OPR Network Continues To Diversify

The past few months have seen Off-Piste Radio Network (OPRN) demonstrate its wide range of services and expertise, with new clients on board and a mix of international and local projects. However, the core offer remains the same: Swiss-based communication services and consultancy, with an emphasis on audio-visual content. Here are some of the key projects we have been involved with this year.

International clients include Solar Impulse, which  used OPRN services during the ongoing Round-The-World flight attempt. Conor Lennon was based at Mission Control Monaco as Communications Manager. The US-based Institute For Global Economic Growth also hired us to take of production co-ordination for the filming of the Swiss episode of their TV Show “Improbable Success”. This involved providing editorial consultancy, hiring the local crew and providing logistical support,

Locally, OPRN provided multimedia content in English and French for Swiss transport company TMR, helping them to reach the international population in Valais and visitors to the region. We also began consulting Lemania-Verbier International School on marketing & communications strategy and provided multimedia content. We are working with the WVerbier Hotel to promote events through online and broadcast media, the municipality of Bagnes has contracted us to produce and promote audio-visual content to highlight the successful integration of international residents and we continue to provide technical and editorial services to mountain radio verbier and Radio Crans-Montana.

If you would like to find out more about our services, contact me directly at conor@offpisteradio.com.

The Farinet: Still At The Heart of Verbier

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“The Farinet’s closing and it’s going to be a private chalet”.

During the Summer months many people could be found swearing on their mother’s life that Verbier’s legendary Après-Ski venue was closed for ever. It turns out that rumours of the Farinet’s death were exaggerated, and the crowds who head straight to Place Centrale once the pistes have closed will not be disappointed after all.

That isn’t to say there haven’t been changes. The Farinet now has a new owner and management team in place: the building and business have been bought by British IT entrepreneur Lawrence Jones, who has been skiing in Verbier for several years and now lives in Switzerland with his wife (and business partner) Gail and children.

When we met Lawrence in September, he assured us that he never had any intention of changing the winning formula of the Farinet, and that extensive construction work has been taking place because the building only received remedial patchup jobs over the past few years. This means you can expect to hear virtuoso Scandinavian cover bands in the Après-Ski and big-name guest DJs in the Lounge throughout the 2014-2015 Winter season. The general manager is now Stephen Wilson (“Scotty”), replacing Laurent Royer who is reportedly launching a new venture at the Nevaï this Winter.

Even if you aren’t in Verbier, you’ll be able to share the atmosphere by listening to mountain radio verbier. The local station will be broadcasting many of the evening band and DJ sessions during the season and will have more information on its updated Website in early December.