Travel Tips & Advice on “winter sports”

Snowshoeing Up to Avoriaz from Les Prodains, France

Another sunny day and we got out a little earlier than yesterday. We jumped on the purple “D” bus that we thought went to Les Prodains in the valley under Avoriaz. Wrong. It turned out that the bus just went so far, turned around and looped back to Morzine. Okay… got off at Mairie, the […]

Skiing and Snowshoeing The Pleney Section of Morzine, France

I spend hours mulling over which ski area and piste/run to try (ex-Marine cannot read maps and my family refers to me as “Danielle Boonette”). Our method is always to snowshoe up a mountain and then turn around, walk back down or take a Gondola/Tram if one is available. We also have a big exercise […]

How To Get Around The Village of Morzine, France

Morzine has several Tourist Information Offices in town. The biggest had anything and everything you’d ever want to know about for Winter and Summer. By the way, Morzine has an unlimited Multi Pass during the Summer for the Portes du Soleil. This fabulous bargain costs 1 Euro a day if you stay at participating hotels […]

The Hotel Beau-Regard, Morzine, France

The Hotel Beau-Regard was not in the exact center of town but on one of the many free bus routes right across the street. Another shortcut was on a long expansion bridge across a ravine that led to the bottom of the Super Morzine gondola. Checked in by Sylvie who showed us which table was […]

Skiing in The Portes du Soleil Area of France and Switzerland

A Portes du Soleil ski pass entitles you to ski Abondance, Chatel, La Chapelle d’Abondance, Les Gets, Montriond, Morzine-Avoriaz and St. Jean d’Aulps on the French side. And, Champery, Morgins, Torgon, Val-d’Illiez-Les Crosets and Champoussin on the Swiss side. Only in Europe can a person ski from country to country and end up back where […]

How to Plan A Morzine, France Trip

Air? You can search, plan and/or book on-line through CheapOair, an Airline Wholesaler for Unsold Tickets, Air France, and, not name just three. United Air Lines is our carrier of choice and Geneva, Switzerland is the closest airport to Morzine, France. However, United only flies to Geneva via Washington Dulles Airport. Since we stick […]

Morzine, France in The Heart of the Portes du Soleil

When you live in Chicago, there are only two winter weather choices. Fly south with all the other sunbirds or embrace the snow and cold. I embrace by walking and/or running outside as long as the sidewalks aren’t covered with ice and the thermometer stays above the 0 degree Fahrenheit range. 0 centigrade would be […]

Snowshoe, Cross Country or Ice Climb in Kandersteg, Switzerland

One winter, we took the cable car, Luftseilbahn, up to the Sunnbuel plateau and did some cross-country (primarily flat) on the high alpine 5-12 km/3.1-7 mile loops. There are restaurants at the top of Sunnbuel, Schwarenbach and back country ski tourers can go as far as Hotel Wildstrubel at the Gemmipass or up and over […]

Visit Kandersteg, Switzerland in Winter and Summer

If you’ve heard of, or visited, Kandersteg, Switzerland, consider yourself fortunate. Unlike St. Moritz, Davos, Gstaad and other haunts of the “Rich and Famous” (although all of these places can be visited for less with a little time and effort), Kandersteg is usually under the radar of visitors to Switzerland other than Europeans. It’s not […]

When Snowshoeing on A Ski Hill in Austria Goes Bad

ex-Marine (husband, Steve) has one stock answer whenever friends/acquaintances comment that they’d love to travel with us. “No you don’t! Perhaps this incident will explain his emphatic answer. Winter is coming and with that, my thoughts turn to snowshoeing, a favorite winter sport. If ex-Marine had his druthers, he’d spend the winter either in a […]