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Les Gets ski lift running on 100% renewable

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Eco initiatives have always been pretty high on the agenda in Les Gets and the resort has won numerous awards over the years for its green policies and currently has ISO 14001 certification for its environmental practises. This winter the Les Gets lift operating company SAGETS will become the first ski lift company in France to operate using 100% renewable energy sources.

The CEO of SAGETS, Henry Anthonioz told us “Our customers are very attached to our mountains, so we have no hesitation in subscribing to the EDF balance that ensures the provision of all our electricity from green energy.” He added “We are delighted to be pioneers in this field and we hope it may encourage other stations to follow us.”

The green energy used to power the Les Gets lift network this winter will come from a variety of sources including wind, solar, thermal, geothermal, biomass, hydro, marine and waste. Les Gets’ eco policies already include policies to reduce energy consumption, encouraging …

Hot Tips for first time snowboarders!

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Winter is coming!  Frosty mornings in the UK and snow falling in Europe is getting everyone excited for another amazing season!  Is this the winter you will take your first steps towards becoming hooked on snowboarding?  Well our friends over a Mint Snowboarding  have put together a set of top tips to get you started off on the right foot
Weather – check the forecast. Is it going to be windy, sunny, snowy or cloudy and what is the temperature? All this will influence your clothing choices.  There is nothing worse than being COLD!  BRRRRR!

Goggles – They will help protect your eyes from sun and wind as well as helping you see better in poor light conditions. Goggles will protect your eyes better than sunglasses as well as less likely to fall off, get broken or lost!

Gloves – Remember your hands will be touching the cold wet snow quite a bit so make sure you have some warm and waterproof gloves or mittens.

Stretch – Stretching both before and after will help avoid injuries as we…

RIDE GREENER

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A must read for any environmentally conscious riders-  RIDE GREENER shows you how to have fun while skiing and snowboarding in an environmentally friendly way!  Here at Doorstep Skis, we're constantly active in findings ways in which we can provide ski and snowboard hire in Morzine in the most environmentally friendly way as possible. All tips welcome!

British medal hopes for the Winter Olympics

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2014 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES
Venue: Sochi, RussiaDate: 7-23 February 2014 The emergence of a new generation of talented athletes has raised British hopes of a record medal haul at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, which begin in 100 days.
Great Britain's current best tally is four, won in Chamonix, France, at the inaugural Winter Olympics in 1924.

Here, BBC Sport profiles the 10 leading British contenders pushing for a podium finish in 2014.  READ ON.. 

DO NOT Use a Smart Phone App as an Avalanche Beacon!

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The Canadian Avalanche Center has just released a press release denouncing the use of “smart phone apps” as avalanche beacon.  

3 European smart phone apps are offering service as avalanche beacons now and they have been found to NOT WORK.  When you are running out of air underneath an avalanche, you won’t feel that great about having saved $300 bucks by using a smart phone app instead of a real, certified avalanche beacon.

A smart phone app will never replace your avalanche beacon.  There are so many reasons that an app cannot replace an avalanche beacon:  they don’t work properly, battery life, robustness, reliability and interference.  Please get an proper avalanche beacon and learn how to use it.

Please read the Canadian Avalanche Center’s press release:
Canadian Avalanche Centre Warns Backcountry Users About New Smartphone Apps Apps marketed as transceivers give users false sense of protection Oct 24, 2013, Revelstoke, BC:   Smartphone avalanche search applications that are market…

The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow

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DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow recently went live on Kickstarter. One week after launching, the DEEP project is already 34 percent funded. With 20 days left to the end of the campaign, and the official launch of the book set for November 15, DEEP is well on its way to landing in bookstores across the country.

“It’s an unorthodox way of funding a book,” author and POWDER Features Editor Porter Fox said. “But we’re trying to spread the word about disappearing snow in the Northern Hemisphere, and we’re doing it every way we can.”  READ ON..

10 reasons to visit Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz this winter.

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Our friends at  Morzine Source Magazine tell you why there is no reasons at all why you shouldn't visit us this season.  1 – Transfer time No fewer than 10 airlines fly directly to Geneva from the UK. Les Gets, Morzine and Avoriaz are the closest major ski resorts to Geneva, making the transfer time around 1 hour and 15 minutes. Compare that with the three hours (plus!) you’d spend on a transfer to the Three Valleys or Espace Killy and you can see why the area is so popular with families, weekend groups and everyone else too! You’ll be sipping a vin chaud before you know it.
2 – Micro climate & snow record No, it’s not a myth. Our three resorts sit slap bang between the glacial summit of Mont Blanc and the ginormous water mass of Lake Geneva. It’s a scientifically proven fact that this gives us lots of powder days. Avoriaz may be one of the highest ski resorts in Europe, but Morzine & Les Gets certainly aren’t. However, only a fool should assume that low altitu…

Helmets Get Smarter

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By e@ InTHe Snow

A clever idea from Shred helmets incorporates  ICEdot technology.  When you buy the helmet you register the owners details (emergency contacts, allergies, medical conditions) at a central point and are given a unique PIN stored on the helmet.  If you, or a child or loved one wearing the helmet is ever injured, a first responder can text a central number and instantly access your personal data

Shred’s Mega Brain Bucket helmet also features Slytech 2nd Skin foam technology which is a protective layer that hardens on impact, adapting to the different forces and speeds of a crash.  The EVA based foam features the only advanced and intelligent shock absorber on the market, which adapts to the strength of impact and increases protection proportionally.

“I can’t speak highly enough about the upgrades to the Half Brain” stays ski racer Ted “Shred” Ligety. “Engineers consulted us riders through every step in the production and the end res…