve always gotten the job done in the end.

mountain nomad, and the straight-andnarrow athlete. But that’s the beauty of a wider sport. Now there are more options beyond that, more people getting involved and more funding to help keep it all alive. Bringing my rant back to the team, televised contests like The X Games have always existed, and cultivated the sports at a competitive professional level. I think the Olympics has just added to this and helped make our guys more professional,

And what’ve been the high points? There’s been so many great moments every season. From shooting Katie Ormerod landing her first double cork, to cheeky powder mornings here and there with Pat Sharples, or just chilling with Jamie Nicholls and the chessboard in the evening. They’re a great bunch to hang with. How have you seen freestyle skiing and snowboarding change since it was added to the Olympics and what kind of effect, if any, do you think it's had on the team? I wouldn’t say changed, I would say broadened. We have two sports that have traditionally been fairly niche in the UK, now exploding with more participation that ever, more coverage and more funding. There is of course the standard


debate we hear when any freesport starts gaining legitimate traction: “are we abandoning our roots, are we selling out to the mainstream etc.” I can see where those arguments come from, as there are some conflicting ideologies between the core


better riders. They’re stronger, more aware of what they are doing and in a better physical condition to handle what is essentially a very heavy-impact sport. Not to mentioned the increase in potential options for their futures beyond.


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How I got

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I was born in Eilat on the Red Sea in Israel. Growing up I didn’t ever consider a career in photography; I was interested in engineering and also action sports, but I never quite linked the two things together. That all changed after doing a season in Wanaka, New Zealand. I loved the vibe in the mountains and many people I met talked about Morzine and Les Gets. When I returned to Israel to begin a degree in mechanical engineering, I hoped that it would be my ticket to a job in the mountains.

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“In 2011 I came to Morzine for the first time to ride bikes for the summer. Around the same time I said to myself ‘buy a camera’. That summer I discovered that MTB isn’t for me; instead I spent time photographing my friends on the trails. I was pretty impressed by my growing portfolio and when I returned

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valley our home. It’s a joy to work with so many couples who have decided to plan the most important day of their lives in the mountains. I subtly go about my work to capture the story as it unfolds before me. I draw on the six years I’ve spent exploring the artistic possibilities of the mountains, with their changing light and

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home to Israel I wrote an article, included my images and send them to one of the top mountain biking magazines. It was published and at that moment I thought to myself ‘this is going to work’. I picked up several jobs photographing MTB World Cups and my images were published in the bible that is Dirt Magazine. I finished University, didn’t get the first job I applied for and so quickly decided that photography was a better plan. There aren’t many opportunities to make a living from mountain sports photography in Israel so I turned my hand to wedding photography instead. My fulfillment as a wedding photographer comes from what I give back. This realisation defines what I do. I’ve developed an unobstructive style that captures images,

which will forever remain authentic and moving for each couple I work with. I met my wife Polly while working as a photographer at a wedding she was shooting the wedding video and we married in Morzine last summer. Polly and I now live year-round in Morzine, we’ve made the


weather patterns, to record the raw emotions and spontaneous moments that make each wedding story so individual and precious. The sun failed to make an appearance on our wedding day. The beautiful summer gardens of The Farmhouse Hotel were dark and atmospheric as we prepared to say ‘I do’ in front of friends and family, many of who had travelled from across the globe to be with us. As I explain to my clients, ‘this is the Alps, we have to accept the weather!” Every hour is different in the mountains; we can move from clear, sunny skies to a thunderstorm in just one hour! Although action sports photography is what brought me back to the mountains after that first visit, wedding photography is where my heart really lies. I love to get connected to a story; I now feel

that other types of photography have less of a story for me. Also, with a wedding, there’s no real staging; we watch a story unfold and we capture the excitement. These are memories that will last forever. Documenting people and their stories are what makes Polly and I tick. We feel very blessed to do what we love for a living.”


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Our team of four J’Arrivistes skiers were up against some stiff opposition. Snow Katz for a start. Not to mention Eat, Sleep, Ski, Repeat. And The 4 Monkeys. Plus Snow Hopers. As well as my favourite team name: Ladies Wot Lunge! Altogether there were some 20 teams of four, including three J’Arrivistes teams seeking safety in numbers. After all, with 12 skiers in all, there was a chance that at least one of our teams might do OK.

snowsports, to provide life-skills training, nationally recognised qualifications and vocational opportunities to increase their motivations and aspirations, enabling them to gain employment in the snowsports industry and beyond.” I was in rather a nepotistic group of J’Arrivistes: My future son-in-law Nick, his then fiancée (and now wife, Sam my daughter); and a work colleague Ed, who somehow managed to integrate well with the potentially clannish tribe. So although we barely stopped for lunch as we hurtled round several resorts on both sides of the French-Swiss border, attempting to visit no fewer than 34 checkpoints, we had a ball. Nothing like skiing ‘en famille’ - even though it wasn’t always easy keeping up with daughter, son-in-law or Ed!

The last time I’d asked for sponsorship for a charity event was back in the 1980s when I ran the Maidstone Marathon. Well actually I walked quite a bit of it. But I’m slightly better

Apart from the skiing, there was another challenge: as we approached each checkpoint, we had been asked to waylay passing skiers who were minding their own business and ask them to photograph us with a landmark behind us to prove we had actually reached each checkpoint.

at skiing than jogging (not difficult) so in January I rather relished taking part in what is officially known as Morzine’s annual AJBell Alpine Challenge, which involves dashing for 150 kilometres (GPS tracked!) round the Portes du Soleil in just two days to raise money for Snow-Camp, a charity whose mission is “to engage inner-city young people through

Our instructions were pretty precise! “Each team must take a photo at each checkpoint as evidence, submitted at the close of the event.” Selfies were not allowed. “Every team member needs to be in the photo, so be friendly, and ask someone to take it, give them a ‘thank-you’ card and tell them about Snow-Camp while you’re at it!”



This was partly because only one member of each team had the GPS tracker, and it reduced the risk of one team member “flying around with the GPS while other team members take a break!” The focus was on each team to plan their route and strategy “to max the kms and hit all the checkpoints.” These included such locations as: Bottom of the Chéry Nord chairlift (Les Gets); The “Vaffieu” restaurant (top of Belvédère chairlift) in Morzine; Top of the Chavanette chairlift, Avoriaz (goes to the “Swiss Wall” black piste); photo NEXT to (and not 20 metres ahead or on the chairlift) the stone chapel in Plaine Dranse (Châtel); Top of the Braitaz chairlift (La Chapelle d’Abondance); Top of the Follieuse chairlift (Morgins) and The Col des Portes du Soleil between Avoriaz and Les Crosets – “find the cross!”. There were even strict instructions about catching trains and buses en-route. To get to Mont Chéry, for example, you could either cross Les Gets village on foot or take the petit train. There was a short bus ride from Linga to Super Châtel, and a short bus ride across Morgins. “NO OTHER BUS RIDE is allowed” we were told, somewhat vehemently. “Any

bus rule violation will get you a 20km penalty, regardless of the distance travelled!” You could cross Morzine by foot or on the train - “but remember, one of your checkpoints is your team sitting on the train!” Which meant we somehow had to ask a curious fellowpassenger to take a snap of all of us.


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So after all that, how did we get on? Well, without boring you with the details, we were by no means gold, silver or even bronze medal winners, but did OK, duly completing 150kms of skiing, visiting most of the checkpoints (honest!) and raising quite an impressive amount of money for Snow-Camp. Among my sponsors (one of the perks of being an ex-showbiz writer) were Damon Hill, Heston Blumenthal and Peter James - all friends and skiing companions! All the teams rose to the challenge and it was both an exhilarating and unquestionably worthwhile event, raising a grand total of more than £50,000. The Snow Chance team were the eventual winners, raising more than

£6,000. Eat, Sleep, Ski, Repeat claimed the AJ Bell Alpine Challenge trophy, reaching a huge 36 checkpoints and skiing a massive 237kms.

been in ages, but I can safely say that was the best two days I have ever spent on a pair of skis.”

Said our team leader Nick: "The Alpine Challenge wonderfully refreshes the parts other weekend trips cannot reach. You go to places in the Portes du Soleil you have never seen, you end up knackered and exhilarated, and most importantly you promote a charity which uses the mountains to change young peoples' lives for ever.”

Dan Charlish, Founder and MD at Snow-Camp said: “Running the Alpine Challenge is always one of the highlights of the year. We get to host the event in a stunning location, we get to see teams of all levels enjoying the challenge and we get to meet some fantastic people whose encouragement and support for Snow-Camp’s work is so encouraging for everyone at the charity.” Fancy having a go? The next AJBell Alpine Challenge in Morzine is between January 25 -28 2018

Andy Bell, CEO of event sponsors AJ Bell and leader of the Summit Special team said: “We covered 180km in two days, got lost, fell over and were more tired and hungry than I’ve

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When I meet Millie, there are precisely 178 days to go until the 2018 Winter Paralympics. Millie knows this number in a heartbeat. In many ways she’s been counting down for years. Aged one, Millie caught an infection in her right eye and very soon lost the majority of her sight in that eye. Five years later the same thing happened to her left eye. “My sight is now pretty rubbish,” she tells me. Around the same time Millie skied for the first time in Meribel and can still remember skiing with sight. “I’d caught the bug, I was hooked. I wanted to keep on skiing.” In 2010 Millie contacted Disability Snowsports UK and was invited to join the British Disabled Ski Team development squad in 2011. She started racing with her mum as her guide in 2012 and even won a bronze medal in one of their four races together. “I’m relieved not to be her guide now!” mum Suzanne tells me. Of course 2014 was also a Winter Olympic year. Millie represented Team GB in the Slalom and Giant Slalom events in Sochi, finishing an incredible fifth in both competitions. She even carried the flag at the opening ceremony. “I wasn’t expecting to go to Sochi, my goal was firmly on the Winter 18 Games. It was an amazing, whirlwind experience for me, one that I’ll never forget. I kept thinking, What am I doing here? But it was just a rehearsal for that’s to come this winter.” 2017 was Millie’s first year as a full time athlete, having just finished school with a measly three A*s in her A Levels! Her guide is Brett Wild, a submariner in the Royal Navy and the man tasked with leading Millie all

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the way to PyeongChang. The pair each wear a Sena Bluetooth head set in their helmets to communicate with each other, Brett explains what piste conditions are like and highlights any lumps, bumps and obstacles on the snow.

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“The psychological part of competing is probably the most important element for us right now.” Brett tells me. “In our second week skiing together we competed in the World Cup finals. I think we’ve built up quite a high level of trust already!” As Millie explains, “80% of what Brett and I do is psychological, the remaining 20% is based on our performance on any race day. We must have no doubts, no fears at all at the starting gate.” Now, I don’t know about you, but skiing on any reasonably sleep piste in anything other than perfect blue bird conditions makes me feel slightly scared. With Millie’s vision so limited, it must be like skiing in a permanent whiteout. “People always ask me if it’s scary, but it isn’t. I don’t really see the hazards that are on the slopes, I certainly don’t see each gate and that’s why a good guide is so important.”

“I don’t really see the hazards that are on the slopes, I certainly don’t see each gate and that’s why a good guide is so important.” Aside from time spent with Sports Psychologist Kelly Faye, Millie dedicates many hours to training in the gym. “Each gym session becomes more important at this stage. The countdown is on and I can’t believe how quickly time is going” explains Millie. With just three weeks off between summer 2017 and April 2018, I wonder how Millie copes with the constant travel, energy and stamina required to be a professional athlete. “It’s hard work sometimes. There’s lots of travel and it was difficult to juggle school with everything else. I do get very tired but it’s the best fun I’ve ever had. Getting up early while on training camps, skiing hard all day, waxing skis, physio sessions, video analysis, supper then bed before doing exactly the same again the following day. I am so lucky to have found a sport that I love. “ Millie is going for gold in five different disciplines in PyeongChang. Look out for her in the women’s downhill, super G, super combined, slalom and super slalom. And if that doesn’t inspire you to nail those red runs on the mountain tomorrow, we’re not sure what will…




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TAKE IT ALL ON BOARD BY KATE MACKAY Fewer people are learning to ski and snowboard each year. That’s a fact. But if you’ve got any inkling whatsoever that a life on the piste might suit you, take a read of this inspiring book by certified performance coach Kate Mackay.


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Kate shares her journey from snowboarding newbie to qualified BASI instructor, along with the self-doubt, setbacks, injury and frustrations that come with learning a new skill in the mountains. Learning to snowboard in her 30s, Kate was able to transfer her new skills into everyday life and this book delivers a unique confidence program for any woman seeking greater self-esteem.

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Morzine features throughout this book and you’ll recognise the names of several pistes, lifts and local instructors along the way. Practical sections include learning where and how to stand up, how to find the right instructor for you and how to accelerate your progress and maintain control. There’s also handy exercises at the end of each chapter, designed to help you set goals and document your progress. At the end there’s a useful glossary of snowboarding terminology too.







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LADIES NIGHT TOUR The very best female downhill skiers from across France gather in Morzine on Monday 27th February for the Ladies Night Tour. Organised by the French Ski Federation and returning to Morzine for the second year, you’ll witness some seriously speedy skiers descend the Pleney. For further details head to



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It’s hard enough picking out snow gear for yourself, let alone for your kids as well – especially when you know they’ll probably grow out of it in a matter of minutes! It’s all too easy to pick the cheapest stuff you can find and wait until they stop growing. But fear not, kids’ snow gear can be affordable AND good quality. We’ve been trying and testing using our own little shredder to find you some of the best kids’ gear out there.

