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welcome contents Welcome to Yodel Magazine 2014! We can’t believe this is our 4th winter season of running the magazine! This year we are producing the magazine for a fantastic cause – Disability Snowsports who will receive our profits from this issue. This season, we have a great interview with Icelandic snowboard god Halldor Helgason and Drew McConnell of Babyshambles fame who will be performing in resort in March at the Rock the Pistes Music Festival.

Halldor Helgason......................................................5 The man, the legend, the sexual snowboarder

Yodel Loves...............................................................8 Season 2014 picks

If Mother Nature were a Ski Guide.......................10 Resort’s green credentials

Sochi 2014...............................................................12 A guide to the Winter Olympics

The Paradox that Never Was….............................14

The man, the legend, the sexual snowboarder. We caught up with Halldor Helgason to talk snowboard school, dirty videos and 24 daytime hours of snowboarding…

French food and its impact on health

Resort Food Guide..................................................16

We also asked two of resorts best chefs, The best take outs in town! Sharif Gergis and Howard Sellers to compete in a Ready, Steady, Cook style Tips for Off Piste Skiing.........................................18 challenge and you will be amazed at the Alpine Learning Curves share their wisdom beautiful dishes they created!

You are the first Icelander to win an X games medal. Is that something you’re proud of and did it raise your profile in your homeland?

Babyshambles.........................................................20

As usual, we have a great rundown of all the events this season and there will be more on our website so don’t forget to keep checking www.yodelmagazine.com/calendar for more information. We also have a whole host of other articles including an investigation into the great French paradox and the impact which listening to music can have on our performance in sport.

Yeah it actually did. It's crazy how things have changed since then - for good and bad, haha. When I changed my Facebook status to "being in a relationship" it was headline news in the gossip magazines. And when my friends made the A2M movie, which was pretty extreme, it all ended up being the biggest news in Iceland’s largest newspaper for a full week. The skiing federation wanted to ban me from going to the Olympics and sh*t... pretty crazy.

An interview with the infamous Drew McConnell

Events......................................................................22 Your guide to the goings-on this season

Music in Sport.........................................................26 The effect of music on performance

Winter Activities.....................................................30 What to do when you’re not skiing or snowboarding

You must be away from home a lot, what do you miss about Iceland when you’re away travelling?

Whitedot Skis..........................................................32 Founder Andrew Phyn chats to Yode

My friends and my family, Icelandic candy and liquor. But they come and visit me in Monaco and my friends even join in on some events so they can hook me up with candy and booze. Perfect! I also film a lot of my street segments in Iceland. It's perfect because it starts snowing early there and people know who we are so if we need a permit to do something urban we pretty much always get to do it. If you film urban stuff in the US you just get fined straight away by cops and security people.

Ready, Steady, Cook...............................................34 We’d love to hear from you so get in touch 2 chefs, one bag of ingredients by emailing info@yodelmagazine.com and other than that have an AMAZING winter Mountain Weather..................................................38 Climate phenomenon in the mountains 2014!

Team Yodel x contact brendon@yodelmagazine.com rowena@yodelmagazine.com

Yodel Loves Home..................................................40 Chalet chic

Energie Ame Energie.............................................42 Holistic therapist Sylvie Walls

Helgasons.com has been described as groundbreaking and has a huge following. What made it so successful and how do you keep your ideas fresh?

10 Years of Slopestyle.............................................44 JP and Amy from Slopestyle on their new venture

It's mainly the main man Johannes Brenning who is our personal filmer, sexual snowboarding director, personal coach (Thunder) and Icelandic National Team coach who comes up with all the ideas. Me and Eiki are just tagging along for the ride.

Pisco Sours..............................................................45 Our pick of the cocktail of the season

Yodel Loves.............................................................46 More season 2014 picks

You’ve turned down modeling jobs for some major corporations, what were your motives behind that choice?

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contracts on this planet for Nike. They pretty much only want me for my looks… You have started many of your own companies, what is your motivation for doing this? Does it give you more freedom as a rider? I think it's the perfect balance between doing my own thing and being part of the big corporate world. We are able to do whatever we want with Lobster Snowboards, 7/9/13 Accessories, Switchback Bindings and Hoppipolla Headwear. It’s super fun to be creative and be part of something that you own. But at the same time it's fun to have the backing and reach with a company like Nike. They are ginormous so when it comes to product development, PR and marketing - they are super on it on everything. We can't come close to that with our own brands. So it's a good combination to have your own core things with the big ones like Nike, Monster, GoPro, Coloud Headphones and Neff Gloves to promote me as well because that helps all the companies we are part owners of as well. How do you find being in business with your brother? We have always done everything together since I started snowboarding. There's nobody who pushes me as much as he does when it comes to my riding and we never really fight. He's super mellow. We also share the same flat in Monaco so we hang out a lot. We have to ask…because it fascinates anyone who hasn’t experienced it…what’s it like living in either crazy long or crazy short hours of sunshine? Does it affect how many hours you can ride for or just make you better at riding both fake and natural light? It's pretty boring in the winter but then the sun never goes down in the summer so you get pumped to party all night and never sleep! But we are used to riding street stuff in the dark with generator lights and stuff. The sound from the generators actually gets me super pumped and it's even better to ride street stuff when people are not around anyway. You just hang out with your friends at a spot all night and order out pizza to where you are. It's great!


What are you listening to? Everything from hip-hop to death metal to some heavy electronic music. But I started taking out all the best parts of all music I like mixing them into the pure bangers called Chugg, HeadbanG & Puke. We have actually DJ-ed a bit with CHP stuff but it all ended up in mayhem every time and sometimes I don’t even get to play. You can listen to them all on Soundcloud. You went to Swedish snowboard school, that’s a pretty novel concept to us! How was it structured, how did you spend your days while there? It was perfect to be able to go to school and have scheduled riding as well! It was close to Sweden’s best park (Kläppen) so we rode there all the time, which helped for sure. It’s of course really motivating as well to have a lot of really good riders around you as well, so I guess we push each other. I started traveling a lot though when I got pro and that's the coolest thing with them - they were super stoked for me and made sure to not stand in the way of my career. Instead they helped me out a lot and made sure I was able to graduate even though I wasn't there much in the end! Do you still love snowboarding as much as ever, how do you make sure it stays fun and does not just become a ‘day job’? For sure it becomes different when you have snowboarding as a job. Not everything is fun with all the travel, business, competitions etc. But you have to take time off from the madness and just ride for yourself as well. A day without cameras in a sick park or tons of powder will get you more hyped on snowboarding than you have ever been. And at the same time I'm super grateful to be paid to snowboard. Before I had to get up crazy early in the summers to work my ass off at construction sites to make enough money to just go snowboarding in the winter so I can't really complain about my situation right now! Do you think humour in snowboarding is important? For sure! Snowboarding can't be super serious, then everything gets destroyed. It should always be based on having fun. I think we have to make sure to make fun of the Olympics and all the other stuff that isn't normal for the everyday snowboard kid. That's the only way to keep some soul in everything…to not become cross-country skiing. That's what it's all about!

