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In an article published recently at this link, we talked to Tanya Perret from LiveBreatheHike. She explained how the winter snowshoe aspect was taken over by another company. We caught up with Jason and Vivien Day from DaysAway Adventures. 

Vivien explained, "We knew Tanya as an International Mountain Leader living and working in the area. She wanted to focus on multi day summer trips and we were looking for winter snowshoe work, so we got talking and reached a natural conclusion - Tanya didn’t want to let down her existing clients and knew that as fellow IML’s we could continue her high level of service."

Why did you start? What has been the inspiration?
We have always loved the mountains and are both UK Mountain Leaders and were also leading student expeditions abroad. A few years ago, we sold our narrowboat home in the UK and spent 2 years working towards the International Mountain Leader qualification (It’s difficult to get a narrowboat to big mountains!). Some of the training was in the Chablis region - it was not a hard decision to move to the Morzine region - the area is beautiful and we have made some great new friends.

Have you been working on this idea forever, or was it something that came to you recently?
Jason has been rock climbing and mountaineering for 35 years in the UK, Alps and Himalayas. Viv grew up in the remote Shetland Islands and has always had a strong connection with the outdoors through multi day trekking, wild camping and back packing in different parts of the world. We have both always loved the mountain environment and the sense of well being that it gives us. It felt like a natural progression to put down roots here and to enable others to feel both the physical and mental health benefits that being in the mountains brings.

What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome?
Getting to grips with the French paperwork and setting up a tourist-based business in a pandemic year! However, we are relentlessly optimistic and patient.

If you want to keep track of Santa Claus/Father Christmas this month you must add this website (www.noradsanta.org) to your favorite’s list! On the 24th December check the website on a regular basis to see where Santa has been sighted. Your kids will bubble with excitement! Don't forget that there is still a lot to see on the website before Christmas.

Note: The website also has delightful stories about Santa, full explanations about how they do it (NORAD uses four high-tech systems to track Santa - radar, satellites, Santa Cams and jet fighter aircraft), a countdown from now until Christmas eve, videos, games, and songs.

Based on historical data and more than 50 years of NORAD tracking information, we believe that Santa Claus is alive and well in the hearts of children throughout the world.

Santa Claus is known by many names, including Saint Nick. Historians claim that the history of Santa starts with the tradition of Saint Nicholas, a 4th century Christian priest who lived in the Middle East in an area of present-day Turkey who became famous for his kindness. He was known for giving gifts to the less fortunate, sprinkling gifts of gold down people's chimneys and hiding surprises in their stockings.


Remember to take time to visit some spectacular places in this region over the Christmas holiday. If you have a recommendation of a new place to visit or walk to take, please send us a photo and some details to include.

Directions for a walk to Bois de la Bâtie over the Junction:

Pass under the Pont de Sous-Terre, to the terminus of mouette line #6, which offers tourists a scenic 2½ hour trip down the Rhône. On the opposite side is a veritable cliff, which also has many pleasant trails along the bank. There are many benches where you can watch the river flow by, shaded by grand old trees. You will see a few row boats tied up here, the river becoming open to the public from this point on.

On your left are massive barns and in front you can see a very high bridge for trains (and pedestrians).

Another 300m or so and you will reach the junction of the Rhône and Arve rivers. You will notice that the Rhône (which is clear blue) is much swifter, and pushes into the Arve (muddy brown) with enough force to cause tiny whirlpools, above which alert ducks hover hoping to catch fish caught in the swirls.

Beyond the railroad bridge is a scene devoid of any trappings of civilization, more or less as it must have been eons ago. But now go back along the Arve side. Pass in front of the Canoe Club to find a path along the bank, this side is less developed, so be careful with youngsters, because there is no guard rail.

You will now come to a small wall requiring a bit (but just a bit) of climbing, then a pedestrian bridge across the Arve to the Bois de la Bâtie. Go up to the bridge along a tiny dirt path, and then - great for the youngsters - a few rungs to climb to reach the wooden deck of the bridge. In the middle, you will most always see a few fishermen.


It was in 2017 that we wrote about Live Breathe Hike here. We recently heard from Tanya Perret again and she explained how she is concentrating on developing some super multi day programs for her clients.

The snowshoe element of her business has been taken over by DaysAway Adventures run by Vivien and Jason Day. The handover went smoothly as these two are excellent International Mountain Leaders, and offer enriching experiences for clients during the winter months covering the whole of the Port du Soleil, Samöens, and Chamonix. We will write a follow up article interviewing them at a later date, so stay tuned.

Multi day program

Tanya explains, "I have decided to concentrate on developing my multi day program, and have just launched 3 new itineraries covering trips in Switzerland. Pricing caters for different groups sizes (min 2 people) and we still offer our excellent guiding ratios: 2-7 people = 1 guide, groups of 8+ = 2 guides. Covid19 cancellation policy is in place, of course."


By Kathryn Adams

Astounding technological advances in adaptive ski kit mean that nowadays, anyone of limited mobility can attack the slopes alongside able-bodied or elite para-athlete skiers. Many ski schools and rental companies offer adaptive skiing lessons and sit-ski rental but, when you add the cost of your ski pass to the package, it can make for a very expensive outing.

Our region has a growing number of charitable associations helping to make adaptive skiing more equitable.

One such organization is Verbier4All. Formed in 2019, Verbier4All wants to make the mountains of Verbier truly accessible to adaptive skiers on all levels whatever their ability, whatever their age. The association is actively building a library of equipment befitting one of the most prestigious ski resorts in the world.

Verbier4’All’s sit-skis (rigs) can be borrowed for free for use in the resort whose lift operator, Téléverbier, is backing the effort and working away behind the scenes to make its lifts and facilities more accessible.

They’re a friendly team at Verbier4All and a mix of French and English speakers. To join in the fun, you don’t need to be a member of the association – all you need to do is contact them to see if they have a rig to suit your needs, answer some questions and sign a disclaimer. Many adaptive skiers have family members or friends who can pilot and accompany them but, in the event that this is not the case, Verbier4All will try and match you up with a volunteer pilot and buddy to take you out.