I’m kneeling on the icy ground with the long, cold barrel of a gun pointing menacingly towards my mouth. A crowd has gathered around me and they’re chanting. Thankfully, despite appearances, this isn’t some ISIS-style execution. The gun in question is made of glass and filled with nothing more dangerous than schnapps. Far from calling for my blood, the crowd are shouting “chug, chug, chug” and laughing. Once I’ve finished gulping down the fiery liquid (inevitably spilling some down myself) one of them hands me a huge stein of beer.
This scene will be instantly familiar to anyone who’s ever experienced Mayrhofen’s legendary apres scene. Except there’s one crucial difference. We’re not in Mayrhofen, we’re in Morzine. This isn’t Austria, it’s France.
“I’m kneeling on the icy ground with the long, cold barrel of a gun pointing menacingly towards my mouth…”
The debate as to which of these two countries is better for skiing and snowboarding is one that has raged for years among Brits, as their resorts attempt to outdo each other in wooing the lucrative UK market. Opinions on either side are strongly-held and impassioned, as Whitelines Snowboarding Magazine revealed when they hosted a debate on the subject recently.