Extraordinary Winter Sports to Try OutFor those of us lucky enough to get a few days off over Christmas, there is the opportunity to pursue some winter sports. While many people make the Yuletide break one in which they get together with family, have a dinner, exchange gifts and catch up with friends, others use it as a great time to get away and do some skiing or other snow activities. Of course, quite a few want to get away from the cold, so they opt for a beach holiday in the opposite hemisphere.

The Olympic Winter Sports consist of skiing in a few forms, snowboarding, tobogganing, skating, the luge and curling. These are all typical winter activities that involve snow, ice, cold weather and sitting around a fire drinking hot toddies talking about what may or may not have happened on the piste.

There are always people in the world that like to add an ‘extreme’ aspect to having fun. That’s how we get games like underwater hockey, big wave riding, bungee jumping, base jumping, sheer face rock climbing, shark cages and spelunking. These same sorts couldn’t leave snow alone to be used to make snowmen and have snowball fights. Their interference has resulted in some really weird, but as usual, fun ways, to enjoy winter whether you’re at home or a favorite tourist spot. We’re going to take an amateur’s look at these crazy alternatives.

Igloo Building

Let’s look at one of the more sedate examples of playing in the snow and use this as an opportunity to let the architect or engineer inside you loose. Location, as in all house building, is of paramount importance and a place where you have access to ice and snow is going to be a lot of help. If you have an Inuit friend, you’re going to win this game easily.

Shovel Racing

Shovel racing is popular because all you need is a shovel that you own anyway to remove the snow from in front of your house. Then find a snowy hill, sit on your shovel and away you go. Apparently the shovels can reach speeds of 60 mph so a helmet would be a handy safety accessory. Bad spills are cleaned up quickly by…shovels, of course.

Wok Racing

Wok racing is similar to shovel racing except you use a wok. Competitors in this game try to find a bobsled track that can help them reach breathtaking speeds but in the event your search for such a route is unsuccessful, then any old snowy hill will do. Wok racing puts a new slant on the saying, “Sorry, I have to eat and run”. In this case ‘eat and slide’ is more appropriate.

Skijoring

Skijoring is obviously a Norwegian word and gets a mention simply because of its name. People love to do this activity because when somebody asks you what have you been doing all day and you answer with, “I’ve been skijoring,” it’s a major victory in oneupmanship and sounds far more exotic than telling them you have been skating or building a snowman. When you are skijoring, you are being pulled along while on a pair of skis behind a couple of dogs or a horse. Norwegian kind of fun.

Playing in the snow has always been a lot of fun, and it’s great to see the creativity of some people to invent a whole lot of extra fun things to do. So, put on your thermals, socks, snow boots, sweater, jacket, scarf, hat, gloves and get out into that white, cold snow and find something to do. It seems it’s easy!

christmas-1050965_960_720Have you heard of the old English-language saying which is often put into practice by the most active and adventurous men and women of your communities? They believe that if they work hard, they must play hard too. We’ve come to experience this philosophy among some of our guests over the years. Those that do come over to ‘play hard’ have come to be as active and lively as possible, heading off into the mountains on long hikes along steep, snow-filled slopes, and skiing down long gradients at breakneck speeds. Now, most of these lively folks have been doing this for years and, having practiced well at home, always come prepared.

We’d like you to be active and feel exhilarated

Part of the fun of being on holiday, particularly when you visit one of our lodges which are surrounded by some of the most scenic views you are likely to encounter, means that you need to be active at least. Have you ever noticed how ridiculous some of those overweight folks look during summer holidays along the French Riviera? They get horribly sun-burnt just sitting around on the hot sand, eating and drinking excessively and taking naps. By the time they are back home from their holidays, they feel no less tired than they were when they left.

