Night Skiing In Morzine
Night skiing in Morzine is a great way to get a different perspective of the slopes. Every Thursday evening throughout the winter season the Stade run on the Pleney mountain is lit up for your enjoyment.
From 18:30-20:30 every Thursday the main Pleney lift reopens to the public for some extra curricular skiing. So if you haven’t had your ski fix during the day or just fancy seeing the slopes by night then the Pleney is the place to be. During the two hour session you can do as many runs as your heart desires taking it as easy or as hard as you like. Stadium lighting illuminates the slope and offers a completely unique ski experience.
Not only will you experience the sensation of skiing through the mountains at night you’ll also be gifted with some wonderful views. The lovely village of Morzine is illuminated at night with a warm twinkly glow and you’ll look out across it as you ride the mountain. Avoriaz is lit up in the distance at the end of the Prodain Valley and you’ll feel like your skiing right into the heart of a winter wonderland.
Night skiing in Morzine is completely free if you have a valid ski pass (for the full day) for the Thursday of your stay. Simply turn up at the Pleney lift and scan your pass as normal and the mountain awaits.
How to Ski At Night
Night skiing, although heart warming, can be a cold affair. Without the heat from the sun that is very often enjoyed in the Portes du Soleil, you do feel the chill of the cold air rushing past you as you descend. With this in mind, it’s recommended that you add an extra layer to your outfit to ensure you stay warm.
Night skiing tends to be icier than daytime skiing, so you need to adjust your technique to match the different surface. Skiing on icy snow is more difficult because there is less friction to control your speed, parallel ski or stop.
When making turns, your skis will slide further down the slope and you should expect to ski through a larger turn radius. Try not to make sudden edge changes and stay strong through the whole turn.
Ready For A Race?
If you’re lucky enough to be in Morzine during early March 2020 then you’ll be able to watch some of the best women skiers battle it out on the Pleney slopes in the darkness. On Tuesday 3rd March Morzine will play host to the Ladies Night Tour where some of the best female skiers go head to head in the dark to take the crown.
As you make your final descent into the village you will be greeted by a whole host of great venues for an apres tipple or some food. Hotel le Tremplin located right next to the lift station has a lively heated terrace and often has live music or dj’s and is a great spot for a vin chaud or three. For food L’Etale and La Rotund are both very close to the bottom of le Pleney and are both great choices for a wholesome supper.
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