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The sun kept shining but the snow held butifully!!

March 27, 2016

Must have been the best March snow conditions for years!! Lots of snow after the early falls in March (even down to the lake, Geneva that is) and lots of butiful sunshine. The good thing was the temps never got into the high teens so Spring skiing conditions remained fab – no heavy afternoon slush this year!

We were joined for the second time this season by Alan & Dave (of the ‘Lawless Boys’ fame) and this time they brought their charming wives Sue & Pat. A lot of territory was covered and despite some early nerves ‘The Boys’ were able to ski all day with their Wives (apparently a first for a long time) – see we do look after our guests and cherish their needs!! The first day we were able to cruise perfectly pisted, different blues – all day (my memory was tested a bit) in the Morzine/ Les Gets area, in lovely sunshine, stop for a nice lunch at ‘La Cornette’ on the Nyon Plateau and meet up with our other guests for a drink or two at the end of the day.

Judy Scott Langley and her fellow medical professionals (most of whom were inexperienced skiers) were well looked after by Rita and Judy did manage to do that Black run in the end!! They were also well entertained by Dave and his fantastic poetry recitals after dinner, enjoyed England winning the Grand Slam (well those who didn’t adjourn to the bars of Morzine, where they had a lot of fun returning to some of the haunts first sampled on St. Patrick’s night) and one night we even got the vinyl out (for the first time this Winter) but think the medical girls had left by this point. A few glasses of Whisky were drunk that night so my memory is a bit hazy.

Finally, over Easter Belinda and her very plucky daughter Amy came to the chalet for the first time. Both extremely capable skiers but alas we never made it to Morgins cos Amy had a dreadful cold but she did keep skiing into the afternoon. Hence the plucky tag:))

We think everyone had a good time and we’d love to see you again. Here are the pics:

This is likely to be the last post of the season so thanks to all of our guests this Winter. As usual we’ve had a marvelous time looking after you – hosting, cooking, guiding, transferring, taxiing, etc. We hope you’ve all enjoyed your time with us and the Chalet Margaritka personalised ski experience and obviously we’d love to see you all again!!


After the early March snow comes the beautiful Spring sunshine!!

March 25, 2016

All who came in March just had the most fabulous conditions and weather. After lots of snow even into the village in early March, spring sprang and all our guests enjoyed great skiing in butiful sunshine:))

Once more we had a good combination of guests who have become friends and new guests who settled wonderfully into the laid back comfort, ambience and views of the chalet. Andrew Gilchrist “I guess you take that view for granted now but it is just fantastic. I’d die to wakeup to that every morning”. Andrew and his friend Stewart just toured the whole of the PDS circuit on their boards and in the evening helped to entertain our regular guests The Brennans, Val, Cath & Alison.

Watching the England v Wales rugby match was more than a tad difficult with a chalet full of England rugby fans. On the bright side since the weather was so good we obviously had to do the tour to Morgins (twice – going different ways around) among other things. Here are the pics:




WOW!! Never known it like this in March

March 7, 2016

Many old friends visited us in early March and they were rewarded with some of the best snow conditions at that time of year for years. Cold air came in during early March and hung around for well over a week. This meant it was like the old days, snow at night and early morning with the sun then coming out to warm things up nicely. It did this consistently during the first week of March and beyond. A perfect recipe for great powder skiing and good times. Nicki, Tim, Helen and Mark plus Alison’s Angels all had a ball.

Now for the pics:


2015 in review

February 27, 2016

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


February Half Term – The slopes were busy but we all had a ball!!

February 24, 2016

Lots of new guests arrived during the holidays. The Poffly’s and Whitehead’s were all experienced skiers (having all stayed in Les Gets almost 20 years ago) and introduced the chalet to some serious gaming – ‘Linkee’ and ‘Name in the hat’ were played every night. The Tsar got well involved and enjoyed himself thoroughly. He got so confident that he could be found chairing the contest on some occasions! He did need a bit of advice from his experienced father the few times the decisions became almost too tough to call.

Our Friends The Boreham’s also came for their customary week. Jessica and Becky’s skiing is looking so good these days!! Although, Jessica did manage to lose her ski in the offpiste one day, forcing her father to ski down to a chair so he could go back up to rescue her. A good lunch was very much had that day:))) And, we were able to introduce the Borehams to the new gaming culture in the chalet – ‘Name in the hat’ especially was played on more than one evening.

The second weekend of the holidays saw Jo Burns, her son (Julian) and her friends the Jones’s arrive in the chalet for the first time. Conditions were good with the first serious sign of Spring happening on the Sunday, having been snowing heavily the previous day. Whilst we were in the Nyon Bowl we realised that the temperature had risen almost 15 degrees in less than 24 hours based on the visible gauge.

We really enjoyed showing all the guests around and The Tsar loved skiing with Jessica and Becky. I got to spend a lot of time with an absolute Cherub – Jessie Jones. Her skiing came on leaps and bounds over four days – having just been able to stand on her skis when we first started to following just a couple of metres behind me and matching me turn for turn. Fantastic – a great thrill!!