- for the kids Muddy Puddles Thermals

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per set

We’re totally in love with these kid-specific thermals from British brand Muddy Puddles. They’re so cute and comfortable that they can also be used as pyjamas or lounging-around-at home-clothes, meaning they won’t just sit in the cupboard collecting dust until your next ski holiday – a massive added bonus. But it’s not all about the looks. We can confidently tell you that these awesome little thermals stand the test of time in the wash, feel super soft and dry really fast. Exactly what you want from your little ones’ next-to skin-layers, allowing them to really make the most of the snow without too getting cold and wet or hot and sweaty. They’ve even got flatlock seams for extra comfort and the tops have thumbholes to keep the sleeves in place.

Molo Igor Mitts

RRP €39.95 These cuter than cute mitts from Danish company Molo are not only the best-looking kids’ mitts we’ve ever seen, they’re also some of the best quality and come at a totally affordable price. Available in lots of different prints and colour ways, each glove features a reflective star so your little ones can be seen at night or in bad vis on the hill – adorable and useful. These mitts have also got nice long cuffs that can be worn over or under a jacket and easy-to-adjust Velcro wrist straps to keep them firmly in place until lunch. 3M Thinsulate insulation helps keep little hands warm and toasty without adding too much bulk, while harmful-chemical-free waterproofing will keep them bone dry while adding some environmental bonus points, too.





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Burton Mini-Grom Snowboard Boots

RRP €90.00 Kids’ snowboard gear has been coming on in leaps and bounds over the past few years. Now, instead of having to force your kids’ feet into uncomfortable ski boots until they’re thirteen, you can slide them into these comfy, toddler-friendly snowboard boots from Burton. Starting in a child's size 7, the Mini-Grom Boots are the smallest on the market, allowing even the tiniest of riders to get their shred on, with mitten-friendly oversized Velcro straps that mean neither you nor your kid will have any trouble taking them on and off or adjusting them throughout the day. Aside from ease-ofuse and top-class insulation, the best thing about the Mini-Groms is that they have a removable footbed, which increases the fit by a whole extra size in preparation for those pesky growth spurts.

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Wigwam Snow Skully Socks

RRP €17.00 Get your hand out the Decathlon bargain bin – kids’ ski and snowboard socks don’t need to be expensive, but they should be good quality. Like these, the Snow Skully Socks, made in America by specialist sock company since 1905, Wigwam. These mid-weight socks are ideal for little skiers or snowboarders, with all the features you’d want in a pair of socks for yourself, but in a handy kid-size package and kid-friendly pattern. Made from a blend of wool, polyester and Nylon, they’ve got your warmth, breathability and durability bases covered, plus they even have a seamless toe for minimal blister and hot-spot risk. Your kids will never complain about having sore, cold feet again (well, they probably will, but it won’t be because of their socks).








Burton Mini-shred Striker One Piece

RRP €150.00 Burton absolutely rule when it comes to kitting out our kids for the snow. Providing head-to-toe waterproof warmth with Burton’s very own ‘Room-To-Grow’ function, the Striker comes in a range of colourways to suit all varieties of mini shredder. ‘Room-To-Grow’ allows the legs and sleeves of the suit to be extended to accommodate for mid-season or multi-season growth spurts, whilst the handy Cuff-Link thumb loop keeps little hands covered while high-fiving awesome adventures. Taped seams, taffeta lining, removable hood and Velcro Closure handwarmer pockets all come as standard. Burton offer a handy 1-year warranty too.

Sorel Cub Snow Boots

RRP €54.95 When it’s really coming down outside, kids need a pair of boots that’ll allow them to stay warm and dry so they can have maximum fun. Be it building snowmen, having snowball fights, tobogganing or making snow angels, the Sorel Cub boots have got it covered. Reasonably priced with a slip-on design, features include a removable liner that can be taken out, washed, dried and even some recycled materials for the environmentally conscious. Our favourite part is the elasticated ankle strap that keeps little feet secure but literally requires minimal fuss to put on; no stamping, pulling or shouting required. The gaiter at the top is also an absolute lifesaver; it keeps snow firmly on the outside, where it belongs, instead of melting into your child’s trousers and socks right at the start of a walk into town.




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Lovers of good coffee, homemade cooked breakfasts and a warm, welcoming atmosphere have been flocking to Alba Café & Deli in Les Gets for the last two winters. Alan White and Stacey Sanders are the team behind Alba and they’re delighted to become the new owners of Alba Bar & Kitchen in St Jean d’Aulps on the site of the former Le Bouche à Oreille. Alan will be cooking up delicious, hearty dishes made from fresh, top-quality ingredients and served in a friendly, relaxed way.

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Over in Les Gets, the original Alba continues as a café and deli, serving the finest quality coffee, deli foods and ‘grab-and-go’ sandwiches. Alan and Stacey are also launching a new, freshly prepared food service which you can pre-order and collect from either Alba outlet to re-heat at home after a long day on the mountain.

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“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” That’s the theme behind a brand new ski holiday launching in our valley this winter. Mindful Mountains offer both summer and winter holidays across the European Alps, where alongside your regular dose of skiing, snowboarding, hiking or cycling, there’s also added mindfulness coaching and meditation. For the first time this winter a Mindful Skiing & Being week takes place in Les Gets. Participants will enjoy all that Chalet Fleur de Neige has to offer on a half board basis with lift passes and airport transfers all included. Focusing on both learning and applying mindfulness principles to improve your skiing, the coaching is designed to give participants more self-awareness. Ski lessons with a local team of instructors make up the morning or afternoon sessions each day, whilst evenings are dedicated to reviewing the day and learning about the applications of mindfulness. Discover more about Mindful Mountains and their retreats across the Alps this winter at


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Back for a forth year of rewarding and recognising, our annual source awards for excellence are your chance to make your favourite local business shine. This year we’ve given the awards a little refresh and thrown in a fifth category for good measure.

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Last years winners

Favourite Accommodation - Sojourn Favorite Bar - La Marmotte d’Or Montriond Favourite Food - AliKats Mountain Holidays Favourite Customer Service - Reach4theAlps

For holiday makers, season workers and visitors…

For local business owners, chalet hosts and restaurants…

Nominate your favourite local business in one of three categories

Nominate yourself in one of the following two categories

Favourite Accommodation Favourite Customer Service Favourite Bar

Best Food Best Marketing Campaign

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Head to and tell us which local business you’re nominating in which category and why. Nominations open on Monday 18th December 2017.

Head to and download the selfnomination form in your chosen category. Complete the various different sections of the form and return it to us.

On Monday 5 March 2018 we’ll announce the full list of all nominated businesses. You’ll be able to vote for your favourite business on the Source Magazine website for the next 14 days. You’ll only be able to vote once for your favourite.

Nominations close on Sunday 18 March 2018 at midnight. Our secret judges will then meet to consider all entries and decide upon three finalists in each category.

Voting closes on Sunday 18 March 2018 at midnight. The three businesses with the most votes in each category will enter the final stage of the awards – secret judging by our independent panel of locals using visitor feedback and comments left during the nomination process.

Finalists will be asked to attend a short presentation or a cookery demonstration during the following week.

The winners in each category will be announced at the Source Suppliers Show at the Domaine du Baron on Lake Montriond on Tuesday 3 April 2018.



The winners in each category will be announced at the Source Suppliers Show at the Domaine du Baron on Lake Montriond on Tuesday 3 April 2018.



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CONNECT, SHARE & SUPPORT Bringing business networking to the Alps By Sinead Hunter

Morzine is transforming into a hub for small businesses, remote workers and digital nomads from all backgrounds, drawn here by their shared appreciation for the Alpine lifestyle. Thanks to more flexible work opportunities and greater digital connectivity, Morzine now has a diverse workforce of new and established tourism businesses alongside lawyers, financial advisors, entrepreneurs, lifestyle businesses and future-focused startups. After moving from London to Morzine in 2015, I had started to miss the networking opportunities and business community the capital had offered. I had an inkling there were others like me, so I approached Amie Henderson of Morzine Source Magazine and Origami Media to test out the appetite for a new kind of business network. One that would offer people the opportunity to meet in an informal environment over an aperitif (this is France after all), listen to industry experts, and with no name badges or clipboards! With Amie onboard The Alpine Collective - Morzine launched in August 2017 with the mission to enable the business community to Connect, Share and Support each other. Since then our monthly gatherings have attracted more and more members, eager to participate in the Collective. At our events they have heard from speakers from a leading PR firm, Les Portes du Soleil, the Big 4 and the Morzine Tourist Office. In our Facebook group of over 150 members, they can ask questions that could otherwise take hours of searching, translating and calling to answer. So what does it achieve? Don’t people move to Morzine to escape all that? Isn’t is just a nice chat over a drink? Yes, getting to know people is a vital part of the mission of the Collective, but the real value is in strengthening the Anglo-French business relations in Morzine, building a greater sense of community and working together to strengthen Morzine and its businesses for the long term. Ever thought about relocating your business or your job to the Alps? We would love you welcome you at The Alpine Collective - Morzine. Search for ‘The Alpine Collective – Morzine’ on Facebook and join the group for further details and event updates. Sinead Hunter is a business strategist for a leading global professional services firm. She is the founder of You, me & the masses business coaching, offering business and development coaching to small business owners and budding entrepreneurs.




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The Tast y Ski Company

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Treeline Chalets

Tasty Ski has a handful of catered chalets in Morzine & Le Grand Massif in both winter & summer. Top-notch food in amazing locations is the name of our game. Check out our new super luxury chalet The Farmhouse!

Perfectly located chalet offering summer road cycling Holidays with a capital H & Training camps with a capital T. Ride some of the pistes you ski! Sun terrace overlooking the valley, delicious home cooked meals, post-ride cake & cycling with likeminded people. Winter B&B offering flexibility, a warm welcome & great location for skiing Morzine & Avoriaz.

An award-winning independent chalet company with a range of catered & self-catered chalets in Morzine. Excellent service, gourmet cuisine & exclusive perks come as standard in our centrally located chalets. Perfect chalets for couples, families, friends & larger groups too! Contact us for a quote today.


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Morgan Jupe - Fully Catered

Morgan Jupe - Luxury B&B

Morgan Jupe - Self-Catered

Two chalets sleeping 8 - 12 guests in an exclusive location with stunning views, just below the Retour des Nants piste. Our unrivalled fully catered package boasts the best inclusive wine list of any catered chalet & includes our non-stop driving service. Prices from £5,300 per chalet, per week. Available on a self-catered basis during summer from just £1,400.

New for this winter, our luxury B&B package offers a flexible alternative to our fully catered holidays. Includes hosted continental breakfasts, daily housekeeping & our in-resort driving service (Morzine only). Available exclusively in Chalet Louis, Les Gets and Chalet Chardon, Morzine. Prices from £3,600 per chalet, per week. Available on a self-catered basis during summer from £1,400.

Two recently renovated apartments sleeping 4 - 6 guests. Located in the Florimont Residence at the foot of the pistes, just 5 minutes walk from the centre of Morzine. Both fully equipped with all the essentials: WIFI, sonos sound system, smart/Sky TV, washing machine & electric ski boot heaters. Winter prices from £1,200; summer prices from £700 per week.

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Consensio Chalets

Consensio Alpine Apartments

SKPski Morzine

Consensio operate a collection of ultra-luxurious ski chalets in les Portes du Soleil, including the spectacular, award-winning chalet in Les Gets, Grande Corniche (15 guests) and the equally beautiful but slightly more cosy Chalet Jejalp (14 guests) located in Morzine. All Consensio Chalets are rented fully catered and come complete with a dedicated team of professional staff.

Consensio Chalets recently expanded their luxury chalet portfolio to include a stunning collection of self-catered alpine apartments. The perfect family ski holiday destination is the fabulous ski-in, skiout residence, Aviemore (sleeps 10) in Les Gets. Ideal for a crowd, Consensio’s über-luxe Urban Corniche sleeps 11 guests and comes complete with an out-door hot tub & grand piano.

Award winning luxury catered chalet holidays. SKPski are an owner-operated chalet holiday specialist offering luxury accommodation in Chalet Chelmer. Featuring an outdoor hot tub & barrel sauna, log fire, 5* menu & personal service - 2015, 2016 & 2017 tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence. Book your unforgettable ski and snowboard retreat today! Quote ‘SOURCE2017/18’ for 10% OFF all group bookings.

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Hunter Chalets & Apartments

Alptitude Chalets

Simply Morzine

Hunter Chalets and Apartments specialise in providing genuine luxury Alpine holidays. Outstanding accommodation coupled with 24hr resort driver service and on-call concierge means that you will have a care free and enjoyable holiday from beginning to end. Our service is bespoke to each booking and we offer fully catered, self-catered and partially catered options to suit your needs.

Quality self catered chalets and apartments in Morzine. We offer our clients impeccable service and great value. With 20 properties in our portfolio, we are sure to have something to suit everyone.

The original Morzine specialists, established 1995. Shortlisted as ‘Best Chalet Company’ by the Telegraph. Central Morzine & on-piste luxury catered chalets & hotel plus self-catered luxury chalet & self-catered on-piste apartments. All include hot tub, pool or sauna. Superb cuisine, personal service, Geneva transfers & resort shuttles. Discounted lift passes and equipment hire, unique summer activity holidays.

