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History of Jacques Baud Morzine1938

 

LA VARAPPE : IN THE HEART OF MORZINE

One of the last wooden chalets in Morzine, built in traditionnel style in 1950 by Jacques Baud (father)

Freeride skiA BIT OF HISTORY
Jacques Baud (father) : 1937, first fully qualified mountain guide in the Vallée d'Aulps, and a Morzine ski instructor which led him to found his very own ski school (in Morzine).
In 1958 he was the first to organise the torch lit descents down the slopes of the Nyon ski area on 31st December, New Years Eve, shortly after the construction of the Nyon cable car.
The concept of a Winter Sports resort had come a long way, and Jacques Baud was one of the early pioneers. Supported by Dr Vuarnet, father of the famous champion, he was one of the first to propose the extension of the existant ski area, the construction of Avoriaz, and consequently the creation of Les Portes du Soleil domain.
(extracts from the newspaper article by Emile Marullaz: 1st Jacques Baud Memorial)

The new generation continues to carry the torch. Anselme, the eldet son and brother of Jacques (son), is an instructor at ENSA ( trans. The french national centre of study for skiing and mountaineering) in Chamonix where he divides his time between moutaineering and extreme skiing, following in the footsteps of his father (although like all mountain folk he remains very humble regarding his exploits- we are all proud of him). We wish him all the best of luck in his conquest of the worlds highest peaks !! (you can discover more by coming and visiting us)   NEXT
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