I would continue snowboarding, for sure. I don't really spend money on fancy stuff so have money to survive for a long time without having to work! You have achieved a lot in snowboarding and are still young, what do you hope to achieve in snowboarding in the future? I don't really like to claim anything but for me it's all about progressing and changing things. I'm more stoked on trying to come up with a completely new trick or some weird way of doing an existing trick than just practising a 'safe run' or a trick to get good judging scores that will help me in contests. That just takes away all the fun for me. I would rather come last in a contest trying out something new than just copying what everyone else is doing. What advice do you have for young snowboarders regarding riding and starting your own brands? It's super hard to make a lot of money starting brands. Especially now, when this whole economic b*llshit has been going down for a while. But I still think you should go for it because not all the big companies know what’s up. Often it's the small companies that drive the core scene and keep the focus on what snowboarding is about. There are so many of the big ones who are not on it at all. The ones who are on it are good for making snowboarding look good to the masses. So we need to have a mix of small companies with passion and great ideas.

Mostly snowboard, skate movies and online porn. You have a series of videos called sexual snowboarding, so choose one; sex or snowboarding? Oh, impossible to pick one who could live without either of them? But I don't want to stop snowboarding. Does j*rking off count? If so, I could probably live with snowboarding and just j*rking off. What’s your favourite website? Helgasons.com & Youjizz.com What are you wearing?

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IF MOTHER NATURE WAS A SKI INSTRUCTOR... WORDS BY ALYS THEDVALL

…the Portes-du-Soleil would be the card up her sleeve! For most of us, a long-awaited ski holiday isn’t just about a liberating sport, or a pristine view of picturesque peaks from a cosy chalet. It’s also a mental escape into a snowy haven, whose remoteness and individual charm forms a barrier against business phone calls, bank statements and worldly worries like global warming…or does it? An increasing awareness is spreading among slope-goers that the latter threatens to burst this blissful “bubble”. Research by BioOne expects the average ski season to reduce by 37% to 57% by 2050. With thousands of snow-carpeted resorts worldwide, visitors can afford to be choosy. Here begins the battle, not for the longest runs or the wildest nightlife, but for the greenest rating! Mountain Riders, an association dedicated to promoting greener destinations, offers a user friendly “eco-guide” on their aptly coloured website, comparing several environmental factors throughout numerous resorts. Likewise, Alpine Pearls supports a select 28 resorts deemed most respectful to their surroundings. These admirable destinations proudly boast convenient

public transport, reduced noise pollution, well maintained character and an overall interest in alternative energy. There’s a common gem which has earned the enviable approval of both the afore-mentioned. Les Gets, with breath-taking views of Mont Blanc, has become the class swot in environmental studies. If the mountain industry were a game of Top Trumps, this family-friendly resort would be the card most sought after. It currently holds ISO 14001 certification, which rewards its efforts to monitor and improve ecopractices. An environmental charter, Escale Natur, was introduced to all of its accommodation owners, whilst additive-free snow making, pistebashers fuelled by biodegradable diesel and reusable lift passes also feature on its list of efforts. This year, the pioneering resort in the Portes du Soleil area shows off its re-vamped ski lifts, which run on 100% renewable energy (solar, kinetic, wind etc). In a race of eco-friendly ski lifts, this effort poses tough competition for the Sonnenlift in Austria, which was the world’s first of its kind.

Whilst transport receives significant blame for crimes against the environment, a study has found that motor vehicles were responsible for 57% of in-resort greenhouse gas pollution. But this is something that’s easily addressed, especially with a new French law obliging transport providers to make public their CO2 emissions. Avoriaz has banished cars from the centre and offers the more traditional service of horse drawn sleighs. Its neighbour, Morzine circulates two electric buses, and encourages car-pooling among the town’s employees. The Portes-du-Soleil has cleared many a hurdle, and is continuing to pull away from the crowd in a race for an eco-conscious victory. We may not visit these stunning resorts to find a solution to global warming, but it’s worth doing the research and hearing Mother Nature’s recommendations. Otherwise, we’ll be waving au revoir to our snowy havens, and turning to the staff room kettle for relief from business phone calls, bank statements and worldly worries!

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Curling – Players slide stones at a target across a sheet of ice using their hands while on skates. Team members then using a curling broom to condition the path of the stone. Figure Skating – Torvill and Dean made this sport famous beyond explanation at the 1984 Winter Olympics when they achieved 12 perfect 6’s.

Does Jamaica have a bobsleigh team? Unfortunately no, Jamaica won’t be entering a team but the heavily anticipated Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 is upon us and it looks set to be a fantastic games. We’re here to bring you a guide to everything you can expect from the events this winter.

Once the Olympics are over, the Sochi site will be turned into a Formula 1 street circuit. A Russian Grand Prix has been signed to run from 2014 to 2020 and the first race is set to take place once the games have ended.

Events The very first Winter Olympics was held practically next-door in Chamonix in 1924. The games used to be held in the same year as the Summer Olympics but in 1986, the International Olympic Committee ruled it best that the games were on separate, alternating four yearly cycles. In 2007, Sochi, Russia was selected as the host city for this year’s games. Unfortunately, the homophobic controversy surrounding its host nation has largely overshadowed the excitement in the run up to the games. The country’s refusal to set up a Pride House (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender centre) at the Olympics has been met with huge opposition and protests. Luckily, there’s one thing Russia are definitely doing right. The huge expense of the games in Sochi will be put to good use when the games comes to an end. The country will extend further into the world of international sport.

Alpine Skiing - Downhill slope skiing as we all know and love. Biathlon - Combines cross country skiing and rifle shooting. Originated with Norwegian soldiers as an alternative training exercise for the military. Bobsleigh - Teams of two or four hurtle around narrow and twisting ice tracks in a gravitypowered sled. Bobsledding originated in the early 1900s in St Moritz on the streets but a track was finally built to protect the pedestrians! Cross Country Skiing - Teams propel themselves across snow-covered terrain using their skis and poles. This is not for the faint of heart using every major muscle group and is one of the most exerting endurance sports.

Freestyle Skiing – Participants are judged in 5 disciplines; moguls, aerials, ski cross, halfpipe and slopestyle. Ice Hockey – Hockey…on ice! To get a taste of ice hockey head to see The Penguins at the Palais du Sport in Morzine. Luge – The most dangerous of all the sliding sports at the Winter Olympics. Lugers reach speeds of 140 kmph on a sled hurtling down an icy track. Nordic Combined – A mixture of ski jumping and cross country skiing, one after the other, an average is taken from each event deciding the winner. Speed Skating - A form of ice skating around an oval ice track. Skeleton – Only returned to the Olympic scene in 2002 after a 54 year absence! Skeleton sleds are ridden head-first around an icy track. Ski Jumping – Who can forget Eddie the Eagle? Skiers take off a ramp and attempt to land as far down the hill as possible. Snowboarding – Athletes compete in slalom, slopestyle, halfpipe and snowboard cross. If you would like any information on the Winter Olympics, get in touch!

