Showing posts from February, 2020

What’s so good about Morzine?

Ongosa  have been tapping into their network of local professionals to find out what makes Morzine such a popular family destination over February half-term. One of their carefully selected and specially recommended ski instructors, Sally from The Snow Institute, gives advice on how to make the most of  Morzine  and neighbouring resort,  Les Gets  amongst the masses of British skiers this half term, as well as her personal tips on lunch spots, and where to ski when. What’s so good about learning to ski in Morzine? “There’s a great beginner area, at the top of The Pleney, for everyone who can access it via the Pleney Telecabine in the centre of town. This means that everyone gets to experience the mountain as most ski lessons begin there. There’s a new magic carpet with a nice beginner green nursery slope to learn on too. You’ve also got the penguin run which is great; it has tunnels, obstacles and jumps for kids to enjoy. Then you can ski through the Chemin des Zou Zous route whic

Morzine The Best Down Day Activities in Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz

It’s hard to imagine visiting Morzine , Avoriaz or Les Gets and not spending all day on the slopes, but there are lots of reasons you might want to come down at lunchtime or even not go up the mountain at all. It could be snowing and blowing a gale, maybe you have kids who are too young to ski all day, perhaps you need a rest day or you might just want to see what else is on offer? Either way, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best non-ski activities in Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets to help you on your way!  READ ON...

Cookie Cafe: The highest restaurant in les Portes du Soleil

Sitting at the top of the Mossettes chairlift, on the border between French Avoriaz and Swiss Champéry – Les Crosets, Cookie Cafe is the highest and one of the most unique restaurants in les Portes du Soleil. Situated at 2277m altitude, this mountain restaurant offers not only delicious gourmet-pub-style food, but really good coffee, freshly pressed juices, locally sourced produce, and a relaxed atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re sitting in a cosy chalet for lunch, except with views over the entire Portes du Soleil! READ ON...

2020 - 2021 Winter Ski Gear Preview

From wild-looking carving shapes, to new pro models, and entirely revamped lineups, the 2020-2021 winter is bringing lots of new skis to the market. Versatility is the name of the game, with skis built to perform in all conditions, or both inbounds and out. Brands continue to push lightweight to the next level, brining awesome downhill performance, too. New bindings will be seen out on the mountain, too, from burly to lightweight in the touring category, to the return of some classic designs. As for boots, more sizes and shapes are now available for different sizes and shapes of feet. All in all, the 2020-201 winter is shaping up to be a good one!  READ ON

Top tips to help you prepare your kids for ski school

In  Nanny news from Vacation Nannies |By  Charlotte Clay It’s almost half term and the pre ski holiday panic has set in. What do the kids need for ski school? Ski school with kids can be stressful. From dressing them to finding them after, the key is making sure you have done your research and the kids are dressed appropriately. Top tips to help you and your kids prepare for ski school. It’s all about layers. Make sure your children are wearing good thermal layers. I would recommend a vest, long sleeve thermal top and thermal trousers all tucked in; so they don’t get chilly and a fleece as a mid layer. Rugby skins make a great thermal layer, or Mountain Warehouse have a good quality and affordable range. Accessorise! All kids have to wear helmets, so rather than a wooly hat I would recommend a long snood or balaclava when it’s cold. Buff have a great range. These can be nicely layered under the helmet and tuck down into their collar, keeping their neck and chin nice and

Morzine for Advanced Skiers and Snowboarders

In previous blogs we have talked about how staying in  Morzine is great for families  and  beginners . But what about those of you that are beyond snow ploughing and the falling leaf? Well, Morzine is for advanced skiers and snowboarders too. Us Brits love Morzine, and it is easy to see why. It is located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, which is 13 resorts connected by 650km of piste straddling the French/Swiss border. It is about an 1 hour 20 minutes from Geneva airport, so it is really easy to get to. This means that if you are the type of person that can drop everything when the powder comes, Morzine is ideal for that emergency snow fix. Morzine is probably better known as a family resort, but with all this terrain, there is a huge amount for advanced skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. So grab a piste map and have a look through this blog to to get a good idea on where to go.   READ ON..

7 Excuses to Visit Les Portes du Soleil

STORY BY  Megan Hughes   A hugely popular ski area, Les Portes du Soleil is one of the top destinations in the Alps. Here at we are giving you a rundown of 7 reasons why you NEED to visit Les Portes due Soleil this year. 1. Size Matters With over 650km of marked piste and 196 lifts, Les Portes du Soleil is one of the largest ski areas in the world. It boasts over 300 runs, 2/3 of which are either red or blue, meaning that skiers of every level will be able to enjoy themselves with an abundance of runs to ensure good variety throughout your visit. Due to the immense size of the ski area, there are good pre-marked trails and circuits that are often popular with holidaymakers due to the ease that comes with their being well signed. If you prefer to make your own routes however, this is simple too thanks to a  free app  that creates and plans routes based on your ability level and preferences. You could spend a whole season there and never get bored, so whether you’