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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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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.

This years camps will be based in and around Morzine. For more information visit the Parkour Generations Website.

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Early morning update from our local correspondent Paul Davis:

Tons of fresh powder on the top field at Drouzin Le Mont, the chairlift is already running.

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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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Lots of families took advantage of the opportunity to join the Cani Rando as the French call it or a Cani Hike and explore the local forest around Drounzin Le Mont. The fresh snow and clear skies added to the enjoyment.  The one hour hikes are open to anyone from 8 years old and led by a professional mushers who have their own team of huskies. The children (and parents) are  actively involved in carrying out the activity: contact with the dog sled, put the harness, control and conduct of the dog … and hugs. I noticed that some families even brought along their own dogs to enjoy the fun.

Getting the Huskies and Children ready

These hikes are organised throughout the winter, not only in Drouzin Le Mont, but around Lake Montriond and other parts of the Portes du Soleil, so contact the local Office de Tourisme for more information.

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

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