A guide to Morzine, France

At the center of Portes du Soleil area, there’s Morzine. It’s a busy town with 194 lifts and a 650km of piste with an altitude of 1000m, while the top lift is 2466m high. With a large number of lifts and pistes available, we just hope that it’s higher by a thousand metres.

Even before World War I, Morzine was already a winter sports resort and has a reputable reputation being an international holiday centre in the mid 1920s. Morzine has a life outside tourism, in fact, it continued to be centre for regional agriculture and it’s linked across Pleney and the town of Les Gets.

A lot of the après-ski venues and bars in Morzine are along Taille de Mas du Pleney, also known as Bar Street, and it’s between tourist office and Pleney.

Morzine is not usually reliable and cannot guarantee that the village will be always covered with snow, this is because of its low altitude. Christmas time and Easter doesn’t include Morzine to be the best spot for the Alps. Within the area, Avoriaz is the best for skiing, but its top station of 2466m is still low. If mountains in Portes du Soleil were higher, then it’s gonna be easy for it to get a title of being one with the greatest circuits in the whole world.

There are a lot hotels for every price bracket in Morzine, but a reporter said that you need to choose your hotel wisely because many of the accommodations in the area claims to be within the centre ville but the truth is they are miles away from the slopes.

Average skiers will like exploring Morzine as they can pass across numbers of valleys and also the border of Franco-Swiss. There are also variety of slopes like open slopes combination, lower down tree-lined runs, and higher up. It’s not just for beginners to average as advanced skiers can also enjoy the magnificent Swiss Wall and the steepness of piste from Les Haut Forts going to Les Prodains, as well as Combe d’Angolon. There’s also a remarkable powder bowl from the uppermost of Chamossiere. So what does Morzine has for beginners? It offers decent nursery slopes as well as ski schools. Aside from freestylers that can be better in Avoriaz, Morzine can cater Beginners upto advanced skiers.

Timing is a big key to ensure that you’ll enjoy your stay in Les Gets and Morzine. Easter and Christmas is a risky time. Mid-term of February is more advisable and last minute skiing like a short break or weekend would be better too because you’ll already know if the condition in the area is not risky.

Taking your insight to market

Anyone with any business or market insight is entitled to leverage that to their own advantage; that is capitalism’s basic principle. However, there are, for the best of reasons, rules and regulations concerning the trading of stocks and shares that cut against that free-market ethos. What is more, the barriers to trading in those stocks are often so high that for most of us the option to make the most of our intelligence is simply not an option anyway.

Ordinarily, stock brokers’ commissions, trading fees, the complexities of the tax system and the necessity to trade in sufficient volume to mitigate those costs put the stock market out of reach. But it doesn’t have to be like that.


Access to markets

If you are attuned to the market conditions in a particular sector or even a specific business, it is now possible to take advantage of that information in a way that is free of fees, free of tax and immediately accessible. Financial Spread Betting (FSB) is a derivative-based betting medium that allows private individuals to stake a position on the movement of individual stocks, shares and currencies.

Capitalising on volatility

The description ‘derivative based’ means the stocks, shares, currencies or commodities involved are not actually traded. Instead, based on the financial system of contracts for difference (CFDs), an investor takes a position on a stock, declaring their belief that it will either rise or fall. FSB treats both in identical fashion. If their assessment proves correct, they win to the tune of their declared stake multiplied by however many market points the stock has moved. It is a mechanism that offers the possibility of fast and substantial profits. Thus, an initial £10 commitment will translate into £100 if the market rises by ten points during the period of the bet – players decide for themselves when to stop or close their positions. This ability to capitalise on market volatility is enacted directly by means of either a downloaded trading suite or directly via Tradefair online, who are just one of many specialist betting firms who offer the service.

A balanced risk

If this sounds too good to be true, a word of caution is required. The same open-ended potential for gain applies if the market moves in the wrong direction. If that £10 commitment was made on the basis that the market might rise but it falls, losses will be calculated on the same basis. In other words, that initial £10 will translate to a £100 deficit.

