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Welcome to the winter... There’s something about an Olympic winter that makes life in the mountains even more exciting. It matters not that few of us are likely to ever make it to Sochi! It’s exciting to see our favourite winter sports on TV, not to mention the added dose of patriotism that comes with it. Our interviews with six Team GB hopefuls in this issue of Source Magazine are sure to get you in the spirit for Sochi.


What's New?.................................................................................................................................... 4 Resort developments not to be missed

Better Never Stops ................................................................................................................. 6 Team GB’s brightest Sochi hopefuls

Ten Sochi Facts ........................................................................................................................... 11 The most expensive games in history

All New On The Pleney................................................................................................... 12 The makings of a new ski lift

If reports are to be believed, we’re set for another epic winter of snow across Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz. The onions have thick skins, the goats legs are hairy… we’ve heard all the old wives tales. What you can be certain of are great new resort facilities across the area and whether you’re on holiday as a family, a couple or a group, you’re sure to have an excellent time in the Portes du Soleil.

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We hope you’ll find plenty inside this 60 page issue of Source Magazine to keep you inspired and entertained this winter.

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Five local entrepreneurs

London to Morzine by Train ...................................................................................... 18 The battle of plane versus train

Local Restaurant Guide .................................................................................................... 19 For breakfast, lunch or dinner

Unmissable Resort Events ........................................................................................ 22 Cover Story...................................................................................................................................... 24 The very talented Reuben Shaul

Soundtrack To Your Season.................................................................................. 24 Download your free Basscamp DJs mix


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Heather Garlick

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Author of the best-selling book ‘The Chalet Host’s Survival Guide’ and perpetual globe trotter, you’re just as likely to find travel writer Heather blasting down the Swiss Wall as you are basking on a beach somewhere tropical. ‘Listen out for the early morning call of the snow plough! It’s your powder day alarm call’

Loulou Baylis

Editor-At-Large of Style Altitude, chalet girl and writer of winter blog The Seasonairehead, Loulou has perfected the art of dancing in ski boots while downing pitchers of beers after two seasons. ‘My favourite local run? Prolays of course!’

Rob Purver

What happens when an aerospace engineer who used to work on combat helicopters comes to live in the Alps? We get practical and useful reviews of all the latest tech gadgets that you can use on your winter holiday. ‘Use your poles as a weapon and you’ll loose them’ is Rob’s mantra. Many thanks to the Office de Tourisme in Morzine, Les Gets, Avoriaz & Portes du Soleil

Something special in the woods What’s on the inside counts!

Wobbly Wednesday .......................................................................................................... 28 How to avoid mid-week fatigue

Lapping In Luxury ................................................................................................................... 33 Morzine’s Grand Hotel

Get Out Of The Tent!........................................................................................................... 34 Antarctic Adventurer Felicity Aston

Ski Like A Smuggler ........................................................................................................... 38 The region’s colourful past!

Snow Tribes .................................................................................................................................... 40 Which one are you?

Ask The Experts...................................................................................................................... 42

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Ski With Olympian Ed Drake.................................................................................. 52 Competition....................................................................................................................................... 54 Win £500 worth of Protest kit

The Summer Set ..................................................................................................................... 56 Ten reasons to return 3

Avoriaz Families

It was voted the Best Family Resort 2013 at the World Snow Awards and Avoriaz is very proud of its family friendly facilities, which include the centrally located Village des Enfants, Kids Parkway and Lil’Stash snowparks exclusively for children, and the water fun park Aquariaz.

New Lifts

The long awaited and eagerly anticipated Prodains Express 3S cable car opened on the final weekend of last winter for testing. With the capacity to carry up to 2,400 skiers and snowboarders an hour in 12 cabins, the new lift vastly improves the link between Morzine and Avoriaz this winter.

Freestyle Park

Also new in Avoriaz this winter is the Freestyle Park, where riders scan their lift pass and complete a run through the La Chapelle snowpark in front of three cameras before watching themselves on a big screen. An SMS link to their video is sent to their smartphone so it can be shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Ski Safari

The Avoriaz Ski Safari is a new off-piste skiing programme offered by the Avoriaz branch of the ESF. Accompanied by a qualified instructor, groups of up to four experienced skiers or snowboarders are taken off into the wilderness to discover untouched links between valleys across the Portes du Soleil.

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Les Gets

New Lifts

The Grande Odyssee

The ancient but iconic base station of the Telecabine du Pleney was quickly demolished at the end of last winter. Around the same time a freak fire demolished the arrival station at the top of the Pleney. There are 54 tenseater bubbles on the new lift, carrying 3000 skiers and snowboarders an hour. Read more on page 12.


The best mushers in the world take part in the Grande Odyssee, a long distance husky race which arrives in Les Gets on 15th January. The stage departs from the village centre and follows a two hour circuit over Mont Chery and Mont Caly before returning to the resort and heading over Les Chavannes. There’ll be lots of themed shows and events in Les Gets during the event.

Heading for Morzine’s nursery slopes this winter, Babysnow devices are available to hire from the ESF office. Babysnow is a cross between a snow scooter and a sledge. Children aged between one and three years stand on the board, straddle the saddle and hold on to a front handle while parents control speed and direction from behind.

Digital Treasure Hunt

Chemin des Zouzous

Mont Chery Snowpark

A new 2km long ski run through the forest has been created on the Pleney. It’s decorated with life-sized replicas of wild animals such as fox, deer, wolf and other animals of the forest. The run is open to everyone and includes gentle bumps and berms to make it even more fun for little ones.

Morzine's Microbrewery

Matthew and Chrigl have installed a brewery in their new central Morzine bar and restaurant 'Bec Jaune Brewery' so they can brew and serve their craft beer on site. Open from 4pm, they'll be serving up delicious dinners with an emphasis1on quality, organic food. There'll also be bio wines, coffees tibetan.pdf 13/11/2012 10:52 and infusions, and a big sunny terrace on which to chill out and enjoy them.

New for this winter, Les Gets has created a digital treasure map, on snow, across the ski area. Skiers and snowboarders solve riddles and take part in challenges on their smartphone to complete the course. You’ll find more information at

A local’s favourite because of its relatively quiet pistes and stunning views, the Mont Chery snowpark has some serious improvements this winter. There’ll be rails, boxes, kickers and other freestyle modules, topped off with a 15m x 11m airbag at the bottom of the park, which skiers and snowboarders can try for free.

L’Apreski Bar

After making a huge mark on the Les Gets après scene last winter, L’Apreski Bar is planning to do things bigger and better this season. You’ll find the bar at the bottom of the home run in the village centre. You’re likely to hear their stream of live bands and DJs before you see the bar!

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#better never stops

The glory and pride of London 2012 have yet to fade, and here we are in another Olympic season. For those of you who enjoy your competitive sports, winter pursuits and a bit of patriotism thrown in for good measure, the Sochi ’14 Winter Olympics are an opportunity to get behind Team GB once again. We caught up with six of Team GB’s brightest Sochi hopefuls during their pre-season training.

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Emily Sarsfield

Ski Cross

Often considered the ultimate downhill race, ski cross gives Emily the biggest adrenaline rush. She was selected to ski for England at the age of 13, then swapped alpine skiing for ski cross in 2005. She hasn’t looked back since. “I’m an ambassador for the ‘Slide to Sochi’ campaign, which includes the ‘Go Ski Go Board’ initiative. It’s important that we use these winter games to inspire a new generation of winter sports athletes. For just £5 you can visit your local dry ski or indoor snow slope in the UK, which removes the financial barriers of learning to ski or snowboard.

I’ve been on the world cup circuit since 2006 and I’ve seen some amazing places and met some incredible people. I’m based in Meribel during the European winters, and although I do consider my skiing career to be my ‘job’, I’m very lucky to have the mountains as my office. Ski cross is a really popular spectator sport as it’s really easy to understand. Basically, four skiers line up, then race each other over a course that includes jumps, banked turns, rollers… anything can happen and more often than not, there’ll be thrills and spills all the way to the finish line. My preparations for Sochi have gone really well, getting back on snow after loads of gym training felt really good. I’ve never felt so strong and my focus is to stay this way to advance in the world rankings. My aim is to be in the top 16 when we reach Sochi, then it’s anyone’s game.” Follow Emily’s progress on Twitter @ EmSkiCross

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Jon is a two time Olympian, a European gold medalist and a world record holder. The GB Short Track skating team heading to Sochi is stronger than ever, and Jon is one of our best Olympic hopefuls. “Speed skating is a very high energy sport. We’re racing head to head at huge speeds on a really narrow track and I have to stay on my toes, quite literally, to avoid falling. There can sometimes be a few falls and this adds to the excitement.

The Short Track skating team heading to Sochi 14 is the strongest I’ve ever been in. We’re hoping to create a legacy and encourage young people to take up the sport, and obviously we’d like to bring back quite a few medals too!”

My summer training programme started in April, much earlier than usual, giving me just one month off after last season. I’m training hard, we’ve taken a few trips to a training camp in Dresden, Germany as a team, and at the moment, everything is going to plan. I was part of the short track team at the Turin games in 2006 and in Vancouver in 2010, and I think my Olympic experiences have made a difference in the qualifying stages. During qualifying athletes are under so much pressure. Having been there twice before, I was able to hold my nerve and use my experience to encourage the rest of the team. Short Track skating is an Olympic sport not to be missed. Races are unpredictable and often come right down to the last corner. Everything can change in the last seconds of a race and things get pretty exciting!

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Jenny Jones Slopestyle

Jamie Nicholls Slopestyle

Miss Jones is undoubtedly our most experienced female snowboarder, and at the age of 33, she’s showing no signs of slowing down. With a bag of skills that’s bursting and a wicked personality to boot, you can expect to see a lot more of Jenny Jones even once the Games are said and done.

You could’ve predicted Jamie’s astounding success on a snowboard back when he was nine years old. In fact, many did. Now aged 20, Jamie is widely regarded as one of our best Olympic hopefuls and one of Yorkshire’s best exports. He’s also one of the nicest blokes in professional snowboarding.

“I’m just back from training on the glacier in Austria and I spent September in New Zealand, so the winter prep is going well. There are still loads of things I want to work on and I’m looking to make some big improvements to my riding before the Games arrive.

“I had an ACL injury at the end of last winter, which set me back a bit. I’ve been training really hard all summer and I’m right back on it now. I’m trying to think about the season as a whole, rather than just the Olympics. That said, I’m planning something pretty special for my Olympic run so I’m practicing all the time! And yes, of course it’s a secret!

Yes, there’s some controversy surrounding the Sochi Olympics but these things really don’t have an impact on me as an athlete. I focus on my snowboarding and that’s it.

I’m pretty gutted that there’ll be no European Winter X Games in Tignes this winter season. The comp was always an amazing place for British riders to showcase their talent and I’m hoping that I’ll get an invite to the Aspen X Games instead.

I’ve experienced loads and achieved loads in my career as a professional snowboarder, so I don’t really feel the pressure or the weight of any expectation from the Games. I’m looking at Sochi as my bonus round and I’m lucky to be fit and well to go.

My Olympic goal is to make the top 10, and if I get my dream run in, then I want to be in the top three. Consistency is key in my sport and I’ve got loads of tricks to learn between now and Sochi. I need to be nailing them over and over again before the Games to be in with a chance.

There’s some serious competition in the women's slopestyle discipline right now. Watch out for American Jamie Anderson, and also Spencer O’Brien – she’s really consistent. I’ve also spotted a girl called Kirsty Prior – you probably won’t have heard of her, but she’s likely to blast through the rankings this winter.

It’s going to be an incredible experience to be out in Russia, I really hope that the whole of the UK tunes in to get behind the team!”

Morzine has a special place in my heart, I really love the vibe in the resort. I spend a lot of time there, especially in Dotty’s Coffee! I also love the baby park, hiking a box with a load of seasonaires, or freeriding around the area. Look out for me this winter!”

