Archive for the ‘Skiing’ Category


New partner for 2016/ 17 Winter season

February 7, 2017

Ever wondered why you can’t get off the skiing plateau or your kids ski better than you, (the same for Snowboarders)? It’s not all to do with more time on snow resulting in better technique. We’ve teamed up with Skicology for this Winter. They’re the only specialist in the world teaching the psychology behind great skiing experiences! They have a proven track record of improving skiing performance. A few sessions with them before you arrive in the Alps or even at the chalet before you hit the slopes and they could do wonders for your skiing/ snowboarding. They’ll open your mind, unblock those hangups you’ve had for years and prevent that over thinking – all of which is probably the real reason for holding your performance back.

And, right now through us (Chalet Margaritka) they’re offering a 30% discount on all sessions. Please check out their website through the link below:

skic-safe_image  free thinking can improve skiing performance

Please contact us if you’re interested in getting off the plateau and want to qualify for a 30% discount. And, please remember if you book weekend accommodation or longer through us before the end of October then you also qualify for a 30% discount on equipment hire through our door to door, Sports Shop partner.



New Lifts in Avoriaz (Super Morzine/ Lindarets) this Winter!

September 21, 2014

Thought everyone would be interested in the new lifts planned for Avoriaz this Winter – its 50 years since Vuarnet (Olympic champion @ Squaw Valley in 1960) opened the purpose built resort, unbelievable!! Every year the Portes du Soleil is improving the lift system which facilitates their 650 kms plus of marked pistes.  The new, fast high speed chairs are going into the Super Morzine bowl  replacing the Proclou and Seraussaix chairs which link Super M with Avoriaz and Morzine respectively.  They’re also replacing the old 3 man Brochaux chair (opposite the Mossettes/ Swiss link), which takes skiers from the Abrocotine Valley above Avoriaz. Just click on the link for the details………

It’s all really good news for our ski area!!



Latest from BASS

March 23, 2013

BASS logo no textSnow + Rock Guide to buying skis SCH_skis

Buying a pair of skis may look like a daunting task: What length? What width? What turn radius? Stiff or soft flex? Where to start? Well, with 30 years experience Snow+Rock is your best bet, but if you still need convincing to test their level of equipment knowledge and service, here are some pointers from their team to help you choose the perfect pair:

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BASS recommends 

books, guides and training aids

The SkiA Sweetspot Ski trainer

is a ‘dry land’ ski-training tool that will revolutionise the way you ski, whatever your level of ability. 

With regular sessions of just a few minutes at a time, you will learn the skill that lies behind the controlled, apparently effortless skiing of elite performers:  how to centre your balance around the ‘sweetspot.’  
You can find your 10% Discount on the BASS website. Read more here
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Summer training for Snowsports

May 27, 2012

Here’s a series of videos to help you enjoy Summer sports and keep you in the mood for Winter recreation. They can also improve your snowsports performance. Thanks to BASS Network YouTube channel for the content.

Chalet Margaritka will be dacamping to the Russian Steppes, or Moscow to be more precise, as we have done the last couple of years. Posts of our experiences during the off season will , of course, be forthcoming.

We hope you have a great Summer.  

Summer training for snowsports


Top Tip if you’re going skiing over the February holidays

February 12, 2012

The latest in the series of tips from the BASS ski school in Morzine.

The February periods do mean slightly busier slopes, here is the first of two strategies to help you enjoy your skiing when there are more people around:

TT Busier 1 image

Use continuous and predictable movement so people can anticipate where you are going more easily. Easy to say when you are as well balanced and controlled as this top BASS instructor.

Visit the BASS Morzine Facebook page to view the second strategy next week (and to see more Top Tip videos, Slope reports, Competition Give-aways and many other pieces of interest)


TOP TIPS from the snow

January 29, 2012

Our friends at BASS Morzine are running their ‘Top Tips’ series again this Winter. The first is entitled ‘Harmony’ – being at one with your skis, your body’s natural athletic ability and the mountain to unlock your potential.

Please click on the link below to see the video:

Harmony Clip 2

Hope you will enjoy and benefit!!


Summer tips – How to be a better Skier

July 10, 2011
The influential ski website, PlanetSKI, reviews Ski Performance Breakthrough. A book which this blog has referred to many times in the past and can definately help improve your skiing; by the Director of the BASS Ski School, Hugh Monney. 

”There are many ski instruction books on the market but this is one of the best;  
clear, concise and easy to read without too much jargon”.

”It is written by one of the best in the business and Hugh’s passion and knowledge
of skiing comes leaping out of the pages”.

Read this and put just some of it into practice and you will become a
better skier.”
Read more here
James Cove,
ski journalist and content editor of PlanetSKI

Top Tips in Under a minute – Rhythm and movement. Click below

top tips, Rhythm

A study of short & medium radius skiing; ideal visualisation tool for aspiring and good level skiers.

Click here to see full-size video


Wonderful mountains, great views and some fantastic skiing tips!

May 8, 2011

Thought you all might be interested in a couple of great videos from BASS. The first is very instructive and talks about how to find the ‘holy grail’ of skiing – the sweet spot on your skis and why it is so important. The second shows some great views, wonderful conditions and just some fantastic skiing all put to beautifully subtle and appropriate giutar music – the reason we would all love to be proficient ‘powder hounds’.

Those of you who’ve had the privelege to ski with Hugh and BASS may recognise the shots of Hugh’s old office – The Mont Blanc Massif and some of his secret ‘back country’ trails on Mont Chery, Les Gets.

Check them out on BASS TV (You Tube) via the links below:

Centred balance video screen shot

Powder ski video screenshot

Thanks to Hugh, Jazz, Becci and the BASS team.


Summer’s Over! DEPRESSED? Don’t be Winter’s coming.

September 11, 2010

Some great action shots from the slopes over the last couple of years. For those who know me (Glyn that is) you’ll recognise my distinctive skiing style as I try to go around the gates. Yes, I had this wild idea I might be able to pass the French Test Technique so I opened my wallet (not easy for me) and coughed up some dosh to do some Slalom training with BASS Morzine. Even bought myself a pair of new super-duper very stiff and very fast, short Slalom skis. I think the first run I fell off them very hard. I should probably have taken the hint. Yes, you’ve guessed it – it remains a wild idea!!

Great experience though and marvelous training with BASS. These boys really know what they’re doing!! I can assure you if you want to improve your anticipation, balance and timing then spend a morning or two going around the gates. It’s amazing what it can do for your skiing.

You’ll also find some great shots of Skiing in the POWDER below as well, not to mention the BUMPS. Including some shots of the EXPERTS – BASS fully ISTD qualified instructors in action. Especially, look at the difference in their body angulation to mine as they go around the gates, glide through the powder or attack the bumps………..

All photographs courtesy of BASS Morzine. I’ve known them and ski’d with them for years – They’re top professionals and absolutely brilliant!! Please check out the link to their website in the side panel (Under Pages) on this BLOG.



September 5, 2010

Great new ski books coming soon … breaking news!!

An exciting new series of skiing articles from BASS Chamonix. Plus, the first physical edition of Ski Performance Breakthrough which we’ve previously publicised on this Blog as an e-book is now in preparation. A beautiful, high quality production, masterminded in conjunction with one of the UK’s finest printing houses, printers by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen.

For more information of how to get these excellent new books which can only help improve your skiing please contact the author’s direct or contact BASS:

You should also find some links below:

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