Although the first 9 inches of snow have arrived in Drouzin le Mont, the local council has decided that due to the condition of the lifts the slopes in Drouzin le Mont will not be open this coming winter.
We understand that the local council will organise activities such as a sledging, dog sledges, archery and other activities arranged with the tourist office during the French school holidays.
Many will be aware that political wrangling resulted in Drouzin Le Mont Ski resort being closed last season (December 2012 to April 2013) and there has been real concern about the possible permanent closure. Well there is some good news: The local council will open the nursery area for the 2013/14 season.
The two lifts immediately opposite the apartments (Teleski du Col & Teleski la Joux) will definitely be running, although we are still waiting for confirmation of when the lifts will open and close for the season.
The Le Biot Mayor’s office has confirmed the “go ahead” for a new development at Drouzin le Mont containing a restaurant, shop, bar, locker room and toilets. Work is scheduled to start in September 2013 and is likely to be completed for the 2014/15 ski-season.
It will replace the current ticket office and toilet block and is the first phase of “Montagne Douce” (Translate Sweet or Fresh Mountain) which redevelops the resort gradually.
Parkour, for those of us who are not sure what it is; is the sport that often involves jumping from one building to another, as seen in Nike ads, Madonna videos and James Bond films. Although, there hasn’t been any in Drouzin le Mont yet, I thought as it is accessible within about 20 minutes from Drouzin le Mont, some of you may be interested as it is another thing to add to the climbing, biking, walking, rafting (and many more) activities available in and around Drouzin le Mont.
Parkour Generations summer training camp returns to the Portes du Soleil after the success of 2011. This year they are organising two summer camps back to back starting from 15th July. The video above shows some of the 2010 summer camp in Avoriaz.
If you have been following our articles over the last couple of years you will know all about the improvements to Drouzin le Mont Ski Resort. Well all the improvements has resulted in the resort having to produce an updated piste map, which now shows all 20 pistes and the new snow cannons.
For anyone not familiar with Drouzin le Mont. It is a family friendly independent resort 20 minutes from Morzine and the Portes du Soleil. It sits on the Col du Corbier at an altitude of 1230 to 1650 meters. There are 8 skilifts : 2 chairlifts, 4 draglifts, 2 snow-wires and 20 Pistes : 5 greens, 6 blues, 8 reds, 1 black.
A high resolution copy of this piste map for Drouzin le Mont is available by clicking on map.
Lots of families took advantage of the opportunity to join the Cani Rando as the French call it or a Cani Hike and explore the local forest around Drounzin Le Mont. The fresh snow and clear skies added to the enjoyment. The one hour hikes are open to anyone from 8 years old and led by a professional mushers who have their own team of huskies. The children (and parents) are actively involved in carrying out the activity: contact with the dog sled, put the harness, control and conduct of the dog … and hugs. I noticed that some families even brought along their own dogs to enjoy the fun.
These hikes are organised throughout the winter, not only in Drouzin Le Mont, but around Lake Montriond and other parts of the Portes du Soleil, so contact the local Office de Tourisme for more information.
With the first snow now falling heavingly over Drouzin le Mont, we thought we give you a quick update about the improvements at this family friendly ski resort.
There has been extensive renovation of the lower ski pistes and nursery area this summer, building on the work done last summer 2010; This in effect improves accessibility to the Telesiege Drouzin (the main chair to half way station) and better access for beginners to the Frasse piste area; Beginners who do not feel ready to go to the mid-station directly from the nursery area will enjoy these runs through the woods as they provide the opportunity to increase the distance while having easy access back to the nursery area or up to the mid-station.
8 additional snowcannons on the lower part of Myritles and Violette have been installed.
A mid point exit has been created from the Teleski Lajoux (beginners drag-lift on the Nursery). This means that beginners who fall off the lift now have very easy access back to the nursery slope.
And a major overhaul of the Teleski le Muret drag lift.
This will all contribute to a great ski experience for the family this winter.