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The French Paradox is a concept which has been bandied between nutritionists for years. The paradox refers to the low levels of coronary heart disease found amongst Frenchmen despite a rich, high fat diet. There have been many theories as to how this could be the case. The French eat 75% of their meals at home and they also eat very slowly - two hours for lunch is generally the norm rather than the exception! This gives the mechanism which controls appetite plenty of time to work. In cultures where it is the norm to eat very quickly, the body takes longer to realise it is full allowing for too much food to be consumed in the meantime. Some people may know this as the ‘twenty minute rule’! Red wine consumption has also been considered a likely cause containing beneficial antioxidants. It has been proven that those who drink one alcoholic drink per day lower their risk of heart disease, unfortunately these benefits immediately start to diminish after more than one glass! But was this paradox never really a paradox at all? It has recently been considered that the war on saturated

fat may have been the biggest mistake in the history of nutrition. There is a direct correlation between low-fat dietary guidelines being promoted in the US and the beginning of an obesity epidemic. The rise of obesity started at exactly the same time as the guidelines were released. Similarly, across Europe there is no correlation between fat consumption and heart health. In fact, in many Eastern European countries where intake of saturated fat is very low, their heart disease is among the highest in Europe. The health of a high fat diet has also been proven beneficial within the various regions of France. A 10 year study found that men in the Gascon region of France, where duck and duck fat consumption is extremely high, had half as many heart attacks as men from other regions of France. Sadly, the very diet that has kept the French in such good heart health throughout this conflicting medical advice may now be in decline. While, traditionally the French have been known for home-cooked, fresh and local food, there is growing evidence that they are now turning to the

highly-processed world of fast food. Fast food chains have made huge advances across France in recent years and a country once famed for its cuisine is now the second most profitable market outside of the USA for McDonald’s. The French also spend more money per visit in McDonald’s than any oth country in the world. While chain restaurants only make up 4% of the restaurant industry in France a year they do €10 billion of trade, taking a market share of a whopping 20%. In the last five years, France’s Health Ministers have increasingly cited obesity as a major health threat whereas Le Monde points out that this was a problem that never even used to be on their agenda. Studies have shown that 42% of the French population are now overweight or obese and are directly following the trend line of the U.S. for obesity just 20 years later. Hopefully advances in nutrition technology will cause everyone to see that traditional meals have kept people in good health for centuries and cause everyone to enjoy a pure diet free from the artificial. Eat (natural) fat, drink (one glass of) red wine and be merry!

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This has to be experienced to be believed. This burger carries so much love. Fred will build it the way you want with an excellent choice of local cheese and a well-seasoned and constructed salad. The K2 burger is an institution and a must-have when in Les Gets.

This is my favourite longstanding pizza place in the area. The pizza has so much flavour. Strong cheesiness and woody undertones from a monster hot oven giving a bubbly base that’s slightly thicker than most found in France and if you’re hungry this is the place for you. I have been going here for ten years and it always fills me with cheese happiness. Go for the Charcutiere.

Le Grillon, Morzine. Le Grillon was my favourite pizza of last season. They are super friendly and make a thin and flavoursome pizza. I would opt for the Pizza Italien…it never failed me last year and I filled two loyalty cards at this fine establishment.

Mamma’s, Morzine You just can’t go wrong if you’re hungry in Mamma’s. The selection is huge and the portions are huge. If you’re looking for something slightly lighter than a burger go for the noodles - they are amazing!

Bombay Ski Club, Les Gets and Morzine Now available in both Les Gets and Morzine. Bring some spice to your day in the mountains with authentic Indian cuisine. This is not just a good curry for the mountains. It’s a bloody good curry full stop.

Cafe Fantastique, Avoriaz. This place does a cracking eat-in burger for the same price as many of the takeaway places. Head to the centre of Avoriaz and sit down for a bit, it’s nice up there and worth a look during your holiday. You get to see Avoriaz from a different angle and you get a good burger or a great plat du jour too.

Sherpa, Morzine. Here you can get a burger the size of your head called the beast. It really is a man vs food style monster. The Sherpa offers a great atmosphere, good food and beer - what more could you want? Or readily available from many an establishment is the faithful baguette - knock yourself up a jambon fromage.

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For many, light fluffy powder is the heady reward of the season or holiday and what keeps us sane after the storms have passed in the mountains. I don’t wish to scare people but with the amount of deaths in the Chamonix valley every year I have to start with a warning by saying that if you venture off the beaten track, do your research - there are no foolproof ways to totally get rid of the risk of avalanche but you can minimize it by following these pointers: Never underestimate the power of nature Carry the correct equipment Do an avalanche awareness course (or many) Local knowledge of where the dangers are Take a qualified guide or instructor

Here are a few myths that need busting: 1. If there are tracks or the snow is well packed, it’s safe!  To illustrate how wrong this can be I have, in my time (30 odd years) seen a pisted blue run and a black bump run slide away to full depth – back to the grass below.

2.       Carrying the correct equipment will save you!  If you get buried under any depth of snow your knowledge and equipment will NOT save you – it will be the knowledge and ability of your companions that will save you, so guess what? Best guidelines ski in groups of 3 at minimum and for ultimate safety one at a time with your friends watching, NOT skiing/riding at the same time. 3.       You have to lean back in powder!  This leads us to some good technical and tactical tips: In powder/crud/choppy/slushy snow as on-piste you need to be able to “find centre”. In other words have good balancing skills and once found adapt that centre from slightly forward to slightly back as your skis or board will be acting like dolphins! Just leaning back may get you down the slope but your legs will ache. The angle of the skis off-piste compared to when on-piste are different and the tails will generally be under the snow so to the untrained eye the skier looks further back. If you are a skier/telemarker that requires or depends on seeing your feet or skis, then you will struggle offpiste, as you will not be able to see them. So learn to look ahead – not at the snow directly in front of you but well ahead and off to the side – use your whole field of vision. You can practice this on-piste. Use the shape of the ski/turn – today’s skis have a small radius compared to the old days, so use your time on-piste to get used to the turn that has been manufactured into your skis. Learn to influence this subtly by using leg steering or bending the skis in the softer snow.

