Archive for February, 2010


”Walking on the Moon”

February 16, 2010

The police visited Chalet Margaritka in early February. They weren’t interested in exploring some of the PDS hidden secrets (Backs & Blacks) but hat’s off; Ian and Felicity showed real guts, hanging in there on a tour of the circuit in flat light and increasing snow storms. Ian said ”I only came for the exquisite lunch you promised in a traditional Swiss Buvette (in the picture postcard alpine village of Morgins)”. Every guide has a bad day and gets his timings slightly out. They did get a Pannini and a demi at a cafe at the foot of the Super Chatel Gondola. What more could they ask for!!

Ian has one of the most balanced skiing postures you could wish for given he’s only been skiing for a few years. My only defence ”He just needs to turn on the gas a bit more”. 

I’ve promised next time lunch at the wonderful, Cafe Des Sports in Morgins is on me!!


Ski Performance Breakthrough

February 14, 2010
Check out the great new e-Book by Hugh Monney……
The science of skiing and the secret art of performance.                      

173 pages, presenting the greatest secrets of ski performance in clear, simple language.
156 photographs, illustrating great skiers in action and highlighting the principles discussed.
22 illustrations, clarifying even the most subtle secrets.

The information in this book is presented clearly for experts and intermediate skiers alike.

“In this book, I share with you the greatest secrets of skiing and show you
how to use them for yourself.”
Hugh Monney, Trainer, British Association of Snowsports Instructors,  Director of the BASS Network
“…beautifully simple, effective and motivating.” 
Sean Langmuir,Training Manager, British Association of Snowsports Instructors

“… filled with very direct, specific and well organised content.
 It has a clarity and value that is second to none.”
James Lamb, Director, BASS Morzine; Trainer, British Association of Snowsports Instructors

“….a detailed natural progression. A great job, well done.”
Andrew Lockerbie, Chairman, British Association of Snowsports Instructors
“I love the stuff on “pressure”. It really helps to clearly explain this area,
which is often the source of much confusion for good skiers and instructors alike …..very much appreciate your writing skills and knowledge.”
Derek Tate, Director, BASS Chamonix; Trainer, British Association of Snowsports Instructors

If you wish to get a copy please send an email to me; or contact Hugh, BASI or BASS directly.


Skiing in the Back Country

February 12, 2010

January saw the first of Chalet Margaritka’s more adventurous guests arrive. Skiing high above the Nyon bowl in Morzine, some excellent variables and even a bit of powder were found on one of Glyn’s favourite back trails.

After a hard day in the back country a more relaxing time was enjoyed skiing the wonderful  ‘Grand Paradis’ extended run down to Champery in Switzerland from Les Crosets, below Avoriaz. Adrian having recovered from the previous day’s exploits is joined by Debbie (his girlfriend), Alison and Graeme under the spectacular ‘Dents du Midi’ mountain peaks (Middle teeth) before setting off on their adventure.


Chalet Margaritka Opens for Business!!

February 12, 2010

The first guests arrived at Chalet Margaritka for one of our highly personalised, ski weekends just before Christmas ’09. Everyone seemed to have a good time but it was our son Alex and his friend Rebecca who stole the show……