Morzine in Winter


Morzine is a picturesque alpine town nestled right at the heart of the Portes du Soleil, Europe’s second largest ski resort. Located in the northern alps and just over an hours drive from Geneva, Morzine offers all the modern facilities whilst retaining its alpine charm. With a short transfer, amazing skiing and a lively bustling village, Morzine is the perfect winter destination.

All of our luxury chalets and apartments are very centrally located so exploring the town and getting out on the slopes couldn’t be easier.

The Portes du Soleil Ski Area

The Portes du Soleil is Europe’s second largest ski area with 650km of pistes spanning across France and Switzerland. The 316 slopes are spread across the 12 areas of the resort, the main ones being Morzine, Avoriaz, Chatel, Les Gets and Champery. The area boasts 197 lifts which service a good breadth of beginner, intermediate and expert pistes as well as a host of off piste areas. Some of the most famous routes include the Swiss Wall and the Portes du Soleil circuit.

Morzine sits right at the heart of the ski area and provides easy access to both sides of it. Taking the Pleney lift out of the western side of the town will whisk you up into the Morzine and Les Gets slopes. Many of the local ski schools meet at the top of the Pleney lift and the ski area here offers an abundance of pistes to suit all abilities. A pleasant traverse across the hill provides access to the Les Gets slopes which encompasses the Chevannes area and the larger Ranfolly bowl. A short ride on the petit train or ski bus across the pretty town of Les Gets will get you to Mont Chery. The slopes here are generally quieter and offer some of the best views in the Portes du Soleil.

Taking the Super Morzine telecabine out of the eastern side of the town provides access to the Avoriaz, Chatel and Swiss ski areas. Avoriaz sits at an altitude of 1800 metres and is therefore a very snow sure resort. The ski area here is vast and has a fantastic offering for beginners with many nursery slopes around the village. As you head higher on the lifts out of the village there is a wide range of more advanced slopes and snowparks as well as some easily accessible off piste areas. You can easily ski across from Avoriaz into Linderets then across into Chatel or head down off the back of Avoriaz into the Swiss side.

You can also access the Avoriaz side by jumping on the ski bus from outside the Pleney lift station which will drop you at the Prodain lift which is a large lift that gets you up to Avoriaz in super fast time.

The Portes de Soleil prides itself in its investment and is constantly expanding and improving the ski area.

To see the piste map click here 

 

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Morzine Snow

Location & Logistics

Located in the Rhone Alps region of France in the northern alps, Morzine is incredibly accessible. The closest airport is Geneva which is serviced by a whole host of UK and international airports. The drive up from Geneva is a mere 1 hour 15 minutes and there is an abundance of transfer companies making it quick and easy to get to town (of course we work with the best of the transfer companies and our concierge team can arrange this for you).

Driving is also an option for some and its possible to reach Morzine by car in around 8 hours from Calais. However the roads can sometimes get treacherous during periods of heavy snow so we don’t recommend this option for those without snow tires and chains.

Morzine occupies a prime location within the Portes du Soleil ski resort. Sitting right slap bang in the middle of it, logistically it’s the most desirable village to base yourself. It offers quick and easy access to the entire ski area and is also the largest and liveliest village in the area. The Morzine and Les Gets ski area sits to one side of the village and the Avoriaz/Chatel/Swiss side is the other, all connected with free ski busses, it couldn’t be easier to get around the resort.

The Village

Morzine is a relatively large alpine town with a lot of history. The town is a perfect mix of chocolate box chalets and modern contemporary alpine architecture all surrounded by tree lined, snow capped mountains.

As well as the amazing skiing, Morzine is a lively town and has everything you could need including an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants. The cinema, large swimming complex and ice rink help to keep those non skiers entertained and Morzine has its very own, very competitive ice hockey team the Penguins. If they’re playing during your stay we highly recommend you go and watch a match.

Stocking your kitchen is easy as Morzine is home to 3 well stocked supermarkets. There is a large Carrefour in the centre of town, a medium sized Casino along Route de la Plagne and a smaller Spar supermarket located between the tourist office and the Super Morzine lift. The Carrefour has the widest selection and the best bet for an initial stock up and the other two will keep you topped up nicely throughout the week. All of the Super Markets have convenient bus stops near by making it easy to get your supplies home.

The wide range of restaurants offer everything from Michelin starred gastronomy to cheap and cheerful burger places. Many of the restaurants are owned and operated by local families offering traditional Savoyard fare as well as wider menus. The local restaurateurs are keen to keep up with modern tastes so you will find that guests with dietary requirements are welcomed and well catered for. We regularly review village and mountain restaurants in our blog.

Getting around the village on foot is very easy and the main town centre is relatively flat. There is also a very efficient free bus system that accesses all of the main lift stations and covers most areas of the village. In the town centre there is also the petit train which loops the main town centre which is perfect for getting between the Pleney and Super Morzine lifts.

Morzine

Non Skiing Activities

The non skiers of your party will find plenty to do with the swimming complex, indoor and outdoor ice rink, Wednesday market, spa facilities and treatments, boutiques and gift shops, cheese tasting, hiking and show shoeing, dog sledding, paragliding and tobogganing.

All the bubble lifts from the village centre can be accessed by pedestrians and there are accessible mountain restaurants so both skiers and non skiers can meet up for lunch on the hill rather than coming down into the village.

All the bubble lifts from the village centre can be accessed by pedestrians and there are accessible mountain restaurants so both skiers and non skiers can meet up for lunch on the hill rather than coming down into the village.

A pick of just some of the actives are reviewed in our blog things-morzine-dont-ski-snowboard

 

Events Schedule for Winter 2019/20

As well as weekly night skiing, fireworks and local market, throughout the winter season there is  full line up of fun events for the whole family to enjoy:

  • Sunday 22nd December 2019 to Friday 3rd January 2020 -Enchanted village of Morzine – illuminations and colourful shows for the children in the town centre
  • Tuesday 14th January – Le Grand Odyssee Savoie Mont Blanc – Huge Dog Sledding race in Les Gets
  • Tuesday 28th-Thursday 30th January 2020 – European Cup for Womens Alpine Skiing – European Cup Giant slalom racing on le Pleney
  • Tuesday 3rd March 2020 – Ladies Night Tour – Ladies night racing on le Pleney
  • Monday 9th – Friday 13th March 2020 – Morzine Pampers You Week – various pampering treatments available at the Palais du Sport
  • Sunday 15th – Saturday 21st March 2020 – Rock The Pistes Festival – The pistes come alive with the sound of music with stages dotted all around the PDS for live free concerts
  • Saturday 21st – Saturday 28th March 2020 – Snowboxx Festival – Music and snowsports festival in Avoriaz
  • Sunday 5th April 2020 – The PDS Champions Ski Race – A children’s ski race attended by ski legends offering advice and guidance along the way
  • Saturday 11th – Monday 13th April 2020 – Morzine Royaume des Marmots – A weekend of children’s animations and activities in the town square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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