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February brings lots of snow!!

February 7, 2017

New guests Ken Hughes and his boys mingled with old friends Kath & John Sherry (who kindly brought their son Stephen with them), and Susan & Matt Hancock returning for a second year. There is no doubt Ken and his boys could drink a bit but they could also ski a bit too!! We did the tour of the PDS and although we only made the connecting Rochassons lift out of Plain Dranse by 5 mins (late afternoon) – some, who I thought must be pretty tired were seen singing along to the Dixie Micks at Morzine’s famous Dixie Bar early that evening.  Dinner was a bit raucous that night with some singing of  famous Rock Anthems such as ‘Highway to Hell’ and ‘Don’t fear the Reaper’ but everyone seemed to get on pretty well despite one or two being a bit louder than others! The Hughes Boys definitely had lots of stamina – Encouraged by larger than life Andy they felt they needed to visit the Cavern for a final time after dinner. First guests we’ve ever had who partied hard both before and after dinner (plus a bit during, too) every night! Good on yer Boys!!

The following weekend saw the return of the Lawless Boys (who brought old friend Bob and new friend Phil with them this time). Dear friends Chef (Ian) & Fliss also arrived to watch England beat France in the opening w/e of the 6 Nations (which we watched at a vibrant local Petite Auberge), but also bring lots of much needed snow with them. This curtailed our normal adventures so no visit to the renowned Café des Sports in Morgins was possible (there’s always another chance when they return in March!). But, everyone did get to see the host struggle to put his snow chains on, on the way upto Ardent!! Worth the entrance fee, at least, first time they’d ever been used in anger – unbelievable I know!

A very relaxed, mellow atmosphere developed every evening with the help of some well known additional visitors which we hadn’t seen for a while – one Irish, one Scottish and an American imposter (all Whiskies!!). This meant vinyl was played, a table football contest developed and Dave (Carr) did some excellent recital of his well written poems (incl. the famous ‘Drinking to Excess’). The Chef also finally got revenge against Alex (Tsar of Wales) at 100 pin bowling on the Wii – this brought much satisfaction and it seems no hard feelings from the Tsar. He did win the table football contest with Steve!!

Thankyou, to all for some excellent times and here are some of the photos:

 

 

 

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The Portes du Soleil in all it’s glory!!

January 27, 2017

Great video created by one of our guests (Lionel Stride) which captures the magnificence of the PDS – it’s natural charm and beauty and how spectacular the mountains can be. We all had a fun, fab weekend and covered an amazing amount of territory – the views and weather in Switzerland in the mornings was just superb. First visit of the season to the Café des Sports in Morgins too, which is just like visiting a good old friend:))

Lionel, thankyou for giving my old skiing knees a good workout. We’d love to see Mel with you next year!!

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The Snow was late but conditions are now FAB!!!

January 21, 2017

It has been a slow start to this season but our guests have still managed to enjoy themselves. Yes, the snow was late this year but now conditions are wonderful on non crowded slopes and under butiful, blue skies. More snow fell last w/e than I’ve seen in Morzine for a long time – alas, on the Saturday I was off to the airport:((- Some people claimed they were skiing in powder up to their necks!!

True, it has been a tad cold since but this has helped to preserve the snow that has now fallen and keep the pistes in pristine conditions. A few times this last week we have found some remnants of excellent powder in the off-piste too:)))- Obviously, you need to have a host who knows where he’s going and where the little secrets maybe, tee-hee.

Here are some views from the chalet, Bod and his demon boys (first to be given the red card for antics for a long time!! But, they knew some fun games to play), the irrepressible Lionel (so fit and followed us everywhere) and our regular off-piste twins Nikki and Tim (with Rita)…….

 

 

 

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Winter has arrived early!!!

November 11, 2016

Hope this bodes well for the season ahead. This week winter arrived with a vengeance in the Alps!!! It’s now been snowing off and on for 6 days even down to the village level. As I look out of our chalet’s window all I can see is a complete white out. And, lots of snow has fallen at altitude, upto and including Avoriaz.

Here are some pics (some from the chalet and some in Avoriaz) showing how conditions are a changing:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hard to believe Winter will be here soon!!

September 29, 2016

Just a reminder that with Winter around the corner we are taking bookings for our highly personalised, ski weekends this forthcoming season (Special Offers for full weeks in February) and right now prices are still at last year’s level !!!!!!!

Summer is over but the beautiful weather in the Alps continues with temperatures still reaching 20 degrees during the day. In August we had many guests from the owner of Morzine Source Magazine’s wedding, stay at the chalet. We broke our own rules and accommodated more people than we usually do – it was huge fun!

Just in case you are reminiscing about Summer a touch, below are a few pictures taken by our guests from the chalet over the last few months and a couple or so from our travels:

 

 

 

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A blast from the past!!

April 10, 2016

A big thanks to Jonathan Callow (he of the red card fame – see video on last blog post!!) who kindly updated this video from a few years back – made it vertical, added some music, etc. Obviously, he felt a little guilty. He’s also promised a video of the morning we spent skiing with his son (Seb) last week – hope you all look forward to it.

We were in the ‘Back Country’ high above the Nyon bowl (in Morzine) on a little off piste route that I know, just after a large dump of fresh snow……..

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A few end of season snippets!!

April 8, 2016

Had to put these few final things on to cap a great season for our personalised ski weekends. The video tells it’s own story!

Fab sunrise coming up over Lake Geneva – having just dropped off our Russian guests, our Russian guests (with the Tsar) who, well had a typically Russian few days – thankyou for the Beer, Wine, Genepi, Port, etc. & disposing of the remants of our Whisky, Gin, Pastis!! Yep, glad it was the end not the beginning of the season!

And, my new friend and top skier Jonathan Callow (well until he ski’d into me over concentrating on his GoPro – luckily no injuries!) and his son Seb also v good skier (good luck with your GCSE’s). Look at that snow in Chavannes, Les Gets for mid April.

Thanks again to all our guests – really hope you enjoy the blog.

 

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