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Ellie Koyander

Freestyle Mogul Skier

Twenty-two year old Ellie doesn’t remember learning to ski, but her parents think she was probably around 1 year, 9 months old. Aged five she won her first medal after competing in a slalom competition and she’s been racing ever since. “I’ve already had a taste of the Olympic experience. I was the youngest female member of Team GB at the Vancouver games in 2010. I became the GB mogul skiing champion when I was 15 years old and I’m feeling really positive about my chances in Sochi. My pre-season training has gone brilliantly, I’ve been in the US and in OZ, working specifically on my speed. Mogul skiing is pretty explosive on the body so my training regime is varied but intense. Mogul skiing isn’t a funded discipline, so I work hard to raise enough money to remain a full time athlete. I’ve got loads of great sponsors who make my training and competing schedule possible, but I’m always on the look out for more! I’m hoping that Sochi 14 will help all winter athletes to raise the profile of their sport. I’m going to Sochi to win a gold medal. It’s pointless thinking any other way. I’ll have a lot of competition from the Americans and the Canadians, who I’ve been training with over the last few months.

Moguls intimidate lots of people; my advice would be to do a couple at a time, building up from the bottom of a slope. Stay relaxed, not defensive and you’ll be flowing through them in no time. Just go for it!”

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Gregor Ewan

Wheelchair Curler The sport of curling can become quite addictive – you’ve been warned! We chatted to Gregor Ewan about how he got into the sport and why you should tune in to watch the GB Paralympic Curling Team on their mission for medals. “When I found out I’d made the curling team to head to Sochi I was really happy. I’d only been curling for 1 ½ years when I went through the qualifying stages for the 2010 games, and I didn’t have enough experience back then. It made me much more determined! In the down season I train for 25 hours a week, but this changes to over 30 hours including lots of gym work in advance

of the new season starting. It’s hard work but it’s rewarding and when I stop enjoying it, I’ll stop doing it. The Team GB Paralympic Curling Team has an excellent chance of returning from Sochi with a medal. We were unbeaten at the Denmark International this year and we’re all much better curlers as a result. I use a bog standard NHS wheelchair when I compete on the ice – it has no modifications whatsoever, which often surprises people. Curling is a very tactical sport so if you’re into your strategy games like chess, you will get hooked.”

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Mike Hay

Chef de Mission Team GB in Sochi will be made up of over 55 athletes in addition to 80 support staff and one man holds the whole thing together. Mike Hay is a former international curler and in his role as Chef de Mission, it’s his job to make sure Team GB deliver their best possible performance at the Games. “In the run up to the Games I’ve lead the planning and organisation of the team and I’m the primary point of contact for the organising committee. I’ve built up the support team to include physios, doctors and other experts to support our winter athletes.

Compared to the summer games, it’s more difficult to make predictions on Team GB’s success in Sochi. We’ll be focusing on keeping the athletes that have podium potential fit and healthy, especially in the field of the more extreme sports. We've got real medal chances in maybe four or five disciplines, I’ll be making sure that the pressure and distractions of the Games don’t hinder our potential.”

A number of previous roles have prepared me for the job of Chef de Mission in Sochi. I’ve been a coach and performance director, and head of sport engagement for the BOA (British Olympic Association), so I’ve been to all the major games. I have a calming influence, which should come in useful seeing as 50% of our athletes will have their first Olympic experience in Sochi. Alpes Attitude.pdf




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10 Things you need to know about 1. The Games take place between 7th and 23rd February, while the Paralympic Winter Games start on 7th March until 16th March, 2014. 2. There are two ‘zones’ for the games in Sochi – one on the coast of the Black Sea, and the other 50km away in the high Caucasus Mountains. 3. Sochi will be the warmest city ever to host the Winter Olympics. Temperatures on the Black Sea coast are expected to be about 10º C at the time of the games. 4. Athletes will compete for 98 sets of medals in 15 different winter sports disciplines, an increase from the 86 medal sets up for grabs at Vancouver 2010. 5. The gold medals presented in seven winter Olympic disciplines on 15th February 2014 will include fragments of the meteor that struck the Russian town of Chelyabinsk exactly one year ago to the day.

6. Sochi has built 11 new sports venues, a new international airport terminal, new local power plants, roads, bridges, railway lines and tunnels. They’re considered the most expensive Games in history, costing $50 billion to stage. By comparison, Canada spent less than $2 billion on the Vancouver games and London 2012 cost $19 billion. 7. The Sochi Olympic torch will travel by cars, planes, horses and reindeer sledges for 123 days over more than 40,000km with 90% of Russia’s population getting a chance to see the torch. 8. Three animal athletes and two fairy children are the official mascots of the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic games.

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The Morzine Pleney bubble lift was installed in 1934, during a decade that marked serious advancement and innovation in ski lift technology. Before then, keen skiers relied on actual horsepower and the odd drag lift to pull themselves up the mountain. Anyone that’s stood in the queue for the Pleney lift during February half term holidays might argue that the old lift hadn’t changed much in the intervening time. In fact, the big ski lift manufacturer POMA replaced it in 1967 and again in 1980. It’s testament to Morzine’s expansion and popularity that a newer, quicker, higher capacity lift is now required. The old Pleney base station was demolished shortly after the Winter ’13 season. Around the same time, the arrival station at the top of the Pleney was razed


to the ground by a freak fire in the early hours of the morning. ‘Helpful’ some locals commented. ‘Convenient’ others speculated. The base of the Pleney was a major construction site all summer and consequently, there was no access for mountain biking. Many local businesses worried that tourists would avoid the resort if they couldn’t access the Pleney but perhaps because of the resorts other excellent facilities, Morzine seemed as busy as ever, on the streets and in the restaurants at least. The new lift uses the same route as the old. Eleven new pylons have been installed to carry 54 ten-seater gondolas, increasing the lift’s capacity significantly. While the old lift carried 1700 skiers and snowboarders an hour when running at full steam, the new lift promises to carry 3000 people

9. Sochi 14 isn’t without controversy, mainly of a political nature. The Russian government’s stance on homosexuality has called for the games to be boycotted by gay rights activists, while Russia’s human rights history has also raised questions over its suitability to host the Olympic movement. 10. The cheapest tickets for the opening ceremony are £116, while the most expensive are £967. The cheapest tickets for events are either £10 for the biathlon, ski jumping and snowboarding events for example, or £20 for ice hockey, figure skating, short track skating and curling competitions.

Sochi is two hours ahead of Morzine, and three hours ahead of GMT, which means popular events such as short track speed skating usually start at around 12noon (Morzine time), alpine skiing at 9am and freestyle skiing and snowboarding events are staggered throughout the day.

an hour over a total elevation of 511m to the Pleney plateau at 1446m. The base station includes a whole new ticket office, meeting area and access point, while the top station allows easier access to the piste for skiers, pedestrians and the disabled. The curved and translucent facades make both stations look very modern indeed. €12 million should buy an awful lot of ski lift, and locals, business owners and holiday makers alike have been eagerly watching the lift’s progress. The ‘will it or wont it be ready’ question has been on the tips of our tongues for quite some time! |

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By Heather Garlick

Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz aren’t just ski resorts.There’s an active community with a combination of French and English residents, all looking to make a living and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Many of the area’s first residents came here to ski, but realising they’d need something to keep them in Mutzig and fondue, they’ve developed innovative ways to make a living from the area's increasing popularity. With a bright idea, a bit of luck and a huge amount of hard work, these people have turned their Alpine dreams into reality and their accounts make for some pretty inspirational reading!

Amy Dearlove

Home grown chalet songstress “A few winters ago I was doing my second season in Morzine and decided to play at an open mic night. After the performance the bar kindly offered me a regular spot for the rest of the season. A year later I saw a gap in the market: although the area had some great local musicians, no one was performing in chalets or more intimate venues. I jumped at the opportunity and found it was a success. Being invited into peoples’ homes to make their special occasions memorable is an unforgettable experience. The highlights this year have been singing a bride down the aisle and being the local artist to play at The Lounge Festival in Les Gets. I have been coming to Morzine in my family’s VW campervan since I was three. I moved here permanently five winters ago and the area has been the perfect place to start my musical career. The views are absolutely inspirational and the venues are really welcoming and receptive. Big artists take time out in places like this to write music and I get to live here all the time! I love the freedom of working for myself. I get to sing at lots of different venues and meet lots of amazingly interesting, friendly people. I sit down after a hard days work, give myself a pat on the back and say, ‘You did that! Well done Amy!’ I hope to reach out to some more resorts, regions and countries this year. Expanding and using my music to take me all over the world is my dream.” Amy’s website ( and Facebook page (/AmyDearloveMusic) have more information. Her album ‘Picture Perfect’ is released in early 2014.

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Jean Baptiste Ortiger

The man with the big inflatable bag “When I was five my father bought me my first BMX – I was an instant adrenalin junkie! I’ve loved biking and skiing ever since. I love freestyle, it’s about expression and sharing, appreciating others and receiving appreciation. Of course, as soon as a friend suggested the idea of taking airbags to the small freeestyle events we attended, I went for it. I was piste bashing as a job at the time, then there was a season without much snow so I turned to renting out the airbags to make money. That was seven years ago. At first I just rented out airbags I'd bought, but I soon got sick of buying ones which weren’t quite right for what I wanted, so I started designing my own. I had always been good at maths but all my skills are self-taught. There was a lot of trial and error and I had to learn a lot from books. Once I knew the design there was no limit to what I could create. I have made airbags for skiing, biking, even ones with inflatable steps attached! Initially, I tried to keep my business in France but the demand was so great that I now supply airbags all over the world. Maybe I’ll extend into the international market even more at some stage, but it’s very difficult to adapt to the different local regulations. Unfortunately, these days I don’t get as much time on the snow as I used to. When I first started out I’d be on the slopes for six hours a day, but it’s much less now as winter is my busiest season. To be honest though, I’d rather be riding!”

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Leader of the Retro Revolution “We originally set up Retro Rentals as a bit of a joke but ultimately we wanted to live the dream: work and make money in the Alps. We came across the idea of renting out retro onesies for fancy dress days on the slopes. Luckily, the local flea markets were full of 80s style onesies, though more recently we’ve had to turn to the internet to source new supplies. Although I have lived in four other ski resorts, I love Morzine for the sense of community. Everyone helps each other out, and the people who come here on holiday are brilliant. These days we’ve got thousands of onesies which I rent out for events all over the Alps. We even dressed the Made In Chelsea cast for the episode set in Verbier last year. I love running a business for the independence it allows me but I reckon that’s also the worst bit about it. I have to boss myself around! My favourite thing is seeing the initial reaction when renters walk into a room full of colourful onesies; there’s a shocked silence and then complete bedlam as everyone gets down to a good rummage! I still manage to get a bit of time on the slopes every day as well, after all that’s why I set up the business. For the future? Big university groups, bigger better parties, maybe break the world record for the largest number of people dressed in onesies doing a ski conga - if one exists that is. Oh, and if I win the lottery I’ll set up the Retro Ski Lodge. The only thing I’m serious about is helping people have a good time!” Kyle can be reached on his website ( and on Facebook (/retrorental). Look out for the shoe-golf world championships next summer…

Tony Soutter

Bringing Bombay to an Alp near you “I’d been coming to Les Gets for 17 years on holiday, but in 2010 I finally moved my daughter and my building business out here for good. During the 2011/12 winter season I did a bit of managing in what is now Bigfoot’s Bar and to my surprise the owner offered to sell it to me at the end of the season. I had always fancied the idea of setting up a curry house in the Alps. Luckily, my new business partner had great links with three award-winning curry houses in his hometown of Coventry. Through him we were able to source incredible Indian chefs who love living and working in the Alps, though they aren’t very keen on the skiing! We opened in November 2012. Setting up the restaurant and continuing to run the bar has certainly been a steep learning curve and a complete change of career. I only managed four days on the slopes last year! But it’s all been worth it and it’s really rewarding to hear all the positive feedback from our new customers. This year we’ll be expanding into Morzine with a takeaway on the Rue du Bourg serving €10 curry pots all day, every day. And of course we’ll continue to run the restaurant and bar in Les Gets too. Hopefully, I’ll get a bit more time on the slopes as well!” Check out Bombay Ski Club on Rue de Pressenage in Les Gets or Rue du Borg in Morzine or look at the website ( for updates. Wednesdays mean a free drink with your curry pot in both Morzine and Les Gets!