Now, you don’t need to be one of those active supremos we mentioned earlier. Nor do you even need to do much to ensure that you are in peak condition to enjoy an active and purposeful holiday with us. In fact, we would be quite disappointed if you spent the next few weeks just sitting about. We take pride in our heritage and our stunning landscape and particularly enjoy seeing the looks of exhilaration on our guests’ faces when they’ve just arrived back from a day trip.

We have wholesome and healthy meals for you here

christmas-dinner-750362_960_720Take time out in your own neighborhood and take advantage of your nearby parks by taking brisk walks every other evening after work. Keep your weekends open for a good hike outside of town. You don’t need to spend hours in a sweaty gym either. Instead, you could set up a standalone punching bag in your garage and work on strengthening exercises necessary for traversing the Alps. Bicycling is also a fun-filled exercise. It may be a little tough in the beginning, but rowing is a great builder of strength and character ideal for skiing over here.

Most of our meals here are sumptuous and helpings are always generous, particularly at this time of the year. After all, having a feast is also part of the holiday-maker’s kingdom. But at the same time we do take care that meals are wholesome and healthy.

How all holidays should be enjoyed

You do need to take care of yourself that way too. This is how all holidays should be enjoyed. Your very last day at work leaves you feeling bushed but relieved. The moment you step onto our soil, you already get a feeling of exhilaration. And by the time you have reluctantly left us and arrived back home, you are feeling more refreshed than you ever did before.

Winter Activities In The Chalet Le Coffy In MorzineA visit to the Alps is seen as one of the most glorious destinations that an individual can have the pleasure to experience. The French Alps are considered to be a place full of wonderful sceneries and great adventure especially during the winter time. The irony of this is not lost on many tourists as most destinations are chosen for their fair weather and constant sunshine but this is not the case of the Alps due to its location.

Though the environment may be cold, there are a suitable number of activities available to keep one’s blood warm and these are enjoyed by those who decide to visit this glorious region. The area is famous for its winter sports and a number of physical activities are available for the young and the young at heart. These winter activities have served as large tourist attractions and individuals all over the world have visited the Alps for these sporting activities.

Those who are not so inclined to spend time out in the colder environment are able to choose from a number of indoor activities that will see them spend more time in warmer places. The beautiful Chalets that are available in this region provide a wonderful getaway for those looking to get away from the normal hustle and bustle of everyday life.

One is able to separate themselves from the stress of everyday life and enjoy the peace and calm of a natural environment in a chalet based in these parts of the region. A good bottle of wine and a quality food smoker can act as suitable company for someone who may want to spend the weekend (or longer) alone in the Alps.

Some of the more adventurous activities that are available in the Chalet Le Coffy in Morzine include:

  • Husky riding – many people have heard of husky riding or seen on the television but have not had the opportunity to actually enjoy the experience for themselves. The concept of standing behind a slay with a fleet of huskies in front of them yelling the traditional “mush” can be an exciting adventure for anyone to undergo. There are a number of trainers available for those experiencing this particular thrill for the first time capable of giving out instruction to first timers on what to do.
  • Skiing and Snowboarding – The Alps provide an incredible location for those who love to go skiing. The slopes have been the highlight of the area and have served as the opportune location for those who want to enjoy the excitement of flying down the slopes at an incredible pace. Snowboarding is also available for those who may prefer more modern methods of going down the slope.
  • Festivals – There are a number of festivals that take place in the Alps and can serve to spice up an individual’s night life when they are in this region. Festivals such as the Fete de la Musique can add a bit of excitement to one’s life as they offer the opportunity for individuals to enjoy some of the best DJs that are in the industry.

We are happy to say again that this is not just our busiest time of year but also our favorite. But this is also a time of great concern to us. As you know there have been some tragic events recently. In spite of the best military stewardship that money can buy, terrorists were able to strike once more. This time it was truly horrible because over one hundred young men and women, going about their own business and enjoying their Friday evenings off after a long week, were brutally and cowardly murdered.

