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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 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.

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Le Biot marketI highly recommend a trip to this wonderful local market in Le Biot only a 5 minute drive from Les Iris.

Le Biot village Sunday morning market
Every Sunday morning in the summer (until the end of August) from app. 8am to 1pm .
 
Enjoy a traditional French shopping experience, local Haute Savoie, Rhone Alps produces, cheeses, meats fruit and vegetables and local arts. It gets busy so you park outside of the main village square.
 
To get to Le Biot take the Morzine/ Saint Jean D’Aulps to Thonon Les Bains Road – D902. From St Jean D’Aulps take the D32 that skirts Le Biot (the D32 continues up to Col du Corbier and Drouzin Le Mont). From Thonon Les Bains / Les Jotty direction you cross a bridge and take the D332 (left and immediately right) to Le Biot. This will take you into and through Le Biot Village.

Happy shopping.

 
There are other local markets in:

Abondance

All year round: Savoyard market on Sundays from 9am-1pm in the Village Square

In the summer, Les Baïses: craft market every Thursday from 5-7pm in the village square

La Chapelle

In summer and winter: Friday morning market at the church square

Châtel

Wednesday morning market, in the winter at the Route de la Meurba, below the church. The market is the rest of the year in the church square.

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