Once practiced on piste in many resorts there are places where the snow isn’t flattened to allow you to be able to try it all out somewhere not too intimidating. Your friendly ski/ telemark/snowboard instructor will know the best place for you! In Avoriaz, there are 5 snowcross areas where pistes are not groomed but are surveyed and kept safe by setting off avalanches and fencing off areas that are deemed too unsafe for the public. The Combe des Marmottes (2,080m long) is a snow playground that is easily accessible by the Fornet chairlift. There is also the neighbouring slope called The Pschott, which is more technical with its successive natural canyons. Brochaux (1,340m long) is a naturally bumpy wall that is accessible by the Brochaux chairlift. The Frontaliére (1,150m) can be accessed from the top of the Mossettes chairlift and is a long and wide route down to the bottom. The Crozats (3,122m long) starts from the Hauts Forts and joins up with the world cup downhill run into Prodains and is sometimes referred to as the ‘mythical’ Crozats run due to its wild nature.

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Fri 13th Dec 3pm . . . . . . . . . Sat 14th Dec 9am . . . . . . . . . 3.30pm . . . . . . 8.30pm . . . . . .

Aquariaz Opening Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aquariaz, AV Avoriaz Ski Test Opening Party . . . . . . Village Centre, AV Giant Happy Hour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Village Centre, AV Penguins' Ice Hockey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Palais du Sport, M

Sun 15th Dec 9am . . . . . . . . . Avoriaz Ski Test Opening Party . . . . . . Village Centre, AV Tues 17th Dec 5pm . . . . . . . . . Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . . . . . Rhodos, M Weds 18th Dec 4pm . . . . . . . . . Season Opening Party with Thomas Gandey Tremplin, M Fri 20th Dec 4pm . . . . . . . . . Kevin G Live DJ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tremplin, M Ice Sculpture Show . . . . . . . . . Salle de la Colombiere, LG ESF Fireworks Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pleney, M Christmas Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Village Centre, AV Santa's Torchlit Descent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arare, AV Ice Dance Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Palais du Sport, M Flying Lantern Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lake , LG Flying Lantern Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . Village Centre, AV Candlelit Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Village Centre, AV Penguins' Ice Hockey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Palais du Sport, M

Sat 28th Dec 5.30pm . . . . . . Candlelit Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Village Centre, AV Sun 29th Dec

4.30pm . . . . . . Ice Sculpture Show . . . . . . . . . . Salle de la Colombiere, LG

Tues 31st Dec 6pm . . . . . . . . . 6pm . . . . . . . . . 8pm . . . . . . . . . 9pm . . . . . . . . .

Torchlight Descent and Fireworks . . . . . . . . . . . Arare, AV ESF Fireworks Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pleney, M Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . Boomerang, LG New Year's Eve Celebration . . . . . . . . . . Tourism Office, M

Weds 1st Jan 4pm . . . . . . . . . Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . . . Bigfoots, LG 5pm . . . . . . . . . Harry Covert Kid's Show . . . . . . . . . . . . Village Square, LG 6pm . . . . . . . . . Flying Lantern Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . Village Centre, AV Thur 2nd Jan 2pm . . . . . . . . . Snow Music Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pleney, M 5pm . . . . . . . . . Ice Sculpting Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Village Centre, AV Fri 3rd Jan 10am . . . . . . . . Speed Skiing Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pistes, Nyon Sat 4th Jan 8.30pm . . . . . . Penguins' Ice Hockey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Palais du Sport, M Mon 6th Jan

4.30pm . . . . . . Pop Acoustic Concert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tourism Office, M

Tues 7th Jan 5pm . . . . . . . . . Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . . . . . Rhodos, M 6pm . . . . . . . . . ESF Firework's Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pleney, M Weds 8th Jan 12.30pm . . . . . Big Mountain Ski Battle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Various, LG 4.30pm . . . . . . Jazz Quartet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Town Centre, M 8pm . . . . . . . . . Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . Boomerang, LG Fri 10th Jan

9.30am . . . . . . Skijoring Trial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chavannes, LG

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Sun 22nd Dec 4.30pm . . . . . . Tues 24th Dec 6pm . . . . . . . . . 7pm . . . . . . . . . Weds 25th Dec 6pm . . . . . . . . . 6.30pm . . . . . . 7pm . . . . . . . . . Thur 26th Dec 6pm . . . . . . . . . Fri 27th Dec 5.30pm . . . . . . 8.30pm . . . . . .

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Winter 2014 Sat 11th Jan

8.30pm . . . . . . Penguins' Ice Hockey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Palais du Sport, M

Tues 14th Jan

6pm . . . . . . . . . ESF Fireworks Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pleney, M

Weds 15th Jan 9.30am . . . . . . Grand Odysee Husky Race . . . . . . . . . . Village Centre, LG 4pm . . . . . . . . . Ice Sculpture Show . . . . . . . . . . Salle de la Colombiere, LG 4pm . . . . . . . . . Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . . . Bigfoots, LG Fri17th Jan 9.30am . . . . . . Skijoring Trial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chavannes, LG Sat 18th Jan 8.30pm . . . . . . Penguins' Ice Hockey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Palais du Sport, M Tues 21st Jan 10am . . . . . . . . Introduction to Telemarking Skiing . . . . . . Snow Line, LG 6pm . . . . . . . . . ESF Fireworks Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pleney, M Weds 22nd Jan 12.30pm . . . . . 8pm . . . . . . . . . Fri 24th Jan 9.30am . . . . . . 8.30pm . . . . . . Sat 25th Jan 10.30pm . . . . .

Big Mountain Ski Battle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Various, LG Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . Boomerang, LG Skijoring Trial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chavannes, LG Penguins' Ice Hockey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Palais du Sport, M DROP ZONE electro drum night . . . . . . Palais du Sport, M

Sun 26th Jan 2pm . . . . . . . . . Rock the Race . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tremplin, M Tues 28th Jan 6pm . . . . . . . . . ESF Fireworks Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pleney, M Weds 29th Jan 12.30pm . . . . . Big Mountain Ski Battle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Various, LG 4pm . . . . . . . . . Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . . . Bigfoots, LG Tues 4th Feb 5pm . . . . . . . . . Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . . . . . Rhodos, M 6pm . . . . . . . . . ESF Fireworks Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pleney, M Weds 5th Feb

8pm . . . . . . . . . Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . Boomerang, LG

Tues 11th Feb 6pm . . . . . . . . . ESF Fireworks Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pleney, M 8.30pm . . . . . . Penguins' Ice Hockey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Palais du Sport, M Weds 12th Feb Thur 13th Feb

4pm . . . . . . . . . Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . . . Bigfoots, LG 10am . . . . . . . . Speed Skiing Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pistes, Nyon

Fri 14th Feb 6pm . . . . . . . . . Torchlit World Record Event . . . . . . . . . . . . Chavannes, LG 6.30pm . . . . . . Valentine's Dinner in Mont Chery GondolaMont Chery, LG Tues 18th Feb 10am . . . . . . . . 4.30pm . . . . . . 6pm . . . . . . . . . 8.30pm . . . . . .