We are still open for business

They were brutally murdered because these vile blemishes to our inherently multicultural society used heavy-handed weapons and intentionally shot their victims at close range. They were cowardly murdered because these social outcasts used these powerful weapons in the full knowledge that their victims would be defenseless, and they dared not show their faces to the public. It could have been seen differently if these misguided idealists took on armed soldiers directly or addressed the main antagonists of their cause, usually people of influence or power.

They could not or would not do this. Being as abrasive, ruthless and reckless as they were, it is also odd that they managed to slip through the mainstream of a mainly peaceful society and keep their weapons well-hidden until their moment to strike fear in the hearts of everyone. Given their profile, it is not likely that they utilized heavy, metal-encased gun safes to hide their tools of murder. Dead or alive, they also need to know that their plan of action failed. While there is genuine concern, the so-called fear of God has not hit home and most people are still going about their daily business albeit with some caution.

Be extra careful these holidays

Fortunately for us, and with no disrespect meant to those who lost loved ones in this tragedy, people are still going on holiday this season. We are quite happy – not because it helps our business, but mainly from a moral perspective – that such cold-blooded, callous attacks continue to fail. Life goes on and people will continue to lead normal lives, working hard and when the time is right to do this, packing their suitcases and going off on a well-deserved holiday. Security has been drastically stepped up to ensure travelers’ safety. But holiday-makers still need to be extra-vigilant. Like most prestigious venues around the world these days we are no different when it comes to matters of security and well-being.

Take extra care of your own wellbeing

And like most things in life, you, as a tourist or guest, also need to take responsibility for your safety. Like guns in safes, you need to take extra care of your belongings. Even when outdoors, with the benefit of our exceptional guides, you still need to be careful where you tread. Finally, let us wish you a safe and peaceful holiday. We look forward to meeting you soon.

It is never too late to make a booking with us but we’d like to remind you that Christmas is coming. This is probably one of the busiest but most exciting times for us. It is busy because we have many guests here at this time of the year. Some even stay until well into the New Year. It is exciting because we love Christmas and all the festivities that go with it. The atmosphere is so warm and convivial that you will soon forget the bitterness of the cold winter.

Morzine at its best

Not that you need worry about that because our cabins will be warm, and to light up the atmosphere and your own festive spirit there is always a cabin fire waiting to welcome you. Not to mention the food. Gluwein and hot roasts are favorites among most folks at this time of the year so we don’t mind borrowing from our neighbors’ recipes. After all, we are all part of one European community. It is nothing like the old days. Then we used to be so territorial and jealous of our surroundings. Today, as you will soon see, we welcome everyone with open arms. Morzine hospitality at its best.

This time, we would like you to be prepared for a bit of song and dance. We are even inviting you to make your own cultural contribution. While it may be just over a month to go before you arrive, we positively believe that there is still enough time for you to practice. Never fear if you are new to this. Take some time viewing websites such as this one to learn about the various instruments you may want to consider learning how to play.

Bring your best voice

These days, learning how to play a new (or second-hand) musical instrument has never been easier. Say, for argument’s sake, you’d like to try your hand at the challenging fiddle (mainly because it will be easier for you to pack), instruction manuals advise you on all aspects you need to consider before even buying and practicing on one. Now, obviously no-one needs to pack a piano, we know that. And even if you are intent on arriving empty handed, we expect that your voice will be nicely tuned because there is no way you are going to be passing up an opportunity in joining us in the singing of our traditional Christmas carols.

As most of you know, Santa Claus is quite busy at this time of the year. Don’t worry about this. We have more than enough delightful stores for you to spend time shopping at down in Morzine and the surrounding towns. Store keepers here pride themselves on creating the perfect gifts that children of all ages (including you) will enjoy.

Dear neighbor

So, apart from finalizing all arrangements and packing your Christmas accoutrements along with your warm, woolen jerseys, padded jackets and thick boots, all that is left for you to do is quietly leave a note at your neighbor’s door just to let them know that you won’t be seeing them this Christmas.

