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IT'S BEEN AN EXTRAORDINARY YEAR

We're partnered with Cool Earth, who we donate 1% of all  on-line  bookings to.  Cool Earth  themselves  are now partnering with 65 villages to keep more than 350,000 acres of at-risk rainforest standing. This is forming a forest shield to protect over 3 million neighbouring acres. In the New Year they'll be launching two new projects in northern Peru and the Congo Basin. None of this would be possible without your support. We can't wait to work with Cool Earth again in 2014 and help grow the forest shield.  Have a look at Cool Earth and help freeze global warming!

Primetime For Beacon Training

Recognizing potential avalanche hazards and selecting safe terrain are the best ways to avoid avalanches. That said, it’s not easy to pinpoint every avy hazard and the danger can change unexpectedly as you move though variable terrain and snow conditions. Wearing an avalanche beacon and knowing how to use it is the most basic safeguard you have against this unknown danger potential. Regardless of how safe you think the snowpack might be, you should always wear your beacon in the backcountry. It’s a no-brainer - the consequences of not having a beacon on should you need it are just too grave. READ ON...

Resort Guide: Morzine, France

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Morzine and Avoriaz are two of the best ski towns in France and form part of the huge Portes du Soleil area.  Purpose-built Avoriaz is perched seemingly precariously on a plateau at 1800m. It is very convenient, offering ski-in ski-out accommodation, but lacks the friendly atmosphere of Morzine which breaks the traditional French stereotype not being as ugly as sin, and instead an attractive village full of wooden chalets with not a high-rise in sight! READ ON..

Ski Carry Techniques

Ski Carry Techniques Aspen Ski Sherpas - Professional Ski Carry Techniques- we've all done at least one of these techniques! Be an A.S.S.!!!   https://vimeo.com/80124537

Ski lift to connect Morzine & Avoriaz

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A while back Morzine Source posted the amazing video (follow link) showing the proposed new lift connection between Morzine centre and Avoriaz. Since then, a couple of new images of the proposed base station development have surfaced indicating new parking areas and suggesting that the plans are moving forward? Read on..

Prodains Parking Rates Announced

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It’s always been free to park at Les Prodains, but only if you could find a space! Perhaps in an effort to reduce the amount of vehicles in the recently enlarged car park just next to the new high capacity Prodains Express lift, there’ll now be a charge to leave your car. Good job there’s a local bus service! arge to leave your car. Good job there’s a local bus service!

Golden Oldie Snowboarders

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Golden Oldie Snowboarders The numbers of people taking up snowboarding over the age of 50 is on the rise our friends at Yodel in Morzine tell us! According to Chill Factore in Manchester, UK, it's the parents that are queuing up to get involved and they've seen a 350% increase in over-50s getting involved on a board in the first six months of this year. The trend has had an excellent effect on retail with the older generation having the extra funds necessary to splash out on new gear each season. We think it's great seeing more and more people get involved in winter sports regardless of their age! Wow!  Well, if you want to try, book your snowboard online at doorstepskis,com  

Avoriaz to host FWT event in March

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Nice work- our friends over at Morzine Source Magazine have just discovered that the Freeride World Tour is set to land in Avoriaz on 15th and 16th March 2014 for a 2* event, which surely means the great and good of freeride skiing and snowboarding will be in attendance. For those not in the know, the FWT is a global, annual tour where the most talented riders compete for individual event wins with the aim of becoming World Champion in their particular discipline. FWT events usually take place in the steepest, most extreme back country terrain so it’ll be interesting to see where the event takes place in Avoriaz. For more information check out  www.freerideworldtour.com