Mardi Gras Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Town Centre, M Brazilian Street Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Streets, M Harry Covert Kid's Show . . . . . . . . . . . . Village Square, LG Teenage Disco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Opera Nightclub, M

Weds 19th Feb 4.30pm . . . . . . 8pm . . . . . . . . . Thur 20th Feb 10am . . . . . . . . 2pm . . . . . . . . .

Snow Sculpture Workshop . . . . . . . . . . . Village Centre, LG Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . Boomerang, LG

Sun 23rd Feb

Speed Skiing Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pistes, Nyon Snow Music Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pleney, M

6pm . . . . . . . . . Ski Area: Behind the Scenes . . . . . . . . . Village Centre, LG

Tues 25th Feb 10am . . . . . . . . Mardi Gras Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Town Centre, M 8.30pm . . . . . . Teenage Disco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Opera Nightclub, M

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Weds 26th Feb 4pm . . . . . . . . . Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . . . Bigfoots, LG 4.30pm . . . . . . Snow Sculpture Workshop . . . . . . . . . . . Village Centre, LG Thur 27th Feb 2pm . . . . . . . . . Snow Music Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pleney, M Sun 2nd Mar 6pm . . . . . . . . . Ski Area: Behind the Scenes . . . . . . . . . Village Centre, LG Mon 3rd Mar

4.30pm . . . . . . Wango World Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tourism Office, M

Tues 4th Mar 10am . . . . . . . . Mardi Gras Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Town Centre, M 5pm . . . . . . . . . Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . . . . . Rhodos, M Weds 5th Mar 10am . . . . . . . . 4.30pm . . . . . . 8pm . . . . . . . . . 8.30pm . . . . . .

Bordeaux Wine Snow Tour . . . . . . . . . . . Tourism Office, M Snow Sculpture Workshop . . . . . . . . . . . Village Centre, LG Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . Boomerang, LG Teenage Disco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Opera Nightclub, M

Thur 6th Mar 2pm . . . . . . . . . Sun 9th Mar 6pm . . . . . . . . . Mon 10th Mar 4.30pm . . . . . . Tues 11th Mar 10am . . . . . . . . 8.30pm . . . . . . Weds 12th Mar 10am . . . . . . . . 4pm . . . . . . . . . 4.30pm . . . . . .

Snow Music Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pleney, M Ski Area: Behind the Scenes . . . . . . . . . Village Centre, LG Funk Disco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tourism Office, M

Speed Skiing Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pistes, Nyon Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . . . Bigfoots, LG Snow Sculpture Workshop . . . . . . . . . . . Village Centre, LG

Sun 16th Mar

6pm . . . . . . . . . Ski Area: Behind the Scenes . . . . . . . . . Village Centre, LG

Weds 19th Mar

8pm . . . . . . . . . Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . Boomerang, LG

Sat 22nd Mar 7.30am . . . . . . Ski Derby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pistes, Nyon Weds 26th March 4pm . . . . . . . . . Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . . . Bigfoots, LG Tues 8th April 5pm . . . . . . . . . Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . . . . . Rhodos, M Weds 9th April 4pm . . . . . . . . . Lady and the Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . . . Bigfoots, LG Sun 20th April 10am . . . . . . . . Avoriaz End of Season PARTY! . . . . . . . . . . . . Chez Flo, AV Don't Miss: 22nd Dec - 3rd Jan 4pm . . . . . . . . . Christmas Spectacular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Town Centre, M 21st Dec - 3rd Jan

9am . . . . . . . . . Visit Father Christmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Village Centre, LG

6th - 9th Jan 10am . . . . . . . . Alpine Ski Race . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pleney, M 21st - 23rd Mar 6.30pm . . . . . . Ice Dancing Championship . . . . . . . . . . Palais du Sport, M 26th - 30th Mar

1.30pm . . . . . . Rock the Pistes Music Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . Various, PDS

6 - 12th Apr

4pm . . . . . . . . . Avoriaz Jazz Up Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Various, AV

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Mardi Gras Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Town Centre, M Teenage Disco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Opera Nightclub, M

Thur 13th Mar 2pm . . . . . . . . . Snow Music Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pleney, M 6pm . . . . . . . . . Harry Covert Kid's Show . . . . . . . . . . . . Village Square, LG

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Winter 2014 WEEKLY EVENTS MONDAY 4.30pm . . . . . . 4pm . . . . . . . . . 5pm . . . . . . . . . 5.30pm . . . . . . TUESDAY 5pm . . . . . . . . . 6pm . . . . . . . . . 7.15pm . . . . . . 9pm . . . . . . . . .

Welcome to Morzine Drinks . . . . . . . . . . Tourism Office, M Bluebird Monday - free wax with every â‚Ź10 spentL'Aubergade, M Open Mic Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rhodos, M Welcome to Les Gets Drinks . . . . . . . . . Tourism Office, LG

WEDNESDAY 8am . . . . . . . . . 9am . . . . . . . . . 4pm . . . . . . . . . 5.30pm . . . . . . 7.30pm . . . . . . 10pm . . . . . . . . THURSDAY 8am . . . . . . . . . 9am . . . . . . . . . 10am . . . . . . . 2pm . . . . . . . . . 5pm . . . . . . . . . 5.30pm . . . . . . 6.30pm . . . . . . FRIDAY 10.30am . . . . . 10.30am . . . . . 4pm . . . . . . . . . SATURDAY 12pm . . . . . . . . 12pm . . . . . . . . 12pm . . . . . . . . 5pm . . . . . . . . .

Morzine Town Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carrefour, M Cheese Dairy Tour . . . . . . . . . . Fruitiere des Perrieres, LG Basscamp Sessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tremplin, M Pottery Workshop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . La Sarre Farm, LG Curry Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sherpa, M Toss the Boss - Beat the Barman for free drinksRhodos, M

SUNDAY 10.30am . . . . . 12pm . . . . . . . . 12pm . . . . . . . . 12pm . . . . . . . . 12pm . . . . . . . . 12pm . . . . . . . . 10.30pm . . . . .

