Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz aren’t just ski resorts. There’s an active community with a combination of French and English residents, all looking to make a living and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Many of the area’s first residents came here to ski, but realising they’d need something to keep them in Mutzig and fondue, they’ve developed innovative ways to make a living from the area’s increasing popularity. With a bright idea, a bit of luck and a huge amount of hard work, these people have turned their Alpine dreams into reality and their accounts make for some pretty inspirational reading!
Tony Soutter – Bringing Bombay to an Alp near you
“I’d been coming to Les Gets for 17 years on holiday, but in 2010 I finally moved my daughter and my building business out here for good. During the 2011/12 winter season I did a bit of managing in what is now Bigfoot’s Bar and to my surprise the owner offered to sell it to me at the end of the season. I had always fancied the idea of setting up a curry house in the Alps. Luckily, my new business partner had great links with three award-winning curry houses in his hometown of Coventry. Through him we were able to source incredible Indian chefs who love living and working in the Alps, though they aren’t very keen on the skiing!
We opened in November 2012. Setting up the restaurant and continuing to run the bar has certainly been a steep learning curve and a complete change of career. I only managed four days on the slopes last year! But it’s all been worth it and it’s really rewarding to hear all the positive feedback from our new customers. This year we’ll be expanding into Morzine with a takeaway on the Rue du Bourg serving €10 curry pots all day, every day. And of course we’ll continue to run the restaurant and bar in Les Gets too. Hopefully, I’ll get a bit more time on the slopes as well!”