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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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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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In short: Better piste connectivity creating greater variety of routes/ circuits with easier access back to the nursery area and apartments.

For those of you that are regular visitors to Drouzin Le Mont ski Resort – perched on the Col du Corbier between Morzine and Chatel –  will know that last year more snow cannons were installed on the lower slopes and a hands free ski pass system was introduced.

Improvements have continued with better piste connectivity and a greater variety of routes; in fact creating two figure of eight circuits, one blue and the other red.

A previously little used piste, connecting from the top of the Teleski du Col / Violette run to the bottom of Teleski La Frasse and then the bottom of Teleski Le Muret / Cheveuil run (dark blue line on the piste map), has been renovated. This piste now gives good beginners and basic intermediate skiers some great practice runs with the option to very easily pick up the main chair lift to the middle station or the Teleski La Frasse lift for use of the Frasse, a short and enjoyable blue run.

The other development is the re-sloping of a short section of the green run. This will make the section of the green run from the top of the first chair lift (the Telesiege Drouzin) steeper and remove the short almost flat section (marked as a red box on piste map); this will give easier access to the black run (Lys) and red runs (Chamois and Lievre).

These developments will give those of us that need to be back at the nursery area or apartments within a relatively short time and those younger snow hounds that have to check in with their elders, the opportunity to make the most of ski time and to spend some quality time together enjoying the whole of Drouzin Le Mont resort and the Col du Corbier.

For more details, explanations, improvements and developments of pistes at Drouzin Le Mont; please see the piste map and directions below. I have used the full piste names rather than just the piste letters. Please see the amended index.

Combined, the renovated piste and the re-sloping at Drouzin le Mont provide a fine blue circuit: starting from the top of the second chair lift (the Telesiege des Carres) down either blue run (Abondance or Droline) via the green piste and the blue (Marmotte) down to the top of the Teleski du Col, along the renovated blue to the bottom of Teleski La Frasse up the Frasse draglift and back down to the bottom chair lift (Telesiege Drouzin) at the bottom of the nursery area.

The level of challenge can be increased by taking the reds down (Carres, Lievre and Chamoise) or even the black (Lys) and instead of stopping at the bottom of the Teleski La Frasse, to carry on down to the bottom of Cheveuil and the Teleski Le Muret

Piste map Drouzin le Mont / Col du Corbier with Renovated Pistes for 2011

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Installing snow cannons at ski resort Drouzin le Mont

Installing snow cannons at ski resort Drouzin le Mont

As you know Drouzin le Mont is a family friendly ski resort between Morzine and Chatel, Hautes Savoie, and only an hours drive from Geneva. What you probably won’t know is that there are eight new snow cannons installed ready for the coming winter season.

These new snow cannons at Drouzin le Mont mean that the snow creating capabilities at the resort have been doubled, all the main runs and nursery area will be maintained in better condition and piste closures will be significantly reduced during periods of low snow fall. This all adds to what was already a super resort for families and beginners as well as those more experienced skier looking for more relaxed un-crowded slopes.

The snow cannons are on the lower section of Chervreuil (red run), on Frasse (blue run) and the connecting run from the bottom of the Telesiege Drouzin to the top of Teleski La Frasse. These are left of the nursery area that you overlook from the apartments and chalets.

Check out the area where the new snow cannons are going to be  (you can enlarge the map twice, by clicking each map once – use the back button to return to the webpage):

Piste map Drouzin le Mont with new snow cannons

Piste map Drouzin le Mont with new snow cannons

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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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