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Chalet Morzine

Chalet Uxello

Apex Morzine

Luxurious 2-bed apartment in Morzine centre sleeping 4/5. Spectacular views, huge private terrace & just a few minutes walk to the town centre. The ski bus stops right outside. 2 beautiful king/twin bedrooms with TVs, a gorgeous bathroom with bath, overhead shower & separate toilet. Fully equipped kitchen, washing machine, dryer, huge storage area & secure ski locker.

A luxury 5-bed chalet on Route des Chavannes, Les Gets, next to the ski lifts, trails and tracks. Summer brings hiking, swimming, golf, cycling and mountain biking with dedicated trails. We host retreats all year round for yoga, nutrition and health. Uxello is wonderfully situated for all these activities with amazing views up and down the valley.

Le Morzenettaz offers comfortable, relaxed accommodation in a renovated 170-year-old farmhouse, close to Super Morzine lift & town centre. Choose from our 2-bedroom self-catering apartment (sleeps up to 6), available on a weekly basis, or our B&B in 5 en-suite bedrooms with flexible arrival days, minimum stay 3 nights. Free WIFI. Open winter and summer.

+33 (0) 6 71 92 33 77

+44 (0) 7973 662 421

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Le Clos Saint Jean

Aiglon Morzine

Mountain Lets

Le Clos Saint Jean is a luxurious & elegant chalet with a traditional alpine mountain lodge style. It boasts an incredible location, sitting directly at the bottom of the Perrieres pistes in Les Gets. With 7 bedrooms over 3 floors, the chalet sleeps 14 people comfortably. Your hosts are Julie & Clement, they can’t wait to welcome you to Les Gets.

12 stylish and contemporary alpine apartments within a stunning 'residence de tourism' situated in a great location, less than a 5 minute walk from both the centre of resort and the Super Morzine lift. Open summer & winter. The ultimate MTB retreat. Family fun, Multi-Pass member. On-site gym, sauna, treatment rooms and fitness classes. Secure parking.

Offering a range of stylish self-catered accommodation in Morzine from 5-bedroom chalets to 2-bedroom apartments. We can also assist with a range of extras allowing you to create your own tailor made holiday. Visit our website for more details!

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Chalet des Fleurs

Mountain Xtra Chalets & Apts

Established in 2006, chalets are within 500m of the pistes. We’re passionate about good food, our menu is created by a former Fortnum & Mason chef. Offering service with care, our goal is 100% repeat guests! Our holidays are delivered sustainably; we offset our carbon emissions by up to 10x. Mention ‘Source’ when you enquire to claim a bottle of local bubbles with your booking!

Providers of luxury self catered accommodation in Morzine, Les Gets & St Jean d’Aulps for over 10 years. We have a range of chalets and apartments sleeping from 5-12 people.

Mountain Xtra supply high-end self-catered properties in Morzine & Les Gets, rentable for weekly holidays in summer & winter. Our portfolio offers a range of smart, comfortable apartments & luxurious chalets at affordable prices. All properties are suitable for families or groups whether skiing or snowboarding, road or mountain biking, walking or on a family break, book direct.

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Alpine Residences

Summit Special

We are a small, family chalet company offering catered holidays in Morzine. We pride ourselves on a warm & welcoming environment where guests can feel instantly relaxed & enjoy delicious wholesome meals amongst friends. With our beautiful chalets in great central locations it couldn't be easier to get to the slopes & enjoy all the mountains have to offer.

Situated just a short distance from the centre of Les Gets and just 30 metres from the Perriers ski lift, Residence K2 features 12 x 2 bed apartments and a 3 bed penthouse, available both summer and winter. Modern design and furnishings feature throughout, as does the latest technology whilst kitchens are fully equipped. Prices start from €50 per night.

Chalet Gentiane is a beautiful, luxurious 8-bedroom, 7-bathroom catered chalet in Les Gets in a great location within easy walking distance of the slopes, lifts and the village centre. We pride ourselves on our personalised service, offering delicious freshly prepared food in a warm, friendly relaxed atmosphere. Why not make your next trip Summit Special?!

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Chalet Rive Gauche

The Lit tle Mountain Chalet

Hideout Hostel

A newly renovated central Morzine self-catered apartment in a stand-alone chalet. 5 minutes walk from the town centre with easy access to ski lifts. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus a spacious open plan lounge & kitchen with high quality sofa bed. Up to 6 guests can be accommodated comfortably. Flexible booking dates and stays of 3+ nights.

A large self-catered chalet with 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 14 guests. This traditional Alpine home is situated in an enviable position, elevated slightly above the village and enjoying an unbeatable panoramic view of the valley and the Pleney slopes opposite. Relax in the hot tub after a hard days skiing and watch the weekly ESF torch lit descent and fireworks.

Affordable, functional and stylish winter and summer mountain accommodation in the heart of central Morzine. Explore the magnificent terrain of MorzineAvoriaz, whether its carving the perfect pow-line in winter, or dropping through tree runs on Pleney B in summer. After a long day on the mountain, relax in the Hideout bar over a drink and dinner. First Lifts, Last Call.


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Avoriaz Holidays offer all you need to pl an a perfect holiday in les Portes du Soleil’s highest ski resort. All properties are ski-in, ski-out, bed linens are included, flexible meal pl ans including breakfast delivery are avail able and we arrange discounts on ski passes and equipment rental on your behalf. Here’s a selection of our properties.



Chalet Doriaz

Recently refurbished to a high standard, this large chalet accommodates up to 10 people and offers stunning views over the resort. Facilities include WiFi, TV, beds made before arrival, daily cleaning service, towels and firewood provided, sunny terrace and washing machine and dryer. You’ll love the large, open plan living room.

Located on the 4th floor of the Saskia Residence in the Falaise area , this apartment sleeps 6 people in comfortable rooms. There’s 1 double bedroom, a bunk room and a sofa-bed in the lounge. Facilities include beds made before arrival, WiFi, TV, kitchen with microwave, fridge and dishwasher. The southwest facing balcony offers stunning views!

An individual chalet offering accommodation for up to 12 in a huge, beautifully decorated space over several characterful levels. Facilities include WiFi, beds made before arrival, fire wood and towels provided, secure ski storage, laundry room, sauna, fitted kitchen with all the appliances you need, large dining area and several bedrooms to suit your whole group.



Fontaines Blanches Apartment

Sleeping 6 in modern comfort, this 3rd floor apartment has been recently refurbished and offers great views over the local pistes. Facilities include secure boot and ski storage, beds made before your arrival, WiFi, flexible bedroom arrangements, a fully-equipped kitchen and a south west facing balcony. We love the Savoyarde themed décor in this property!

This is a functional, well located apartment sleeping up to 4 people in 2 rooms. It’s on the 6th floor, which makes the views spectacular while other features include a ski locker, beds made before arrival, WiFi, a kitchen with microwave, fridge and dishwasher. There’s 1 double bedroom, 2 single sofa beds and a south facing balcony from which you can enjoy the views.

A charming apartment with modern décor, this residence offers accommodation for up to 4 people on the 4th floor of the building. Features include WiFi, beds made before arrival, a kitchen with a fridge, dishwasher and microwave while the bedrooms include 1 double room and a double sofa bed in the lounge. There’s also a south facing balcony too.


Malinka Apartment


This beautiful, uber-modern chalet sleeps 10 people in 5 bedrooms. It has it’s own private lift, a beautiful living room with a large fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen. Other features include heated boot warmers, laundry room, access to an indoor swimming pool, hammam, sauna and beautiful south facing balconies.

Accommodating up to 4 people, this charming apartment is on the 4th floor of a centrally located Avoriaz residence and enjoys south-west facing balcony views. Facilities include beds made before your arrival, WIFI, a kitchen featuring a microwave, hotplates, dishwasher and fridge in addition to a nice dining space. There is a double bedroom and 2 single sofa beds.

A duplex apartment sleeping up to 8, this property offers Avoriaz charm and style throughout. Facilities include beds made before arrival, flexible bedroom arrangements that include a mezzanine level which is perfect for children, a fully equipped kitchen and a large living room with plenty of comfortable seating for all.

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Each new issue of Source Magazine comes with an extra special bonus. On page 6 you’ll find our new winter poster, which is currently available to buy in limited quantities on the Morzine Source Magazine website. This year, our periodic table-inspired graphic demonstrates a full collection of the winter ski lifts across Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz. Priced at €25 each, the posters are printed on 100% recycled, bright white A2 paper and they are hand screen printed by humans, making each one beautifully unique. We’ve only printed a limited quantity, and they’re all individually numbered. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

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property CHALET L’ECURIE Chalet L’Ecurie is a stunning barn conversion close to the Super Morzine ski lift and the heart of Morzine. Renovated into a spacious ski property with 200m² of habitable space, it includes six en-suite bedrooms and a stunning split level living/dining room with a vaulted ceiling, full-length windows and a superb open fire. Many of the original features were retained in the renovation and are complimented by the addition of modern facilities such as the hot tub and sauna. The neighbouring property is also for sale - to be bought separately or together to create an extensive alpine chalet.

It’s not hard to imagine yourself perched on the terrace of your own beautiful mountain property, taking in the stunning views. Luckily, our valley has some of the finest property agents in the Alps, making it easy for you to find an alpine home to suit your budget. Here’s a range of some of the best homes on the market right now.



A barn conversion at its very finest!


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Ski-in, ski-out in Avoriaz at 1800m

The combination of four separate apartments to create one super-sized residence at altitude, Residences Alpages 2 is located in the very centre of Avoriaz with the pistes literally on your doorstep. The open-plan kitchen, living room and dining room offer stunning views over the local peaks whilst the two bedrooms offer large, flexible accommodation that’s perfect for a family. A large wrap-around balcony completes the apartment, whilst downstairs there’s loads of storage for all your kit. MORE INFO:

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A high-end development by renowned local builders

This is an exclusive new development of six luxury south aspect apartments, two of which are penthouses. Construction is by an established company of local high-end chalet builders. Each apartment will have two private underground garages included in the price and these apartments are just a short walk to Les Gets town centre and the nearby ski lifts. This development is also in a highly rentable location. MORE INFO:

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CHALET LE TERRAILLET This amazing chalet has over 400m² of living space and has all the bells and whistles you could possibly dream of! Six bedrooms including a master suite with dressing room, bathroom and sauna, a show-piece walk-in wine-cellar, a gym, a sports hall, a jacuzzi, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen and dining area, the list goes on. This “smart-home” also lets you control the lighting, heating, shutters and doors at the touch of a button! You won’t find a chalet that ticks more boxes than this; it has wow-factor written all over it!



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One of the finest chalets in the area

MONTRIOND DEVELOPMENT A two-bedroom apartment located in this excellent new development in the Montriond area of Morzine. This off plan apartment has a wide choice of high quality internal fixtures and finishes to create a truly bespoke ski apartment. FSA123 – A201 is a second floor dual aspect apartment of 71.94m², with a large south-facing balcony of 37.44m². The apartment has two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room, and a family bathroom and separate WC. In addition there is a bunk area in the inner hallway, perfect for children. The open plan living room and kitchen has a lovely dual aspect.



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Morzine Chalet New to the market, this is an outstanding five-bedroomed chalet occupying an elevated position above Morzine and offering panoramic views over the valley. The property is very spacious and includes an entire floor dedicated to the living area with a beautiful vaulted ceiling. Additionally, there’s a large games room and an expansive terrace with an outside bar and hot tub. We love the feature wine cave at this property too!



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APARTMENT MARIE II In Le Biot you’ll find this newly renovated two bedroom ground floor apartment measuring 88m² and set within a charming old farmhouse, which hosts four apartments. The property has a fantastic south facing garden with magnificent mountain views and a large courtyard. This is a great opportunity for young couples to get on the property ladder, whilst the outdoor garden space of 386m² in a quiet location is perfect for small children. The property also includes a garden shed, two parking spaces and multiple storage areas. There’s space to easily add a carport or garage also.



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L’ANCIENNE fERME DE MARTELET This lovely three/four bedroom farmhouse is for sale in Le Biot with stunning mountain views and offers renovation potential. It is a rare find and is located just 15km from the ski slopes of Morzine. Boasting a private garden and uninterrupted panoramic views, this property includes many original features. The property comprises of a lower floor with kitchen, three bedrooms, bathroom, WC and laundry room in addition to large stables for renovation. On the upper floor there’s a large barn perfect for renovation and a separate one bedroom apartment. Outside are gardens and private parking for four cars.



