Showing posts from December, 2011

Safe Not Sorry!

Far be it from us to preach to you all as you’re actually more likely to find most of the Doorstep team stoking the flames of any party during the course of the winter season, than dousing them, but...Yodel have very responsibly teamed up with the British Consulate and the UK Foreign Office to bring you an important safety announcement. There are loads of sensible ‘dos’ and ‘don'ts’ when living in a ski resort and ignoring the risks could bring an early end to your season... or worse.InsuranceYou will need a specific kind of insurance if you plan to ski or snowboard this winter. This might sound obvious but your annual multi-trip insurance might not cover winter sports – check the small print and don’t just assume that it does. Season snow sports insurance is available but again, check exactly what your policy covers. If you’ve heard those rumours about pisteurs asking for credit cards before recovering broken skiers from the mountain, you’ll know how important the ‘mountain rescu…

Ski Lift Graveyard

Ever wondered what happened to the famous "red eggs" in Les Gets? Yodel mag had a nosey around to see what happened to these iconic lifts!In Winter 2010, the famous red bubble was replaced by a bubble! The new bubble eliminated the long set of stairs involved to get skiers to the start of the lift. It also changed from being a four-seater to a six-seater lift and became quicker and comfier. In our excitement we may have forgotten our dearly departed friend. But just what exactly happened to the old lift?If you have made a trip down the mountain you will already have seen their new home, albeit temporary. The old red bubbles currently lie at the bottom of the road into Taninges just waiting to be bought and loved. If you haven’t already seen them, you’ll be pleased to know that everyone has the opportunity to buy their very own piece of Les Gets history. The red bubbles are currently for sale at the Bric a Broc in Taninges but such an iconic piece doesn’t come chea…

Off Piste Insurance

ContentsSearch and Rescue CostsHospital Treatment of Ski and Snowboard InjuriesInsurance for Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding?Comparison of Snowsports InsuranceSummaryThis article seeks to answer two questions, why we need to be insured when skiing and boarding off-piste and which policy suits us best. Why Insure?If you have a winter sports accident the following costs may be involved: Search, recovery and transport to hospital, first aid Hospital costs including operations, medicine and other equipment (wheel chairs, crutches, etc) Repatriation, return of children, replacement driver Third party liability Criminal and civil proceedings Compensation for days missed from holiday, including lift passes, guides, ski/snowboard school etc Lost and broken equipment We'll take a look at each of these points in the rest of this article.

The Trip Advisor Ski Index 2011 / 2012

When the 2012 Ski Index was released this week, Yodel magazine were dead keen to see where the resorts of Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz featured...So imagine our surprise to find neither Morzine OR Les Gets featured on the Trip Advisor list! All the other regulars, such as Chamonix, Val Thorens and Meribel are there...Avoriaz does made an entry though, holding up a very respectable 13th place. Considering it's height and guaranteed snow, the ski-in, ski-out resort offers amazing value for money, even if it's not the cheapest on the list.We've applied Trip Advisor's very own criteria to the list to place Morzine and Les Gets in their rightful places ourselves. And here you have it! Morzine's in at 3rd place and Les Gets at 4th place! We've also asked Trip Advisor to explain the absence of Morzine and Les Gets on their own index and we just want to make it clear - Yodel has modified the table below to include Morzine and Les Gets ourselves. The original Trip Advi…

French Avalanche analysis for winter 2010/2011

French Avalanche analysis for winter 2010/2011During the 2010-2011 season in France there were 29 avalanche fatalities in 19 incidents. On the face of it a fairly typical year. However the overall figures hide a concentration of fatal avalanches in the border region with Italy and in the months of December and March which saw 58% of fatal incidents. Ski touring incidents as well as the seriousness of incidents both continued the recent upward trend. In over a third of the incidents reported to the last season (fatal and non-fatal) more than one person was taken by the slide. Even more worryingly 50% of the fatal incidents involved multiple victims. There are clearly improvements to be made with group management (safe stopping places, group spacing when skiing and climbing) as well as route choice. Also of note were at least two fatal incidents where airbags were deployed as well as other more successful deployments, although some on clearly major routes in marginal condition…

Mutzig - The Seaonaire's Favourite!

