Morzine is a picturesque town in the northern Alps just an hour from Geneva. In the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area, superb links to the high “snow sure” Avoriaz and links to Switzerland and Les Gets it is the perfect destination for skiing and mountain holidays. Only an hour from Geneva, flights are plentiful and the transfer is short. It is no surprise it is one of the most popular resorts in France.
With luxury chalet and apartments in the heart of Morzine, exploring this beautiful town and accessing its world class skiing could not be easier.
The Ski Area
The Portes du Soleil is a huge ski area with 650km of pistes spanning across France and Switzerland. There are 12 resorts in total, the main ones being Morzine, Chatel, Les Gets and Champery. The area boasts 197 lifts serving 280 pistes with a good breadth of beginner, intermediate and expert pistes.
The area prides itself in its investment, most lifts are new and there is plenty of snow making facilities. A huge investment of €149m is planned over the next 3 years that will link the Les Gets and Avoriaz sides of the area.
If you’re wanting lessons Morzine probably has the most choice of ski schools in any European resort and if you’re a beginner the nursery slopes are easy to get to.
Expert riders will be able to notch up the Famous Swiss Wall and the ‘circuit’.
If snowboarding or park riding is your thing the Burton Stash Eco-park will thrill you; one of kind in Europe its wooden elements cater for all abilities . There are 6 other snowparks across the area ranging from beginner to advanced.
The area is so large that total area maps like the one below are difficult to read. We’ve found that this is best piste map of the area as it allows you to zoom in to a specific area, show you what is open in real time and suggests a route for you.
Morzine is an historic village with chocolate box chalets and surrounded by tree lined mountains. Being a large village there is an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants. Our large swimming complex is excellent as is our local ice hockey team the Pionniers.
The range of restaurants offer everything from Michelin starred gastronomy to cheap and cheerful burger places. There are loads of family restaurants offering traditional Savoyarde fare and 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.
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.
A pick of just some of the actives are reviewed in our blog things-morzine-dont-ski-snowboard