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Personalise your own mountain home in Morzine

On the south side of Morzine with views over the ski pistes of Pleney and within walking distance of the ski lifts, the brand new Grand Angle development is now for sale. These exceptionally beautiful apartments feature modern appliances, fitted and equipped kitchens, beautiful living areas, under floor heating, superb bathrooms and underground parking with private garages. Ski locker and cave included. Choose your finish and colour scheme from a stunning selection of materials on offer. Sensational rental investment and second home in the traditional, year round village of Morzine. MORE INFO:

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A lovingly restored Savoyarde farmhouse

FERME LE CRÊT A truly unique renovated Savoyard farmhouse, lovingly restored by its current owners and offering 32m² of living space. There’s a stunning double height open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen, five bedrooms and three bathrooms. The house is located in the pretty mountain hamlet of Seytroux, a five minute drive to the ski slopes of St Jean d’Aulps and 15 minutes to Morzine. Seytroux has a lovely restaurant with bar and grocery shop and in the summer a riverside restaurant. A hikers and dog lovers' paradise with lovely walks along the river and in the surrounding mountains. MORE INFO:

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ANNAPURNA PENTHOUSE One of the final remaining properties in what’s set to become the most prestigious development in Les Gets, this 184.9m² penthouse includes four bedrooms, four bathrooms and luxury interior features while offering breathtaking views over the village. Annapurna’s location, just metres from the pistes and slopes, makes it a highly desirable location with great investment potential. Owners also enjoy exclusive use of a private spa, wine bar and lounge area within the residence in addition to underground parking and storage space. MORE INFO:

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Morzine has a brand new super chalet and it’s not often that we get the chance to take a peek inside. Kyles Garrett of Shep&Kyles Design is responsible for many of the most luxurious chalet interiors in the area and we think Chalet Joux Plane is her finest work so far. If you’d like to add a little Savoie-chic to your home, take some inspiration from Chalet Joux Plane.

- interiors Tom Dixon Chairs Chairs from this iconic British brand feature in Chalet Joux Plane’s snug, salon, games room and in two bedrooms also. Kyles chose these particular chairs, not just because they’re beautifully designed and manufactured, but also because they epitomise the interior style of the chalet. They’re perfect for both reception spaces and bedrooms and work extremely well in contemporary interiors.

hidrobox Bath Baths in bedrooms is a very French, very chic way to arrange your room. In Chalet Joux Plane two of the master bedrooms feature this beautiful hidrobox bath immediately in front of a floor to ceiling window. It’s beautifully designed and made from a matt, tactile resin as opposed to the standard acrylic; these baths are both extremely comfortable and become a sculptural statement in a room.

Roche Bobois Sofas and Tables Kyles’ ‘go-to’ for a huge range of stylish furniture, the showroom is a treat in itself. Located on the canal in Annecy, inside a beautiful listed building, inside you’ll find a huge range of lounge and dining furniture, including these Symbole sofas which feature in various lounge spaces throughout Chalet Joux Plane.




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Handcrafted by Sweden Swing Every home should feature an internal swing. As the name suggests, Handcrafted by Sweden are a Swedish company focusing entirely on sustainable, beautiful products. Designed to lighten your mood and provide a space for inspiration, relaxation and reflection, Chalet Joux Plane features two internal oak and leather swings in the ‘party zone’ and one in the upper entrance hall to add a fanciful element in a chalet that’s notable for its clean lines and masculine palette. Additions such as this bring levity to the chalet and provide an essential balance to the interior style.


Top Floor by Esti Rugs Typically found in some of the world’s most prestigious private residences, luxury hotels and private yachts, Esti’s rugs include a distinctive texture. Top Floor are one of Kyles' oldest and bestloved suppliers as they are a class apart. The rugs in Chalet Joux Plane are a wool-silk mix and totally bespoke in design, colour and size. The silk adds an opulent sheen and feels incredibly indulgent underfoot.


Bocci Lights – 14 Series Described by Kyles as her ‘signature light’, Bocci are an innovative design and manufacturing company based in Vancouver and Berlin. Their ‘14’ light is an articulated, cast glass sphere with a frosted cylindrical void and it became an instant classic when released a few years back. In Chalet Joux Plane, Boccis hang in the double-height glass atrium that bisects the chalet. There’s a glass floor section in the atrium so the Bocci’s are also visable from the gym on the lower floor. Their impact is stunning.











Après Ski Adventuring By Chloe Hardy

Winter is the best time of year to be in the Alps. Especially if you’re on holiday. Cue days spent skiing and snowboarding, afternoons and evenings spent sampling the local après scene, the best restaurants, maybe the swimming pool and most definitely the shops. But that’s not all there is do around these parts. Winter generally comes with the assumption that there’s nothing else to do other than ski, snowboard and eat, while in summer, the scope for activities extends way beyond biking and hiking. There’s rafting, canyoning, hydrospeeding and a tonne of other adventurous options on offer over the summer. But fear not. The days may be shorter and the temperatures may be a lot colder, but there are still plenty of adventures to be had in the snow that don’t involve lifts, skis or snowboards. Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets may not be known as the most extreme resorts in the Alps, but we’ve created a handy list of our favourite snowy adventures. It also comes complete with a custom adventure scale so you can tailor your extra-curriculars to your own levels of adventurousness!



You see people parapenting a lot in the Alps; on a sunny day you’ll see people floating around in the sky attached to parachute-like ‘wings’ that allow you to literally take off from the top of a mountain and fly down to the valley floor. While it requires some skill to learn, it’s really easy to give it a go. A tandem flight (where you’re positioned in front of a qualified pilot who does all the steering, taking off and landing) takes up about half a day of your time and is a great way to see Les Portes du Soleil from the skies. While it may sound pretty extreme (you are flying, after all), once you’re in the air, parapenting is actually quite relaxing; just you and your guide, chilling in the sky and admiring the views. You don’t even have to do a long walk-in, you’ll be dropped off at the starting point and picked up after. Plus, if you really like it, why not return in summer? You can do a week’s course and learn how to do it yourself!




The slightly more adventurous sibling of parapenting, speed flying uses the same principle but a shorter wing. This allows you to fly faster, closer to the treetops and gives you more agility so you can do stunts! It can also be done with on skis so you can mix the sensations of skiing and flying – you might’ve seen some brave souls practicing around the Chaux Fleurie chairlift in Avoriaz. Generally speed flyers aren’t such a common sight in the Alps as they’re usually flying too low to be seen from the ground. The same deal as with parapenting, you’ll fly with a pilot who does all the hard stuff, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the fun!






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Not that adventurous really. You’d rather curl up with a good book than get cold, wet or fall in the snow. Getting a bit more extreme. You want to explore but you’re not up for something with a high risk of falls. You’re adventure-curious. As long as it’s safe and supervised, what’s the worst that could happen?







If you like to keep your feet firmly on the ground, snowshoeing is a great way to see some stunning mountain scenery away from the lifts. You can rent snowshoes and go at any time of the day but we recommend taking a guided night-tour. Les Portes du Soleil is full of refuges that are situated outside the ski areas and in the winter are only accessible by foot. A guided moonlit snowshoe tour will take you to one of these refuges, where you’ll be fed a hearty, traditional dinner in a cosy spot away from the crowds. If there’s enough snow you could even find yourself dining in an igloo! Your guide will also share all their local knowledge with you so you can get acquainted with Alpine wildlife that you might not normally see during a day on the slopes.


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You’ve probably seen fat bikes before and while they may look a bit silly, they’re incredibly practical. For people living in snowy areas, they allow you to carry on riding your bike all year instead of resorting to cars and let’s face it, they’re pretty fun! An electric fat bike has wide tyres run at a low pressure, which means you have better grip on the snow and won’t sink in like you would with regular tyres. They also have an electric motor (e-bike technology is coming on in leaps and bounds at the moment) which makes pedalling uphill a breeze and means electric fat bikes are accessible to everyone. As with snow shoeing, you can take guided tours, day or night, including a ride up to a refuge or igloo for dinner, and then you’re free to slip and slide your way back down. Fun fun fun!




Touring is a great way to keep fit, see the lesstravelled areas of the mountain and get away from the crowds. Plus, getting to the top of the mountain on foot makes the run down that much more rewarding. A great way to carry on skiing when the pistes are crowded, touring is also a good option for the environment as its entirely people-powered! However, it does require some special kit (see page 116) and you’ll need to be able to confidently ski offpiste. If you’re skiing you’ll notice that your skis have special bindings that come up at the heel, allowing you to effectively travel uphill. Snowboarders will require a splitboard that splits down the middle, allowing you to reposition the bindings and use it like a pair of skis on the up. Both options will require skins, (carpeted strips that stick to your bases) which grip the snow underneath stopping you from sliding back downhill. If you’ve never been touring before, you should always go with a guide. Guided touring trips happen in small groups and you’ll be provided with all the equipment you need, including avalanche safety gear. Your guide will take you touring in an area that suits the snow conditions and your ability level to ensure maximum fun and enjoyment. If you want to try any of the activities in this article, check out Evolution2. Based in Morzine and Avoriaz, they can make all your adventure dreams come true and make sure you truly make the most of your time in the mountains. Chaque Agence est Juridiquement et Financièrement Indépendante

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Ah technology. Making our lives significantly easier all the time. There’s so much going on in the world of tech at the moment, it’s hard to tell what’s going to kick off and what’s going to be a massive flop. Or worse, not useful or fun at all. We’ve been doing our research to find the most useful, fun and friendly new ski and snowboard related tech on the market. However you like to spend your day on the slopes, this lot will definitely add an extra dimension to your day.

- techLifeproof Frē Phone Case

RRP €79.99 There’s nothing more annoying than breaking your iPhone because you dropped it in the snow, fell on it or left it in an open pocket during a waist-deep pow line. It’s also no fun having it run out of battery right when you’re about to film your buddy hitting the drop of their life. Enter the Frē phone case from phone protection specialists, Lifeproof. This bombproof shell clamps itself around your phone (screen included) and provides topof-the-range shock absorption, waterproofing and dirtproofing while still allowing you to use all the external features as usual. It also keeps your phone warmer in cold temperatures, saving you precious battery life. The lowprofile design adds minimal weight and barely any bulk and there are plenty of colourways for you to choose from. A must-have for any keen skier, snowboarder, mountain biker, outdoor enthusiast or general clumsy person. Available for all iPhone models from 5 onwards

Skadi FIS App

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We’ve all heard of Pokemon Go, but have you heard of Skadi FIS? The world’s first ever augmented reality ski game sees you tearing your way around the mountain in pursuit of hidden treasure and mountain creatures, collecting points that can be transferred to prizes in resort. And before you say it… there’s no need to take your phone out of your pocket, just plug in your headphones and Skadi’s audio prompts will let you know when a trophy is nearby. Aside from gaming, Skadi also generates custom ski safaris tailored to your skill level; complete with detailed, accurate audio guidance and it does point-to-point navigation. Just select a specific restaurant or viewpoint on the map and Skadi will lead the way. It even uses clever geodata technology to find you the quickest route and avoid lift lines, and the whole thing works totally offline.

PainPod Mi

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Niggling pains or old injuries that make nuisances of themselves when you’re skiing? Prevent dodgy knees, shoulders, aches, pains and recovering muscle injuries from ruining your day with this clever little device from Australian company PainPad. A healthier alternative to standard pain medication, the PaidPod Mi is a small, portable device that sends electrical signals or ‘microcurrents’ through your muscles, which you can’t feel but scrambles the pain signals from the troubled area of your body to the pain receptors in your brain, effectively blocking it off. It’s far from a miracle cure, but its compact design means you can wear it on the slopes and enjoy a pain-free day, or you can use it back at the




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Remember when drones used to be really hard to fly and take up the entire boot of your car? It was only about three years ago. Drone technology is moving faster than the speed of light and the DJI Mavic Pro is a far cry from the large, bulky, easilycrashed drones of the not so distant past. The Mavic Pro has a small, compactable design and when the rotors are folded away it’s so small it can fit in most backpacks. It’s one of the easiest drones to fly ever. It’s also super simple to use. Just connect your smartphone to the remote control and you’ll be able to see exactly what you’re filming via your phone screen. Alongside the amazing camera quality, DJI have also added lots of small details to make filming a day on the slopes a total breeze. The best ones are a tracking mode that keeps the camera on a specific point or person while you fly, and a selfie mode that you can activate from

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Drysure Extreme Boot Dryer

RRP rom €24.99 Drysure boot dryers are amazing. Fact. Not only will they dry out your ski or snowboard boots overnight and make them less stinky, they’ll do it all without the need for any electricity! These low-bulk contraptions are easy to fit in your suitcase and can be used effectively pretty much anywhere. But how does it work? Well, each drier consists of a glossy plastic outer shell that slides easily into your boot and encases a mesh sack of silica gel beads. Silica beads are ultra-absorbent and draw all the moisture out of your liners before stinky bacteria starts to grow, leaving your boots feeling dry and warm next time you put them on. Each bead sack can absorb up to a week’s worth of moisture before it needs to be properly dried out, which can be done on a low temperature in the oven or by leaving them out in the sun. Total genius. We love them.

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possible By Helena McClintock

Nothing beats the feeling of conquering that run, making that turn, feeling the freedom of skiing the mountain under your own steam, just you and your skis. It all starts somewhere and why not start today? I remember someone saying to me ‘tous est possible’ (everything is possible) when I first learned to ski and I truly believe that. As a fullyqualified and well-experienced ski instructor who’s spent ten years teaching in Morzine, Les Gets, Avoriaz & Les Portes du Soleil, I’m here to help answer those allimportant questions. THE PREPARATION Getting yourself ready for a day on the mountain is easier than you think. • Fuel up before you leave your chalet with a good breakfast and a few snacks in your pocket; a must for the wee ones! • Layer up! Zipped layers are useful, as you don’t need to take off your helmet or your kids’! • Always carry sun cream and lip salve and make sure you are protected. • Bad ski socks are one of the biggest reasons for boot discomfort. Wear proper ski socks and only wear one pair at a time! Multiple pairs of socks will bunch up, rub and cause blisters. • The trick to walking in ski boots is to walk with a swagger. Keep your legs nice and soft. • Lift passes are electronic and can be stored in a zipped pocket for the duration of your holiday. The left hand side is usually best. Don’t put your phone or bank cards in the same pocket as they can interfere. • Skis and poles can be stored at the bottom of both the Pleney lift in Morzine and Les Chavannes Telecabine in Les Gets, saving you having to traipse them back and forth each day. The lockers cost roughly €10 a day for two pairs of skis.