Kid's Treasure Hunt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Le Grand Cry, LG Sunday Roast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rhodos, M Sunday Roast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hotel L'Aubergade, M Live Sport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dixie Bar, M Live Sport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sherpa, M Live Sport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tavaillon, AV Lady and The Tramps Live Music . . . . . . . . . . . Cavern, M

M = Morzine AV = Avoriaz LG = Les Gets PR = Prodains MN = Montriond AD = Ardent PDS = Portes du Soleil

Live Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rhodos, M Tour of the Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Caroline's Farm, LG Flying Lantern Release (31/12-11/3) . . . . . . . . . . . Lake, LG Micro-brewery Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Irish Pub, LG

Les Gets Village Market . . . . . . . . . . . . Village Centre, LG Cheese Dairy Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fruitiere, M Local Heritage Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Church by Mairie, M Chocolate Workshop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chalet Chocolat, LG Live Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rhodos, M Goat Farm Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Le Sarre Farm, LG Curry Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rhodos, M Kid's Treasure Hunt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Le Grand Cry, LG Slate Workshop Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ardoisieres, M Live DJs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tremplin, M Live Sport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dixie Bar, M Live Sport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tavaillon, AV Live Sport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sherpa, M Special Cocktail Night . . . . . . . . . . . Hotel L'Aubergade, M

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Most people enjoy listening to music while they exercise but few people are aware of the impact that it can have on performance. Considering that sports have become advanced to the point that most top athletes compete within small margins of each other, music can have a surprising effect. Studies from Brunel University suggest that performance can be boosted by an enormous 20% if music is properly applied. One leading sports researcher, Dr Costas Karageorghis claims that the impact is so significant that music can make the difference between an athlete coming first in an event or coming fourth or fifth! There are several reasons why it is considered that music has such a great effect. Firstly, the music allows for dissociation, narrowing attention and causing athletes to ignore sensations of fatigue. This lowers the perception of effort and so athletes are able to compete for a longer time at a higher output.

Secondly, the actual rhythm of repetitive music has been found to show increased levels of output in athletes. Musical tempo can regulate performance, which allows athletes to always be training and competing at the perfect rate for them and their sport. A great example of this is the celebrated Ethiopian runner, Haile Gebrselassie who is famous for setting running records while listening to Scatman! It just so happened that the tempo of this song perfectly matched his target stride rate and allowed him to perform at his optimum level. Thirdly, music can conjure up associative memories of good times, which can inspire better performance. Paula Radcliffe, the world recordholding marathoner has said, “I put together a playlist and listen to it during the runin. It helps psych me up and reminds me of times in the build-up when I’ve worked really hard, or felt good. With the right music, I do a much harder workout.� Nike even released the album 45:33, which is music specifically designed to

perfectly boost running performance. It has been suggested that listening to music can have such a strong effect on output that it should be banned during competitive sport in a similar way that technically legal, but performance enhancing drugs, are banned. It certainly explains the huge outcry when personal stereos were banned from the 2007 New York marathon. It was claimed that this was done with the aim of safety but it was also a suspected move to level the playing field between runners. Although many athletes use music today, it is often done in a haphazard way while actually regulating the music we listen to in terms of tempo and associated memories could have a great effect on how well we ski and snowboard! While running the slopes and listening to your favourite tunes may sound like a lot of fun, using earphones that isolate you from your immediate surroundings and the rest of the world may not be a good idea. You need to hear what's going on around you, especially when you are out skiing, if you want to remain safe at all times. We recommend Earhero headphones to be safe on the slopes, they are specifically designed for this purpose and provide great audio while still allowing people to be aware of their surroundings! Earhero.com

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Set Menu from 15 euros pp Curry Pots 10 euros Chicken Tikka Wraps 7 euros

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The name Morzine originally derives from the Germanic word ‘morgen’ meaning ‘rising sun’ or ‘morning’. Morzine has always been a traditional, rural market town but agriculture was not the only income. Slate mining is a long and celebrated tradition in the town and from as far back as the 15th century, slate has been extracted from the dominant cliff face, which runs along the Prodains valley.

Jean Vuarnet is a hugely popular name in the local area having grown up in Morzine. In 1960, Vuarnet won Olympic Gold at the Squaw Valley Olympics, he was the first person to use the ‘egg’ skiing position for better aerodynamics and you can even see a statue outside of the Tourism Office, which is inspired by this technique. He was also the first skier to win a major championship on metal skis.

Morzine slate is renowned for its excellent quality and artistry and has a high durability, being extremely resistant to crumbling…and frost! The boom of the slate trade in the mid 1800s allowed the town’s residents to move away from seasonal migration and instead begin to live year round in the town.

In the early sixties, Vuarnet was asked by his hometown to develop Morzine and the surrounding ski area. He did just that by developing the resort of Avoriaz along with a group of young architects. The cedar-clad buildings of Avoriaz prominently feature acute angles and are specially designed to blend into the magnificent mountains of Prodains.

From here, the town was able to become a fully-fledged tourism resort, which began with the opening of the Grand Hotel in the 1920s. The Pleney cable car was built in 1934 and was only the second to be constructed in the whole of France…don’t worry it has been replaced for this winter! Initially, hikers mostly used it but the popularity of skiing soon grew and people moved from the gentle slopes further down the valley to the steeper and more daring slopes we are used to skiing today.

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The effect is such that from Morzine the resort becomes part of the natural landscape. From here, he then helped to develop a new skiing area that was to become known as the Portes du Soleil by linking resorts all over France and Switzerland. Since the development of the Portes du Soleil ski area, Morzine and the surrounding area becomes increasingly popular year on year and has developed into the buzzing, little ski town that we now all know and love!

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While most people come to the area to ski and snowboard, there are a whole host of other activities, which can also be enjoyed. These are ideal if you aren’t heading up the mountain during your holiday or if you simply fancy a break!

Snow shoeing is an amazing way to enjoy the mountains by appreciating the nature in a calm and serene way. It can provide the perfect break for your legs from skiing and boarding while still getting out and inhaling the beauty of the area. We recommend you use a guide to fully enjoy the experience and we think Indie is a great choice. Contact: info@snowshoeingholidays.co.uk

Dashing through the snow, in a one-husky open sleigh… OK, so there may be more than one way to pull a sleigh but we wholly recommend huskies. The traditional cry of ‘moosh moosh’ (derived from the French word ‘marche’ meaning to walk) will only add to the entertainment of gliding along the snow pulled by these beautiful dogs. Contact: Mr Bechet on 0033680932620

Sliding around on a snowmobile on a 20km long private path is the perfect buzz at the end of the day. You can be a passenger from the age of 10 but must be over 18 to drive and rides are every hour from 5.30pm until 10.30pm. A must for speed junkies, motor enthusiasts and anyone looking for that something different on their holiday.