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Cyril Papa

Getting snappy with Polaroid “Renting out Polaroid cameras for both private and professional events across the three resorts is my business. I first noticed this as a business opportunity when planning my wedding last year; my wife and I wanted to do something original, but it would have been very expensive to buy a Polaroid for use on just one occasion. We thought this would be a fun idea for a business and started offering Polaroid’s for people to hire for their events about seven months ago. It has really taken off! This is the perfect local business as so many people come to town to have fun and want to remember all their happy moments. All the tourism here provides the community with great opportunities for a range of different business opportunities. It is definitely something to nurture. We must be as welcoming as possible and show how proud we are of our village. I’m a professional ice hockey player for the Penguins, so I can’t ski during the season anyway; the business gives me something to do in the afternoons, when I’m not training. MyPola is also a great way to meet new people even though it’s mostly online; designers, bloggers, web creators, a huge range of interesting people. This year I’ll be running Polaroid parties across Morzine’s bars and of course continuing to rent to holidaymakers. Then for the future I might think about expanding internationally, so keep your eyes peeled!” Find MyPola online (, on Facebook (/mypola2013) or call +33 (0) 6 22 94 08 78

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e n i z r Mo in by Tra

By Heather Garlick

Forget the frustrations of queuing and the baggage regulations. My holiday starts in the champagne bar at St Pancras, the longest in Europe. I board Eurostar half an hour before the train leaves and only the ever-changing scenery punctuates the next couple of hours as we race across frostbitten Kent and northern France. Arriving at Paris Gare du Nord in the early evening, a taxi transfers my bags to the magnificence of the Gare de Lyon. My dinner at the legendary station buffet Le Train Bleu, links me to a long line of France’s most glamorous including Brigitte Bardot and Coco Chanel.

As night falls, feeling satisfied and now somewhat sleepy, I board the Intercités de Nuit overnight train and find my little cabin, home for the night.


Though I try to read for a few minutes I am soon sleeping soundly, a combined result of the train’s gentle motion and the wine at dinner. The private compartment is quiet, apart from the gentle shushing of the train. This could be the Orient Express except, perhaps, for the somewhat lurid branded sleeping bags. I wake up just before 8am, a few minutes before we pull into Cluses, where I leave the train and a taxi takes me the last 30 minutes up to Morzine. After grabbing a quick breakfast and unpacking my skis, I’m on the slopes soon after the lifts open, gliding across freshly pisted snow as the morning bites my cheeks. I spare a thought for those negotiating Geneva airport rather than The Stash. This is what travel should be. Worlds away from the over-conditioned cabins and shrill announcements of your standard frill-free airline. This sort of travel means the holiday begins in London and doesn’t end until after the last lingering look at France. It sucks out the stress and fluster which airports somehow manage to pump through their clinical lounges, leaving behind a smooth, relaxed and even chic experience.

crazy situation that so many skiers fly out from the UK to the Portes du Soleil. Pretty soon we’ll look back at this period and wonder how we took so long to wake up to train travel”. • Travelling by train as opposed to plane cuts carbon emissions by a whopping 82% • A 2007 study by ADEME and Mountain Riders discovered that as a guideline, 73% of the emissions produced by resorts come from tourist transport. • Comparing the two, by swapping from plane to train, you could say that you’ve reduced your contribution to the carbon emissions of your resort by more than half. And you can’t say fairer than that. • Carbon isn’t the only ecologically ugly plane emission; planes produce a whole host of nasty gases. And because they’re released higher up, they’re almost twice as harmful as those released on the ground.

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Flying is to your carbon footprint what an evening of fondue and wine is to your waistband. Travelling by train is the single most effective way of reducing your ski holiday carbon footprint. Dan from Snow Carbon (, the people helping to facilitate train travel for skiers says, “it’s a bit of a

Maybe the most attractive advantage of the overnight train is that, because all your travel is during the night, you get two full extra days in resort. It is possible to go by daytime train as well, but you’ll need to rate the 4½ hours of scenery above the time you’d get on the slopes. Besides

that, one of the obvious gains of travelling by train as opposed to plane is the lack of the increasingly extreme baggage restrictions applied by the frill-frees. You’ll need to be able to pack your stuff in the compartment alongside you, but that easily allows for a pair of skis and a relatively big bag.

Logistics There’s no specific snow train connecting the UK to Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz. Instead, the best option is to catch a Eurostar to Paris then choose between an Intercite de Nuit overnight train or a daytime TGV and regional connection up to Cluses. Beyond that there are two remaining steps (assuming you have successfully negotiated your way to St Pancras): transferring stations in Paris and getting to your final destination having reached Cluses, both of which can be done by taxi or pre-arranged transfer.

Costs Travelling by train needn’t be expensive. In fact, if you’re taking the kids during holiday time the generous youth discounts combined with the airline price hikes means it can work out cheaper.

• A trip on the Eurostar ( starts from €88. There’s the option to upgrade to Standard Premier or Premier Plus with all the usual extras. • Prices for the overnight train ( range from around €73 with big discounts for those aged 25 and under. It is a little more expensive to sleep in a couchette but the alternative, a reclining seat, is something of a false economy. Couchettes come in four or six berth, with the optional reserve of a couchette for your sole use starting at €40. Each bunk has a sleeping bag, pillow, water, earplugs and tissues. • If you don’t fancy negotiating the steps to the Metro between the Paris stations with all your bags, the most cost effective route is to take a taxi from the rank just outside the station for around €15. Both journeys take 15-25 minutes. • From Cluses, the transfer time to resort ranges between 25 minutes to Les Gets and an hour to Avoriaz. The price for a taxi for one to four people travelling to Morzine is about €62 with Taxi Morzine (

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BREAKFAST – Fat Cat’s Cafe, St Jean d’Aulps Cat opened her cafe in the summer and it’s become a firm favourite for breakfast. You’ll find all the elements you’d expect on a Fat Cat’s Full English. Open from 7.30am every day except Tuesdays. RESORT LUNCH – Dotty’s Coffee, Le Bourg, Morzine Mel’s freshly prepared hot and cold sandwiches, homemade soups and freshly baked cakes make Dotty’s a very popular lunch spot in the centre of Morzine. Open every day from 9.30am. FANCY MOUNTAIN LUNCH La Paika, Vorosses piste, Les Gets With a lovely sunny terrace, stunning views and a huge outside grill featuring a range of seafood and local meats, La Paika is a ‘must do’ ski-in, ski-out restaurant where booking a table is pretty much essential! Call +33 (0) 4 50 92 85 22

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CHEAP & CHEERFUL – Changabang, Avoriaz A season workers favourite, and conveniently located just opposite the Prodains Express gondola lift, Changabang’s fast food favourites are a great hangover cure. Expect burgers, curly fries and wraps with a few Mexican inspired dishes too. SOMETHING DIFFERENT – Bombay Ski Club, Les Gets Tony’s aim is to spice up your winter holiday and the Bombay Ski Club doesn’t disappoint. Authentic balti curries are spiced like ski runs – green, blue, red and black in strength. It’s best to book a table on +33 (0) 4 50 92 26 49

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CELEBRATION – La Rotonde, Morzine Under new ownership, absolutely everything at La Rotonde has been improved significantly. The menu is extensive, the wine list reasonably priced and the service exceptional. Book a table in advance on +33 (0) 4 50 79 16 30

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FUN MOUNTAIN LUNCH Le Chaudron, Goat Village, Ardent / Avoriaz Now owned by the charismatic team from Changabang in Avoriaz and Le Crepu in Morzine, you can ski to and from Le Chaudron very easily. The menu is an unpretentious, eclectic mix of Savoyarde ingredients and modern twists, and they’re open all day! SOMETHING NEW – Indigo Restaurant, Les Gets Michelin trained Head Chef Alan White serves up a daily changing set dinner menu featuring locally sourced, fresh ingredients prepared with a modern twist. Advance booking is essential on +33 (0) 4 50 04 29 41 HIDDEN GEM – Hotel Le Christiania, Les Gets Extensively refurnished for this winter season, the hotel’s restaurant is open to non-residents each evening, offering a table d’hote, a la carte and grill menu, as well as cozy fires, relaxing snugs and exceptional service. Booking in advance is recommended on +33 (0) 4 50 75 82 44


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LOCALS FAVOURITE – Le Rocher, Montriond Set in the old village square opposite the Mairie, Le Rocher’s pizzas are a contender for the best in the area. Tony and Sieda’s menu also includes locally sourced speciality cuts of meat, while the atmosphere is fun and informal. Book to avoid disappointment on +33 (0) 4 50 75 78 47 BIG GROUPS – L’Etale, Morzine With quite possibly the largest restaurant menu you’ll ever see in the Alps, L’Etale is great for large groups who’re after pizzas, steaks, pad thai, ribs, and everything else in between. Big groups should always book a table on +33 (0) 4 50 79 09 29

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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Mammas & Que Tal Tapas Bar, Les Gets Mammas is the home of fish and chips in the Alps, but on the menu you’ll also find JM’s unique selection of pizzas, noodles and wraps, while the tapas menu offers even more in the way of tasty treats! Call +33 (0) 4 50 37 76 12 for a table. DINE AT HOME – Chalet Chefs Sarah has been creating, cooking and serving delicious Alpine dinners in homes and chalets across the area for years and this winter’s menu is packed full of delicious dishes to refuel tired skiers. Call Sarah on +33 (0) 6 47 82 98 89 for more information | your source of information for Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz

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December Fete de la Glisse in Avoriaz 13th - 15th Dec Avoriaz kicks off the launch of the new winter season each year in style. Fete de la Glisse is back for its 10th year with free ski and snowboard test centres. At the same time the Rock On Snowboard Tour sees live music events in bars and clubs across the resort.

The Grande Odyssee arrives in Les Gets 5th Jan You can think of the Grande Odyssee as a mini Tour de France that replaces bicycles for husky sleds. The best mushers in the world compete in the Savoie Mont-Blanc race, a stage of which arrives in Les Gets and takes in the local pistes. Lots of accompanying shows and events are planned in the resort.

Father Christmas Lives in Les Gets 21st Dec - 3rd Jan Talk of Father Christmas living in Lapland is a smoke screen. He actually spends the month of December in the enchanted forest on the outskirts of Les Gets with an army of elves for company. This is a magical resort event for all the family, featuring street theatre, elf workshops and much more.

The Snow-Camp Alpine Challenge 16th - 19th Jan Each year youth charity Snow-Camp base their largest fundraising event in Morzine. Teams of four skiers and snowboarders complete a 150km GPS tracked route across the Portes du Soleil, which includes night skiing on the Pleney and a 10k night hike too! Find out more and enter a team at

Morzine Loves Christmas 22nd Dec - 3rd Jan The streets of Morzine come alive at Christmas time, especially for families with young children. You’ll find street shows, musical performances and a huge fireworks display on Christmas Eve followed by a Christmas Day afternoon tea. Most activities and events take place in the centre of the village, next to the Office de Tourisme.

Drop Zone #3 25th Jan Back for a third time, Drop Zone is an annual, enormous electro and dance party held at the Skoda Arena in the centre of Morzine. Some of France’s biggest and best DJs will be in attendance and tickets will be available on the door. The party goes on until 5am, so it’s probably best not to plan an early ski the next day!



Big Mountain Battle in Les Gets 8th, 22nd and 29th Jan Now in its third year, this unique orientation race over the Les Gets ski area gets bigger and better each year. Teams of two snowboarders or skiers take a route map and GPS tracker before skiing to various checkpoints across the course. There are three competition categories – snowboard, ski and ski discovery, which is specifically for families.

Valentine's Day on the Mont Chery Bubble 14th Feb Champagne and hors d’oeuvres are served to loved up couples in romantically decorated bubbles on Mont Chery between 5pm and 7.30pm (advance booking at the Les Gets Office de Tourisme is necessary!) and a firework display brings the evening to a close.


Morzine Loves Carnival 18th Feb - 11th Mar Every Tuesday during the French and English half term school holidays the centre of Morzine is transformed into a giant street carnival from 10am each morning. Free activities aimed specifically at children and families take place all day long including face paining, street performances and much more. |

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March Freeride World Tour in Avoriaz 15th & 16th Mar The annual freeride ski and snowboard competition arrives in Avoriaz for a 2* qualifying stage, which means we're likely to see some of the best big mountain skiers and snowboarders from across the globe on our very own mountains. Although there's been plenty of speculation, the exact faces for the competition have yet to be announced. Being a 2* event, the comp will give local skiers and snowboarders the chance to demonstrate their skills, without the need for prior competitive experience. Visit for entry details. Rock The Pistes Festival 26th - 30th Mar What happens when you mix high energy French, British and international rock bands with snow? The pistes of the Portes du Soleil are literally rocking during this annual festival, with purpose built stages popping up across the ski area. British indie rock act Babyshambles are set to headline on the Friday, and this winter Les Gets is the host resort.