If you’ve forgotten any kit, or need to get a few additional layers, gloves or socks, there are plenty of ski shops in resort to replenish any missing kit. Such as inter sport on the Rue du Bourg or little one boutique. THE SKI AREA Morzine and Les Gets benefit from well-equipped and designed beginner ski areas that are located at the top of the Pleney Telecabine and Les Chavannes Telecabine. Recent regrading of these slopes has made it even easier for beginners. Too often I see the friends and family of beginner skiers putting them straight onto skis and heading off into the mountains. In my experience this instils defensive habits, bad posture and generally petrifies the learner, making it much harder to progress and advance past the beginner slopes. Booking lessons is the best way to begin. Your instructor will encourage and help you to get started in the best possible way. There are many ski schools offering everything from large groups to individual coaching. There are several British instructors and in my experience, learning in your mother tongue allows you to be clearer when describing feelings, sensations and postures that will help you master skiing. Don’t forget to book your lessons in advance as many ski schools get booked up in advance. Both beginner areas have a magic carpet (a conveyor belt lift, similar to those you find in the airport). These are a great way to start using lifts and allow adults and kids to master them very quickly. Make the most of these beginner areas until you feel happy turning, controlling speed and stopping, before thinking of venturing further afield. Check with your instructor before pushing your progression; they’ll recommend the best runs and lifts for your development. After each lesson, take time to play, practise and develop what you’ve learnt. The Nabor and Belvedere lifts in Morzine are great for progression and you can also discover the Penguin Park from these lifts. In Les Gets, La Croix Blanche offers several options including wide, green runs that are great for mastering parallel turns and confidence. For extra fun discover the Grand Cry and the Milka run. Your instructor will demonstrate how to get on and off a chairlift; the trick is timing, standing up as the slope descends and using gravity to help. If you’re nervous, ask your instructor to sit beside you to get the timing right. There are plenty of great stops nearby for that allimportant recharge. Nothing tastes better than a hot chocolate in the snow after enjoying the slopes. Breaks are important, particularly in bad weather, as they keep your energy up, keep you warm and make you hungry for more.


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CHOOSING YOUR LESSONS Private lessons will be beneficial if you’re feeling nervous, as you’ll develop at your own speed whilst building confidence and developing your technical knowledge and understanding. Group lessons can be a great opportunity to ski with likeminded people of similar ability and make it a sociable experience. In my experience, a maximum group size of six works best for both adults and kids. At Ski Beyond we teach all levels of skier, from beginners to racers, off-piste and beyond using different teaching techniques to allow the skier to transform their skiing and feel comfortable and confident. We encourage our students to think about setting achievable goals to give their mind real direction. This also allows instructors to make learning as fun and interesting as possible. WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH “This is easy. I’ve cracked it!” said no beginner skier. Ever. All beginners have a moment when it just seems too hard. When this happens, take a moment to do some long, slow breathing, taking in the views and appreciating where you are. Allow your mindset to shift to the here and now, focusing on the most fun and memorable aspect of skiing. Clear your mind before you set off again as your mindset can have a huge impact on your experience. Taking a quick break or moving to an easier environment will give you a better opportunity to find those good feelings and smooth gliding sensations. Conquering those frustrating days and turning them into an achievement is one of the best feelings. The celebratory beer, wine or vin chaud tastes all the better for it! Après-ski is great fun, but be aware that a hangover will make learning a bit harder tomorrow. Stay as hydrated as possible and if you’re struggling with aching legs; try a few stretches when you return to your chalet. Give skiing a go. You are in the perfect place and the mountains are calling. Come and feel the freedom of skiing amongst the beautiful snowy trees in Morzine and Les Gets. It really will capture your heart, mind and imagination. You’ll be swishing around the mountain with confidence before you know it. Conquer the beginner slopes, the pistes and beyond - tous est possible! TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HELENA’S SKI SCHOOL, HEAD TO SKIBEYOND.CO.UK OR EMAIL MORZINE@SKIBEYOND.CO.UK.





By Chloe Hardy

How I got

here... Pat Sharples, Head coach and manager, GB Park and Pipe freeski team

Pat Sharples is the unsung hero of British freestyle skiing. As head coach and manager of the GB Park and Pipe freeski team, Pat is the driving force behind Olympic hopefuls Katie Summerhayes and James Woods, as well as up and coming groms like Madi Rowlands, Molly Summerhayes and Isabel Atkin. A former pro himself, Pat’s spent pretty much his whole life on skis, from the days when mogul skiing was the height of cool and through the evolution of what we know today as freeskiing. We caught up with him to find out about the crazy life of an Olympic ski coach. “I have been a coach professionally for about 15 years now. But it’s something I've always done, even before I went past my sell-by date as a professional skier! I’ve always loved coaching and not just the best UK freeski athletes, but all levels and ages. It gives me a buzz to see people improve at something they love doing! I first started coaching at the British Freeski Camps which were started by my good friend Warren Smith and myself in the summer months many, many years ago! And in 2006, my now wife Vanessa and I created the Salomon Grom Freeski


camps, which we ran all over the UK at the dry slopes and indoor centres. This is where it all started for me, working with some of my current athletes who are now on the GB Park and Pipe team. But this was way before we imagined that our sport would ever get into the Olympics and all the kids who attended just came along for the love of skiing. It was a truly magical time and something I'm very proud of! Today I feel like our athletes are my extended family and I'm super proud of them all. Image credit Katie Summerhayes

My job has changed massively since the introduction of slopestyle


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and halfpipe to the Winter Olympics and it continues to change all the time. Freeskiing and freestyle snowboarding are two of the fastest-growing freesports in the world and now that they are included in the Olympics, it’s just sped up the rate of progression to another level. There’s not really an average day in my job, every day is different. It can depend on so many things, including the location and where we are at the time. The weather is always our biggest obstacle. You never know what you're going to get from one day to the next. Some days we can be having a total banger where the stoke is high and everyone is learning new tricks and progressing well, and then you can have total crap weather where you're stuck in your apartment or hotel for a few days. But all the athletes spend a lot of time in the gym and being productive with their time when this happens. We currently have 12 slopestyle and halfpipe skiers on the main GB Park and Pipe team, who I work with alongside Jamie Matthew. And then there’s the rest of the support team, including our head physio Alison Robb and program manager Lesley McKenna. In the early days of freeskiing,

I’ve always wanted to travel and see the world so I feel incredibly lucky I get that opportunity with my job to do this. Although you never get to see as much of everything as you would like because we're normally so hectic with everything and the job’s the most important thing. Any sight-seeing is a total bonus but very rare!

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The biggest downside of being on the road is I’m away from my family (my wife Vanessa and my two kids, Reggie and Indy) a lot. Thank goodness for Skype and FaceTime. That makes things a little better but still, the toughest part of my job is being away from them. In the run-up to The Games my days will be… just busier mainly. Our schedule is very hectic from now up until the Olympics with World Cups, which are also Olympic qualifying events and we have lots of training camps planned around these, too. We also have other huge events like the Dew Tour and X Games. It’s all go!

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I don't know if I would use the words ‘looking forward to it’ when describing this winter’s Games. It’s a bit different for a coach as you just want to be as prepared for it as possible and do everything you can for the athletes. I would say I'm excited

“My job has changed massively since the introduction of slopestyle and halfpipe to the Winter Olympics and it continues to change all the time.” many athletes used to compete in both disciplines but this isn't the case anymore, apart from a very small few. We often have to run slopestyle and halfpipe camps separately as well as attending different competitions in different locations and counties, which can get a bit crazy! It’s great when we can all be in one place together as we can share resources and all the athletes are very close and supportive of each other.


for it. I’m always excited about any major event we attend. All of the guys have worked so hard leading up to this Olympics and it’s a crazy journey, which never goes smoothly in our sport! Injuries are the biggest threat to us and this comes with the territory. I would be stoked for everyone to support all our athletes who make it to the Olympics as they fully deserve it and they've worked super hard!”




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Choice. As a human race, that’s what we’ve always demanded. And choice is abundant in the winter sports product industry. Take a stroll around the London Ski Show, or one of many identical events taking place across Europe each year. There’ll be countless new beanie brands, a plethora of new skis, masses of new outerwear and revolutionary new snowboards, all vying for your attention and your wallet. Often we don’t know what to do with all this choice. But what if there were a better way to select the products you ride on and wear this winter? Skiing and snowboarding damage the environment in which we all play. That’s a fact, there’s no denying it. From your travel to and from resort, to your water and fuel consumption in resort; the wax on your skis and the energy needed to plough the pistes. We’re hemorrhaging natural resources at every turn. Three brands are on a mission to bring an avalanche of eco credentials back into the winter sports product industry and we’ve dedicated the following pages to them. We’re impressed by their innovation and dedication. We also love their marketing strategies and we hope to see more of the same in the future. #lovemorzine

F LO R I A N L E H M A N N - G E N E R A L M A N A G E R “Skiing is not a sustainable sport at all, and the last few years have been hard times for the ski industry. This has led to ski production moving to low income countries with very low sustainability standards to match. Our brand is solving this problem by focusing on fully EU production only, with the use of homegrown and breed materials. There’s tough competition in the ski market with low prices to match, so we’ve decided to sell our skis directly to our customers and manage a balance between fair prices and high quality, innovation and sustainability. Making responsible products affordable for everyone is our goal. We wanted to create something that makes the world just a little bit better but it’s even harder than you might imagine for new brands to break through in this market. We have to fight every day, but we’re sure it’s worth it. We’re saying that it’s possible to make ski production more sustainable, to keep the jobs here in Europe and to avoid shipping materials around the world. By making our skis affordable, we hope our business model will work in the long run. If not, at least we tried! Not everything is about making lots of money and in the ski industry, it can’t be about the money! There’ve been some key moments along the way when we knew Melt was going to work. Once our website went live, and once our first production run finished, everything was set to go and we had that ‘this is it!’ feeling. There’s no where near enough awareness of the environmental impact of skiing and snowboarding within the winter sports community. The biggest problem is the regular holiday skier, who rents skis without even thinking about where they came from or how they are made. All the re-sellers and the rental shops are just after their margins, they also don’t care as long as the price is low enough and the quality is OK for a couple of years. This bothers us every day. We’d like to see other brands making it clear to customers #lovelesgets


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that a ski – especially a really good ski – has to be well made by well paid professionals using good materials. And that consequently, this kind of ski has a higher value and a higher price. The ski industry right now is forcing prices down, leading to the poor conditions in which skis are made today.

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We don’t worry at all about the big ski brands coming along and copying our technology – in fact, we hope they do! Our Nivylen Base for example, is owned by a small German company and it really does minimise the ecological footprint of skiing. If more ski manufacturers used such products, it’ll become better recognized by consumers and we’ll be able to say goodbye to the old PE bases.

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The best part of my day is waking up my two kids in the morning and watching them fall asleep at night. This lets me forget all the trouble, problems and stress of the day, and they are the reasons why I want to change something for the better. I want them and other kids to see the beauty of winter in the decades to come.” /MorzineSourceMagazine

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M A RT I J N J E G E R I N G S - C O-F O U N D E R “We want to demonstrate that it’s possible to make affordable, highly functional and sustainable outwear for winter sports. We’ve changed the traditional business model and we’re selling directly to customers, offering them the latest technological innovations for a fraction of the standard retail price. That’s the problem that our brand solves.

for us. The idea wasn’t just possible in our dreams – there was a lot of people buying our products and supporting our ideas. It’s hard to describe how much motivation comes from those moments. Still, the most rewarding moments are finding unexpected messages in my inbox from random people who’ve taken the time to write us a message of support. That’s a huge boost for all of us.

Our idea started on a ski tour of the Vilan in Graubünded, Switzerland. We had the wrong outerwear and were sweating like crazy. Back in the valley, I went to the local store and tried to buy a new outerwear set that was more suitable for ski touring. I discovered that the full set would cost me over €2000. Working in the industry, I know that the majority of this cost was double mark-ups. That’s when I had my ‘What if…” moment. What started was an idea to create affordable ski and snowboard wear for a community of passionate skiers and snowboarders. What we have now is a sustainable outerwear brand.

There is absolutely no where near enough awareness about the environmental risk we’re all facing as a community of skiers and snowboarders. I find it hard to understand that so many people share a passion that’s so dependent on nature, but they still don’t really seem to care about it. But it’s good to see that many brands are now putting it on their agenda, though often that feels like an obligatory communications strategy instead of a real change.

