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Portes du Soleil - Avoriaz/Morzine/Les Gets/Chatel/Swiss Side etc - 20/21

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Thanks, I figured that would probably the case.
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My neighbour works for the Park crew in Avoriaz.
They always have some pressure to have some park features up and running for the ski test weekend ( mid-December ), as there'e normally a bunch of journalists / photographers who want some park pics to go with their reviews and other copy.
In previous years they have made features in La Chapelle Park, Arare Park, and just atop the half-pipe.
As stated it is dependent upon the snow, but generally speaking they'll shovel it around a bit to make something rideable early doors.
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Decided I couldn't pass up the chance to slide every month from Sep to May?? Two down....and the autumnal drive along Route des Grands Alps alone was worth the effort.
Snow was heavy, as were the skis junior decided to carry up.....5kg's worth of big mountain powder planks....unfortunately we weren't doing big or pow but a good work out for sure....I'm in the market for some second hand size 46 touring boots if anyone has them...already have second hand touring skis and skins which he can use.

About 20cm fell at 1600m yesterday.



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More in hope than expectation ... does anyone know if neck buffs, scarves or similar will be acceptable as a face covering on lifts? During the summer on Champery cable car they weren’t. “Proper” mask required every time. Swiss guidance currently vague.
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I suspect that may be the least of our concerns come December, but no-one knows. If I were to guess, the Champery cc rules will likely prevail. The best suggestion from the other thread I thought was to sew a "proper" mask onto your buff.
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a dusting to about 1700m last night, nice shot of fornet / arare on webcams now

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Found this in an idle moment:

https://www.rts.ch/info/regions/valais/11749880-fusion-acceptee-entre-les-remontees-mecaniques-de-champery-et-morgins.html

Champery/Les Crosets merging with Morgins/Champoussin. Anyone know what if any the implications are?
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@DJL, that Champoussin might survive?
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@under a new name, it is often a bit quiet round those parts.
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That someone might invest in some of the Morgins dreadful lifts and actually make the circuit a reality rather than a crawl on fixed two seater chairs with bad queues.
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Good spot @DJL

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@DJL, that Champoussin, and hence the PdS as we know it, might survive?
FIFY wink

This is great news and much needed! snowHead. It's being extended to absorb Torgon too, so the whole Swiss-side will be integrated Very Happy

@countryman, I guess it's a while since you did the circuit, no 2 (or 3-man) chairs either way round for quite some time. Personally I love the heritage lifts on the Swiss side (and the powder therefore lasting three days, rather than three hours on the French side snowHead ), but chaqun son rösti I guess...
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I think the Foilleuse out of Morgins clockwise is still a 3 seater but it moves at a fair pace. The rest of the Swiss side is much improved of late. Can’t think of any 2 seaters.
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Doh! You're right Blush
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@shep, I think you just like that rather nice rösti restauzoo.
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Nice cold ankle deep powder today, about 6-7cm at 1600-1700m.

Headed up the back field thru the woods, limited to 1km though so area wasn’t ideal





Came down with more grass than snow stuck to the board
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Excuse my complete lack of knowledge, what does Champery/Les Crosets merging with Morgins/Champoussin actually result in? Presumably there's still the same amount of money, only one more profitable area holds up a less profitable area?

Does it mean that they can have a more joined together approach to lift developments or something?

Like I say, I have literally zero knowledge on this sort of stuff, so just purely interested.
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I guess that in essence yes it does mean that one area props up another in that Morgins was struggling to fund its own lifts. However a big draw to the other resorts it the ability to offered such a huge linked area, and the ability to do a circuit. Having only in the last 3 years invested so much in the lifts at Lac Vonnes to make the circuit more doable it does seem silly to let another part of the circuit break.
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Still need at least one drag lift for the circuit in either direction!
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Snow cannons were on Chavannes this morning down to the village from 6-10am...seems excessive for a test, but also odd to try to lay a base given the forecast. Will take it as a positive, along with ESF confirming they will be running courses if they are allowed....regardless of number of lifts / visitors etc

Here's a quick vid of my little hike to 1600m yesterday, seem to be more animal sounds and tracks than usual, I tried to follow a few but no luck wink ....owls were making a racket all evening in the garden.
Had to come down the green piste 64 to keep out of sight....not a run you'd normally take (ever) with such little snow....but the snow that was there was lovely, and I even managed to trim some grass off the piste for next time.


http://youtube.com/v/5Gexg6jdEQw
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On the Swiss side Valais have decided to keep current restrictions in place until 13th Dec. https://www.vs.ch/fr/web/communication/detail?groupId=529400&articleId=9493073&redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.vs.ch%2Fde%2Fhome%3Fp_p_id%3Dcom_liferay_asset_publisher_web_portlet_AssetPublisherPortlet_INSTANCE_BJTNLOOExi2c%26p_p_lifecycle%3D0%26p_p_state%3Dnormal%26p_p_mode%3Dview
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