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Each and every morning and evening during the winter season you can tune in to the local radio station for those all-important English weather bulletins. Local Brit Dan Johnson also reports on piste openings, snow conditions and local events, and the weather service is updated at least twice a day. Listening to RTL2 Morzine is a great ways to get to know your holiday resort, so ask your chalet host to tune in during breakfast! Tune in to RTL2 on 97.9 fm in Morzine at the following times: Morning bulletins - 8.05am, 8.45am, 9.45am Afternoon bulletins – 5.50pm, 6.50pm Dan also adds his daily local broadcasts to his website, from where you can download the bulletins as podcasts. You’ll find the latest resort events for Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz at

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WHO? Reuben Shaul, professional landscape, lifestyle and portrait photographer from Israel

WHERE? Off-piste cliff drops near the Arare, Avoriaz “There were a few of us, hiking, riding and jumping off huge cliffs all day long. I had my camera gear with me and I’d dedicated the whole day to taking pictures. I couldn’t resist taking a hike myself.”

WHAT? Sun rays, snow sparkling in the air, great scenery, hikers.

“It’s all about the journey”

WHEN? February 2013 “I was in Morzine for 10 days – it snowed for seven of my eight days riding. Every day was a powder day. We mainly did tree runs because of low visibility, it was so much fun. This shot was taken on my last day, when the bluebird skies appeared.”

WHY? To capture the power of powder “I’d just finished the best run of my life. The powder was waist deep and untracked. Every turn sprayed snow in my face. An absolutely amazing feeling…”

MORE? Reuben’s website (

includes his blog and a portfolio of his best work, which unsurprisingly includes beautiful photos of Morzine, Avoriaz and the surrounding area, which are available for sale as prints.

Justin Bull is the big daddy of beat laden après in and around Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz. His parties are unmissable for anyone who likes their après loud and bouncy. But Justin’s not the type of man to limit himself to one awesome night a week. This winter you can find Justin’s Morzine Basscamp night on Wednesdays and Fridays at Le Tremplin, in the centre of the resort. The Basscamp DJs have prepared a very special essential mix; it’s likely to become the soundtrack to your season and you can download it free from the Source website.

1. Handle The Jandal by Sammy Senior

This great little ghetto funk tune will get you feeling jiggy and jumpy and ready to experiment with new routes and tricks on the twists and turns of The Stash.

2. Five On It by JFB

Set this one on the go for that straight, steep piste when you want to cruise your way to the bottom ahead of all your mates. It’s a banging D&B number that’ll make you feel like you ski with the speed of a cheetah, even if you’re more akin to a hippopotamus.

3. Juice Loose by DJ Maars

Sun’s out and the park’s banging but if you don’t fancy whatever they’re busting out over the loud speakers, pop this on your headphones. The bouncy reggae notes will have you working up a pace on the rails in no time.

4. 1981 by Deadmau5 (Mike Vale Vs Jerome Robins Mix)

For all the best down bits there’s a long walk up. These melodic house rhythms will keep you pacing on the longest hike.

5. Gimme The Breaks by A Skillz

Break it out for a chilled out day on the piste, maybe after a big night at the Tremplin. The classic breaks tune is perfect for a little cruising and a whole lot of mellow hangover joy. Download the soundtrack to your season at

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Whether you’ve skied too hard or can't face going to a restaurant or the supermarket, we can cater for you. From that one-off special dinner to a fully catered week, we can help make your self catered chalet holiday a holiday for everyone Our fully catered package includes 3 course dinners with wine served on 6 evenings, 7 breakfasts (6 served), 7 afternoon teas all left for you to help yourself to Menu 1 - Fixed Menu

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French onion soup Tartiflette with salad, cured meats & pickles Lemon sorbet & citrus fruit salad Merguez sausage, chickpea, mint & cucumber salad in a lemon vinaigrette Lamb tagine with Mediterranean vegetables & Moroccan cous-cous Mango & lime cheese cake Nacho chips with guacamole & sour cream Chilli con carne with wraps, grated cheese & salsa salad Chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce Spring rolls & sweet chilli dipping sauce Thai Green chicken curry & vegetable pad Thai noodles Meringues with kiwis & passion fruit coulis Poppadoms with mango chutney & onion relish Chicken & vegetable madras with rice & minted yoghurt Banana samosas & coconut ice-cream

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Sautéed poached pear slices & blue cheese salad with a balsamic split dressing Bayonne ham & celeriac remoulade & truffle infused olive oil Caramelised onion & goats cheese tart Wild mushroom risotto topped with rocket & parmesan Trio of smoked fish with blinis & crème fraîche, lemon & dill dressing Goats cheese & bacon lardons on mixed leaves with a warm honey mustard dressing French onion soup with a gruyere crouton

Mains Coq au vin with Savoyard potatoes Beef Bourguignon with mashed potato Confit duck on braised red cabbage Fillet mignon of pork with Armagnac cream sauce Dijon & tarragon roast chicken with wild rice mix Slow roast belly pork with a cassoulet of white beans Local trout fillets with a rice pilaf

Desserts Tarte tatin with vanilla ice-cream Vanilla creme brulee & shortbread Lemon tart with black currant sorbet & crème fraîche Bread & butter brioche pudding with crème anglais Sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce & custard Crepe suzette with caramelised oranges, orange sauce & vanilla ice-cream Chocolate rum pots, chantilly cream & langue de chat biscuits Call Sarah on +33 (0) 6 47 82 98 89 or e-mail You’ll find more information on our catering services on our website –

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It’s no secret that layering is the key to a comfortable winter holiday. Bulk up your layers during a cold snap, de-robe when the sun comes out. Layering is most effective when your base layer works with you, something Claire Templar knows all about. Successive holidays spent kayaking in New Zealand inspired Claire to start her own brand of thermals and Wild Stripes Base Layers were born. “Wild Stripes Base Layers don’t retain moisture, so you won’t get cold or damp – their wicking properties keep the clamminess away from your skin. Our thermals are soft and lightweight, and they wash and dry very easily too!” Made in New Zealand from the finest, premium quality 100% polypropylene yarn, Wild Stripes thermals come in a range of bright colours – in fact, they’re so lovely, you won’t want to keep them hidden under your ski wear! “People often see their base layers as ‘dedicated ski holiday clothing’ but after the recent chilly winters in the UK, many of our wearers don their Wild Stripes for dog walking, horse riding, and even the snowy journey to work!” At the end of their usable life, Claire wants you to send your worn out thermals back to her. No, she doesn’t have a stinky thermal fetish – she recycles them all! Wild Stripes Base Layers are available to buy at, prices start from £29.99 for an adult’s long john.

We also supply contact lenses and helmet compatible optics Just 100m from the Office de Tourisme in the centre of Morzine 155, Route de la Plagne, Morzine +33 (0) 4 50 49 28 94

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Freestyle riding started in the woods and Avoriaz is home to one of just six Burton Stash freeride parks in the world. Constructed in 2008, The Stash has a massive environmental message for skiers and snowboarders: to get the most from your winter sport of choice, use the natural features of the terrain and get creative on the mountain. But the concept, developed by Burton founder Jake Burton and his accomplice Jeff Biloba, can’t be established in any old ski resort. It takes a special winter resort with a special team of park experts to keep The Stash alive. "The Avoriaz Stash cost €85,000 to develop and we spend between €15,000 and €30,000 annually on maintenance and improvements" explains ‘chief of The Stash’ Jean-Noel Calvert of the Avoriaz Snowzone team. "We’d already started developing a snow park in the Les Lindarets forest in winter 05/06, while Burton were working on their version over in Northstar, USA. We joined forces, Avoriaz became home to the second Stash in the world and since then many others have followed". Each night, once the lifts have closed and the mountain has emptied, the Snowzone team spend five hours grooming, re-shaping and1 improving the 1.3km park. pub chez roger.pdf 04/11/2013 12:11 It’s a big job. And a cold one most likely.

There’s a huge emphasis on family fun in Avoriaz and The Stash plays a big part in this. "Jake Burton observed that older riders couldn’t enjoy the traditional snow parks with their children, so he created The Stash to mix snowpark with freeride. In Avoriaz we’ve kept this spirit and we now have a very playful area that families can enjoy" believes Jean-Noel. This winter’s Stash has loads of improvements. "Some days The Stash is a victim of its own success. It’s not always easy to develop a ski area and maintain the original concept. We’ve made lots of changes so that everyone finds happiness in our amazing winter park". Check out for loads of useful information on ski and snowboard events in Avoriaz. If you can’t get enough of The Stash, it’s possible to take a piece home with you. Working in conjunction with Burton and The Stash, The Woods is a new snowboard shop on the Rue du Bourg in Morzine, selling Stash t-shirts, caps and mugs, plus a whole 1 Petit Coq.pdf load of Burton snowboards too.



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By Bev Fentiman

Have you noticed that after one day on the mountain, your legs are really tired and quite stiff? Thigh burn has been bothering you on and off all day and you’re dreading how your legs might feel the next morning. Yet to your amazement they are surprisingly okay the following day! That’s because Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness (DOMS) hasn’t kicked in yet. It takes between 24 and 72 hours after eccentric muscle contraction (lengthening of muscles while working) before the legs become sore. On a Saturday-to-Saturday ski holiday DOMS usually kicks in on Monday evening or Tuesday morning. The main symptom is discomfort walking up and down stairs, but on a ski holiday, with only six days on the slopes, you will not be defeated, so of course you continue to ski! After an hour or so on the slopes your legs feel just fine, the ski instructor is pleased with your progress and you feel more confident than ever. Wednesday arrives and you have the same DOMS this morning when you walk down the stairs to breakfast. Just

like yesterday, you think you should be okay after an hour on the slopes. How wrong can you be? Today’s DOMS are from Monday’s skiing and on Monday it was your second day on the slopes; you were filled with new confidence in your skiing and probably overdid it. You’ll most likely feel like you’ve had a disaster on the ski slopes today, with your legs refusing to do what you tell them. They have very little strength to make turns, you are uncoordinated and rather than make progress, your level of ability is worse than during your last winter holiday. What's gone wrong? You look at your ski instructor for help, but they can't do anything with your wobbly legs either. Ski instructors have named this phenomenon “Wobbly Wednesday”. Your legs won’t work properly because they’re still trying to repair themselves from the last three days. You probably haven't stretched at the end of each ski day, and now those wobbly legs need a little time to recover. Worry not... Wobbly Wednesday can be avoided!

Here’s our four-point plan, listed in order of importance: 1.

Complete leg and core strengthening work for six to eight weeks before your ski holiday. Three sessions a week should be sufficient to give you muscle strength to ski or snowboard for four to six hours a day.


Book a good sports massage for your legs at the end of your second ski day (Monday for most of you). You only need a 45 minute massage to flush out those waste products and realign the muscle fibres.


Stretch your legs after each ski day to put the length back into those muscles, which are contracting all day long. Stretch the calves, quads and hamstrings in particular, holding each stretch once for 30 seconds. (Your therapist can advise you)


Drink plenty of water to help muscle recovery and concentration whilst skiing. Approximately 2 1/2 litres of water a day is easy to achieve if you drink water at each meal and each break.

Following this four point plan should mean you’re able to ski for six full days without meeting Wobbly Wednesday, making your ski holiday truly memorable for all the right reasons. If you do experience Wobbly Wednesday, then come off the ski slopes, go for a walk and have a sports massage. Morzine Massage offer a mobile sports massage service across Morzine, Les Gets and the surrounding areas. For an appointment call +33 (0) 6 67 52 49 36 28 |

Chalet Jirishanca


Chalet ROBIN

Location, Location, Location - Stylish catered chalet with outdoor hot tub in central Morzine opposite Super Morzine Telecabine. Sleeps 14 in 7 en-suite bedrooms. Two stylish lounges, fireplace, free WIFI and iPad, White Company style linen & luxury toiletries. Gastro style food and wine plus a pick up and drop off to and from the slopes daily in Landrover Defenders.