In some ways it’s very difficult for a new brand to enter this competitive market. Each outerwear brand has its own unique proposition, it’s difficult to win over the retailers. But on the other hand it’s never been easier. We can now reach thousands of people easily via our social channels; we can talk to them and learn from them. Setting up an online shop is incredibly easy and we chose a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign to see if our idea actually made sense to a broader audience. All of these new tools allow us to spend a lot of time on our concept and idea, without having to worry about banks and a million forms to complete before we even get started. The first Kickstarter campaign was a real breakthrough #lovemorzine


The biggest challenge for Open Wear now is to build a sustainable company; one decision can cause a negative impact further down the line. This is one of the reasons why we’re fully open to our community. I believe that together we can make the most sustainable outerwear. Step by step. The expertise for producing the raw, sustainable materials we need has now left Europe, so we produce our outerwear in Asia. Europe-based production sounds catchy, but it doesn’t mean anything in terms of quality or sustainability. We’ve also created valuable jobs under very good working conditions in Asia. We have more products in the pipeline and although I can’t share too much at the moment, I can tell you that they’re focused on freeride and made of recycled material.” #loveavoriaz

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A N A VA N P E LT - C O-F O U N D E R “Niche exists to push the sustainable manufacturing of skis and snowboards forward. When we first started, no one was focusing on the fact that manufacturing is extremely toxic. We thought it was crazy that a sport based entirely on the environment was having such a negative impact upon it. We spent a year doing R&D, testing materials that hadn’t been used in snowboard production before. We sought out ideal replacements for existing materials and ended up with boards that are lighter, ride well and are actually more durable than most traditional products. This season we’re really proud to launch the world’s first completely zero-waste, 100% recyclable snowboard. This is a huge step forward for manufacturing and ensures that nothing ever ends up in landfill again. The amazing part of what we’ve developed is that our solution can be applied to any kind of composites manufacturing. The impact of this project is truly massive. We’ve learnt a lot when it comes to pushing our new brand from conception through to launch. We’ve learned to spend our time and energy wisely, and to make partnerships that make sense and help us move the business forward. We’re a small team, so we each wear a lot of hats. Prioritising daily tasks and efforts is key at the moment, whilst still being flexible enough to capitalise on selective opportunities is extremely important. It’s also very easy to get bogged down in the daily things, so it’s important to hash out goals, plans and direction. We look towards what we want Niche to become in the future and where we feel we can make really positive changes. We had our ‘no going back’ moment when we started working on the new zero-waste technology. We realised the kind of change that we could possibly impact by pioneering this technology with our partners at Connora. We knew we couldn’t stop pushing forward until this #lovemorzine


technology made it to market and became economically viable. We’re seeing an increasing awareness of environmental awareness amongst the winter sports community. It’s becoming more of a mainstream conversation, but there’s a lot of scope for growth. We can all be doing better; it’s our job to help educate our customers on how much power they really have. By being conscious about where we spend our money when purchasing products, small steps, when multiplied, can change the world! If you truly care about the environment, or can acknowledge that your customers care, then you must take steps to make changes that lessen your impact on the Earth we all share. If we’ve done nothing else, Niche has proven that you can make better products, it’s not that much more expensive and the impact this has on your environmental footprint is too significant to be irrelevant. We work inside The Mothership, which is a unique space that sits in one of the most picturesque places on the planet. Inside it’s clean and modern with different rooms for printing, pressing and finishing our products. There’s an R&D lab and it’s one of, if not the most advanced snowboard manufacturing facilities in the world. It runs off 100% hydropower from the adjacent river and recently won a global energy award for its zero CO2 emissions. The next big step for us is figuring out what to do with all the recycled waste material and end-of-life products. We’re currently exploring what kinds of products we’d like to make, the possibilities are virtually limitless, which is exciting but also daunting at the same time. We want to make sure we make decisions that are going to continue to have a positive impact and that will push us all forward into a better future.” #loveavoriaz

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You can never be quite sure of what you’re going to need on a ski trip, only to find you don’t have a suitable vessel to pack it in. And then you’ll arrive in resort and realise you’ve overlooked something absolutely essential to your trip. Don’t panic just yet. We’ve sorted through some core essentials and luxurious extras that will make your holiday much more comfortable.

- travel Poler Shaggy Napsack

RRP €180.00 A sleeping bag that allows you to stand up, walk around and make your morning coffee in? Yes please! Cosy gear is a must for cold climates, and whether you want something to relax in at the chalet or you’ve got something more extreme in mind, the Poler Shaggy Napsack is the answer to all your payers. Kind of like a cross between an insulating jacket and a duvet, this ultra-practical sleeping bag can be opened up at the bottom and has zip-up arm holes. Surprisingly perfect when you’ve just woken up and you need to get going, but it’s freezing outside the warm confines of your sleeping bag. The Shaggy Napsack even has a fuzzy, high-loft lining for maximum warmth and cosiness.

Mahabis Classics

RRP €90.00 If ever there was ever a pair of slippers designed for the purpose of being worn on hard chalet floors and trips down to the garage to wax your skis and boards, it’s the Mahabis Classics. Mahabis have taken every little thing that might possibly be annoying about a pair of slippers and turned it into a practical, uber-comfortable solution. From the stretchy neoprene heel cup that keeps them firmly on your feet to the grippy rubber soles that save you from slipping over on tiles and varnished wood. Mahabis have also got easily detachable soles so if you do want to head out to the bins or go down to the boot room, just slip on the soles so you don’t tread mud and dirt back into the house. If you have any spare room in your luggage, fill it with these.

Douchebag Carryall 40L and Explorer Backpack

RRP €179.00 / €249.00 We have to say, Douchebags have got style and practicality totally covered in the luggage game. This stealthy combo of the Carryall 40L and Explorer backpack is the perfect luggage duo for short ski trips. The Carryall has multiple compartments for all your travel essentials: clothes, shoes, electronics and books, while being a great size to stash in an overhead locker (though do check with your airline first!). It’s even got stow-away backpack straps with an EVA back panel and can double as a gym bag when you’re not on the move. The carryall is ideally paired with the Explorer Pack, a versatile ski backpack that oozes street style but packs in all the practicality you need for a day on the slopes or short tours. The removable waist belt, back panel opening, ski and snowboard attachment straps and avi gear pockets are just as handy for city commuting as they are on the mountain.




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Sungod Custom Renegades

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A trip to the mountains always requires a good pair of sunnies. Even in a snowstorm, all that white can wreak havoc with your vision. Luckily, Sungod’s Custom Renegade sunglasses are good value, great quality and prepped for adventure. Plus, the ‘custom’ part means you can select your own frame colour and choice of lens - bonus. We love the unique frame design, made from Sungod’s own Adventureproof material. Not only is it super light, it’s also really flexible, which drastically reduces the risk of the arms snapping; perfect for us adventurous types. And for the ultimate adventurer, traveller, or person who always forgets their case, the lenses have mega-burly triple-layer scratch protection. The perfect sunglasses to keep in your pocket for lunches on the slopes, hiking the park and sunny après beers.

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There’s no doubt about it; spending a day on the mountain feeling cold, wet and miserable is no fun at all. However, being dry and toasty makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, like biting into a fresh piece of hot buttered toast on a Sunday morning. We don’t want you to spend your days being wet, cold and miserable on the slopes, so we’ve hunted down the best winter clothing and accessories we can find to make sure you end your day on a high point.

- winter warmers Airblaster Classic Ninja Suit

RRP €139.95.00 Not gonna lie, an Airblaster Ninja Suit will set you back a bit, but trust us when we say, it’s worth every penny. We’re not exactly sure why, but wearing a Ninja Suit just adds and extra dimension of fun and happiness to your day. Made from Airblaster’s super-soft AirTech fabric (though a merino version is also available), these awesome onsies are long-lasting, warm, fast-drying, breathable, comfortable and stretchy. A Ninja Suit will keep you toasty warm whether you’re layering it up for extra-chilly days, wearing it on its own under your outerwear in spring or having a down day at home – they really are THAT comfortable. Practicality-wise, Airblaster have thought of everything that might stop you from wearing a onsie and fixed it. From the 350º waist zip that makes trips to the bathroom a breeze, to the pony-tail hole in the hood of the women’s version, you’ll never wish for separate thermals again. The long chest zip even makes it mega easy to take on and off. Seriously, once you’ve gone Ninja you’ll never look back.

Coal M.K.T Neck Tube

RRP €30.00 Same as with gloves; when you’re on the mountain, having something to protect your face is an absolute must. Wind burn, sun burn and leathery skin are all unfortunate sideeffects of leaving your face exposed for too long. The weather can change so fast on the slopes you could end up with both types of burn in the same day. Luckily, the awesome merino M.K.T neck tube from Coal will keep your face warm, dry and protected all day. It’s just the right size to not get bunched up in your helmet or under your jacket, and you’ll never find the low-profile seam rubbing painfully on your skin. Tried and tested: it dries REALLY fast, even a quick drink stop is enough time to inject a little warmth and dryness back into your day. It also feels mega soft against your skin. Bonus.




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RRP €20.00 Only a fool goes up the mountain without a pair of glove liners. Don’t be a fool. Probably one of the most important pieces of kit you can have, a good pair of glove liners will live in your pocket and keep you on the move when you feel like your fingers are too cold to carry on. While normally we’re lovers of merino, we have to say that in a mountain environment where you’re handling skis and snowboards, merino’s fragility works against it. The mid-weight Storm Liner Gloves from Dakine are synthetic and more able to deal with sharp edges. They’re also easy to slip on under frozen gloves for a boost of warmth on a cold day. Super useful features include silicone grips on the palms so your poles / skis / snowboard won’t slip out of your grasp while you’re on the bus and smartphone fingers mean you can use your phone in the cold without having to de-glove completely.

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Stance Backcountry Socks

RRP €34.99 It may sound like a cliché, but the older we get, the more we appreciate a good pair of socks. Stance is a brand that knows this and won’t stop until they’ve created the perfect socks for all environments. This year the Backcountry Socks are where it’s at, featuring a streamlined design and light weight, making them a great fit for ski and snowboard boots alike. Made from a wool blend that provides all the thermal properties you could want, these supersoft socks pack a seriously warm punch with life-saving details you didn’t even know you needed. Reinforcements in the heel add extra durability, while targeted cushioning, compression and mesh zones supply extra comfort and breathability where you need it most. Stance have even paid extra attention to your toes, with seamless stitching and an ultra-warm toe box to keep your most exposed extremities comfy and cosy all day.

Planks Reunion Soft Shell

RRP €149.95 Far from just a glorified hoodie, Planks took the waning concept of the softshell a few years back and totally turned it around. The Reunion softshell takes all the best bits of a casual hoodie or jacket and reinforces them to keep your stoke levels high from first lifts to après beers. Planks have got their own softshell fabric, which is soft, stretchy and breathable for maximum comfort, but also water and wind resistant so you can stay warm and dry, and shred all day. Lightweight, casual street styling means you can throw it on in pretty much any situation, but we think where the Reunion really shines is in the spring, where warm weather, wet snow and chilly afternoons mean you need something light and comfortable, but also warm and protective. Best part? You can buy one from the Planks shop on Rue du Bourg in Morzine!




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PyeongChang 2018

An environmental fail or win? By Claire Garber

The environmental impact of winter sports has long been known, but not always widely publicised. From the emissions generated getting tourists to resorts and the water consumption of snow cannons; to the ecosystems destroyed by piste creation and the resourceguzzling infrastructure of the resorts themselves, our one-week ski holiday in the mountains comes at a mighty natural cost. In response, there’s been an adjustment in how ski resorts operate and a welcome surge in environmentally friendly kit too. But are those changes really enough? At the forefront of environmental best practice currently sits PyeongChang 2018 - the first ever Winter Olympics to receive the prestigious ISO 2012-1 certification - a global standard for sustainable events - a year in advance of the actual Games. But can South Korea really deliver on its environmental promises and will it be the educational environmental spokesperson we really need it to be?

FROM CARBON NEUTRAL TO CARBON PLUS The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics started on a high with a fact-pack filled with climate change



promises. They were granted the label ‘Green Dream’ for their efforts to protect the environment. They had focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, preserving water resources, minimising waste production, protecting ecosystems AND increasing awareness around environmental risks. It sounded like medal-winning stuff. But what did it all really mean?

POSITIVE, AND ALSO, NEGATIVE The big goal for PyeongChang 2018 was to be “Net Positive”. This meant they wanted to be responsible for the reduction of more carbon emissions than they would actually create. They also had an impressive global vision, known as New Horizon, which promised to ‘promote co-existence and co-development of human and nature through sports with a sustainable legacy to Gangwon Province and Korea’ – which was an incredibly vague and long sentence devoid of all commas. So what were their actionable points? What were they going to actually do? One of their many Olympic-sized websites states that this Winter Olympics would: • Minimise greenhouse gas emissions through the use of green renewable energy • Establish green transport systems • Facilitate green procurement and resource circulation (aka, recycling) • Preserve biodiversity • Restore the ecological environment through reforestation • Improve water quality and clean water infrastructure When their proposals were initially released, there was concern that the plans lacked substance. At a glance some goals seemed vague, while others, contradictory. But, to date, PyeongChang 2018 has taken some truly impressive steps, making them true environmental goal medallists:


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• They have funded wind farms that will produce more than the minimum amount of electricity need to power the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games. • They have ensured that six of their newly constructed competition venues feature either solar power or geothermal. • The sites for four venues were created on landfill sites. • They bought a fleet of over 300 electric vehicles to try and make EVs a mainstream choice for as many Koreans as possible. • For mass transit, the Korean government invested heavily in a high-speed rail (HSR) from Seoul to transport a significant percentage of visitors to PyeongChang. It’s the above efforts that resulted in the ISO 2012-1 certification, making PyeongChang only the third Olympic Games, and the first ever Winter Olympics, ever to be formally recognised for its eco credentials.

