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Winter scenes and skiing at Drouzin Le Mont. Thanks to www.drouzinlemont.com

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In short: Better piste connectivity creating greater variety of routes/ circuits with easier access back to the nursery area and apartments.

For those of you that are regular visitors to Drouzin Le Mont ski Resort – perched on the Col du Corbier between Morzine and Chatel –  will know that last year more snow cannons were installed on the lower slopes and a hands free ski pass system was introduced.

Improvements have continued with better piste connectivity and a greater variety of routes; in fact creating two figure of eight circuits, one blue and the other red.

A previously little used piste, connecting from the top of the Teleski du Col / Violette run to the bottom of Teleski La Frasse and then the bottom of Teleski Le Muret / Cheveuil run (dark blue line on the piste map), has been renovated. This piste now gives good beginners and basic intermediate skiers some great practice runs with the option to very easily pick up the main chair lift to the middle station or the Teleski La Frasse lift for use of the Frasse, a short and enjoyable blue run.

The other development is the re-sloping of a short section of the green run. This will make the section of the green run from the top of the first chair lift (the Telesiege Drouzin) steeper and remove the short almost flat section (marked as a red box on piste map); this will give easier access to the black run (Lys) and red runs (Chamois and Lievre).

These developments will give those of us that need to be back at the nursery area or apartments within a relatively short time and those younger snow hounds that have to check in with their elders, the opportunity to make the most of ski time and to spend some quality time together enjoying the whole of Drouzin Le Mont resort and the Col du Corbier.

For more details, explanations, improvements and developments of pistes at Drouzin Le Mont; please see the piste map and directions below. I have used the full piste names rather than just the piste letters. Please see the amended index.

Combined, the renovated piste and the re-sloping at Drouzin le Mont provide a fine blue circuit: starting from the top of the second chair lift (the Telesiege des Carres) down either blue run (Abondance or Droline) via the green piste and the blue (Marmotte) down to the top of the Teleski du Col, along the renovated blue to the bottom of Teleski La Frasse up the Frasse draglift and back down to the bottom chair lift (Telesiege Drouzin) at the bottom of the nursery area.

The level of challenge can be increased by taking the reds down (Carres, Lievre and Chamoise) or even the black (Lys) and instead of stopping at the bottom of the Teleski La Frasse, to carry on down to the bottom of Cheveuil and the Teleski Le Muret

Piste map Drouzin le Mont / Col du Corbier with Renovated Pistes for 2011

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Calling all Amateur Photographers, residents, visitors and anyone with a camera visiting Le Biot, Le Corbier, L’Arblay or Drouzin le Mont in 2010.

 

The local residents association is running a free Amateur Photography Competition. You can have whatever theme or subject you like. So if you take that perfect photo, something that captures the sense of the moment, the feel of the area or just a great family picture, share it with the all of us that know and love the area. – You may even win a prize!

 

There are a few simple rules:

 

  1. You must be a resident or visitor to the Col du Corbier and Le Biot area during 2010.
  2. All photos must be taken on the territory of Le Biot, the Col du Corbier, Drouzin Le Mont or Mount Ouzon in the Haute Savoie, France.
  3. All photos must be taken in 2010 between I January and 31 December 2010.
  4. You may submit a maximum of 4 Photos.
  5. All entries must be submitted via email to fleuryj@wanadoo.fr by 15th February 2011.

There will be a public screenings of all entries to the Col du Corbier Residents Association Amateur Photography Competition 2010 in Le Biot and Le Corbier with a jury to award prizes.

So when you are out and about in Le Biot, the Col du Corbier, Drouzin Le Mont or Mount Ouzon make sure you have your camera to capture those wonderful moments that you can then share with loved ones, friends and maybe even win a prize or two!

Please note: written permission of the authors will be sought prior to any of the photographs entered in the completion being used for other purposes

 

Any dispute regarding this competition will settled by the office of the Col du Corbier Residents Association  (ARCC).

How to send in your photographs:

To make it easy for you to send and the organiser to process and present your photographs please save and prepare them using the following 5 simple rules:

 

 

 

  1. Reduce file size of your photograph. Why? Most photos will be taken with high resolutions which uses lots of memory and makes a file size very large which can then create problems when emailing them. When you save the file choose the 72dpi setting (DPI = dots per inch)
  2. Save the photograph in JPG format
  3. Keep the size of photo between : Minimum 800×600 Maximum; 1024×768
  4. Each photo must not exceed 200KB
  5. To make sure the organiser knows the photo belongs to you and can contact you; your photos should be identified by the name of the file name using this format: Surname First name – Number (no spaces). JPG

Example; The first photograph submitted by Michel Dupond will have the file name: DupondM-l.jpg (you do not enter JPG as this is added to the file name automatically when you save the photo as a JPG).

Each competitor will title their email entry as: “Concours photo ARCC”

Each competitor must include the following in their email entry:
Their full name, their address and a title for each image

Please send any questions and ideas about the competition to the organiser of the ARCC Amateur Photograph Competition 2010 :
Fleury JC, Assist Castelain Didier email: fleuryj@wanadoo.fr

Good luck!

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We have friends with young children who are keen skiers and want to go on a family ski holiday and yet don’t because they can’t see a way of doing it without a huge effort and cost.