Parapenting, or paragliding is an increasingly popular activity in the area probably owing to the fact that it was invented nearby in Meiussy. From take-off, it is possible to climb to well over 1000m and it gives a unique and stunning birds-eye view of the world below. What better way to view this beautiful area? Contact: contact@airlibre.fr

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If you’re looking to extend your day beyond the opening hours of the lifts, why not head out for some night sledging? It is the perfect group/family activity and gives you the opportunity to witness the beautiful snow by moonlight. It’s probably a good idea to get a guide if you want to avoid the piste bashers by night! Contact: info@ecoledeglisse.com

This is a perfect and novel way to explore the local area. Segways are designed to travel over many different types of terrain so the possibilities on your tour are endless. Have fun staying upright! Contact: morzine@mobilboard.com

There are also a whole host of other activities including ice skating, swimming pools and spas, and always events in and around Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz. Get in touch to find out more:

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Whitedot skis have been making waves in the ski industry as they consistently push the boundaries of fresh materials, technologies and design. We caught up with Andrew Phyn, who founded Whitedot Skis back in 2008 for a chat about the company… “I grew up in New Zealand so I didn’t really do seasons as such, being in the mountains was just my habitat, my home. We do a lot of ski tests nowadays so I spend more time in the mountains but less time actually skiing! These days we all have specific roles and my role is very much the geek of the company, I’m the nutty professor. I play around with some really funky materials, I think my official term is technologies director but yeah, just a mad professor really! I stay ahead of all the new carbons and specialist materials. At the moment, we are trying some really cool carbon fibre blends that have never been used before in the snowsport’s industry. To the point where we’ve got some impressive super car manufacturers contacting us at the moment because it’s so unique.

from a totally different angle. We choose the best products to do the job and then the fact that it’s got really good environmental credentials is just an added bonus. The origins of the company were just around designing very cool skis and our designs originated to make people happy. Back in New Zealand, I was a raft guy in the summer and a ski tech in the winter. I also did a small stint of racing in the nineties. I get such a thrill watching people grin from ear to ear, riding something they really enjoy. My proudest moment of the company so far was when one of our sponsored riders, Eva Walkner got second in the Women’s Freeride World Tour. We’re pretty sure it was the first British product to win a podium at a first class ski event. Since then we’ve had two more products on the podiums, so we must be one of very few companies to have had 50% of our product range on the podium!

Right now, we have a really great mix between carbon fibre and flax, which takes on a whole manmade versus organic angle that’s really working well. There’s a really interesting marriage between the two materials.

We’ve got high hopes for our hopeful Emma Lonsdale to take us to the Winter Olympics in Sochi this year. As a skier, she is very capable of getting there, I just hope she receives the funding to take her there. One of the biggest problems in British snowsports is the lack of funding from governmental bodies. If Emma can get through qualifying to Russia then I think she definitely has a great shot at certainly, a top five spot.

We’ve used this blend throughout the Carbonlite range. A lot of people look at flax and go ‘ooh isn’t it nice and environmentally friendly’ which is true, it’s really great but we approach it

Especially, just two years after the London Olympics, you would think these guys would be getting funding thrown at them. If you ask the average person on the street, they want to see

the FWT, the X Games and extreme sports. British snowsports are coming on leaps and bounds with James Woods and some of the British hopefuls for Sochi. It’s time that the government realises it is not all about alpine skiing - there are lots of different disciplines! I think if James Woods does really well which he could, I mean he’s number one in the world at the moment, everyone will have to sit up and take notice of that. At Whitedot, I think it’s our ethos that sets us apart, we’re very much about letting the skis talk for themselves. It’s about simplicity of design and purity of purpose for us. At the moment, in the Carbonlite range especially, we’re using materials that no one’s ever used before and all of our manufacturing is based in Europe. For now, we’re just focused on continuing with more of what we’re doing and then one of the things we’re really keen on is always exploring new materials and finding new things. Because we’re quite small, we have to keep ourselves ahead of the pack, this will be the fourth year we’ve used flax in our skis. We just want to keep our heads down and create fantastic skis with the latest technology and not worry what the competition’s doing, just worry about our own thing!”

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It’s an age–old formula; 2 chefs, one bag of ingredients…go! We asked Sharif Gergis and Howard Sellers, two of resort’s best chefs to produce a course using at least 5 of the following ingredients: Oxtail King Prawns Genepi Potatoes Abondance Cheese Cauliflower Apples Ginger They were both allowed to use items from their kitchen and a few extra ingredients of their choice to come up with a masterpiece. We have simplified both of their recipes for the magazine but you can find the full and technical recipe on our website, just follow the links at the end of each recipe. Here’s what they each came up with…

Howard Sellers Oxtail Pudding with Smoked Bacon, Crispy Potato Tiger Prawn, Sour Apple and Chorizo Crumble

Oxtail and Smoked Bacon Pudding 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon 1 kilo oxtail on the bone 1 sliced white onion Pinch of fennel seeds 2 cloves 200ml red wine 1 teaspoon chopped capers 1 bulb minced, roasted garlic 2 finely diced shallots 1 litre beef stock 1 egg, separated

Crispy Potato Tiger Prawns 12 peeled and deveined tiger prawns 2 potatoes

Sour Apple Coulis 2 Bramley/Granny Smith apples 100g sugar 70ml cider vinegar

Chorizo Crumble 3 slices dried white bread 2 tbsp porridge oats 100g skinless chorizo 20 chopped pine kernels Pinch sea salt 100g finely grated Abondance

Pickled Vegetables 1 ribboned carrot 12 thinly sliced red onion rings 1 thumb julienne ginger 100ml cold water 20ml cider vinegar Juice of half a lemon 6 black peppercorns 10 coriander seeds 10 fennel seeds Howard braised his oxtail with onions for 5 hours before gently pulling from the bone and discarding the sinew. He then combined with capers, shallots, roast garlic, egg yolk and folded in stiff peaked egg white. Howard rolled this inside the bacon to create a sausage shape and chilled in the fridge. For the prawns, he rustically wrapped them in julienne potato, which had been soaked to remove the starch.

To serve his dish, Howard pan seared the oxtail pudding while deep-frying the potato prawns before grilling the crumble with sprinkled Abondance. He then swiped the apple coulis on the plate before placing the oxtail pudding and prawns on top, sprinkling with the crumble and weaving the pickled vegetables throughout the dish. To read Howard’s recipe in-depth, go to www.yodelmagazine.com/howard

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The chorizo crumb was created by blitzing the bread, grilled chorizo, pine nuts, salt and porridge oats to a crumble consistency. Howard then made the sour apple coulis by reducing vinegar and sugar and cooking with the apples before pureeing. Howard pickled his vegetables by combining cold water, vinegar, lemon juice, fennel seeds, coriander seeds and peppercorns. Then, twenty minutes before serving, adding the red onion rings, ribbon carrots and julienne ginger.

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For the Consommé 500g langoustines, heads removed and tails peeled 50g ginger 50ml dark soy sauce 20g apple wood chips 1 egg white

For the Apple Caviar 300ml freshly pressed apple juice plus 100ml extra for storage 3g sodium alginate 500ml mineral water 5g calcium chloride Sharif created an oxtail mouse by combining sauted shallots, butter, beer, veal stock and reducing. He then stirred in the Marmite, pureed and set aside to cool.