Morzine’s evolution as a beautiful tourist spotIf you have an idea of places around the world, you must have come across Morzine. This is a beautiful location in France, a place that is a tourist’s favorite. This commune gets all its beauty and enchanting views from its location in the French Alps.

It will take you through a whole different journey, through snow covered peaks, skiing locations and some great traditions of art. This is why it has become a great holiday destination now. But how did this city at 1000 meters height become this impeccable tourist’s spot? Let us go through it.

Morzine, as we know it today, is rich in heritage, traditions and culture. But its history goes back to the earliest days when farming and slate mining dominated this region. The first stories of Morzine come from the year 1090 when the Monks came to visit this place. They had visited St Jean d’Aulps with the intention of gaining control of this land which they eventually did. For the next 5 centuries, Morzine remains under the rule of the Monks.

This beautiful mountainous regained independence from the Monks’ rule in 1531, 5 centuries after they started taking control of the place. This was followed by a lot of new developments in the commune with new constructions and the likes. The Old Bridge in Morzine was built in the 1700s.

This region gained a lot of commercial significance when slate mining came under the limelight. This happened between the 1700s ad the early 1800s. There were different modifications of slate being practiced in the later part of the same centuries and this acted as a big blessing to Morzine. Slate exploitation opened up many opportunities, especially in the commercial sectors. Employment options were widened during this time. Slate from Morzine was of very high quality, having extreme crumbling resistance.

These slate quarries started dominating Morzine, providing employment and reducing seasonal migration. There were high income opportunities. This paved the way for the construction of more roads across the commune and finally Morzine got the all important ski club in 1864.

This opened up gates for tourism as skiing is an exciting concept for tourists. The ‘Grand Hotel’ became the first hotel that was open for tourists. There was a lot of art and culture in this region, with wooden works doing the rounds. There are a lot of wooden facades and sculptures that are common in Morzine. Wood lathes are important tools if you are working with wood. Know more about them at WoodLatheReport.

Morzine never looked back ever since. The start of tourism paved the way for other developments as the first cable car came up in 1934. All the progress that this region reported over the years was basically attributed to the controlled developmental policies this place was under. Apart from the skiing options, the tourists are attracted to the warmth and hospitality of Morzine. The panoramic view of the Alps, the snow covered mountains and the extensive sceneries make this place a tourist’s delight!

powder-snow-496875_960_720Wintertime is best spent in Morzine. The resort town blooms in winter providing extensive snow covered slopes for beginners, intermediates, and experts. It is a busy resort that is bustling with activity not only during winter, but also all through the year.

Though Morzine is primarily a ski resort it does have other events held through the year that visitors can enjoy. But it is skiing that attracts tourists from all over France, Britain and other European countries here and this has been the trend for a long time.

While the slopes offer great skiing experience, the frozen Morzine Lake is wonderful for skating.  The cable car built way back in 1934 is still being used. Visitors both regular and occasional can enjoy the snow covered slopes, lake and meadows in daytime and spend their nights savoring the nighttime activities that are equally good here.

You can find many places here that a tourist would like to visit during nighttime. While driving at night ensure your vehicle has a good led light bar such as those at http://ledlightsplanet.com/  as proper lighting is necessary to avoid glare from the oncoming vehicles, especially in the hilly roads here.

The après scene in Morzine is quite good, when you consider the French standards it adheres to. Once the slopes empty out after a day of skiing, the base spots get pretty busy and the area is abuzz with activity. For budget travelers, the Café Chaud with is restaurant and bar is a good place to frequent. It has music that ranges from acid jazz, blue to house music.

For the medium budget traveler, the Cavern is a place, which is open from 4 pm to 2 am. You can dance until the wee hours and the place holds fancy dress events occasionally, which visitors can enjoy immensely.

If you don’t have to cap your expenses, The Wine Bar is just the right place. It has a unique structure with vaulted ceiling made of stone. A sommelier is present to hand out valuable advice on the extensive wine selection here. The place has a full-scale tapas menu.

