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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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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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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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We have friends with young children who are keen skiers and want to go on a family ski holiday and yet don’t because they can’t see a way of doing it without a huge effort and cost.

They love the idea of their young children learning to ski when they are young and of being together as a family on the slopes as well as getting a little time for themselves amongst some fresh powder. For most it seems that it’s a long break from skiing until the kids get ‘old enough’.sledging at Drouzin le Mont

Well, if you have a young family and still want to have a winter holiday then we have some tips to help you enjoy your ski holiday that has worked for us and for many of our friends.

Team up with others, it doesn’t have to be another young family; parents and couples without children often help calm, balance and support the whole group.

Choose a family friendly resort, such as Drouzin Le Mont where your accommodation is very close to the nursery area, ski school and the ski lifts. Once young children have had enough, it is best to get back quickly to some where which is warm and comfortable (a hot chocolate in the local restaurant does wonders)

Choose a family friendly resort that is not over crowded, where your children have all they freedom they want and you can easily keep track of them.

Young children benefit from being familiar with an area and skiing the same runs repeatedly, so a large resort with loads of red and black runs are best kept for those days off. Choose a compact resort with a variety of runs that will aid progression. We recommend Drouzin Le Mont and other family friendly resorts close by such as Abondance for beginners and intermediates.

Book accommodation that is large enough to fit everyone comfortably or smaller accommodation for each group which is close by (preferably in the same block). So, when you want or need a day’s rest, you stay relaxed and continue to have a wonderful time.

Take turns in looking after the children while the others get to do their own thing for a few hours or even more.

And most of all: relax, chill and have fun! You are on holiday

We have had two wonderful Christmas’ holidays at Penthouse Les Iris in Drouzin Le Mont with our sister(-in-law), her husband and their three lovely, very energetic and demanding children: two boys now aged 5 and 3 and their younger 1 year old sister and some friends. We split the morning and afternoons, shared the childcare, chores and skiing.

This year, the 5-year-old got to go on the ‘big lift’ with daddy and to ski his first green run. Awesome!

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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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