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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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Snow at Drouzin Le Mont, Portes du SoleilThe snow conditions at Drouzin Le Mont and in the Portes du Soleil are superb at the moment. These photos show the conditions at the bottom of Cherveruil and Joux Verte (both red runs). The lowest point in the resort!

If you are looking for some where to rent for your ski holiday; Penthouse Les Iris still has limited availability until the end of March. Alternatively visit www.DrouzinLeMontAccommodation.com the new website for holiday Apartments and Chalets to let in Drouzin Le Mont and the surrounding villages

24th January 2010

Superb snow conditions in Drouzin le Mont - the bottom of Cherveruil and Joux Verte

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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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Anyone familiar with the Portes du Soleil and Chablais mountains will know that two years ago Abonance ski resort closed after the local council withdrew funding. There have been rumours of links with Drouzin le Mont and outside developers taking over the running of Abondance. Well the ski resort’s future is secure for the next 12 years at least.

The American entrepreneur Gregory Lynn (aka Woody) Sherwood has done a deal with the local mayor to develop and run the ski resort for the next 12 years under a new company called Abondance Ski Valley (SVA). Rumours are that Woody Sherwood wants to use Abondance ski resort to demonstrate the effectiveness of his new design of snow cannon that can operate in conditions several degrees warmer than anything else on the market.

At present it is unclear whether Abondance Ski Valley (SVA) will continue to have a nominal link with the Portes du Soleil. Nor has there been any comment on a possible link with Drouzin le Mont ski resort.

Abondance, Drouzin le Mont and Saint Jean d’Aulps Roc d’Enfer Ski resorts are three of the satellite resorts to the Portes du Soleil that make a great ski (or snowboard) safari. A different resort every day, ideal to get your ski legs developed or back at a fraction of the price you pay for a Portes du Soleil pass.

posted on the 31st August 2009

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