The risks are evident but that should not bar anyone from entering the market if they have a measure of knowledge, insight and confidence in their reading of the market. It is possible to use FSB as a form of play. The majority of trades are enacted over a matter of minutes as traders dip in and out of volatile markets. It was not originally designed as a long-term investment vehicle. The provision of a smartphone app in addition to a desktop trading suite indicates the potential for precisely this more casual adoption.


International access

But, at the same time, there are serious-minded private traders who invest millions via FSB as a full-time practice. Anyone prepared to chart the movement of a particular stock over time and to make themselves familiar with the immediate conditions affecting its market value is putting themselves in the ideal position to be able to trade confidently and profitably. What is more, because no actual purchases are made, FSB trades can be enacted 24/7 irrespective of the schedules of the world’s individual stock markets. This is particularly of relevance if your insight extends to Foreign Exchange or commodity markets.

FSB is not for the faint hearted. The risks are real but they apply most pertinently to those who lack the market intelligence, the discipline and the research base that are the mark of a serious player. For the serious-minded player, the potential for profit makes FSB a mechanism worth investigating. Risk is always the corollary to profit – that’s how capitalism works.

Creating An Attractive Home With Stunning Furniture

If you are a type of person who enjoys having people over your house, then having a beautiful home is an essential. Here are some guidelines to keep your home eye-catching.


It is crucial that your house is well lit to set a warm atmosphere. Use natural light if possible by using curtains that don’t conceal too much of your windows. Another trick to enhance the natural light is through mirrors and having light colours in your home.

If enough lighting through natural light is unobtainable, using artificial light such as lamps are recommended to brighten dark corners.

Choosing the right colours

Colour is necessary to make a home feel welcoming. Choosing the right colour palette to use in your home is very tricky. A monochrome scheme looks sophisticated but can sometimes look bland and uninviting. Improve this by using  a touch of colour. You can add brightly coloured modern furnitures, cushions, or even the paint on your walls.

Making your seats comfy

We’re talking about your sofa. Cushions that look like they’re asking to be sunk into can magnet people into your living room. Try to mix and match different prints and colour to create an attractive seat.

Setting up a talking point

You should set up interesting piece in every room in your house. This could be anything that fascinates you. You can place an unusual piece of décor, your personal collection, or even a framed poster of your favourite band. These items don’t necessarily need to be costly. This will instantly spark a conversation whenever you throw parties.

Keeping a warm atmosphere

It is recommended to keep your home in correct temperature. If you just used to pile jumpers on cold weathers, your guests probably don’t want to do the same. If it is too chilly, you might want to put the heating on to make everyone feel comfortable.

One reason why people gather around heat storage cookers during parties is because the warmth feels comforting.

Placing amusing stuff

Some particular items can draw people into your home. It can be as simple as your 3D TV or a fire pit. The trick is placing entertaining stuff in your home to keep everyone interested and that will keep them coming back to every party you’ll throw in the future.

Productizing Services Turns Consultants Into Business Owners

I recently published the post ‘productized services as a service’ on richardpatey.com about how freelancers, consultants and creative agency owners can benefit from standardizing their offering in terms of ability to scale.

A productized services business packages up a service into a product with a fixed list of features and price and delivered by a set date: the best example if as WP Curve.

Read the full post here or take a look at the done-for-you productize service.

Get Trendy Furniture To Add Ambience To Your Home

Ever since the UK the housing market came into revival mode in since 2013 the home furnishing market is in good times.  In the UK, hundreds of custom made Home Décor and Furnishing accessory markets and shops are providing contemporary furniture suiting every home and decor

Get ideas

Grand ideas on trendy furniture and home renovation can be had from furniture exhibitions, stores, galleries and interior designers. To reassure the quality of materials and fittings it is advisable to see the quality certification for proving its origin and safety.

Prepare an essential list of necessary furniture such as Couch, Sofa, Table, and Bed etc. While approaching the furniture stores in London, make sure the store is up to the mark and has the capacity to fulfill the requirements. While decorating a house always use innovative ideas than choosing the beaten path.

