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Morzine vs. Meribel: Which is the Better Ski Resort?

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When it comes to ski resorts, and French ones at that, you’ll be hard pushed to find two more popular destinations with British skiers than  Meribel  and  Morzine . And, if you’ve found your way here, you’re probably finding it hard to choose between the two… Sound familiar? Don’t worry, it happens. Plus, if this is the biggest dilemma you’re currently facing, I’d like to think you’re in a pretty enviable position! Both are gorgeous French resorts with plenty of brilliant après-ski, and respectively large ski areas to explore – Trois Vallées for Meribel, and  Portes du Soleil  for Morzine. So, which one’s right for you?  Sam at More Mountain breaks down the pros and cons of both resorts for you...

THE LIL’ STASH, AVORIAZ

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THE  LIL’ STASH  ECO-FRIENDLY SNOW PARK IN  AVORIAZ  HAS ALWAYS BEEN A MAJOR HIT WITH FAMILIES, KIDS AND ANYONE MAKING THEIR WAY BACK TO  MORZINE  VIA THE SUPER MORZINE GONDOLA. THE LITTLE JUMPS, WOODEN BOXES AND SCULPTURES ARE ENOUGH TO MAKE EVEN THE BIGGEST OF KIDS SMILE. LAST YEAR THE  LIL’ STASH  BECAME AN EVEN BIGGER HIT WITH THE ADDITION OF A SUSPENDED CABIN IN THE FOREST AND WALKWAYS BETWEEN THE TREES, AND THIS YEAR IT’S SET TO BECOME AN EVEN BIGGER HIT THANKS TO MORE EXCITING ADDITIONS.   READ ON.. .

AVORIAZ Morzine, Les Gets & Avoriaz Winter 18/19 Opening Dates

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After last winter’s bumper snowfall, we’re expecting big things from Season 18/19. Here’s the Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz opening and closing dates you need to plan your season in style. We’ll keep this page updated if dates change, so bookmark it now! MORZINE WINTER 2018/19 OPENING DATES 15th December 2018 – partial opening of the Pleney ski area and the links to Les Gets, subject to snow conditions 22nd December 2018 – full opening of the ski area, including the links to Avoriaz 14th April 2019 – closing of the ski area including the Super Morzine LES GETS WINTER 2018/19 OPENING DATES 24th November 2018 – weekend opening of the ski area, subject to snow conditions 15th December 2018 – partial opening of the Chavannes and the links to Morzine 22nd December 2018 – full opening of the ski area 14th April 2019 – closing of the ski area, though Mont Chery lifts likely to close earlier AVORIAZ WINTER 2018-19 OPENING DATES 14th December 2018 – full opening of the ski area in

The comprehensive guide to your avalanche beacon

The Experts at Ortovox Shed Light on Avalanche Beacon Functionality and Stress the Importance of Three-Antennae Like most of your avalanche rescue tools, the transceiver, otherwise known as a beacon, is a device that you hope to never use in the field—except in a training scenario. Having a solid understanding of how your avy equipment works is paramount, and there’s hardly a tool more difficult to truly understand than this minuscule device. Read up on the intricacies of the avalanche beacon, below, and above all else, remember that nothing is a legitimate substitute for practice, practice, practice. What is an Avalanche Beacon?   READ ON..

Why the Portes Du Soleil keeps solo skiers coming back!

Why the Portes Du Soleil keeps solo skiers coming back! The solo ski experts at The Ski Gathering tell us what is attracting first-timers and veteran solos to Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets. Across the board, solo travel has grown enormously in recent years, mirroring a general trend in ‘independent’ and socialising hobbies. Today, people use apps and websites to find flatmates, meet gym buddies, arrange car shares… and plan their solo-travel adventures. This is particularly noticeable with ski holidays, where solo travellers are increasingly making their mark. Some solos prefer to ski alone, enjoying the total freedom of the mountain. But most see it as a social opportunity to meet other skiers or boarders and avoid paying the empty-bed supplement. For the latter group in particular, the Portes du Soleil has become a focal point in the solo travel revolution. Why is that? It’s Perfect for Mixed-Ability Groups It’s Day One of your solo ski holiday and you’re heading

Project EMA: What’s new?

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Project EMA: What’s new? In April 2017, following rumours from as far back as 2009, it was announced that a new cable car would be built, starting from the centre of Morzine, travelling up the Ardoisieres Valley and joining the Prodains 3S cable car to take skiers and snowboarders all the way up to Avoriaz. If you’re not familiar with the plans you can read about them here . Over a year and a half later, we’ve not heard much in the way of official announcements, but this summer has seen some quiet council meetings pass, almost under the radar, which appear to be starting the proceedings towards a finalised project plan. Read on..

Latest gear - New jackets for winter 2018/19

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Check out the newest clothing products for the upcoming winter Published: AVORINET Winter is on its way. You can smell it on clear mornings and it won’t be long until the first frosts and proper snowfalls on the mountains. Clothing forms a big part of winter gear. It’s pretty obvious that you need more clothing for a day skiing at -10ºC than a summer trail run at 25ºC. So, here are some items of clothing to keep an eye out for this winter. In the next couple of months, I’ll take a look at new equipment for this winter, including skis and snowboards. Rab Microlight Summit Jacket The Rab Microlight Jacket is, without a doubt, the most popular lightweight down jacket on the market, in the UK at least. It’s crazy how many of these Rab have sold in the past 6 or 7 years. They are a common sight on the mountains and in tow

Winter tyres mandatory in French Alps by 2019

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Published  Avorianet |  After the carnage on the roads over the winter of 2017/18 amid record breaking snow fall, authorities will make it illegal for light vehicles to travel in the French Alps without winter tyres from the start of the 2019/20 season. The period for mandatory winter tyres has been set from November 1st to March 31st, but the geographical areas and altitudes where the order will apply will be at the discretion of local authorities in the municipalities affected by the new ruling. Which types of winter tyres will be deemed suitable (M+S or 3PMSF), or whether chains or snow socks will suffice, is still unknown