Finally, just when I thought it was safe to go back on the mountain with the hordes having just receded after the holidays. I spent a great day skiing with Jonathan Callow who I’d met in the World famous ‘Sherpa Bar’. He was busy trying to persuade the proprietor (Star Wars Martin) to go skiing with him, and knowing full well that was simply a non starter I volunteered to show him around Chatel via the two new lifts – ‘Gabelou & Portes du Soleil’. It really was a fab day despite the snow falling since we were able to confine ourselves to tree lined runs:))  Jonty was very fit and just loved to ski and ski – the previous day he had clocked up over 50 miles (Yes, miles not kilometres!). If I’d known I probably would have declined the venture – I did insist he had to buy me a longish lunch, of course!! None of this 50 miles malarkey for me, I’m getting on a bit these days (although we did manage about 30 miles).

Here are the pics:



The first weekend in February is always eventful!!

February 13, 2016

Lots of fresh snow and the return of the Lawless Boys meant all were bound to have a great time. Then Ian Brennan, alias ‘The Chef’ arrived plus his smooth Bushmills Irish whisky and everyone just became friends in an instant – The ‘Lawless Boys’, new guests The ‘Keenans plus Alastair’ (who introduced us all to the wonders of Tinder – Google it pls) and ‘Chef’. We knew there was a good reason why we run a highly personalised, weekend ski lodge!

Of course, if the Chef is around a trip to the famous Café des Sports, Morgins is in order – think he was a bit shocked he had to do the PDS circuit on his first day though!! As were the ‘Lawless Boys’ when I lead them down some tricky off piste (windblown & sticky). The sensible ones went straight to the traditional Swiss Buvette below us via the piste. There, we met two girls who were completely lost! We assisted, of course but did wonder if they’d turn up in the Café des Sports a bit later, looking for some further help. They did not so we all hoped they were ok – and just enjoyed the food which was XL as always.

Alex ‘the Tsar’ was glad to have Ian B around – he’s his Wii bowling bitch and allowed him to recover some pride after shock defeats in January. We even managed a fantastic poem from Dave Carr on ‘living in France’. Only just though – most were eating their tea & cakes before departure. I’m sure we’ll sample some more when he’s back in March:)))

Here’s the customary pics:


January saw many old (friends) and new guests!!!

February 13, 2016

After the trials and tribulations of New Year with little snow. Things got back to normal in January with Old friends like The Keech Gang, Costin & Eunice and Kath & John Sherry  spending time with us in the Chalet. There were also plenty of new guests to arrive as the snow conditions got better and the sun came out as well!

It was generally an eventful time with the lights going out all over the village due to a storm one evening, some good skiing and fantastic Wi bowling contests and table tennis matches. Seems Robin who arrived from Amsterdam became the latest Wi champion much to the chagrin of Costin. Here are some of the pics:


That was the week that was – no snow, then snow, then rain followed by lots of snow and some thunder & lightning!!!

January 10, 2016

First week of January saw our regular guests the Stubbins family (plus Shaun) and my nephew (William) and his girlfriend (Katie) arrive. As usual their luck was in – it snowed most of the week. Well, until that snow turned to rain lower down and then we had all kinds of weather!!!! Think it maybe a curious Winter.

Not sure what was more competitive though – the skiing or the Wii games in the evening?

Everyone had a great time (we think)!! Here are some of the pics:




New Year 2016 – A fun start to a new season!!

January 2, 2016

There may have been a lack of snow but this didn’t dampen the hearts of the Dingwalls (inc. Olly), Horners and Sarah. They made the best of the conditions and achieved considerable progress on both skis and boards.

It’s a while since we’ve run a full week at New Year. And, there’s no doubt we must do it more often!! Everyone had a good time and now we’ve been introduced to the cardboard box game. A quaint little affair where you have to pick the box up with your teeth off the floor (no hands allowed – to help or support your weight). As it gets smaller and smaller, (each time you are successful – you rip a piece off) it just gets harder and harder! Don’t think anyone has had so much fun for NY’s Eve with just a simple, cardboard box. Luckily, no injuries either!! Although, one or two of the older gentlemen were coplaning of sore hamstrings the next day!!

Here are some pics of the fun they had:





Great late season snow for Easter!

April 9, 2015

Some old friends returned for Easter. We had a great time with Chef, Felicity and the Foxes! And, young Wills Fox made his first appearnce in the chalet, as well. Sailesh and his son Nick (after they got over the shock of how sociable we all were) fitted in brilliantly, too!!

Alas, the day we wanted to get to Morgins the weather closed in high up so we never made it to the magic ‘Cafe des Sports’. It was just a question of a village too far!! We did have some fun on the Tee – Bars though. And, the day before we did manage to find a run the guys hadn’t ski’d before – ‘Grand Paradis’ to Champery. So I was quite proud. Don’t think Nick and Sailesh will ever forget the bottom, road bit!! Believe Sailesh really enjoyed the vinyl in the evenings though and Felicity helped him and I (of course) polish off Chef’s Jura whiskey as we listened, whiled away the late evening and reminisced.