The coolest chalet in central Morzine with hot tub. Sleeps 10-12 in 5 en-suite bedrooms. 2 stylish lounges with fireplaces, BOSE surround sound and Sonos system. Free WIFI, UK TV, sound docks in every room. White Company style linen & luxury toiletries. Gastro style food & wine, pick up, drop off to and from the slopes daily in Landrover Defenders.

Stylish catered chalet in central Morzine with stunning outdoor hot tub, minutes from slopes. Sleeps 12 people in 6 luxury bedrooms. Oversized lounge & mezzanine with leather sofas, designer log fireplace, UK TV, free WIFI and iPad. Gastro style food and wine plus a pick up and drop off to and from the slopes daily in Landrover Defenders.

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The Farmhouse

A collection of 13 luxury 2 & 3 bedroom self catered apartments in central Morzine sleeping 4-9 people. All apartments are modern, clean and contemporary and feature UK TV, free WIFI, BOSE sound docks, gourmet meals on wheels, Egyptian White Company style linen, luxury toiletries and an in resort concierge service. We can even do your shopping for you!

Sojourn is a privately owned luxury boutique chalet for individuals who expect a 'higher' standard of accommodation, food and service. With its own in house qualified professional chef and being owned and managed by qualified hospitality staff, Sojourn promises to provide guests with a service standard above normal expectations.

Built in 1771, The Farmhouse is the oldest building in Morzine, known to the locals as ‘Le Château’. One of the most desirable hideaways in the Alps sits in the heart of this beautiful alpine village just two minutes walk from the centre. Once you have discovered this gem you will return year after year...

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Ski Weekends

The Tasty Ski Company

The Lodge Morzine is a spacious apartment-hotel offering 120 beds, reception, snack and a la carte restaurant, lively bar and Spa offering a working gym, Jacuzzi, sauna and treatment rooms. Free car parking and WIFI throughout the property. Laundry service. Secure ski/board locker and boot/drying room. Ski/board hire on-site. Open to locals and non-residents too.

Ski Weekends have been providing short skiing breaks for 30 years and now offer more options and flexibility in 23 resorts including France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria. Our classic flight packages now go from 17 UK regional airports and offer fully bonded/protected, hassle free ski breaks including flights, transfers and accommodation. Catered chalets, hotels and self-catering holidays are available.

The Tasty Ski Company offers luxury catered ski chalet holidays in Morzine and Le Grand Massif. Delicious food in amazing locations is the name of our game. WIFI, iPod docks, flat screen TVs, hot tubs and heated boot warmers are all part of The Tasty Ski Company experience!

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Chalet Hotel Neige et Roc

Chalet Le Lapye

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Our characterful and charming Savoyarde chalet hotel has 30 en-suite bedrooms and is located piste-side in Les Prodains, just opposite the new Prodains Express lift to Avoriaz. We offer a delicious, locally sourced restaurant menu (open every day for lunch and dinner) and an indoor swimming pool in addition to a spa with treatment rooms and a lively bar.

Fully catered Chalet Le Lapye offers excellent value, great food and warm hospitality. The chalet has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and can accommodate up to 12 people, it has outstanding testimonials (see our web site). It is located on the Chavannes road in Les Gets and you can ski back to within 30 meters.

We have a selection of chalets and apartments including a chalet on the piste, ski in/out chalets, luxury to economy. We offer a special level of service. Ski passes delivered, ski equipment fitted at the chalet, a personal welcome, someone available 24 hours a day and options such as fresh pastries and bread delivered for breakfast by the local bakery.

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Chalet Bourgignon


Morzine Retreats

At Chalet Bourgignon on the outskirts of Morzine we offer catered chalet holidays for up to 16 in a variety of double, twin and family bedrooms. The difference? Our holidays have value for money in mind and they won’t break the bank! We still offer piste drop-offs and collections, five course meals including wine and a friendly, efficient service.

The original Morzine specialists since 1996. All properties have outdoor hot-tub, pool or sauna. 3 luxury ski-in ski-out privately owned catered chalets. French chalet-style hotel on Pleney pistes. Self-catered on-piste apartments ideal for families. Superb cuisine & renowned personal service. Geneva airport transfers & resort shuttles. Discounted lift passes & equipment hire. Highly-regarded family summer holidays.

From affordable to luxurious, whatever your requirements are, we can meet them. Morzine Retreats offer self-catered, bed and breakfast and catered chalets and apartments in Morzine and the surrounding area. Choose from flexible catering options that suit all budgets, from budget to super luxurious. Open for both winter and summer holidays.

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Chalet Morzine

Chillout Mountain

Riders Refuge

Ski in, ski out luxury catered chalet in fabulous central Morzine location. Privately run by French ski instructor and his English wife since 2002. Family friendly, separate cinema/games room, huge sledging field in front. Stunning views, quiet location, only 2 minutes walk from central Morzine and just 5 minutes from all lifts. Hot tub, WIFI, flat screen UK TV, PS3

Chillout Mountain is an independent chalet operator, specialising in luxurious, contemporary chalets, all situated in beautiful locations with easy access to ski stations. Our properties range from 2 to 5 bedrooms and feature high quality facilities throughout including Egyptian cotton linen, free WIFI and log fires.

Quality catered chalet accommodation at affordable prices. Our chalets have been hand-picked by us to provide you with the perfect holiday. We have carefully considered factors such as location, living space, bed and bathroom allocation and those extra luxuries such as hot tubs and boot warmers, with delicious home cooked meals. Plus we also include return transfers from Geneva Airport.

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Hotel Christiania

The Great Escape Morzine

Mountain Lets

Envious location in the very centre of Les Gets. Ski in/ski out 80m from the Chavannes Express. Extensive characterful refurbishment for the start of this season. A warm and friendly welcome is assured at this family run hotel bar & restaurant. Extensive menu & wine list. Fireside lounge & bar. Free WIFI. Sauna, 2 outdoor hot tubs. We look forward to your visit.

We’ve been looking after holidaymakers for many years in our range of high quality catered chalets and self catered apartments. We’re an established company with many years experience, taking pride in the excellent service that we offer. Our chalets and apartments are in great locations and we provide useful local knowledge so you can make the most of your holiday.

We are an accommodation provider in Morzine specialising in self-catered holiday apartments and chalets. We have a range of properties available from cosy mountain boltholes to 6 bedroom luxury chalets. We can also assist with lift passes, ski hire, transfers from Geneva and much more.

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Snow & Trek Self Catered APTS

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Snow and Trek Ltd have been operating in Morzine since 2002 and specialise in quality self-catered chalets and apartments for stays from short breaks of 3/4 days to a whole season. We also own and operate our B&B in the centre of Morzine - Chalet Poppy.

GourmetSki offers a portfolio of 3 chalets of exceptional quality. You have a choice of catered, part-catered or self-catered. All the chalets are luxurious and characterful. Positioned in the beautiful mountain resort of Montriond, Morzine. At GourmetSki, we provide a high level of comfort, service and cuisine. We pride ourselves on creating long-term relationships with our guests.

A charming, characterful self catered chalet sleeping 10 people in Montriond, on the outskirts of Morzine. Facilities include jacuzzi bath, power shower, large open plan living room, dining room and kitchen, UK FreeSat TV, WIFI, Nintendo Wii and large sunny terrace with stunning views. Located just 30 metres from the free bus stop, a local bar, shop and restaurant.

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Chalet Des Ardoisieres

Hotel Chamois d’Or

Ideally situated in Les Gets village centre, with lifts only 150m away, giving easy access to the entire Portes du Soleil region. Ideal for skiing and mountain biking. There are 14 delightful en-suite bedrooms with free WIFI access available on B&B or half-board basis. Our on-site restaurant & wine bar offer a wide range of international cuisine at a great price.

Our beautiful, traditional chalet has been in our family for over a century and we are pleased to welcome holidaymakers to stay. Carefully restored, the chalet includes 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, sleeping 13 and is in a charming hamlet, within easy walking distance of Morzine centre. There’s also a convenient free ski bus stop too.

Les Gets’ most stylish full-service boutique hotel has 14 bedrooms and a self-contained luxury apartment sleeping up to 10 people. Bedrooms include flat-screen TVs, Egyptian cotton sheets and fresh, modern bathrooms. The adjoining Indigo Bar & Restaurant is open to non-residents, offering coffees, cocktails and an extensive wine list, and a fine dining restaurant serving modern, locally inspired dishes.

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Four years ago when Rock The Pistes launched, the concept was unique. Purpose-built, pop-up stages were erected, piste side, across the Portes du Soleil. If you’d registered on the website, you’d receive a text message each morning, announcing that day’s concerts and its location. No information was released in advance to maintain an air of secrecy, and acts were mainly of the French rock variety. Many of us turned up for the craic and the atmosphere, rather than the music. Wind the clock forward four years, and it’s fair to say that with this year’s line-up, Rock The Pistes has changed! British

rock legends Babyshambles will be rocking a piste near you on Friday 28th March, performing songs from their new album ‘Sequel to the Prequel’. Other British bands on the lineup include Horace Andy, who’s been the voice of Massive Attack since 1994 and Mad Professor, who’s recorded with Bob Marley & The Wailers. Big banners in each Portes du Soleil resort will announce the locations for each concert this winter, with the first batch of musical entertainment commencing with a headline act each day at 1pm, followed by a second round of Alp shaking merriment at 5pm each evening.

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In 1920, Morzine was largely taken up by farmland and the odd mine extracting slate. But Francois Baud saw a new future for the peaceful little village placed so conveniently close to Geneva. In 1925 he threw open the doors to the Grand Hotel, where the continent’s glitterati could luxuriate after a hard day of winter sports. It may not seem much by today’s standards, but the illustrious guests of The Grand, including the King of Belgium, were drawn in by the promise of hot and cold water as well as electricity in every room. The huge hotel was split up into a relatively small amount of extensive and luxurious suites. It even had its own ski jump, frequented by the Austrian ski instructors brought in by Baud. The first ski lift in Morzine, the Pleney, wasn’t built until 1934. Until then prospective skiers would hike up as far as they wished to go before negotiating the unpisted route back down. The limited capacity of the skis they were using meant people stayed much lower down and covered less distance. On return to the hotel, guests could skate on the hotel’s ice rink, located where the tennis courts are today. After dinner Edith Pihaff or Jacques Brel might treat them to a performance.

The Grand Hotel sparked a flurry of building and a range of hotels including Le Sporting and La Chaumière were inaugurated over the next decade. World War II put a stop to tourism for a long time but building began again in the 50s and over the next few decades, Morzine exploded into the resort town it is today. One of Morzine’s unique and enchanting qualities is that the roots of the town’s farming heritage are still intershot through the more recent modernisations. Many of the town’s shop fronts display the name of one or other of the big land owning families. The Morzinois still largely populate the town and, I imagine, breathe a collective sigh of relief for a temporary return to the tranquillity of the mountains at the end of April. Many of the first hotels remain within the families who set them up and run alongside the boutique chalet companies who are more recent interlopers in the resort. On powder days and white outs, we give thanks to you Mr Francois Baud, visionaire extraordinaire.

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Get out of the

You’d most likely dreamt of the roaring log fire, smoldering glass of vin chaud and tasty dinner while on the slopes today. Your muscles might be aching from head to toe, it’s nothing a quick dip in the chalet hot tub won’t fix. Your bruises might span everything from your skiers thumb to your pride, all will feel infinitely soothed after a warm night’s sleep under a cozy duvet. And for those of us that, upon wakening on the second morning of a ski holiday, wail ‘it hurts too much, I can’t get up!’ Antarctic adventurer Felicity Aston has five words for you.

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tent… By Amie Postings

And to take her advice one step further…

‘You are infinitely braver and more resilient than you imagine’ These are the final words of Felicity’s book Alone in Antarctica, an inspiring, gripping and at times terrifying account of one woman’s lone journey across a continent. On 24th November 2011 Felicity was dropped by airplane on the Ross Ice Shelf, a 1744-kilometer journey on skis ahead of her. Only two people had crossed Antarctica alone and 34-year-old Felicity hoped to become the third.