They love the idea of their young children learning to ski when they are young and of being together as a family on the slopes as well as getting a little time for themselves amongst some fresh powder. For most it seems that it’s a long break from skiing until the kids get ‘old enough’.sledging at Drouzin le Mont

Well, if you have a young family and still want to have a winter holiday then we have some tips to help you enjoy your ski holiday that has worked for us and for many of our friends.

Team up with others, it doesn’t have to be another young family; parents and couples without children often help calm, balance and support the whole group.

Choose a family friendly resort, such as Drouzin Le Mont where your accommodation is very close to the nursery area, ski school and the ski lifts. Once young children have had enough, it is best to get back quickly to some where which is warm and comfortable (a hot chocolate in the local restaurant does wonders)

Choose a family friendly resort that is not over crowded, where your children have all they freedom they want and you can easily keep track of them.

Young children benefit from being familiar with an area and skiing the same runs repeatedly, so a large resort with loads of red and black runs are best kept for those days off. Choose a compact resort with a variety of runs that will aid progression. We recommend Drouzin Le Mont and other family friendly resorts close by such as Abondance for beginners and intermediates.

Book accommodation that is large enough to fit everyone comfortably or smaller accommodation for each group which is close by (preferably in the same block). So, when you want or need a day’s rest, you stay relaxed and continue to have a wonderful time.

Take turns in looking after the children while the others get to do their own thing for a few hours or even more.

And most of all: relax, chill and have fun! You are on holiday

We have had two wonderful Christmas’ holidays at Penthouse Les Iris in Drouzin Le Mont with our sister(-in-law), her husband and their three lovely, very energetic and demanding children: two boys now aged 5 and 3 and their younger 1 year old sister and some friends. We split the morning and afternoons, shared the childcare, chores and skiing.

This year, the 5-year-old got to go on the ‘big lift’ with daddy and to ski his first green run. Awesome!

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Snow at Drouzin Le Mont, Portes du SoleilThe snow conditions at Drouzin Le Mont and in the Portes du Soleil are superb at the moment. These photos show the conditions at the bottom of Cherveruil and Joux Verte (both red runs). The lowest point in the resort!

If you are looking for some where to rent for your ski holiday; Penthouse Les Iris still has limited availability until the end of March. Alternatively visit www.DrouzinLeMontAccommodation.com the new website for holiday Apartments and Chalets to let in Drouzin Le Mont and the surrounding villages

24th January 2010

Superb snow conditions in Drouzin le Mont - the bottom of Cherveruil and Joux Verte

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Love Skiing and Horse Riding? Can’t or don’t want to choose between them? Then you will love Ski-Joering! I saw it for the first time just before Christmas when it came to the family friendly ski resort of Drouzin Le Mont here in the Haute Savoie.

ski-joering in the Portes du Soleil, Haute SavoieWhilst the free taster sessions were mostly taken by adventurous children, you can take ski-joering up to completion level.  An ancient means of transport through out Scandinavia, it was introduced to France as a means of accessing ski areas and is now a recognised leisure sport with competitions in the Haute Savoie and beyond.

All you need is basic skis and boots (and warm clothing, gloves and hat) and you can be off along the snow-covered lanes and forest tracks. Steering and control of the horse is easy using the ridged harness and reins. You can even have two people ski-joering behind the same horse.

For those of you how do not know the area; Drouzin Le Mont independent ski resort is about an hours drive from Geneva with easy access to the Portes du Soleil.  Drouzin Le Mont is ideally suited to novice, beginner and intermediate skiers, as well as families with younger children.

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Drouzin le Mont independent ski resort has not only increased its snowmaking capacity by installing an additional 8 snow cannons this year, it has also invested in a new high tech ticketing system which includes ‘Hands-free’ lift-passes.

The ‘Hands-free’ lift pass system scans your pass and lets you through the turnstile without you having to take your gloves off, find your pass and then put it in to the slot. It means warm hands, less queuing and more time skiing.

PS. Remember Drouzin le Mont opens on 19th December 2009 for the season and the lift passes are exceptional value compared to the standard day adult lift-pass price for the Portes du Soleil. (which is almost 2.5 times as much).

Lift passes:

1 day children 14.5 €
6 days children 83 €
1 day adult 16.5 €
6 days adult 87€

Season adult 150 €
Season children 110 €

Remember: Children under 5 years old and over 70 years ski free!

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Installing snow cannons at ski resort Drouzin le Mont

Installing snow cannons at ski resort Drouzin le Mont

As you know Drouzin le Mont is a family friendly ski resort between Morzine and Chatel, Hautes Savoie, and only an hours drive from Geneva. What you probably won’t know is that there are eight new snow cannons installed ready for the coming winter season.

These new snow cannons at Drouzin le Mont mean that the snow creating capabilities at the resort have been doubled, all the main runs and nursery area will be maintained in better condition and piste closures will be significantly reduced during periods of low snow fall. This all adds to what was already a super resort for families and beginners as well as those more experienced skier looking for more relaxed un-crowded slopes.

The snow cannons are on the lower section of Chervreuil (red run), on Frasse (blue run) and the connecting run from the bottom of the Telesiege Drouzin to the top of Teleski La Frasse. These are left of the nursery area that you overlook from the apartments and chalets.

Check out the area where the new snow cannons are going to be  (you can enlarge the map twice, by clicking each map once – use the back button to return to the webpage):

Piste map Drouzin le Mont with new snow cannons

Piste map Drouzin le Mont with new snow cannons

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