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Alps rentals now less costly for Brits, as pound hits 7-year high

Are you thinking of renting an Alps villa or penthouse apartment? If so, you will be interested to know that holidaying in the Alps will now a lot cheaper, because the pound has hit a 7-year high versus the euro, at 1.34

What this means for you is that, when you exchange currencies to rent an Alps holiday home, you’ll receive far more euros. An average family holiday for 4 (2 adults and two children) for a week will cost about £2000; you will get get an extra 380 euros now (Feb 2015) than you would have got less than 2 years ago.

Of course, for those looking to buy a holiday home the savings are very significant indeed. For example, if you were to exchange £125,000 for a villa in the Alps, you’d now receive +€23,750 more than if you’d done so back in July 2013, when the pound was far weaker.

So, renting a luxury Alps villa or penthouse apartment, whether it is in Drouzin le Mont or not is now much more affordable than any time in the recent past. From a currency point of view, it’s the ideal time to holiday in the Alps!

For expert currency advice when you rent an Alps villa, call Peter Lavelle on +44 (0) 1494 671800 or email peter.lavelle@purefx.co.uk. Or visit Pure FX.

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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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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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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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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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As Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve both fall on a Saturday, we are offering flexible arrival and departure dates as well as bookings for shorter or longer than 7 nights over the holiday period. Please contact us with your preferred dates.

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The historic market town of Morzine originated in the 16th century and still retains its pleasant ‘Savoyard’ charm today. It is situated between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc in the picturesque Northern Alps. The first cable car was installed in 1934 and it was from here that Morzine began to establish itself as a skiing resort. However it was not until the 1960’s, when the local Jean Vuarnet won the downhill gold medal in the winter Olympics, that its popularity as a tourist resort truly boomed. During the late Sixties it became the preferred haunt of French stars such as Brigitte Bardot and as such was nicknamed the ‘St Tropez of snow’.

Nestled in the heart of the Portes de Soleil, (an area which links the 14 resorts of Morzine, Avoriaz, Abondance, la Chappelle d’Abondance, Châtel, Les Gets, Montriond, Morzine, Saint Jean d’Aulps in France and Champéry, Morgins, Val d’Illiez, Les Crosets, Champoussin and Torgon in Switzerland), Morzine is an integral part of the largest interlinked ski area in the world. 288 ski runs cover a breathtaking 650km and provide diverse terrains for all abilities. These include wooded tree sections, wide-open slopes, seven purpose built snow parks and infinite opportunities to venture off-piste.  There is no need to worry about a lack of snowfall either, as 632 snow canons ensure the piste is always in prime condition.

If the thought of snow parks and off-piste sends shivers of fear down your spine then don’t fear, Morzine-Avoriaz also caters superbly for learner skiers and snowboarders. There are three separate nursery areas which provide a gently inclined slope on which to learn the basics. As you progress there are an array of easily accessible and relaxed blue runs which will allow you to perfect your skills on wide-open slopes before you progress further afield. Private and group lessons are also available at affordable prices and short notice from a range of ski and snowboarding schools such as the Ecole de Ski Français, Mint Snowboarding School and the Ecole de Glisse.

Morzine possesses the unique charm of  warmly welcoming everyone who graces the town – whether you are a family, a skier, a freestyle or free riding snowboarder, quad biker, cross country skier or snow shoer.

For the more confident and adventurous rider, Avoriaz provides more challenging runs and a large number of the aforementioned off-piste routes. Avoriaz was the brain child of Morzine locals in the 1960’s, and was developed by their celebrity skier Vuarnet. It is nestled on the cliff top above Morzine town at 1800m and is accessible from Morzine via the Prodain lift or a selection of lifts and runs. The angular architecture was impeccably planned and executed as the timber residences are set on different levels to blend seamlessly into their natural surroundings. It was even awarded the major achievement of national treasures of the 20th century. It is a fully pedestrianised town during the winter season, allowing residents to ski directly from their doorstep.

The snow often lasts well into May, providing divine conditions to ski and sunbathe! Once the snow has disappeared the popularity of Morzine as a holiday destination does not dwindle, as the lush and verdant summer climate attracts mountain bikers, golfers and walkers amongst others. The idyllic panoramic views from the highest peak of Mont Blanc to the resplendent valleys around Lake Geneva once viewed will never be forgotten.

Article from articlesbase.com

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