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The pilot carrying you out to the Ross Ice Shelf called you a ‘true rock star’ to voluntarily spend time in such harsh conditions. What were you feeling during your journey to the starting point? “Nothing like a rock star! I needed an escape route and I was looking for any reasonable excuse not to get off the plane. I was wracked with self-doubt and felt physically sick. I’d had the same feelings many years earler, when I was about to start an expedition across Greenland. I remember looking for ways that I could badly sprain my ankle, in order to bow out gracefully”. Perseverance kept Felicity’s plan in place and her account of the journey is brutally honest and humbling. Few could image the psychological impact that being alone on the ice would have. “It would be perfectly justifiable, I reasoned with myself, to return to Union Glacier and explain that after seeing what I’d be facing, I’d realised I wasn’t up for it’. The mental battle seemed more demanding than the physical one. Is this how you remember it now? “Absolutely. My ability to cross a continent alone was more in my head than in my body. Feats of endurance are based on mental attitude and self-discipline. I knew I needed to be strict with myself and to be organised. This involved little things like drying out my boots properly, redressing blisters… everything helps your frame of mind in those conditions”. During Felicity’s 59 days in Antarctica she was bolstered by a rather unexpected and unseen source – Twitter. The expeditions Twitter account (@felicity_aston) was designed for one-way communication and Felicity tweeted daily using an SMS satellite phone. Simple updates such as ‘alone’ turned into more positive updates, such as ‘another awesome day skiing past a parade of beautiful mountains beneath crazy clouds’. You couldn’t interact with your rapidly growing Twitter tribe while out on the ice,


but did your updates help your frame of mind? “Reporting my progress on Twitter had a big impact. The Antarctic landscape makes you feel like you’ve left reality, like I’d dropped off the map. Twitter updates became my psychological crutch, confirming that I was still on the planet and my existence had been registered. It’s a far cry from the old days when expeditions weren’t heard of until they returned!” The preparations for Felicity’s expedition were lengthy and thorough. Supported by a number of generous sponsors, she was able to select the best available and most trusted equipment. Another important preparation was psychological. Human beings are social creatures, we’re not designed to be alone for extended periods, especially not in such harsh and dangerous environments. The ‘Resilient Thinking’ theory clearly had an impact on your mental processes during the journey. Are you able to translate them to everyday life now the journey is over? “I learnt that when I’m feeling high emotion – annoyance, sadness, frustration for example – it’s important to stop and analyse what’s happening. I try to look objectively at my emotions and ask myself ‘why am I feeling like this?’ It’s often easy to find the root cause and this does help in everyday life. But then again, sometimes, a good cry is necessary!” If you were to witness a friend, relative or indeed a complete stranger yelling ‘shut up’ in the direction of an irritating noise, you wouldn’t necessarily question their sanity. If they begin to talk to the sun, or see small men with bald heads and triangular bodies riding on the backs of dinosaurs, you might begin to worry. You had quite a few hallucinatory experiences during your journey. How did you reassure yourself that you hadn’t gone mad?

came, when I was unable to tell the difference between reality and fantasy, I had a problem. So I had a few good conversations with myself to check and these became my safety net”. Felicity’s accounts of extreme temperatures, mountain ranges and sastrugi (naturally created ice formations) are at the same time terrifying and breathtaking. It’s a tug of war that continues throughout the journey and matches Felicity’s own inner wrangling. “I came to view Antarctica as a testing ground that would allow me to understand my potential and my vulnerabilities” Felicity recounts, around the half way point. Now that you’ve achieved your goal, does this mean that you’ve yet to discover your limitations? “I’ve discovered that I can keep pushing my body and my mind, and the human race is proof that humans can tolerate a fair bit. Wars and personal traumas test the resolve far more than expeditions. Do I want to push myself to the brink of insanity? No, absolutely not. I have the choice, many do not”. Alone In Antarctica is a story of perseverance. Felicity’s experience forces the question – how much could we all achieve with a bit more perseverance? “… remember that it is vital to celebrate daily successes – even those as marginal as getting out of the tent…”

Alone In Antarctica by Felicity Aston, with a foreword by Joanna Lumley is published by Summersdale Publishers Ltd and is available to buy on Amazon.

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by Heather Garlick

Think you took your life in your hands on the slopes today? Did you feel the adrenalin pumping through your body on the gnarlier runs and jumps? Do you have difficulty thinking of anything more exciting? Well imagine skiing those same runs in the dead of night, with a storm on the horizon. Imagine skiing them with a whole police force on your trail and red-hot black market products weighing you down. Imagine skiing them on an old-fashioned pair of skis – basically a couple of planks strapped to your boots. The history of smuggling in and around the Portes de Soleil is long established and full of fascinating details, littered with affable rogues, cack-handed law enforcers and comedic scrapes with the powers that be. The topography of the area, its dangerous descents and complex array of routes and passages, has long made it popular with those wishing to smuggle coveted goods across borders. Darkness and adverse weather conditions were favoured as they provided cover for crossing the passes for those who would rather face bad weather than risk being caught and shackled. This made winter the perfect time for smuggling and smugglers soon took to wearing skis and affixed sealskins (goat skins in reality) to the bottom of them in order to climb the steep slopes of the range. Smuggling dates back to the days when extortionate taxes were charged on necessary products. Like a hoard of alpine Robin Hoods, smugglers swooped in to take their chances on hazardous routes across the mountain passes in order to carry wares to those who lacked the means or desire to pay taxes. Back then, the big deal in the world of contraband was salt. But almost anything imaginable has made the perilous journey through the mountains at one time or another. The smugglers adopted some novel ways of transferring wares too. Money; small, light and valuable was the perfect thing to smuggle across borders and would often be carried pressed inside small cavities carved out of the wooden skis. It was also often the preferred load for women, who found it more difficult to carry the heavier weights and would instead conceal coins in their hair and skirts. But more


varied loads were traded back and forth as well; matches, gunpowder, weapons, tea, pepper, chocolate and even pigs all found their way across the mountain passes at one time or another. There was as much demand for import as there was export in the local valleys.Smugglers would seek out a well-hidden shelter somewhere on the route between the two trading villages. In the morning it would be filled with sausages and cheese from France, and by afternoon this would be removed and replaced with coffee and sugar from Switzerland (an interesting take on the ‘sugar mountain’ metaphor). And the customs officials? Well they eventually adopted skis in their attempt to keep up with their hell bent adversaries, but were more often reported in falls and accidents than apprehending criminals. As a result, in 1947 the first customs officer ski school was set up. The early footage shows a rather shaky start but they went on to boast world class Olympians from their ranks. It was only with the advent of tourism that locals of the Portes de Soleil saw a more profitable and less risky way of using the mountains that surrounded them. In fact the last two customs offices around here didn’t close until 2006 and 2009. Fancy trying a smugglers’ route? You'll find a map showing some of the most popular runs taken when conveying goods between France and Switzerland on the source magazine website. Why not try them carrying a sack of coffee with a couple of kilos of cheese stuffed down your ski pants? Oh, and don’t forget to use the wooden planks. |

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The Vieille Douane in Chatel is a treasure trove of information on the practices of smugglers throughout the region. The wall displays are in French but there are many photos and a translated museum guide. This winter the museum is hosting an exhibition on womens’ involvement in smuggling. Adult Entry is €4 and €3 for kids with a discount for liftpass holders. The museum is open every day except Saturday between 2pm-6pm with a guided tour at 3.30pm.

Directions: Take the letter I bus from Chatel up to Vonne. The bus runs about every half hour. Remember that if skiing from Avoriaz, you’ll come off the slopes at Linga and will need to take the (very regular) bus into the centre of Chatel

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For me, the chairlift to the top of a mountain is important people watching time, while après on a sun soaked deck provides further opportunity for me to determine who’s wearing what. It’s an obsession, I’m not going to lie to you. In fact I’ve gone one step further. I’ve classified you all into what we call ‘snow tribes’, as defined here by my awesome associates, the Style Altitude anthropologists. Which one are you?



WHO: Seasonaires, snowboarders, park skiers, anyone under the age of 30 who rides with style and ease, hence ‘Steezies’, AKA ‘Park Rats’.

WHO: Aristo old money and oligarch new money. Also the Glossy Posse, piste posing celebs and friends of Kate Moss.

WHAT: Block colours, strong graphics. Oversized hoodies, slogan tall tees, facemasks and a collection of beanies.

WHAT: Fitted jackets, stretchy belts, tight ski-pants. Fur (or faux) everywhere. For this winter, a zoo full of animal prints.

HOW TO WEAR: Loose and slouchy (think Jesse Pinkman in season one of Breaking Bad), baggie pettes turned up, a different beanie everyday, added graphics and stickers on skis, snowboard or helmet, goggles whether in snow, sun, après bar, or anywhere! Frequently with a wrist in plaster after dropping that double back flip.

HOW TO WEAR: Dazzling! Blingy, shiny fabrics and diamonds, designer sunglasses / goggles are essential to avoid being style-blinded by pals / comrades. Preferably mirrored lenses for applying your Mac balm on the chairlift. And that’s just the men.

BRANDS: Saga, Armada, Orage, Full Tilt boots, AMC Development.

BRANDS: Bogner, Moncler, Spyder, Napapijri, Chanel, anything from Harrods ski department.

LEAST LIKELY TO SAY: “Does my bum look big in this?”

LEAST LIKELY TO SAY: “I soooo love the way my hair looks when I take my helmet off”

MOST LIKELY TO SAY: “Do you have it in XXXXXXL?”

MOST LIKELY TO SAY: “I soooo love my uber-tight Mary Katrantzou for Moncler ski pants. Totes dorbs. Yah?”



WHO: Intermediate or advanced skiers and snowboarders going off-piste and backcountry. As couples they become TWIN TECHIES, typically in matching brands, guys have the GPS, girls prefer a good-looking guide. Another variety is the PSEUDO TECHIES. They buy the gear but have no idea where to even find off-piste.

WHO: Seasonaires, snowboarders, freestyle and park skiers, anyone under the age of 25.

WHAT: Technical brands and accessories with a mountain pedigree (ie they’ve been tested by Polar expeditions in -30C degrees and blizzards). HOW TO WEAR: Always teched up, ever ready! ABS backpack, GPS mountain maps downloaded to iPhone, action camera, avalanche transceiver and harness. Like you just dropped into a couloir (or après bar).

WHAT: Skinny, skinny salopettes (so you can’t tell who’s guy and who’s girl, leg-wise). Tie-dye, paisley, flannel and feathers. Tall tees with obscure graphics. Almost Famous meets Pirates of the Caribbean in the mountains. With east coast goggles (wearing goggles underneath the helmet), patterned bandanas around calf, feathers and trinkets attached to head. Black gilets and snapbacks for après. HOW TO WEAR: It’s supposed to be thrown together but it takes a while to figure out how to get those pettes tighter.

BRANDS: Noronna, Oakley, Arc’teryx, Scott, Patagonia, Rab, Mountain Hardwear.

BRANDS: Holden, Jiberish, Airblaster, Fyve, The Mountain®, home tie-dying, vintage / thrift shops.

LEAST LIKELY TO SAY: “Brrrr, it’s cold”

LEAST LIKELY TO SAY: “I love mainstream. Dare2b’s collection, this year, is super rad”

MOST LIKELY TO SAY: “I’ll just take my super-compressed 700-fill-power European goose jacket out of my pocket”

MOST LIKELY TO SAY: “Do you like my new super skinny pants bru? Sewed them myself”

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WHO: Seasoned skiers, snowboarders and mountain guides who tour backcountry and never buy a liftpass.

WHO: Annual one-week skiers, often families. Always happy and full of joie de ski. Also gender groups (as in guys’ stag or girls’ hen dos). Usually migrate in large, loud packs.

