Olympics Special: Treeline riders Dom and Billy head to Sochi!

Posted on Monday 10th February, 2014 Times Viewed: 2586
Morzine-based luxury chalet company Treeline Chalets are heavily involved in the UK snowboard scene, and offer huge support to Team GB Olympic riders Dom Harington and Billy Morgan. So with the Olympics a matter of days away, we caught up with Treeline owner Duncan Ross to chat winter, Morzine, seasons, brand collaborations, and of course the pretty awesome matter of their riders heading to Sochi!

Interview: Kaz Willmer
Check out our review from when we stayed with Treeline last season:

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Kaz: What is Treeline?
Duncan: We are a chalet company based in Morzine, with 6 catered properties and various self catered options aswell. We try to provide something for all budgets and want to create luxury holidays at affordable prices, with a the high quality of service we believe in, without taking away the essentials that matter when you're in the mountains.

Kaz: Who are the faces behind Treeline?
Duncan: It was started back in 2009 by Amy and myself. We had done various winter seasons across Europe & NZ and decided it was time that we started something for ourselves, instead of always working for others. That year we rented a chalet and set up Treeline Chalets in Morzine. Since then it has grown steadily every year and we now have an amazing team of people working with us.

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Hannah (my wee sister) came and worked a season with us 3 winters ago and now she is heavily involved in every aspect; sales, marketing and every other area! We are also super lucky to have Chris and Jo, our resort managers back again this winter, along with the rest of our amazing team working in the chalets. We feel very lucky and our staff are what make it!

Kaz: Why Morzine?
Duncan: Morzine is rad, it really is. We both met here in 2005 just after finishing Uni. I originally come here with a group of mates to do a season because it had some of the best parks in France. And it still does, along with some of the most fun and easily accessible backcountry terrain. The resort is high and I don't think you can ever discover it all there is always something new to explore. Morzine itself is full of charm and not too resort-y, it's a proper little town with a big seasonaire and year-round community.

Kaz: What makes you different from other chalet companies?
Duncan: I think what makes us completely different is the Treeline service. We try to go above and beyond and we really want everyone that stays with us to have the best holiday possible. We both have the love for snowboarding and have done many seasons. We also both understand every aspect of the business and we know how to make people have a good holiday, along with our main emphasis placed on amazing food, excellent staff and top chalets all at good prices.

We also have lots of added little extras which our guests can benefit from having teamed up with Westbeach over the past few years as a chalet sponsor, as well as being a Rome snowboards test centre so all our guests can demo the latest Rome snowboards. We also have GoPro's for guests to use in every chalet free of charge, Mac minis full of movies and good music and homemade flavoured vodka for after dinner fun! I could go on but I will direct you to our website for lots more info.

Kaz: Why do you think so many customers come back to you every season?
Duncan: Our chalets being in amazing locations with hot tubs, amazing food and of course the personalised Treeline service.

Kaz: Which riders do you support and how do you support them?
Duncan: Dom Harington, Billy Morgan and Andy Nudds. We will always look after them when they are here in Morzine. They have become good friends and we love seeing them all.

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Kaz: How excited are you for the Olympics?
Duncan: MAD CRAZY excited!!

Kaz: What are you most excited about for the Olympics this year?
Duncan: Watching Dom drop into the Pipe and Billy slaying the Slopestyle course! It's going to be off the hook!

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Kaz: TeamGB have been given big targets for Sochi medals this year - how do you think we'll do?
Duncan: I reckon we got the curling gold for sure!! Don't really care about medals, we will just be so stoked to see everyone doing their thing.

Kaz: Why do you think it is important for you to support GB athletes?
Duncan: I think it's nice to give a little back. These guys are not on big money and any help that anyone can give them to help them do what they are doing and progress has got to be a good thing.

Kaz: You collaborate with some big brands. How are you involved with Rome and what boards do you recommend this winter?
Duncan: Yeah we have been working with Rome for 4 years now and really stoked on this year's boards once again. The guests love taking them out on the hill and trying the latest technology. This year I have been riding the Mod most it's the perfect board, I absolutely love it!

Kaz: Westbeach is another awesome Treeline brand collab how does that work?
Duncan: Westbeach are a great brand who work with us, and they kit all our staff out with incredible high-quality outerwear each season. They also offer discounts to guests when they come and stay with us another great reason you should come to Treeline!

Kaz: And what involvement do you have with Butta?
Duncan: We have Butta wax in all the chalets that guests can use to wax their skis and snowboards and keep them sliding fast all week!

Kaz: Treeline has made some big expansions this year - what changes have you made to the Treeline chalet family?
Duncan: Our newest addition to the Treeline family is Finlay, our little boy - he is a lot of fun!

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We've also taken on some new chalets in top locations which we are really excited about and they are the perfect places to spend your mountain holiday. Chalet Alpin is a newly renovated chalet with loads of style, character and charm and our guests have been loving it. Chalet Beziere is a beautiful traditional styled farmhouse chalet in an amazing central location which has again had rave reviews especially with it's outdoor hot tub.

But it's not just the chalets it's mostly down to our amazing Team Treeline this year we have the best staff working in all of the chalets which is what really makes it.

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Kaz: What do you most enjoy about running a chalet company?
Duncan: Snowboarding, living in the mountains and meeting new people. Every day is different & you never know what is going to happen from one day to the next

Kaz: What do you think are the biggest challenges you face?
Duncan: Trying to get a day off! Winter is full on and hard work but on the flip side you get to snowboard which makes up for everything!! We wouldn't change anything at the moment.

Kaz: What do you do in the summer?
Duncan: The summer is amazing in Morzine, there is so much to do and something for everyone from downhill biking, road cycling, rafting, paragliding, lake swimming...the list is endless! Morzine's a great summer destination as all the lifts open up for hiking and biking with a great chilled vibe in summer. We also offer different packages in the summer from fully catered weeks to self catered chalets and run our Yoga week which is always very popular.

Kaz: For those looking to work in a chalet for a season, what qualities do you look for in chalet staff?
Duncan: Great personality along with experience, ready for hard work and really fun times.

Kaz: What's been your highlight of the season so far?
Duncan: Getting to go snowboarding with Amy yesterday! We had childcare so was the first time in almost a year that we had got to go out snowboarding together with some of our guests!

Kaz: What does snowboarding mean to you?
Duncan: Fun with friends.

Kaz: Powder day or park day?
Duncan: Obviously pow everyday but I also love the park, especially on a sunny day with a 6 pack! Paradise!

Kaz: Finish the sentence. Treeline would be nothing without...
Duncan: ...mountains, snow, guests, friends, family and our amazing staff!

For more on Treeline Chalets, check out www.treelinechalets.com
Images: Taken from Instagram @TreelineChalets @DomHarington @BillyMorgan89 and TreelineChalets.com
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