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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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