WHAT: Technical, lightweight, practical, compressible. Never new-looking. Bandanas (useful as tourniquet), backpacks for down jacket, layers, ropes, survival kit. Coffee, dried fruit (survive a week on the mountain, no problem), wrap around sunglasses (rarely goggles because Gnarlies have mountain knowledge / sixth sense so avoid white outs, ditto ABS bags and avalanches), duct tape to mend rips or breaks (gear or limbs). HOW TO WEAR: With long hair (men and women), stubble (usually just the men), weathered wrinkles and a dark tan. Possibly panda eyes (hard to tell as Gnarlies even sleep in sunglasses). BRANDS: Patagonia, Mammut, Millet, Paramo, Mountain Hardwear. LEAST LIKELY TO SAY: “I couldn’t possibly wear that jacket, it’s sooo last season” MOST LIKELY TO SAY: “Pass the ducktape, I ripped my jacket saving a ski school instructor from an avalanche”

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WHAT: DICKIES (Dads In Chainstore Kit): Do-it-all gear (skiing AND commuting AND walking the Labradoodle). By end of week has a Twat Gap (tan mark between goggles and helmet) has developed nicely. MIFFIES (Mothers In Fluffy Fleeces): Lots of matchy matchy pastels. By the end of week has a Bag Back carrying backpack laden with extra hats/gloves/socks, cartons of Ribena and the chalet’s breakfast rolls for picnic lunch. HOW TO WEAR: Like it’s really yours and not your friend’s sister’s cousin’s. Nor is it from Ebay. BRANDS: Trespass, Dare 2b, Surfanic. Degre 7 (basically anything from TK Maxx). Thermals and gloves from Lidl. LEAST LIKELY TO SAY: “My jacket is so sick” MOST LIKELY TO SAY: “My jacket is covered in sick”, as in vomit (“my kid’s” or “mine after last night’s Jagerbombs”).


When it comes to buying new winter hardwear, these four local ski and snowboard instructors know best!

“This winter I’ll be skiing on Dynastar Chrome Series CR74 PRO 178cm with a 16m turn radius. I chose this piste-orientated ski as it performs well in a variety of conditions, from fresh snow to harder pack and wide open pistes to narrow gullies and moguls. I love to carve at higher speeds when free-skiing and these skis cut a great shorter radius turn. They provide me with confidence with their power, stability and edge grip when I need it.”

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The most exciting thing going on in ski technology at the moment is... Dynastar has developed the Chrome Series using Duel Wood Core with a titanial and fibreglass sandwich construction. The result is a very smooth, forgiving turn initiation in a light but strong ski with an easy swing weight, combined with a subtle early rise tip rocker which eases turn initiation.

“This winter I’ll be riding a Burton Aftermath, 155. It’s a mid flex, cambered quiver of one. Perfect for teaching all levels of lessons then charging the whole mountain and park with mates. Oh, and it looks pretty!” Baden’s guide to snowboard maintenance…

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My one essential snowboard maintenance tip is beveling my edges. It means you can have them razor sharp but tucked up just a little to keep rails and boxes catch free.

“This winter I’ll mainly be skiing on a pair of Head i.Supershape Titan skis. They’re a fantastic all-round ski. They’re great for all types of turn on the piste and at 177cm they are big enough for teaching offpiste. The Titan is an ideal ski for most instructors – versatile but also with high piste performance.” Tim’s tips on buying or renting kit When it comes to deciding whether to buy or hire your ski equipment, owning a pair of skis makes sense if you ski for more than a few weeks each season. If, like most people, you only manage a week per winter, then hiring is the way to go. Local rental shops have some great kit these days.


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Tammy Esten from Mint Snowboarding (

“This winter I’ll be riding my Roxy XOXO, 152. It is a super fun board and really versatile for all over the mountain. This means that I can use it for all types of riding, whether I am in the pipe, jibbing around or shredding the powder. It is also great for teaching as is not too stiff. The Pickle Technology (deeper sidecut on the heel edge) gives great performance on the heel edge and the Magnatraction (serrated edge) on the edges give you amazing grip through your turns. I love it!”” Tammy’s top three tips for buying a snowboard… 1. Buy a board that is suited to you and what you do, or want to do, when you strap in. Be realistic about your riding level and your aspirations 2. Don’t buy a board for its graphics 3. Look for a versatile board that you can use all over the mountain

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How to save a ski resort By Amie Postings

The Espace Rod d’Enfer straddles the two valleys on either side of the Col de Graydon (1800m). Because it’s tucked out of the way, it’s often very quiet, and consequently there hasn’t been much investment in the lift infrastructure over the last few years. A committee on the Saint Jean d’Aulps sector of the mountain proposed a development plan, which the Mayor of Belleveaux on the other side of the Col, opposed. At the end of Winter ’12, the future of the Espace Roc d’Enfer was uncertain to say the least.

The Roc d’Enfer ski area is one of the hidden gems of the Portes du Soleil. You have full access to it on your area lift pass, but towards the end of last winter it faced closure. In the defiant style typical of the local community, a support group was established to highlight the attractions of the Roc d’Enfer ski area. The Association Roc d’Enfer sought to promote the development and proposed upgrade plans, which included the creation of a new chair lift to replace the current drag life at Les Tetes. They also wanted to create a whole new blue piste from the top of the station and a new connection into Graydon from the bottom of Chargeau. The efforts of local residents, the Association Roc d’Ender and the mayor of St Jean d’Aulps have been successful and the area looks set to thrive this winter. €1.5million has been invested over the last nine months to create a new, 240m drag lift, two new blue runs to double the size of the beginners area, and improved snow-making facilities have been created across the area, making it snow sure all season long. The Roc d’Enfer is easily accessible from Morzine and Les Gets using the local bus service. If you have a Portes du Soleil lift pass, then access to the ski area is included. If not, lift pass prices are €20.90 per adult and €15.70 per child per day.

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Parlez-vous Anglais?

You’ll never need to ask if you memorise these handy phrases, translated by the very clever French teachers at Morzine language school Lost In Translation.

How far is the Chavannes lift please? C'est à combien le télésiège des Chavannes ? (say ta kom-bee-an luh tell-ay-seeege day chav-ann?)

Where is the taxi rank? Où est-ce que je peux trouver un taxi? (Oo es-ke jeu puh troov-ay un taxi?)

What time do the ski lifts open? Les remontées ouvrent à quelle heure? (Lay rum-on-tay oovr a kel err?)

I am lost! Je suis perdu! (Jeu swee pair-doo)

What is the weather forecast for tomorrow? Quel temps fait-il demain? (Kel tom fay teel dumb-an?)

Can you help me please? Pouvez-vous m'aider? (Poo-vay voo may-day?)

How much is a lift pass? C'est combien un forfait de ski? (say com-bee-an un for-fay duh ski?

Where is the bus stop? Où est l'arrêt de bus? (oo ay larr-ay de bus?)

Where should I hire my skis / snowboard? Où est-ce que je peux louer des skis/un snowboard? (oo es-ke je puh loo-ay day ski/un snowboard?)

I'd like to book a table for four please. J'aimerais réserver une table pour quatre personnes s'il vous plaît (Jem-er-ay res-er-vay oon tabl-eu por katr pers-onn sil voo play)

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Design and colour probably aren’t at the top of your specification list when buying a new avalanche transceiver. Yet Ortovox have added some serious shelf appeal to their new Zoom+ model. Described as ‘design meets function’, the Zoom+ has loads of excellent features, its ‘ocean blue’ colour being one of them. Ortovox are all about intuitive usability and the Zoom+ doesn’t disappoint. The large LED display leaves nothing to chance and the patented smart antenna technology senses your body position if you’re caught in an avalanche, switching to an

antenna with the most range if it thinks you’ve been buried. The Zoom+ also has a Recco reflector to assist in detection by professional mountain rescue. Its range is 40m and the Zoom+ also detects and displays the location of multiple avalanche victims. Weighing in at 200g the Zoom+ is highly portable, it’s waterproof and will transmit for 250 hours using one AA battery.

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Traditionally the term ‘High Definition’ was always associated with multimillion-dollar Hollywood blockbusters and David Attenborough’s breathtaking documentaries. Then in 2008 the winter sports world was blown away with the release of the snowboard epic ‘That’s it, That’s all’. I remember standing, slacked jawed the first time I watched it, thinking ‘how can it be THAT HD’ By Rob Purver Jump forward another few years to 2010 and the release of the GoPro HERO HD point-of-view (POV) action camera. It was the first High Definition wide-angle camera you could drop, soak and shove in your pocket, making it the obvious weapon of choice for the budget winter sports videographer. Now, just a few years down the line, you can’t go more than a few minutes without seeing a helmet or chest mounted GoPro on the mountain. But what’s changed since the original HD HERO and are there any real alternatives?

GoPro HERO 3+ Black Edition HD The latest edition of the HERO is at the cutting edge of the ‘action camera’ breed. Smaller, lighter, faster and more powerful than its predecessors, it has a resolution up to 1440p, meaning you can crop footage without loosing any quality. When set to 720p you get a super slo-mo worthy 120 frames per second (FPS). The range topping Black Edition is even capable of shooting in 4k or ULTRA HD! Which although impressive, is relatively useless for winter sports in only being able to shoot at 15FPS. This means that any high-speed action would appear beautiful, but jerky. Another nice feature of the GoPro HERO3+ is the quality of photos (12 megapixel) and with several different modes such as timed, burst, time-lapse and continuous you have no excuse for missing the action. Together with GoPro’s huge range of accessories you’ve got yourself a very versatile and powerful camera. The Alternatives? There are literally hundreds of GoPro-a-like copycats out there but one that seems to be making waves is Sony’s contribution to the POV market. Sony HDR-AS15 Action Cam Even though the name would suggest otherwise, this is Sony’s first soirée into the POV world. Having clearly taken their lead from the hugely successful GoPro, Sony have produced the HDRAS15 or ‘Action Cam’. With its slightly elongated design the action cam is visually very different to the GoPro. Its slimline design means that forehead and especially chest mounting would be slightly awkward but the Action Cam would mount very snugly to the side of a helmet, a place where the GoPro would normally stick out well into harms way. Whilst not matching the same near cinema quality or super-slow-motion of the GoPro, Sony have given the Action Cam a perfectly respectable resolution of 1080p 30FPS, and it does redeem itself with a healthy 12 megapixel photo option. Both the GoPro and the Action Cam have built-in WIFI, meaning you can remotely control start/stop and get instant playback through a compatible smartphone. The main plus point of the Action Cam is its price. Coming in at around €290, Sony’s offering undercuts the GoPro Hero 3 Black by almost €160. Not only that, the accessories are significantly cheaper. The Action Cam is a great quality, well made and relatively inexpensive alternative to the GoPro.

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There is another slightly unconventional way of going HD. In fact you may already have it in your pocket right now! The Hitcase Pro. The world’s first shockproof, waterproof, mountable iPhone case. For just over €100 you can get all you need to convert your iPhone (4, 4s, 5, 5s) into an all singing, all dancing wide-angle POV camera. Yes I know it sounds a little ridiculous, it does look slightly peculiar and it is still quite expensive, but it is actually a viable option for your POV alpine sports video needs. The current iPhone 5s is easily capable of matching the Action Cam on video resolution and FPS, and with the PRO addition of the Hitcase you get a built in wide-angle lens that bumps your iPhone’s normal frame up to a full 170 degree GoPro equivalent wide-angle. The full range of mounts you expect from a POV camera are available and reasonably priced. The system allows you to quickly remove the phone from the mount if you need to do phone stuff. Another neat feature is the free App from Hitcase that will overlay telemetry data such as altitude, speed, direction and G-force over your video. The Hitcase has two main advantages over the GoPro and the Sony. You get to use the iPhone’s beautiful retina display to view what you're filming in real time and of course it’s already your phone; you’ve already bought it, you know how to work it. You don’t have to remember another charger, there’s no messing around with memory cards and when you’ve had enough of the wide angle you can easily remove the case and take a nice normal picture of the sunset. A trick neither the GoPro nor the Sony can pull off with their permanent wide angled lenses. Beanies.pdf




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These aren't the only options to go HD on the mountain, but they are some of the better ones. Now you’ve got the equipment sorted, why not work on your technique with some useful tips from two of Morzine’s finest professional videographers: Will Nangle of

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1. Think about the framing of your shots. The ‘rule of thirds’ is a good place to start.

1. Remember that batteries run out faster when they get cold. If you prefer to wear your POV cam on your helmet, try to keep it in a warm pocket when you’re not recording.

