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Morzine is Top Pick For a Second Home

Exceptional Ski Chalet For Sale in Morzine

It seems we are not alone in thinking the Portes du Soleil ski resort of Morzine is a great place to invest in a property. In a recent article in “A Place in The Sun” magazine, not one BUT two TV presenters of “A Place in the Sun” namechecked the year-round French ski resort as […]

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 Secret of La Chapelle d’Abondance

The Secret of La Chapelle d’Abondance

Everyone has heard of Chatel in the Portes du Soleil, renowned for its great skiing and traditional alpine village life. But what about its neighbour La Chapelle d’Abondance? This amazing, pretty and friendly village next door to Chatel in my opinion does not hit the headlines as often as it should and falls behind with […]

Longboarding anyone?

Longboarding anyone?

Somehow when I spotted news of an unlikely event at Les Lindarets this weekend it caught my attention more than the serious looking printed banners that I am used to seeing. Hanging loosely on the roadside so that the letters were almost concealed in the creases of what appeared to be an old sheet was spray […]

Samoens Joins the Club (Med!)

Samoens Joins the Club (Med!)

To ‘Club’ or not to club has been the question in Samoens for some time, but when the announcement was finally made that Samoens had won the bid to become part of the Club Med family, it all came as a bit of a surprise. No sooner had it been confirmed than the cranes appeared […]

L’Oreal Putting St Gervais on the map!! 

L’Oreal Putting St Gervais on the map!! 

St Gervais has been relishing its increased publicity in the press this summer. At the end of July, we saw the first visit of the Tour de France in the race’s history … not only a visit, but a stage finish. A stage which turned out to be not only dramatic but one of the […]

Morzine’s gone Polka-Dotty!

Morzine’s gone Polka-Dotty!

With the arrival of the Tour de France in Morzine just 10 days away, the whole village has gone polka dotty, with the red dots of the King of the Mountains jersey decorating the buildings, the ground, the sky – everything! Stage 20 of the 2016 Tour de France is on Saturday, July 23, 2016. It […]

The Critérium du Dauphiné – the world’s greatest cyclists

The Critérium du Dauphiné – the world’s greatest cyclists

The Critérium du Dauphiné was hosted by Les Gets yesterday. The world’s greatest road cyclists congregated in the centre of town before heading off, one after another at a minute’s interval, on a purpose laid road that ran to the top of the Mont Chéry télécabine. The 4km course was the opener to the Dauphiné, […]

Samoens Gears up for the Tour de France 2016

Samoens Gears up for the Tour de France 2016

It’s a similar feeling to late November, when the powder-hungry start nudging their noses out of the door and smelling the air for the first fall of snow. But this time the anticipation is all about two wheels, rather than two planks of wood. So, whisper it if you dare: the Tour de France is […]

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 […]

Challange Des Moniteurs

Challange Des Moniteurs

Come to Chatel to witness some of the best ski instructors in the world battle it out in the 66th Challange Des Moniteurs. 2500 ESF competitors will arrive in Chatel on the 18th April to compete against each other in various disciplines such as Alpine skiing, Cross country skiing, telemark, ski and snowboard X and […]

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

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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 […]

Nepal Earthquake

Nepal Earthquake

Chamonix mobilises to help the Nepal relief –  Chamonix has always had a strong link to Nepal and particularly its capital Kathmandu. There is something strangely similar about the energy of the two towns, both are bases for some of the most respected climbing on the planet; both seemingly safe havens at the start and […]