Aaaah, Mutzig. The beloved beer is such an institution in this area - though not everyone would agree the morning after!There are so many myths attached to the Mutzig name; some say it can vary between 4% and 12%, some say it is stronger in Morzine’s Bar Robinson than anywhere else. But what is the history behind this amber nectar?Mutzig was initially brewed in its namesake town in the Alsace Province in France on the border with Germany. The brewery in Mutzig was founded in 1810 by Antoine Wagner and continued to produce the beer even when it merged with the three other breweries in the Alsace province. This formed a company called ALBRA (Alsacienne de brasserie), which was bought out by Heineken in 1972 who continued the production of Mutzig. The original group also continues to produce a beer under the Mutzig name but it is now made in the Fischer brewery in Schiltigheim, in north eastern France.Did you know that apart from in Europe, Mutzigisalsoextremelypopular in Africa? It is b…

Party Time!

The Portes du Soleil is going BIG this winter with 3 fantastic festivals to keep us all entertained. Get these dates in your diaries quick sharp.The Basscamp Festival, Morzine - 2nd - 6th April 2012Following on from his wildly successful après gigs at Le Tremplin last winter, local DJ Justin Bull (single - he asked us to put that in) is cranking things up a couple of thousand decibels this winter. If you were one of the hundreds of d&b (that’s drum and bass my friends... welcome to the sound of your winter in Morzine) fans stomping all over Le Tremplin terrace last winter, then you’ll need to buy a Basscamp Festival wristband to get the most from your winter season.With big international acts such as The Correspondents, Foamo, Thomas Gandey, Benny Page and Slipmatt mixing up house, electro, D&B and dubstep already on an ever-expanding line-up, wristbands are selling like hot cakes. They are just €100 each and give you access to all the après, night time and late night gigs, fr…

The Burton Stash

The Burton Stash is well known and loved to Avoriaz locals and visitors alike. For those of you who aren’t aware, The Stash in Avoriaz is a giant ecological snow park.The park is a 100% natural playground to allow all the fun of shredding without the guilt of environmental impact. The American snowboarder and founder of Burton Snowboards himself, Jake Burton, designed the park. Burton’s philosophy is to create a specialised area, which caters for a mixture of both freestyle and freeriding while also conveying the important message about environmental protection.Even the signs that will direct you to the stash are designed to be ridden and are carved by Bob King, the renowned chainsaw artist. The Stash does not use metal or plastics but instead relies on wood, trees, dirt and rocks to create the natural park. Avoriaz, with its brilliant reputation as a snowboarding centre and having an excellent park crew was Burton’s first European choice for the exciting project. There are now Burton…

Les Gets Excited About Winter!

Les Gets is a resort that has been enjoyed for years due to its charm and unique character. Luckily none of this is lost as it consistently works on new developments and improvements. Yodel magazine looks at what’s new and what we can look forward to in Winter 11/12.The consecutive 5 hour ski passThis year, instead of having to decide between the morning and afternoon for a half-day ski pass you can simply start skiing whenever you like. The new ski passes will simply last for five consecutive hours from when it is first used. We think it’s the perfect way to avoid the slope rush hours, it allows greater flexibility and you can treat yourself to that lie-in!Freestyle AreasWannabe freestyle skiers can improve their techniques in safety with the new airbag. The enormous inflatable cushion measuring 15m x 11m provides a
gentle landing and maximum security. These techniques can also be perfected at the Cross District and at the Jib District with its rails and jumps. For those interested i…

Morzine Premier- The Art of Flight.

This is certainly one start of season event that you won't want to miss. Mountain Mavericks, Mint Snowboard School and Just Snow Camps have teamed up to bring the year's best snowboarding movie to Morzine.A lot of hype has surrounded the Travis Rice & Curt Morgan Art of Flight movie. It cost a suspected $2 million to produce and premiers have taken place right across the globe. On Wednesday 14th December it's Morzine's turn!!!Here's the details!Location: Colibri cinema in Morzine (next door to L'Etale)Time: Doors open at 7pm, film starts at 8pmTickets: €5 on the door - the first 20 through the door get a Quiksilver goodie bag / treatAfter party: Happy hour prices at the Cavern and a free shot with your cinema ticket.See you all there!

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