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ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO TREES BACK But no sooner had PyeongChang 2018 received international recognition for their efforts, they were then accused of substantial negative impacts on the natural environment. The giant endangered elephant in the room was the removal of tens of thousands of trees from the slopes of Mount Gariwang. The mountain had previously been designated a national protected forest back in 2008, before the Games had been commissioned. That designation was quickly removed in 2013, just in time for the Olympic construction project. The row between environmentalists and the Olympic organisers centres on a 500-year-old mountain forest. Tens of thousands of trees have been removed to make a ski slope that could have been placed elsewhere, inflicting irreparable damage on the area’s delicate ecosystem, including ancient and rare species. Its destruction amounted to an ecological disaster and a report issued by campaigners in June this year stated that of the 58,000 trees already removed, only 181 will actually be replanted. It seems the environment is only worth protecting when it generates international certification.

EDUCATION Another criticism of PyeongChang 2018 is that of education. Ensuring sustainable infrastructure is important. But so is large-scale education. Rio 2016 communicated the threat of climate change during their games. They had a climate change themed vignette during the opening ceremonies and highlighted environmental concerns to a massive TV and digital audience, estimated at up to 1 billion people. While PyeongChang acknowledges this was a highly successful campaign, they have made no plans to do anything similar. Even if they are innovating with the use of renewable energy and whizzing everyone around






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DID YOU KNOW? It seems everyone could do with a lesson in selfpromotion. There are other innovators and leaders in the world of climate change who are equally poor at blowing their own trumpet. Did you know, for example, that China has been globally recognised as a leader in the fight against climate change? While the world was busy labelling them callous emissiongenerating cowboys in the shaming world of climate change, they were rapidly increasing their spending on renewable sources of energy, especially on solar and wind. They also planted over 66 billion trees, their own silent commitment to combat air pollution and deforestation. Meanwhile in the corporate world, there is something known as RE 100 - a kind of illuminati-esque group of invisible do-gooders, made up of FTSE-level big corporates who have all committed themselves to moving to 100% renewable energy while we were busy cursing the 5 pence tax on plastic bags. By comparison, they both make PyeongChang 2018 look like a right Chatty Cathy.

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How we got

Mountain E Park is located next to the Lac d’Ecoles sector of Les Chavannes and it’s easily accessible by bus from the resort centre or on your skis! This winter electric snowmobile sessions for kids will also take place in Avoriaz, head to for further details or email Check availability by calling +33 (0) 6 76 96 88 98


Edwige and Jérémy Cousseau Founders, Mountain E-Park, Les Gets

Before we started Mountain E-Park last winter, I worked I social services and my husband Jérémy worked in civil engineering. We’re passionate motor sports fans but we also love the mountains and working with kids. We wanted to combine these passions and to make a sustainable, environmentally focused business from them.

At Mountain E-Park we offer four main activities. Firstly, there are introductory sessions on our electric snowmobiles for children aged five to 12 years in addition to electric trails bike lessons for little ones aged between six and 14 years of age. We also rent electric drift trikes to adults and children aged 10 and over at events across France, while at the same time selling electric snowmobiles and drift trikes. Our aim is to change the image of motor sports in the mountains by making all equipment 100% electric! Our electric snowmobiles and drift trikes are totally unique. We worked in partnership with Quantya, a Swiss manufacturer of leisurebased, adult-sized electric snowmobiles, to develop a


prototype for the first electric snowmobile for children. In January 2017 we launched our first electric snowmobile park in Les Gets. Now we offer 15-minute introduction sessions, supervised by Jérémy on a clearly marked snowy circuit away from the pistes.

Chavannes side of Les Gets, offering electric trails bikes to children aged between six and 14 years. Again, this is an entirely new activity in the mountains and we’ve been delighted by the feedback. In fact, resorts in the mountains across France have contacted

We believe we have a responsibility to teach children that fuel engines are not the future. Fuel engines take time to maintain, they’re expensive, noisy and very bad for the environment. Watching our business develop in the mountains is very rewarding. And of course this is not just a winter business. Last summer we were able to maintain our park on the

that fuel engines are not the future. Fuel engines take time to maintain, they’re expensive, noisy and very bad for the environment. Electric engines are the future. Plus, electric trails bikes and snowmobiles are easier to drive than their fuel-powered alternatives and Jérémy can continue to teach children while their engines are running.

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Motor sports also have quite a dangerous reputation, one that we’re trying hard to change! Of course it’s important to learn the basics – equipment, safety and respect for the environment. Each of our classes includes close supervision to ensure maximum safety at all times.

People often ask us ‘why electric?’ We believe we have a responsibility to teach children

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By Chloe Hardy & Mark McKellar

Ski mountaineering isn’t something les Portes du Soleil is generally renowned for. Especially when it takes the best part of a day to get around all 12 resorts using the lifts. Ski touring and climbing your way up a mountain with the aid of crampons, ice axes and ropes is something generally reserved for visiting our steeper, gnarlier neighbour, Chamonix. But Les Portes du Soleil actually has a surprising amount on offer, especially if you’re just starting out your ski mountaineering career. However, we’re far from experts in the field, so we asked Mark McKellar, a ski instructor at Avoriaz Alpine Ski School, to step in and show us the ropes, so to speak.



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“Les Portes du Soleil has some incredible terrain for ski mountaineering; with its vast area, there are endless mountains to explore and escape the crowds. A lot of the terrain is pretty accessible, meaning that most routes can be done in a day. Of course there are some multi-day routes to be done too. Even after a day’s teaching, there are some lovely little tours that I can do before the sun sets. And Chamonix is just down the road if I want to ski the big scary terrain! One of the most memorable routes I’ve done in the PDS is the Pertuis and Petit Pertuis couloirs on Mont de Grange, a mountain that is encircled by Avoriaz, Châtel, Abondance and Chapelle d’Abondance. We (my friend George Treble and I) have skied some other routes on Mont de Grange before, which left us wanting to explore more of the area. The north side of the mountain holds snow right till the end of the season. For a route like this you need quite a lot of gear: a full touring kit, avalanche safety kit (transceiver, shovel and probe), map, compass, guide book, ice axe, crampons, harness, rope, slings, ice screws, karabiners, helmet, spare layers, first aid kit, water, and of course, left over dinner and chocolate. You also need to be aware of the snow and weather conditions, which are the biggest dangers of being outside ski resort boundaries. We always check the weather forecast and avalanche bulletin before we go, this way we know if the weather is due to change and what the avalanche risk is. But of course, every mountain is different and a forecast alone is not enough. Therefore, once we’re on the snow, we’re constantly checking the conditions and making sure we’re both happy. We left the car at about 07:00am and had about a 20 minute walk-in through the tree line. It was the end of the season, so the snow line was a bit higher up. Once there we put on our skis and skins, stashed our shoes and carried on through some beautiful terrain.



Above the tree line the terrain opened out into a magnificent bowl. It was the perfect freeride playground with lots of drops and rollers to play on for the decent. The terrain started to get steeper and the


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snow a little firmer, so we decided to put our ski crampons on for more grip. We carried on up to the bottom of the Pertuis couloir.

them for a bit in our best French. It was awesome sharing tales of the day with each other before heading back to the car.

Once there, we decided to put our boot crampons on and boot pack the couloir, as it was too steep to tour up. At this stage, some French skiers and their dog caught us up, they were doing another route and their dog had no problem walking up in the snow. We were very impressed!

You need a decent amount of knowledge to climb and ski a route like this, from general fitness to avalanche safety and rope skills. I've climbed on rock from a young age, so I'm happy with rope work. However, I'm not a strong ice climber, so when it gets too steep and icy, I turn back. I've done a fair amount of navigation, both in the mountains and on the bleak but beautiful

The hike up the couloir was steep and continued to steepen, but the

“I've learnt and am still learning the correct skills from courses, books, experience and most importantly spending time going out in the mountains and having fun with people who know what they’re doing.” snow was nice and grippy for our crampons and axes. As we neared the top we spotted a chamois just above us, chilling out on the most exposed rocky buttress he could find. He wasn't too bothered about us being there and after having a good look, he simply went on his way across some serious terrain! Nutter.

“be aware of the snow and weather conditions, which are the biggest dangers of being outside ski resort boundaries.”


We got as far as we could. The last 80-90m did not have good snow cover and was very icy. So we put our skis on, took in the beautiful views and started to descend one at a time, stopping in safe places along the way. It was a bit steep (40-45º) but a lovely 400m decent. Once at the bottom we decided to go up the petit Pertuis as we had time and the snow was still in good condition. This took us about an hour and we went all the way to the summit. We had some food on the summit, took in the panoramic views across Les Portes du Soleil, and then started to head down. The descent was lovely and not so steep so we decided to ski together.There was a little fresh snow all the way to the tree line. We carried on through the trees, and then came across the French skiers and their dog at their little hut. They offered us a couple of beers so we chilled and chatted to


landscape of Dartmoor back home. I've learnt and am still learning the correct skills from courses, books, experience and most importantly spending time going out in the mountains and having fun with people who know what they’re doing. Off-piste skiing and ski mountaineering is dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. Being a "good" skier is not enough. But saying that, it’s not unattainable. If you want to give it a try, gain the knowledge and skill first. It's easy to go and buy the kit but what’s the point in having it if you don't know how to use it? It's not a quick process so be prepared to take time learning all the different aspects of ski mountaineering. There are some lovely small and simple tours that can be done in Les Portes du Soleil, so start very easy. Lessons, courses or qualifications are a must, so research what's on offer. At Avoriaz Alpine Ski School we are running "Access All Areas" weeks this season. These are aimed at competent and fit skiers and snowboarders who are looking for an introduction to off-piste, touring, avalanche safety and navigation. We also do offers for people working in resort too.


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first steps in ski touring By Paddy Morris

A major factor stopping many people getting into ski touring is confusion about kit. Thankfully Paddy Morris, a fully qualified ISTD ski instructor based in Morzine, is here to guide us. Paddy runs skitouring sessions throughout the winter and provides all the kit you need for a great adventure. BINDINGS There are two main binding designs - frame and tech. If you're not buying new boots, you'll need frame bindings. These work with any traditional alpine boot. You might feel a few millimeters higher over the ski than on a normal ski binding, and they're a little heavier. But they're a cheaper, simpler place to start than the alternative. You detach the heelpiece and the whole thing hinges away from the ski with your boot as you trundle up the hill. When you get to the top, clip the heel of the binding back onto the ski and off you go. Frame bindings also have more adjustment and they're said to release more reliably in case of a fall. If you're in the market for new boots, buy a pair that are compatible with tech bindings. These have spring-loaded pins that clamp onto the toe and heel of your boot. You disengage the heel pins and your boot is free to hinge forward at the toe for uphill touring. The major advantage is that they are far lighter. The simpler mechanics also mean that tech bindings have your boot closer to the ski, which is more comfortable and efficient going up hill. Some tech bindings come with brakes, some don't. For their minimal added weight, brakes not only stop your skis disappearing off down the mountain if you fall, but also make your skis easier to put on as they won't slide around so much. SKIS Nothing too fat, and avoid twin-tips, but apart from that, go wild. The main consideration isn't weight (the bindings and boots will make up the weight), but width underfoot. A narrow ski is much more comfortable when climbing (especially when traversing or doing kick turns) so err on the skinny side. A wider ski creates more drag as it slides up hill. While a wide ski would seem ideal on the descents, how often are you going to be touring in waste-deep powder? As a rough guide, my setups range from 75mm underfoot, which covers me for boring cardio sessions up the sides of pistes, through to 106mm underfoot for deeper snow.


Anything much over 106mm (like the Rossignol Soul 7) is probably too heavy to be of benefit and anything thinner than 75mm is generally the preserve of randonĂŠe racers in their lycra suits. Having said all that, the best touring ski is whichever one you can get your hands on. The touring season is long, from early November dumps to the last little patches of spring snow and you can't afford to be precious about rocks shredding your thousand-Euro Dynastars. So, if you've got an old pair of rock-skis in the cellar, they're as good a place as any to start. BOOTS If you've gone for the frame bindings, you can use any old boot from the darkest corner of the rental shop. They'll be heavy, and won't have the range of movement of a boot with a decent tour/walk mode. But if you've decided you can justify splashing out on a proper touring boot, you've got a few choices to make. You'll want one with tech inserts (those little pin-holes), but will you also want to use your boots in normal bindings on other skis? If so, check your boot sole is compatible. Some boots, such as the Scarpa Freedom and the Lange Freetour will happily fit into both pin, frame and alpine bindings. Others wont. Every year brings us a fraction closer to the perfect all round boot. You won't win the World Cup in it, or go ice climbing, but for everything else, there are options out there for a one-boot solution. If you're going to be keeping your traditional alpine boots for use in conventional bindings, then why not investigate pure touring boots. These will tip the scales at about half the weight of a crossover alpine/ touring boot, so you'll fly up the mountains in no time at all. However, the weight is saved at the cost of important things like rigidity and cuff height, so you'll feel like you're skiing back down in a pair of wellies. Unless you're going to use them for multiday adventures, it's best to stick to a boot that will ski well on the way down, as well as the way up. SKINS Skins are the strips of material that make this whole lark possible. One side is covered in glue, that you



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PERIPHERALS Poles. If you think you deserve some shiny new kit, then go wild, but the most important features can also be found in the cheapest ski poles. They need to be sturdy with a decent basket to stop the pole sinking in fresh snow. Other fun features like hollow Genepi cavities will cost you more.