Sharif Gergis Oxtail Ravioli with Caramelised Cauliflower, Smoked Langoustine Consommé and Apple Caviar

Ingredients For the Oxtail Mousse 1 kilo of oxtail 6 sliced shallots 1 bottle of dark beer 300ml veal jus 1 tablespoon Marmite 225g chicken mousse

For the Ravioli 300g 00 flour 3 whole eggs 1 egg yolk

For the Caramelised Cauliflower Puree 1 head of cauliflower 200ml chicken stock 200ml cream 100ml milk 50g butter

Meanwhile he browned the oxtails, then added the puree into a vacuum bag and cooked in a water bath. Once cooked, he strained and discarded sinew, chilled and combined with the chicken mousse. Sharif, then created a consommé with the ginger, soy sauce and prawn shells. He then put the prawns aside to be poached in butter and created a langoustine mousse with the left over meat using apple wood smoke. To make the cauliflower puree, Sharif simmered the florets along with milk, chicken stock, cream, butter and salt before pureeing. He then made fresh ravioli pasta and filled with the oxtail mousse. For the langoustine tails, Sharif used cling film to gently shape them into balls ready for poaching. To make the apple caviar, Sharif used the calcium chloride, sodium alginate and a syringe to create the droplets. To find out more about this complex method, see the online article. Sharif served his dish by gently cooking the ravioli, poaching the langoustines in butter and warming the cauliflower puree. He served the dish under a cloche filled with more apple wood smoke, which was released upon serving. To read Sharif’s recipe in-depth, go to www.yodelmagazine.com/sharif Who wins? You decide!

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The climate of the Alps is a major draw for residents and tourists alike. But what exactly causes the weather we are so drawn to? Cloud Inversions This is the beautiful sight when you head up the mountain from a grotty day in town to discover a stunning bluebird day. In winter, high pressure can be dominant and while the temperatures may be cold, the air is a lot cooler down in the valleys because the sun does not penetrate the steep-sided valleys. As the cold, moist air sinks, the cloud gradually builds up resulting in these cloud inversions where there is low cloud at the bottom of the valley and blue skies higher up. Foehn Wind Foehn winds occur throughout the year in the Alps but have a more detrimental effect during the winter. Otherwise known as ‘snow-eaters’, these winds are famed for their ability to cause snow to shift and temperatures to rise, which can create unstable snow conditions. Low pressure pushes up the windward side of the mountain and is then warmed by compression as it moves over the top of the mountain before being dumped over the leeward slopes which creates a strong, warm wind which can last for days. Lenticular Clouds Also known as ‘le chapeau de Mont Blanc’ or ‘hat of Mont Blanc’ clouds, which are specific to mountain regions. These hat shaped clouds are formed by high altitude winds forcing clouds over a mountain. Look out because they can be an indicator for the onset of bad weather at the start of the Foehn wind. Summer Storms If you’re lucky enough to be visiting resort this summer, it is important to know about the weather patterns then too. The build of heat in mountain valleys during the day often causes cumulous cloud to build up by the late afternoon with the risk of thunderstorms. It is mountain policy in the summer to be up and out early so you can be back home in time for the weather to break in the afternoon!

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Why are holistic therapies misunderstood? The general public treats symptoms and not the cause, which basically means problems come back. People need to look deeper and see what is actually going on in their system, where are these problems actually stemming from? It’s just education I think. Sylvie Walls recently made the move from Cornwall to Morzine to start a new business offering a whole range of healing services and therapies. We caught up with her to have a chat about her background and new life in the mountains. How did you first discover holistic therapies? I suppose it goes back to when I was a kid. My mother’s family comes from Egypt and they used to do Chinese cupping at home. I think that when you are surrounded by these old traditional methods from a young age and you are as inquisitive as I am about the body, it was bound to happen that I would be a therapist. Having travelled in the Far East, Africa and India you get to see a totally different point of view about alternative therapies. They seem far more open to it than they are in the west. How can your therapies help with ailments from skiing and snowboarding?

Poor posture needs to be addressed in order to perform properly on the mountain. Muscles also have a memory of injury and tense muscles from whatever source can injure easily. Whether it be yoga to stretch, personal training to build or reiki to heal, you may come in for one thing but leave having another treatment or two! What brought you to the mountains? I remember watching "Heidi" as a kid and being totally fascinated by the mountains - even then it was portrayed as a healing environment. There are two main reasons:

Where have you learnt most about what you do? From a yoga point of view, training alongside my zen monk not only taught me a totally different aspect to yoga but, how to accept myself. He was a true inspiration. Meeting the Dalai Lama on the border of India and Tibet in 2010, definitely enlightened me to the Buddhist way of life. I truly believe that I have been pretty fortunate to have done such great training with some truly amazing people. The reality is that all my experiences have brought me to be the therapist that I am today.

The amazing energy, the air is also so pure and great for all sorts of conditions especially respiratory. It’s totally natural, pure, clean and in so many ways unspoiled.

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JP and Amy have been running Slopestyle in Morzine for a decade now. This year, to celebrate their 10 year anniversary they have also opened The Woods in collaboration with Burton. Being the ten year anniversary of Slopestyle, have you always been confident that the shop would still be running and so popular after all this time?

Did you live the seasonaire lifestyle for long before settling here? We still do! What could be more perfect than still being able to ride, party and work doing something that you love? How has the area changed since you’ve been here?

Slopestyle is the ultimate dream! We always knew that we wanted to be involved in snowboarding long term. The support we have had from our customers over the last 10 years has allowed us to continue doing what we love.

The awesome backcountry terrain was already here but the addition of well shaped Snowparks, The Stash in Les Lindarets and an efficient lift system have made Morzine a snowboarder’s paradise.

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What makes this area different to living in just any ski resort?

It’s great to give Slopestyle a fresh look. We are super happy with our new logo and the shop front – it reflects the way that the shop has evolved over the last 10 years. Tell us about The Woods, how did it come about? For us, The Woods is about the spirit of riding the whole mountain: of natural hits, of backcountry, of nature. After many years thinking about starting a second shop we jumped at the chance. We are working closely in conjunction with Burton and are stoked to have our own Stash outside the shop! As well as being a Burton test centre, we have an awesome rental fleet of Burton and Jones boards, bindings and boots. We even rent split-boards for powder days!!! How long have you been in the Portes du Soleil? JP: I came over to Morzine 15 years ago and never left.

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Amy: I met JP 11 years ago when I came here to do a season - we started Slopestyle together the following winter.

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Our cocktail of choice this season is the delicious Pisco Sours. A raw egg white may put the faint of heart off this wonderment but don't be disheartened and trust us - this is an absolute corker!

It has to be the community here! What would your ultimate day in the mountains consist of…when you’re not working? Fresh turns, slashes and drops in the morning. Cat tracks, Prolays and The Stash after lunch. Apres at Dixies, dinner at L’Etale then The Cavern! What are your highlights of each season? Finding new lines and riding with good friends. Last season our first shop comp The Rhythm Session was definitely our highlight; great hits, good food and banging tunes. Whose decision was it to build The Stash on your new shop doorstep? We love it! How could we work with Burton and The Stash without having a little slice of Stash all to ourselves?! You can find Slopestyle and The Woods on the Rue du Bourg in Morzine.

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