From a Retail Furniture Store try furniture with unique designs and colors. But make sure the choice of furniture suits your room in all respects. Also search widely to choose the right retailer, who can deliver furniture with the best quality, responsibility and rates that are affordable. 

People wanting to buy good furniture must update about the market trends and new options. For example, there are pre fab models and furniture including moving walls and sliding wardrobes. 

Life Style Statement

Choose the furniture as a life style statement. So the selection must be done with some hard work. You can compare the prices with other retailers and also get price details online. 

Harmony from Home Furniture

For an apartment, the furniture must usher in some harmony. 

Hire a specialized designer and rely on him for advice in matters of color and tone.

The outcome that can be achieved by the proper selection of furniture include

Order: When there is proper allocation for belongings in cupboards, shelves, closets and other storage space, order comes in, ending chaos. There will be space for every single item to take its place. Consider this principle before purchasing any furniture.

Storage:  There is a thought and planning going into all space management. The storage space created in the apartment by built-in wardrobe and other elements help to de-clutter.  

Space Management: By sourcing built-in wardrobe there will be no reduction in visible space. Have a detailed plan of your house, apartment to furnish them with dimensions indicated on it. 

Well-being: Adherence to basic rules of interior decor and layout as in Feng Shui.

Health: Ecological cleanliness and excellence of decor emits positive vibes. 

Taking the DIY route to solve furnishing problems will demand more time in execution and the amateur approach can show up here and there. But the benefit is that it allows more time and a complete carte blanche to set one’s own rules and following them.

Luxury hotels or adventure? You don’t have to choose

If you’re into both steep chutes and top luxury ski hotels you may think you need to compromise. These big hitting Canadian resorts have some of the best terrain but also top luxury accommodation.

Big White 

Big White is Canada’s fourth-largest ski area and has a consistent supply of dry snow at 750cm a year. It’s TELUS terrain park is one of the best in the world with a 450ft half pipe and all the resort’s accommodation is ski-in-ski-out with the premier Chateau Big White being our top pick.

Canadian Veggie / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND


Easy                                         18%

Intermediate                          56%

Advanced                                26%

Total Pistes:                             118

Longest Piste:   4.5miles (7.2km)


Whistler has incredible free riding split across two huge mountains, with open bowls on the Blackcomb glacier to long, thigh-burning glades down to Creekside. This vast resort has luxury accommodation to fit all tastes such as the Four Seasons on Blackcomb Way, our top pick.

globalreset / Foter / CC BY-SA


Easy                                          20%

Intermediate                           55%

Advanced                                 25%

Total Pistes:                             200

Longest Piste:        7miles (11km)


Revelstoke is a huge, raw resort and a great base for heli-skiing. The resort claims over 3000 acres of terrain (more than Fernie) with huge tree runs – experts are truly in their element. Our luxury pick is the Sutton Place Hotel with a great pool and hot tubs.

Oliver Hine / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND


Easy                                                7%

Intermediate                              45%

Advanced                                    48%

Total Pistes:                                   56

Longest Piste:   9.44miles (15.2km)

Finding ski season jobs

I did a ski season in Whistler Blackcomb back in 05/06 with my buddy and Snowbistro.com content editor Gav and so have first hand experience of what it’s like to turn up to a resort with no connections and no ski season job. We even arrived late December after the main recruitment events held in late October / early November every year there so really had our work cut out.

Our job seeking process was a combination of walking around Whistler Village looking for job adverts, asking businesses if they needed anyone and keeping an eye on the local magazine jobs page. It took two to three weeks of constant hustle but finally I secured a job in retail at the Whistler Clearance Centre and Gav became a liftie for the mountain which had a ton more perks such as huge discounts of meals and the fact that he got to ride first every day. But being a liftie is tough and you really have to do it for the love rather than the money.

If you’re looking for ski season jobs this coming winter you should check out the specialist ski recruitment company Silver Swan

Alternatives to Amazon Create Space for self-publishers

When I was looking to self-publish my book Coffee Shop Entrepreneurs I looked at the entire market from the likes of Amazon Create Space, Lulu, Kobo and Vook who offer print on demand. I knew I wanted to own both the marketing and sales channel which you just don’t get access to if you go with Create Space, however I was forced into that option due to a complete lack of independent UK suppliers who were anywhere near as cost effective, even though you have to pay shipping from America for your own books which can take up to a month.

