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€147.9 million on lift and piste development over the next 20 years

The big news at the  town council public meeting this month was the formal presentation of a new lift development connecting Morzine and Avoriaz. The current Mayor has expressed his desire to better connect the two resorts for a number of years, and as far back as 2009 we heard rumours of a new telepherique to link the two together. However, although those responsible for the resort’s development have approved the final plan for the new lift, there are likely to be a number of legal objections which could delay construction for a long time. More on this to follow… Read on...

Ski hire is all the same, right?

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The Good Ski and Boot Guide: Rental Step-By-Step By  Jock Dun Ski hire is all the same, it’s just a question of getting the  cheapest price – right? Well you couldn’t be further from the truth. If you’re planning a ski trip, then sorting out your equipment hire will be high on your list of things to do. The age, the fit, the suitability and the condition of your equipment all make a massive difference to your ability to ski well and progress, not to mention to your comfort, safety and enjoyment. The internet is awash with sites offering too-good-to-be-true deals on ski hire, and many of the big tour operators will try to sell you ski hire as well. Unfortunately, though, far too often they focus only on the price – as if ski hire was just a commodity – and not on the much more important issues of quality, service and suitability. Yes, of course the price is an issue, but it’s really about the best  value  for money rather than just the cheapest price or the biggest discount.

Gear Made Clear: Ski Boots

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They say that “a bad day on the ski hill is better than a good day at work,” but foot pain can ruin a skier’s experience faster than a Clayton Kershaw fastball comes across home plate. Your ski boots are the control center of your entire setup and a great deal of fine-tuning is required to ensure you’ll perform at your best out there. Each person has a differently shaped foot and perfecting your boots’ fit is absolutely essential. Below, we’ve broken down the vital information you’ll need in order to make your ski boots perform like Tom Brady and boast comfort like a king-size bed at the Ritz.  Read On.. CANTING

The magic on the bottom of your skis!

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Its a fascinating subject- well, it is to us ski wax geeks!, but here's a little insight into the eco friendly waxes we use in the workshop at Doorstep Skis; NST-Sports  designs and distributes the eco friendly “wax” for alpine, snowboard and Nordic skiing.  NST  waxes are an innovative and ecological formula designed as a substitute for traditional waxes. Its originality lies in its high gliding performance combined with it’s long term efficiency. FAST, EASY,EFFICIENT, and especially MOUNTAIN FRIENDLY • NST waxes are ecological “waxes”. They contain no paraffin or fluorine additives. • Its formula is composed only with non-toxic, environmentally-friendly ingredients. • In contrast to traditional waxes, NST waxes do not gradually disintegrate in contact with abrasive snow and does not leave any harmful residue on the mountain. • They are 100% biodegradable! You‘ll be doing nature a favour by choosing it! Made in the French ALPS

Which Ski Run Is Better for the Planet?

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The method of clearing a ski run can be the difference between a permanent scar on the mountain and a healthy landscape February 20, 2017  By  Zach St. George PHOTO: Hank de Vre We’re on a mountain, but at the moment skiing is a distant abstraction. I’m sweating through my shirt and pining for sunscreen, following Jennifer Burt as she leads the way through shoulder-high brush. “In retrospect, maybe I should’ve brought you up the trail,” she says. We’re at Powder Bowl ski area, north of Lake Tahoe, hiking up the middle of a run—if you could even still call it that. One of dozens of abandoned ski areas scattered around the Tahoe Basin, Powder Bowl closed in 1984. If Burt wasn’t here to tell me, I’d have been hard-pressed to pick out the run from the surrounding forest. But that’s kind of the point. Burt, 40, a restoration ecologist, has been studying how ski slopes regenerate—that is, how they return to their pre-ski-run condition—since 2005, when she was studying for

A Beginners guide to a Morzine ski holiday

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A Beginners guide to a  Morzine ski holiday Edward   18th February 2017   0   Adventures ,  Skiing   France If you’ve ever skied before I challenge you to take a long hard look at the picture above, and tell me all that fresh powdery snow doesn’t make your heart beat faster with excitement. Skiing is just too addictive; this was only my first trip and I’m already trying to work out how soon I can get back there. Read on...