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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!
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.
Just a short update on what is happening with Drouzin le Mont Ski resort: The current operator has decided to give up the lease (which is surprising as he has spent a lot of money expanding, modernising and renovating over the last 3 years) and there are several groups wanting to take it over. The not so good news is that the local council of Le Biot seems to have first refusal and like all politicians world wide, they go for short term options and even then they can not make up their mind.
There has been numerous meetings and although no one has seen anything in writing, the word is that the local council will operate the 3 drag lifts for the lower part of the resort this season. Not sure when the season will start or finish (but one assumes it will be the traditional Christmas week start – Saturday 22nd December 12 and end the last week of March 2013). See below for what ski area is likely to look like, click to get full size version:
For those of us that are familiar with the resort; having the 3 drag lifts (Teleski La Jour, du Col and La Frasse) open gives access to the recently expanded and renovated beginner/ easy intermediate ski area. (Le Col, Grand Pont, Petit Pont, La Jour, La Fasse and the variations off these runs.)
For those snow-hounds looking for something a little more challenging and who are prepared to walk from the top of Teleski du Col up Le Cherveuil for about 15 – 20 minutes: you will almost certainly be rewarded with virtually untouched power at red and black levels. Try your luck on the top of La Muret (K) and connect with the La Frasse to return to the lift. La Chamois will give intermediate skiers a longer red run for their money and Le Lievre is a short but exciting black run – all your our doorstep.
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Please note while we have published this article is good faith, we do not have control over the local council or what actually happens; we will be updating our website as soon as we get any further news.
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.