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Drouzin le Mont

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.

 

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Update on Drouzin Le Mont Ski Resort

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.

There is also consideration being given to developing a infant play area that will include a tobogganing and tubing area: see link for more details and photos of possibilities. http://www.lebiot.fr/IMG/pdf/projet_col_du_corbier_2013_pdf.pdf

 

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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.

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Just a small update about the furniture in Penthouse Les Iris and some great pictures that were taken from the apartment last year – what can we say a picture is worth a thousands words.

First of all an amazing new TV:

And if you would like some more piece and quiet, we have added another TV screen and DVD player to the 1st family bedroom.

And to sit even more comfy – the new Big Boy Bean Bag:

Check out the pictures of the aparment:

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From our local correspondent Paul Davis (16th February 2012):

25cm of fresh overnight snow has left the pistes in excellent condition.

Snow update: ‎12cm of fresh overnight snow

From our local correspondent Paul Davis (30th January 2012):

‎12cm of fresh overnight snow, light snow continues, the air is cold and stilll. The upper powder fields will be awesome today.

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From our local correspondent Paul Davis:

The skies over Drouzin are so clear this morning that Mont de Grange looks like it has been dropped into a tequila sunrise. Piste conditions are most excellent.

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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.

Drouzin le mont skiing piste map 2012

 

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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.

Getting the Huskies and Children ready

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.

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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.

Have a great ski season.

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Jeu-de-boules at Drouzin le MontFor those avid followers and players of the French game of bowls, you can now enjoy the new jeu-de-boules court and picnic area besides the tennis court on the Col Du Corbier. The use of the jeu-de-boules court is free, no booking is required; although some evenings you may have to wait, fortunately, benches and picnic tables are also provided.

For those not yet familiar with jeu-de-boules, it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet others and while away an evening in this family friendly resort. Drouzin Le Mont is a Ski resort in the winter, so the tennis and jeu-de-boules courts are usually closed from mid December to end of April.

Jeu-de-boules is also known as Petanque.

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