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Clothing and eyewear. Touring is a sweaty business, so no down jackets. Long sleeved thermal t-shirts make great touring tops in the spring. If you're a sweaty type, take a spare layer so you have something dry for the ski back down. And take proper sunglasses! New retinas don't grow on trees. Avalanche Gear. Disclaimer alert! Never ski offpiste without appropriate avalanche equipment, and the knowledge how to use it! This topic is vast, and we haven't the scope to cover avalanche safety every time we mention skiing off piste. So get equipped, get trained and take a guide if you're going off piste. Not a guide-book, or an app you downloaded on your phone that has rubbish battery life and only lasts 'til lunch-time. A real, walking, talking, mountain guide or skiinstructor. Head to for details on Paddy’s ski touring sessions this winter. And look out for an much-extended version of this guide on

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It’s rare to qualify into a profession, only to have the parameters of your career keep changing. Nowhere is this more apparent than the role of the Chalet Chef. Over the last two decades, the chef’s role has undergone a total transformation and recently there has been yet another seismic shift. Welcome to the everchanging world of the Chalet Chef.

A CHEF’S LIFE It used to be so much simpler. Follow a weekly set menu. Create food in bulk. Carb-load guests to an early sleep and keep the evening well oiled with carafes laden with red wine. Dining experiences in ski chalets used to be the equivalent of pub grub on steroids; a high-altitude feeding frenzy for a bunch of happy skiers grateful for any dinner that didn't require their postpiste input. Quickly the chalet dining experience evolved. Fine dining experiences were expected, as were champagne-soaked evenings and decadent sugar-filled afternoon teas. The gap year student ‘chefs’, hungry for piste time not kitchen time, were replaced by actual chefs, with legitimate qualifications and aspirations far removed from fondue and shepherd pies. Guests lolloped home from their annual ski holiday several pounds heavier having eaten the equivalent of seven Michelin-starred meals in one week. Skiing wasn’t the only extreme sport.




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Now the goal posts have changed again. Just when those Head Chefs got used to catering to the fine dining high life, we, the everdemanding consumer, started arriving with lots of requests. Armed with doctors’ notes and pallid complexions, we explained that we needed something entirely different. Health was the new fashion. Allergy was the new power word and we had food intolerances coming out of our ears. So what does the life of a Chalet Chef look like now? We asked to of the Alps' finest luxury ski chalet companies about this ever-evolving role. THE SHIFT The Boutique Chalet Company NICK LYON DEAN, HEAD CHEF

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“When I started working in chalets 16 years ago, it was very rare for people to have allergies and other dietary requirements. You'd have a few vegetarians and maybe a couple of serious allergies per season. Nowadays, if you have a week without any dietary requirements, it's a rarity.”

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“Agreed. A few years ago you might be faced with one or two weeks where one person in a group had specific requirements. Years before, even vegetarians weren’t commonplace, which seems absurd looking back. By contrast, last winter season, I don’t think we had one week without some kind of specific dietary requirement.” THE IMPACT The Boutique Chalet Company NICK LYON DEAN, HEAD CHEF

“The change has definitely made work more challenging! But I think for the benefit of everyone. 15 years ago you could produce the same menu week after week and only make alterations for dietary requirements every once in a while. The danger is that it’s quite easy to become bored with that scenario. Now it is much harder to follow the same menu plan one day to the next. Often you have three or four different dietaries in any given week, so there is a pressure to be much more creative. I think guests can definitely tell when their chef is being stimulated creatively and that makes the experience for them all the more enjoyable.”

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“When you work in a restaurant, you are always working to set menus so there are far fewer curve balls. In the mountains it is so much more challenging, with changing clients and changing needs. Your clients are also dining with you every night for seven nights. That's a lot of meals and a lot of requirements! Someone might be diabetic, several might be lactose or gluten intolerant, vegan, vegetarian, and perhaps someone is training for a marathon. You need to create something that works for everyone.” The Boutique Chalet Company NICK LYON DEAN, HEAD CHEF

“Having a multitude of dietary requirements definitely provides a catalyst for creativity. For many chefs, the chance to work in a chalet gives them the opportunity to be more creative and imaginative than working in a restaurant ever could.” THE EDUCATIONAL LEARNING CURVE Morgan Jupe ALEXANDRA BLAGDON, HEAD CHEF

“I was vegetarian for some time and I did a lot of research into the different food groups, food preparation processes, the chemicals in meats and dairy and modern farming methods. There is so much to learn. Dietary requirements push us to understand food much more deeply and also I find we make so much more from fresh. We work to create meals that don't make people feel excluded. We work to ensure people don't feel punished due to their allergy or intolerance. So it is both educational and inspirational. Showing clients that good food can taste great gives me a massive sense of achievement. The chef’s role is no longer that of production line, but of constant creator.” THE NEGATIVES – SPEAK YOUR TRUTH The Boutique Chalet Company NICK LYON DEAN, HEAD CHEF

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allergies are not taken as seriously as they should be. I think people should be more honest about why they are not eating certain foods. If I’m told that a guest doesn't eat a certain food because they are following a particular diet, I will always respect that, whereas (as has happened several times) guests who declare themselves as vegetarian then ask for a steak, tends to generate a certain amount of cynicism in the industry. Regardless of the reason for the dietary requirement, it does provide a great opportunity for us chefs to learn about different allergies and diets, and how to cater for them in new and exciting ways. Satisfying and exceeding our guests expectations is what creates an enormous amount of job satisfaction and is why we return season after season.” IT'S A CAREER CHOICE Morgan Jupe JOSH MORGAN, MANAGING DIRECTOR

“The shift in the role of the Chalet Chef to that of constant creator has definitely affected how chefs are recruited. Our chefs come to resort to work, not ski, and indeed most of our chefs last year were not even skiers. They were here for the work and for the level of creativity and challenge it can offer. It’s changed the face of the industry, for the better.”

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“Snow is falling, all around me” and yet I can’t stop thinking about next summer. There are more and more of us living in the mountains that love summer first and winter second. But are holiday trends following this? I’ve been riding mountain bikes in les Portes du Soleil for over 15 years and have seen massive changes in this time. When I first came (on an old hardtail that suffered as much as me from a week of charging down tracks) the village and trails were quiet and women were a rare breed.

Summer’s now more popular than ever, but why?

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The area was put on the MTB map when the World Championships were held in Les Gets in 2004. Morzine and Les Gets quickly became “the ” destination for British mountain bikers. We started flocking here to take advantage of the huge lift system and the network of downhill trails. All the fun without the pain of pedalling back up the hill. Every year more trails are added, all graded as ski runs, from green through to black. Top riders continue to base themselves in the area to train between races. Recently crowned World Champ for the third time (1 junior, and now 2 elite titles), top French rider and Les Gets ambassador Loic Bruni explains “It’s unrivalled for variety of tracks and conditions, so is the perfect training base in between races. There’s also a great scene, always lots of other riders around and a fun atmosphere in the evening.” For non champions, the Pass’Portes du Soleil MTB offers a great introduction to riding in the area. The 80km ride will give you a taste of what’s on offer in each resort and is a good basis for exploring. It’s seen participant numbers increase from 1,500 in 2004 to 7,814 in 2017. With 75% of 2017’s riders saying they intend to come back, what more do you need to convince you to give it a try?!


Road cycling has also grown over the years. Le Tour de France has had numerous stage starts and finishes in Morzine or Avoriaz, with the highlight being 2016, with not just a stage finish, but the coveted Etape du Tour. This is an event where normal folk like you or I get to ride a stage of Le Tour de France and suffer just like the pros - apart from having to get up and do it all again the next day, and the one after. 15,000 participants took part in the 181km long Etape. Thanks to events such as these, Morzine is seeing an explosion in road cycling tour companies using it as either a base for a holiday, or part of a tour. Something that was virtually unheard of 10 years ago.


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And the latest trend in mountain biking, eBikes, offers something for those who want to tackle the easier trails in the valley or pedal across mountain tops and get further than their legs could carry them unassisted. The new eBikes offer added assistance to your pedal power (be warned, it’s still a sport and you do have to earn your turns!). In short, they give you the legs of a Tour de France rider. Sounds good? There’s a growing network of specific trails, a dedicated map, a partnership with Bosch for recharge points and more hire bikes available every year. In 2017 there were over 300km of signed ebike trails in the Portes du Soleil and more are planned for 2018. Bikes may be my main thing, but it’s not the only activity on offer. For families looking to keep kids entertained, a mountain break offers so much more than the standard beach holiday. For intrepid explorers, day long hikes will take you away from the tourists and into the peace of the mountains. Got little ones and don’t want to go as far? Take a lift up for a nice stroll along the top to a restaurant or picnic spot, taking in a 360 degree panorama as you go. Chill out by the pool or lake; go for a pony ride; have an adrenalin filled high ropes activity; get wet rafting; or wander through the village. It’s easy to fill years of living here, let alone a two week holiday. Families and non-riders were slower off the mark to catch onto the delights of a summer holiday in the mountains, but that’s been changing. In the past a mountain holiday was viewed as a potentially pricey trip, forking out for pool entry, lift passes and various activities. That all changed in 2009 with the MultiPass. For just €2 per person per day, holidaymakers get access to lifts, pools and numerous other activities across all Portes du Soleil resorts. Just make sure you’re staying with a participating accommodation provider. Those of us living here have seen summers get busier, but by how much? Summer 2001 saw just over 180,000 lift rides by mountain bikers, while 2017 went well over 1 million! As for the Multipass, in 2017 nearly 300,000 MultiPass days were purchased, leading to 513,000 lift rides and 68,000 pool visits. And that’s without the numerous visitors buying lift tickets and pool entries instead of the pass. Summer offers huge potential for mountain resorts. The infrastructure is already in place and many more visitors could be welcomed to the area. The Portes du Soleil was one of the first ski resorts to see the potential in summer mountain holidays and worked to put in place activities and events. As such the villages are now buzzing in summer and have a life and atmosphere to them that is often missing in other “ski” resorts.

But don’t take my word for it, come here this summer and see for yourself.


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Don’t Miss: For a spectacle:

Crankworx Les Gets 20-24th June 2018 From Whistler to Les Gets, the best known MTB event! The big names in mountain biking, DH races, a breathtaking slopestyle event, but also kids races where youngsters compete and climb on the same podium as their heros. Come for Crankworx and stay on for the Pass’Portes the following weekend.

For bikers:

The Pass’Portes du Soleil MTB 29th June-1st July 2018 This fun event opens the summer riding season each year. A ride of 80km through France and Switzerland, with 15 lifts to lighten the load, it’s as much as about the views and atmosphere as the riding. With eight different food stops along the route - think hog roast, BBQs, tartiflette and cheese fondue... mmm.

For runners:

Spartan race Morzine 7-8 July 2018 Are you a Beast? Spartan is the leader in obstacle racing. That means a run with numerous obstacles thrown in. Three levels of distance and difficulty means there’s a route for everyone except die hard couch potatoes. If you want real kudos, do all three.

For families:

Morzine Marmot Kingdom 23-27 July & 11-17 August 2018 A week of free entertainment and shows for children. From facepainting to bouncy castles, to arts and crafts, to shows, to petting zoos, to games. No longer any need to wonder how you’ll keep the kids occupied throughout the holidays.

Sara spent years running bike holidays based in Morzine. She’s since worked in PR for the Portes du Soleil and Morzine Tourist Office before spending the last 5 years managing PR and Marketing at Lapierre, France’s biggest bike manufacturer.





For those of us who’ve championed the valley’s potential as a major summer destination for many years, the news that Santa Cruz have established their European headquarters in our town is very exciting indeed. It’s a move that’s set to elevate the profile of Morzine as a first rate MTB destination across the world.

As the name suggests, Santa Cruz Bicycles was founded in a garage in Santa Cruz, California in 1993. Always blazing trails and redefining the established sensibilities of mountain biking, the company now manufactures 16 models including a dedicated women’s range. “Morzine in the summer is all about the riding, it makes sense for us to be here” Santa Cruz Global Head of Marketing Will Ockleton told Source. “We needed a hub,” adds Loïc Delteil, European Media Coordinator. “Previously we’d all been working remotely. This joins the whole team together with a year-round base.” But what does having the European HQ for Santa Cruz Bicycles in Morzine actually mean for our town? To begin with, there’s a big office space for the full European team, vacancies in which have been promoted locally. Things get much more exciting in the showroom (“which is not a shop!” Will points out), home to a carefully curated selection of both current and old bike models displayed in the style of a museum. With the current product line on display, buyers, distributors and shop owners from across Europe will head to Morzine to do business. “We hope to reinforce Morzine’s position at the centre of the bike community by introducing our bikes and our way of life to our dealers” explains Will. But setting up an all-singing, all-dancing office and showroom in Morzine isn’t where the Santa Cruz story ends. There’s a true motivation to get the entire community involved, from the local kids club to testing sessions on the Pleney. There’ll be ride-outs for locals and holidaymakers with guides and photographers in attendance, while the Syndicate race team will relocate from California to Morzine on a permanent basis.

Morzine in the summer is all about the riding, it makes sense for us to be here.

Some of the biggest names in MTB ride for the Santa Cruz team. Greg Minnaar, back-to-back World Championship winner and Morzine favourite, rides for the Santa Cruz Syndicate team, as does four-time World Cup champion Steve Peat. It’s riders of this calibre that we can expect to see on the streets and trails of Morzine this summer, and that’s all thanks to Santa Cruz.


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