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Winter activities in the French Alps

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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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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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.

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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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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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