GDPCIC who we reported hosted an overseas social enterprise visit is now offering perfect bound book printing and brochure printing for self-publishers and I’m in the process of untangling from the Amazon ecosystem to actually own my books as well as the relationship with my customers.

What’s your ski niche?

How can your ski business succeed online when the big players such as Crystal Ski dominate in the search engines?

You have to niche down.

It would be a waste of money (and likely not possible) trying to out rank major tour operators for keywords such as “ski holidays”. Instead you need to go after what’s known as the long-tail keywords such as “ski instructor courses canada” for a ski course company such as Basecamp or get ahead of the game with ski holidays 2016!

I launched snowbistro.com last December as a modern ski news site as well as offering internet marketing services to the ski trade so that smaller businesses could effectively compete online.

In time for next season I’ve re-launched these services as products that have a fixed price, are delivered by a set date and have no lock-in period for complete transparency, accountability and piece of mind.

Snowbistro offers:

Search Engine Optimisation – getting your ski site to the top of Google from £499/m
Content Marketing – keyword targeted content for your blog from £149/m
Google Adwords Management – making you more money from paid advertising from £199/m

So what’s your ski niche?

Selling a City: Leeds’ Grand Départ highlights big ambitions


The Tour de France’s much trumpeted Grand Départ from Leeds gave Yorkshire’s largest city a rare moment in the international sporting limelight. Well that was the plan. The weather may have played its part, but there’s no getting away from the efforts that those involved went to in a bid to promote their city and its surrounding region.

Publicity and the Tour go back a long way – all the way to 1903 in fact. That was when the great race was created as a way to boost the sales of the French sports newspaper L’Auto. But these days with a TV audience claimed to be in the billions, such exposure doesn’t come cheap.

Leeds City Council put up £3.6 million to stage the event, and it also underwrote a further £11 million in amalgamated grants from Government and other public sources. That’s a lot of tax-payers’ money!

And that level of investment begs the question, apart from a big bike race and a wild and occasionally wet weekend of partying, what has Leeds actually got for its money?

The answer is not entirely straightforward. The strategic thinking was that those funds would prime a more lasting wave of private-sector investment extending beyond a short-term rash of hotel bookings, extended bar tabs and hangover cures. But, for now at least, that bigger picture remains blurred. The record of legacy investments in the wake of events like this – the Olympics is an even more lavish example – is mixed to say the least.

Olympic Researcher Michael Duignan of Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge admits the spin-offs from such mega events are not always what everyone imagines. Duignan insists, “The odds are often stacked against embattled local businesses, and seldom deliver economic return on investment”. Leeds is still waiting to see what the breakdown of their ROI might be.

What we can be sure of is that, even before the Tour hit town, Leeds had plenty to be positive about. And staging the event has put those plus points squarely in the international shop window.

The city certainly looks the part: there’s the shiny new First Direct Arena, an inspiring city centre Shopping development, and, more to the point, there are plenty of state-of-the-art new office complexes and business parks springing up all around what was once Northern England’s grim industrial heartland.

But Leeds it seems is grim no more. The award winning Leeds Valley Business Park, boasting technologically advanced, ecologically sound and employee-friendly facilities like the Goodman Offices in Leeds is just one example of the way the place has cleaned, greened and preened up its act.

Leeds does look ready for business. The city is a hub of hi tech and commercial activity and it is amongst the fastest growing cities in the UK. It is also ideally placed to make the most of current drives to move economic activity away from London. Clearly, Leeds is a place that is not afraid to put its money down in order to create a buzz about what it has to offer.

When you combine that sort of commitment with Leeds’ energetically pro-business civic leadership, the Grand Départ looks perfectly timed to signal the start of something far more substantial than simply the start of a bike race.

The takeaway message is loud, clear and lasting – Leeds means business.

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