While the restaurants and nightclubs offer plenty of entertainment during night, it is the mountain here, which offers the best attraction. With Morzine being part of the Portes du Soleil Ski region, you can find plenty of resorts spread over the area in both France and Switzerland. Being near to Geneva, you can also visit the city while staying here.

When the snow cover is good, the slope offers the best skiing spot. But since the altitude here is very low at 1000m, getting a good cover can be difficult at times. Therefore, visitors often slalom around the green patches in the lower part of the slopes especially during the end and beginning of skiing season here. For beginners, the slope at Pleney, which is situated 1,505 m above sea level offers plenty of training space. Les Gets located nearby is equally gentle and apt for beginners. This is actually a gateway for exploring into the more complex skiing slopes in the region.

Wireless Bell BenefitsThere are some cases where newer technology isn’t necessarily better than the older technology which came before it. Have a look at music technology if you need proof of this. Even today, with all the digital formats for music and different mediums for holding songs, the vinyl records which were popular some 50 years ago still have the highest quality sound of any recordings made by man. Don’t scoff the next time you see or hear someone saying that records sounded better – you can read more about that yourself to see why it’s true and what’s different about recordings made today.

But sometimes new technology really is better than old. In this case, we’re talking about doorbells, and wireless bells specifically when compared to classic, wired bells. Increases portability is usually a sign that new technology is better than old, and that’s probably also the major selling point for wireless bells. Because they aren’t connected to any hard wired connection, you can move the receiver to any point in a home – or in a resort, in our case – so regardless of where you are, you can still get buzzed when someone is at your door and waiting for you to answer it.

Since we’re always rearranging our staff section here at Chalet le Coffy, it’s nice to be able to move the speaker for the doorbell to different parts of the building as needed. This is probably the single greatest benefit of a wireless doorbell, and a great piece of evidence that sometimes, advanced technology really is better than what was left behind. If this makes you wish you had a wireless doorbell for your own home, office or other location, you’re in luck. DoorBellBase.Com is an excellent resource for learning more about these devices, so now you can research them first.

The lack of a hardwired doorbell doesn’t just mean that you can move the receiver around however and wherever you wish. It also means you don’t need to hire any expensive electricians to come and open up walls to run new leads and make new connections. This is an expensive process, and depending on where you live in the world, such an act might require special permits which would make it an even more expensive process. On the other hand, putting a wireless doorbell up takes literally seconds and isn’t invasive in the least.

Wireless doorbells aren’t just good for working as doorbells either. They’re perfect for call buttons in restaurants and at service counters too. That mobility and ease of installation makes wireless doorbells excellent in any case where someone wants to broadcast a tone that others will here. We actually use such technology throughout the building here, but not at the front door at all since, well, people are always coming and going here. That doesn’t mean such a bell wouldn’t work wonders for the main entrance to your home though. If you don’t believe it, just look them up and see it for yourself.

tour-de-france-244348_640One of the highlights in Morzine is the Tour de France. The commune has hosted stage finishes for several occasions. The well-maintained resorts at Morzine are capable of hosting thousands of spectators every summer that are expected to troop to the upland commune. You won’t find any leaks on the rooms even on rainy summer day. The sump pump (much like the ones reviewed on this site) works efficiently in keeping the floor dry. There is no question about the readiness of the resorts to handle the needs of the tour spectators.

Before you plan a trip to Morzine to experience Tour de France, you may want to know some facts about this gripping and riveting world-class cycling tourney.