2. When using a wide-angle lens for action shots the best technique is to get in close, between two and five meters, point the camera at the subjects waistline to keep their head and skis/snowboard in shot. 3. Film as much as you can - the more footage you have the better. This gives you the most chance of getting those great shots and means you have a lot of choice when it comes to editing. Vary your filming by getting some mountain action, travel, socialising, culture and don’t forget the epic scenery. 4. Look after your equipment. Even though all the models mentioned are waterproof, it’s best to keep them as dry as you can. Also, make sure you transport your camera securely. A Velcro inner jacket pocket or a zippy pocket on a backpack is best. 5. Be organised. Back up your memory cards after a good days filming. Go through and delete the rubbish. Name the good stuff with clear and simple names. EG Tom Crash Les Gets, Avoriaz Sunset Friday. It makes the editing process much easier.

2. Make sure you pick the right recording setting. Most POV cameras have multiple settings for resolution and frame rate but make sure you pick the right one for you. I shoot everything at 720P 50 frames. The higher settings require a lot of computer power to watch back smoothly. 3. Don’t forget the photo function on your POV camera. They can take great photos and you get great results both portrait and landscape style. 4. Out of all the mounting types available, one of the most versatile is the tripod mount. It opens up a whole new world of camera mount options. Instead of using an expensive adjustable poll (for that selfie shot!) you can buy a cheap photographers mono-pod for a robust adjustable pole that has more than one use.

6. Less is more. Shorter, action packed videos hold people’s attention more than longer uncut videos. Be ruthless with your editing.




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For a growing number of people, the Alpine dream doesn’t start and end with a ski holiday. Your weekly winter fix may be just as likely as Kevin McCloud to inspire a mountain building project. If you’ve been sitting on such a project for a little while, thinking it’d be too complicated or too expensive to bring to life, let us introduce you to Steven Downs. “At ECSUS Design we use a highly insulated and cost effective method of constructing quality homes in the Alps” Steven explains. SIPS (structurally insulated panels to you and I) are designed and prefabricated off-site, and they’re also an exceptionally quick way to build a thermally efficient home. “Our houses can be built in days using timber frame panels that are so well insulated, in some cases they can eliminate heating bills altogether”.

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Clients go to Steven with a variety of objectives. Some want a fully managed 09:38 project, others are after a self build solution. As an architect, Steven matches

the needs, capabilities and budgets of his clients, with their dream Alpine home. Here’s just one example from down the road in Samoens, where even at -10 degrees last winter, the very happy owner used almost no heating whatsoever. ECSUS Design is the design partner of CLIX Construction Systems the exclusive delivery partner for Kingspan TEK building systems in France. For more information visit and

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Ed Drake shares his top tips for new skiers British Olympian Alpine Skier Ed Drake practises regularly at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead whenever he’s in the UK. Whilst he cites Morzine and the Portes du Soleil as his favourite ski area, the year round snow and perfectly groomed 160m slope at The Snow Centre, just north of London is a convenient alternative for Ed when he’s not able to train in the mountains. Ed, who was introduced to skiing before he started school, is keen to encourage others to take up the sport. Here are his top tips for learning to ski: • First and foremost, if you’ve never skied before, get in some lessons before you go – ideally on real snow. Alternatively, pre-book your lessons for when you arrive in resort. It makes such a big difference to your confidence when you have mastered the basics in stopping and turning. • Build up your fitness and stamina before you leave. Cardio training will help ensure you don’t run out of steam throughout the day, whilst squats and lunges will help build lower body strength. Don’t forget the importance of flexibility – make sure you stretch out regularly! • Dress adequately for the snow. It’s so important to make sure you stay warm and dry, especially if you’re new to snowsports. Go for lots of layers, ideally a thermal layer next to your skin and make sure your outer layer is waterproof (especially the bottom half). Sunglasses or goggles and good quality gloves are essential. Whilst it’s not always top of the fashionista list, don’t leave for the slopes without a helmet!

• Get familiar with moving your skis. It sounds obvious but if you turn your foot to the right your ski will turn to the right. Try picking up one foot at time and turning to the right and left so you become familiar with how it feels and which muscles to use. Remember skiing under control means making regular turns, shifting your weight from one foot to the other. • Make sure your stance is right. Lean backwards and you’ll lose control as skis are designed to turn when your weight is balanced in the middle. For greater stability keep your feet about shoulder width apart, toes pointing slightly inwards, heels apart. This is the snow plough position and it will help you move under control until you feel more comfortable about sliding down a mountain on two planks! • Look where you want to go, choose a route and decide where you will make your next turn. If you look at the snow just in front of you the chances are that this is where you’ll end up!

• Make sure your boots are comfortable. If you’re a first-time skier the chances are you’ll be renting your boots but it’s worth making sure they fit well. You should be able to move your toes but your feet shouldn’t slip around inside the boot. Keep them as tight as is comfortable around your legs but not too tight across your feet, otherwise they’ll restrict the blood flow and you’ll get cold toes. If you’re reading this in resort, and you’re experiencing these very problems with your boots, take them back to the rental shop and ask for some advice.

If you take Ed’s advice and book lessons before your holiday, The Snow Centre at Hemel Hempstead has the most highly qualified instructors outside of the Alps. With the closest real snow to the centre of London, they offer a range of private and group lessons for all levels from complete beginners and children’s sessions right through to top performance coaching for competent skiers. They are currently offering a 10% discount on advertised prices for group ski and snowboard lessons and a 30% discount on their beginners ‘adult only’ social lessons. There are also lots of different packages and lesson options so you can find the best fit for you. Rusty 52 | |





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Refresher sessions include a guided practice session with feedback on areas of progression and the beginners ‘Learn to Ski or Snowboard in a Day’ will take you from absolute beginner to making controlled turns down the slope. For those of you who want to maintain the skills you’re developing during your holiday, remember it takes 10,000 repetitions of a technical skill to make the performance last! The more practise you can fit in, the better your skills on the snow will be so you’ll feel much more confident on your next snowsports holiday. If you’re able to spend some time improving your technique on real snow in between your mountain holidays you really will see the benefit next time you ski. Hitting the slopes confidently will help you get more enjoyment out of your holiday as well as being able to tackle more challenging runs and safer off-piste experiences. Contact The Snow Centre on +44 (0) 845 258 9000 or visit for more info and bookings. | your source of information for Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz

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Reach Your Peak offers you private ski tuition in Avoriaz, Morzine & Les Gets. We will tailor your lessons to maximise your performance, be it advancing from the nursery slopes to conquering the bumps. We can also organise small group lessons with a maximum of five people per group. +33 (0) 6 68 92 88 86

Built in 1771, The Farmhouse is the oldest building in Morzine, known to the locals as ‘Le Château’. One of the most desirable hideaways in the Alps sits in the heart of this beautiful alpine village just two minutes walk from the centre. Enjoy fine dining every evening at this 18th century Farmhouse. Delicious food in a candlelit dining room followed by coffee in front of a roaring fire. Wednesday night is our Savoyarde Banquet.

Book at least 24 hrs in advance to reserve your place. Please call 00 33 4 50 79 08 26 or 00 33 6 83 86 55 49 Relax next to the roaring fire in the beautiful slate floored bar and then enjoy the magical experience of a gourmet dinner in the atmospheric dining room lit entirely by candelabras. The Farmhouse is a truely unique experience and the level of service first class.

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You won’t have to search very hard to find someone in Morzine, Avoriaz or Les Gets who’ll boldly claim their preference for summer in the mountains over winter. Here are ten reasons why you should be plotting your return right now… 1. Girls only mountain bike holidays with Diva Descent Having immersed herself in the world of female down-hilling for years, local lass Sarah Muir is on a mission to get more girls mountain biking. Her coaching camp holidays give girls of all ability levels the chance to increase their skills and confidence in a fun, encouraging environment. Why the Portes du Soleil? “It’s easy to travel to, and the local terrain offers something for everyone, from complete beginners to experienced mountain bikers. The girls who join Diva Descent holidays tell me they love that there’s no pressure from the boys!” Find out more at 2. Open air movie nights With the night sky twinkling overhead, Mamo’s Restaurant in the Lindarets bowl host regular after hours dinner and movie nights, long after the lifts have closed for the day. A delicious themed dinner is served before the movie begins, with a popcorn accompaniment of course! They also arrange a special camping permit so you can pitch a tent, stay over night and enjoy a cooked breakfast the next morning. Dates will be announced on www. when they are available. 3. Yoga holidays with Treeline Chalets If trekking up Alps, or speeding down them isn’t quite your thing, then a thoroughly relaxing and rejuvenating yoga holiday in the mountains just might be. Treeline Chalets have their own yoga teacher and the programme includes morning vinyasa flow, evening hatha, meditation and massage in addition to gourmet vegetarian meals to help detox and replenish your system. Find out more at

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4. The Portes du Soleil Multi-Pass Yes, the rumors are true. The price of a lift pass during the summer months is just €1 per person per day, when you’re staying in Multi-Pass affiliated accommodation. For that same €1 you also get huge discounts on loads of local activities such as the Indiana Parc high robes course on the Dranse river, horse riding, tennis, mini golf and the summer luge. The Multi-Pass Premium at €2 per day gives you discounted access to both the Morzine and Avoriaz swimming complexes. Visit for more details. 5. Parkour Generation holiday camps For those not in the know, Parkour is a physical training method that develops the ability to overcome obstacles, both physical and mental. The Parkour Generation summer training camp uses both natural and man-made features in the valleys and mountains around Morzine and Les Gets as a training base, with the world’s leading instructors paving the way. The camp aims to build fitness, strength and balance as well as clarity of thought and improved self-awareness. You’ll find more details at |

Set 6. Tour de France Cols Road cycling has never been so popular and during the summer months, lycra clad racers head for the famous Tour de France climbs and cols such as the Col du Joux Plane, Col de la Joux Verte, Col de la Colombiere and many more surrounding the resorts of Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets. You’ll find specialist road cycling holiday companies across the three resorts, as well equipment hire shops and guides. Check out for more information. 7. Montreux Jazz Festival The stunning city of Montreux lies on the shore of Lake Geneva and is just over an hour by car from Morzine and Les Gets. But the glamorous shops and restaurants are not the most exciting thing about Montreux. Each summer it’s host to the world famous Montreux Jazz Festival, with one of the largest musical line-ups you’re ever likely to see. Think Prince, Bobby Womack, Green Day, The Lumineers, Jake Bugg and Sting. And that was just last year! The 2014 festival takes place between 4th and 19th July. 8. Triathlon Camps with Jack & Jill Holidays Each summer professional triathlon coach Rick Kiddle joins the Jack & Jill Holidays team at their chalet in Morzine, from where he trains new, experienced and professional athletes on an intensive six day program. Structured sessions focus on all three triathalon disciplines, while Rick provides further expert advice on performance, technique and nutrition, all in the comfort of a luxury Alpine chalet. Find out more at 9. Painting and drawing holidays with Simply Morzine Mike at Simply Morzine taught art for 28 years, specialising in painting and drawing and it’s no surprise that art lovers flock to the mountains to record their natural beauty on canvas. Qualified tutors with lots of local knowledge are available to offer tips on technique, either in the chalet garden or further afield in Yvoire or Annecy for example. Find out more at

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10. Weddings There are more stunning ceremony backdrops in the local area than you can shake your wedding finger at. Each summer loads of couples choose to tie the knot in the mountains, perhaps with Lake Montriond in the background. Locally, you’ll find a whole host of wedding suppliers who’ll make it easy for you to plan your perfect Alpine wedding. From photographers to cake makers, celebrants to wedding planners and private chefs to reception venues, we love a good party! is a good place to start!

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If you’re flicking through your copy of Source Magazine and pondering how useful the information is, you might be pleased to hear that we’re online too! At you’ll find daily updated resort information for Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz. There’s also a full daily list of local events for the whole area and interviews with local folk, giving you an insider’s view of what it’s like to living in the mountains. There’s a handy local business directory, so you can check out the local bars, restaurants, cafes and chalets before you arrive.

The Source website is also the easiest place to check snow and weather conditions, using our live weather feeds, full area webcams and live lift operating information for the resorts of Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets. Source online is available in smartphone and tablet format, and you can subscribe to new issues of the magazine on the Apple Newsstand too. We’d love to hear your feedback on our magazine and our website, or if there’s something you’d like us to cover in the next issue. Get in touch:

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