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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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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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