  • The annual global athletic event was launched in 1903 by Henri Desgrange. It was originally intended to help boost the sales of L’Auto, a newspaper where Henri was the editor. Henri did a great job and got his desired result as the six-day race successfully boosted the newspaper’s readership and sales.
  • Cheating is not new in the race. One of the most controversial cheating incidents occurred in 1953. It involved Jean Robic, a French rider, who swapped the water bottle with one that contains lead. It propelled him down the mountain summit at a lightning-fast speed.
  • If you complete the entire distance of the tournament (around 3,500 kms), you would produce a huge volume of sweat – enough to flush a toilet 39 times.
  • The youngest cyclist to win a stage finish was 19-year old Henri Cornet (1904), while the oldest was 36-year old Firmin Lambot (1922).
  • Only men can join in Le Tour but there were versions for women held between 1984 and 1989, another in 2014.
  • Everyone will need some inspiration to keep pedaling. For sprinter Mario Cipollini, it was Pamela Anderson who fueled him through the race. He taped the sexy stars picture onto his handlebars hoping that Pamela might help boost his testosterone.
  • The tour is a global athletic event that draws in over 15 million spectators annually. Over 13,000 French peace and order authorities are being deployed to cover the routes during the events. It also requires around 217 miles of barricades to line the courses.
  • On the average, a rider will burn well over 123,900 calories throughout the race. This whooping calorie is equivalent to 619 doughnuts or 252 cheeseburgers.
  • Before alcohol was banned in 1960s, Tour cyclists drank alcohol to keep their energies up during the race. Use of stimulants during competition was effectively banned during the 1960s.
  • Majority of riders have slim and light physique. The heaviest rider to participate was Swedish Magnus Backstedt who weighed around 94 kgs.
  • Although the race is Le Tour de France, it goes well beyond the county’s boundaries. Some of the stages are actually held in other bordering nations such as Spain, Monaco and South Holland. That’s how global this race is!

Planning a ski trip to Morzine? Pack these thingsFor people who travel frequently, packing for a trip is a simple routine. For those others is sometimes a nightmare. If you are planning to go skiing in Morzine, maybe these few tips can facilitate packing.

Skiing equipment. This is something that you will certainly not forget if you go skiing. However, it should be on the list. Very often, when dealing with less important things, we forget the important one. Skiing equipment is not just skis, sticks and boots. Do not forget to bring protective equipment, glove, helmets, goggles, waterproof clothes for skiing.

Warm clothing and waterproof shoes. If you go to Morzine in winter, then you must be ready for the cold weather. In addition to watertight clothes when you are on the snow, bring warm clothes for those moments when you do not deal with winter sports. Do not exaggerate. Winter clothes are bulky and take up a lot of space. We often bring a lot of clothes on the trip that we never put on. At sea, we spend the most of our time in swimsuits, and on skiing in ski suits. All that is between does not require three suitcases.

The camera and batteries. You will want to keep the memory of the unforgettable moments spent in Morzine. So, do not forget to bring your camera and spare batteries. Morzine and Alpine peaks will give you a perfect motive to take great photos.

Tools and chains. If you travel to Morzine with your car, then in addition to first-aid kit and reserve tire, you need to have a tool in your car. If an accidental malfunction occurs in the vehicle, the tool is necessary to repair eventual shortcomings. Of great benefit in the car and on the road can be a multimeter that can be found on this website: http://multimeterreport.com/ With it, you can check all electrical devices in your car, your battery and more. It is important to note that you must have chains when traveling to snowy destinations. Although the roads are cleaned, do not let the weather find you unprepared on the road.

Planning a ski trip to Morzine? Pack these thingsDocuments. Probably you carry your personal documents everywhere with you. Make sure you bring documents that are part of your vehicle as well, such as various licenses, certificates, technical documentation.

Sandwiches and water. This is a mandatory item, regardless of how do you travel. The long journey will certainly exhaust you and you will be hungry. Maybe there will be no places where you can stop to eat along the way. So, always carry with you a couple of sandwiches and bottles of water. A bottle of water is the item that can always be of use in the car, no matter whether it is for drinking, washing hands or for fixing the malfunction in the car.

All other important trifles you can easily add to your list. Besides good mood, these are only the basic things that you need to take in Morzine.