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Our top 5 summer events in the Alps

Our top 5 summer events in the Alps

It’s time to sort out your sporting calendar for the Summer – here are 5 events that will get you off the sofa. Haut Chablais Cyclosportive, June 18th Choose from either the 100km (2500m climb) or 155km (4000m climb) race. The last climb on both routes is the iconic Joux Plan, so make sure you […]

Samoens welcomes skating royalty

Samoens welcomes skating royalty

Only the most avid British skating fans would recognise him, but to the French, he’s Torvill and Dean rolled up together. Philippe Candeloro is a French double Olympic Bronze medallist (1994 and 1998), and on Saturday 18th February, at the newly named Philippe Candeloro ice-rink in Samoens, he was given the keys to the town. […]

Moonlit ski touring in St Gervais

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After a slow start to the winter in the Alps conditions are finally coming good with a week of new snowfall last week down to 800m ski conditions are now good in most resorts. The storm cycle of new snow moved through on Wednesday evening being replaced by a high pressure, which has meant clear […]

The Good Life – Alpine Living

The Good Life – Alpine Living

Keeping Chickens Keeping hens in the garden has become a popular pastime for many people living in urban as well as country environments. For years, my husband gently resisted my suggestions that it would be a fantastic idea for us, imagine I said lovely fresh eggs every day and the gentle clucking as they go […]

Living with our eyes open

Living with our eyes open

It occurred to me the other morning whilst out walking with friends (in the pouring rain I hasten to add) that my recent appointment as an agent for France Property Angels, has reopened my eyes to the splendour of living in the mountains. How come, you might ask? Without being aware, I’d become complacent to […]

Summer wildlife in the Alps

Summer wildlife in the Alps

Summer in the Alps is one of best times to see some of our most beautiful and treasured wildlife. There are many different species of animals and plant life that thrive here adding another dimension to this spectacular landscape. The opportunity for spotting these wonders happens almost every time you set foot outside as the […]

Summer, cycling and the tours!

Summer, cycling and the tours!

The ski lifts of St Gervais & Megeve have finally stopped turning, as the season comes to a close. It always seems wrong when you look up and the mountains are still white and yet more snow is forecast down to 1500m of altitude this week.   But not for long, in the valley floor […]

Chamonix – come rain or shine

Chamonix – come rain or shine

February 2016 in Chamonix town will be remembered as wet – not what you hope for during winter in the mountains! So what is there to do when the most useful accessory is an umbrella? There are some that take the view that’s no such thing as bad weather – just the wrong clothes. But […]

Bowled Over in Samoens

Bowled Over in Samoens

If you still have energy after a long day’s ski, Samoens now has the perfect après ski solution for all the family, with a new bowling alley which opened in the autumn.  It brings a whole new dimension to the otherwise traditional alpine village, with state of the art bowling, an American-style restaurant and a […]

Tour de France 2016

Tour de France 2016

Certainly the best news of the summer! The Tour de France 2016 will spend three days in the stomping ground of the France Property Angels alpine team.  Stage 18 is an uphill time trial 17km long taking the riders from Sallanches to Megève, with stage 19 the next day starting in nearby Albertville, the city […]

Patrouille des Glaciers Race

Hiking up Col Rati in November powder

Dave Thompson is wondering what he has let himself in for! One evening last winter, whilst driving too fast down the windy road to Thonon, I received a phone call from a friend. “Dave, would you like to do the Patrouille des Glaciers race next year?” she said “Uh, yeah, ok” I replied. And that […]

Chatel – New Ski Lifts Opening

Chatel – New Ski Lifts Opening

Tim Smith invites you to take advantage of the new lift system right in the heart of the Portes du Soleil connecting Super Chatel and Linga ski area. Finally the two excellent ski areas are just a short ski or chair lift ride away giving you the option of breathtaking views in Super Chatel overlooking […]

New Ice Rink in Samoens

New Ice Rink in Samoens

Kate Hodge and her family love the new ice rink It’s been the source of some local controversy, but the long-awaited (and somewhat delayed) opening of the new ice rink in Samoens took place in time for the half-term holiday in October – and suddenly, it was worth the wait!  If the old ice rink […]

Festivals in Avoriaz

Festivals in Avoriaz

  TWO HUGE NEW FESTIVALS IN AVORIAZ THIS WINTER! Yes that’s right – not one but two amazing music festivals packed with top name DJs and bands will be held in Avoriaz this coming winter. Firstly Transition Snow, brought to you by Snowbombing. For those not in the know, Snowbombing is a huge event held […]

St Gervais Agriculture Fair

St Gervais Agriculture Fair

  Coming up  …. SUNDAY 18th October …. St Gervais Agricultural Fair Not to be missed…  This is an outstanding showcase of rural Alpine life, right in the heart of St Gervais. It’s just on this one day of the year, the roads in the village centre are closed to traffic, and open to cows! […]

Evergreen Endurance

Evergreen Endurance

Looking at this weekend’s stats from the Evergreen 228 ultra triathlon has left Dave Thompson breathless!  I asked myself could I swim the two loops of Lac Montriond that comprise the 4km first leg of this monstrous race? Well I swim in the lake fairly often and I completed the Dart 10k last weekend so […]

Gran Paradiso

Gran Paradiso

David Thompson describes his grueling three day ski touring trip to Gran Paradiso                             One of the beauties of living in the Alps is the range of activities literally on your doorstep, or if not literally then within a few minutes drive away. Since […]

MTB season

MTB season

MTB season – Starting this weekend! It really does come around quickly! No sooner have we shelved our ski kit at the end of the winter than the lifts are set to open again for summer mountain biking. As ever, Les Gets is the first resort to open in the Portes du Soleil and the […]

Rock the Pistes

Rock the Pistes

The Rock the Pistes festival, held across the resorts of the Portes du Soleil is back, this year taking place from 14th to 21st March. With the concerts staged right on the piste in the heart of the ski area, accessible by ski or snowboard they are free to everyone – you just need your […]

Avalanches in the Alps

Avalanches in the Alps

Bruce Goodlad, director of Mountain Adventure Company, discusses Avalanche safety.   Whether your are skiing off piste, or snowshoeing, awareness of avalanche risk, and how to minimise it is something we should all be learning…. This season the Alps have gone through a cycle of human triggered avalanches that has been brutal. So many fatalities, […]

Ski Tour Race

Ski Tour Race

Dave Thompson tests his endurance at this year’s La Meurianne ski tour race and narrowly missed a podium place! La Meurianne is the first of the local ski touring races. As always it was organised brilliantly and with much enthusiasm. First and foremost these races are a test of endurance and speed and are frequented […]

Backcountry Skiing – Col du Fornet

The view from the top

Hugo Hunt explores one of the best and most accessible back-country valleys the Portes du Soleil has to offer – the Fornet.

Avalanche Training

Avalanche Training

I’m sure there are many like me out there. Reasonably competent skiers who want to Avalanche escape the crowds in resort and yearn to explore the amazing winter mountain environment and push our skiing envelope with wild and challenging terrain. However we are held back by our all too real fear of the serious dangers […]

Alpine Bird-Migrations

Alpine Bird-Migrations

Autumn is a great time to enjoy the natural beauty of the Alps. Before the snow sets in there is a period of calm and quiet, with cool mountain air perfectly suited to walking the mountains cols. One such col on the French-Swiss border is the Col de Bretolet, a quiet and secluded pass along […]