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Peak Transfer | Morzine Winter Ski Guide
4th September 2016

Morzine Winter Ski Guide

Morzine is the bustling capital of the Portes du Soleil ski area in Savoie, which is composed of 12 ski resorts, including nearby Les Gets and Avoriaz. The former mining town, which then grew into a popular winter sports destination before World War I, became a top ski resort in the 1960s. Yet it still offers quite a bit more to see and do year-round than many other resorts. If you’re considering investing in a year-round lift pass to enjoy scenic summer holidays as well, Morzine is the place to go.

As a ski resort, some of Morzine’s defining features include its easy links to nearby resorts (promising appropriate slopes for all levels of skiers and the opportunity to get tons of kilometers under your belt, if so desired), it’s easy accessibility to Geneva airport, and the family-friendly trails, which are long and scenic. Les Gets is similarly cozy and well-suited to families.

Morzine and the Portes du Soleil offer vast ski terrain

KEY FACTS

REGION: Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France

 

ALTITUDE: 1,000m

 

HIGHEST LIFT: Pointe de Nyon – 2,019m (Morzine) & Grandes Combes – 2,466m (Portes du Soleil)

 

SKI TERRAIN: Portes du Soleil – Groomed Piste: 650 km (31 Green, 122 Blue, 100 Red, 32 Black), Off-Piste: Varied challenging terrain, Cross Country: 243 km

 

CLOSEST AIRPORT: Geneva – 90 km / 90 min

Portes du Soleil ski map by Peak Transfer Airport Transfers

SKI

The Portes du Soleil is an absolutely massive 650km ski area, with resorts that are universally well-connected to one another. It’s no trouble at all to connect from Morzine to Les Gets and Avoriaz toward the Swiss border. In Morzine as well as Les Gets, much of the lower terrain is grassy pasture land, which makes for beginner-friendly slopes.

On the whole, the Portes du Soleil is a low-altitude skiing area, and Morzine is no exception. The resort lies at around 1km high and tops out around 2km. This means that in a low-snow winter, many of the slopes can lack ground cover despite state-of-the-art snow-making equipment. When there’s plenty of snow, though, this resort is one of the best in the region.

Morzine also has a lot of excellent off piste on offer for advanced skiiers and riders

Nearly half of Morzine’s 85 trails are red trails, and another third are blue. For the most part, the upper half of the mountain, including Pointe de Nyon, Chamossiere, and Le Ranfoilly, is dedicated to red and black runs, with one blue run beginning from the Le Ranfoilly summit. Near Pointe de Nyon, you can find the resort’s one snow park. The lower half of the mountain diverges with trails splitting between to Les Gets and Morzine. It’s here that you’ll find the children’s play areas, and a wealth of blues and reds. Near the village centre, there are areas for beginners to learn.

There are several excellent English-speaking ski schools in the area, the British Alpine Ski and Snowboard School is one of the best. To make to most of the Portes du Soleil, optimise your slope time and make connections between resorts seamless it may be wise to hire a guide. The Ecole du Ski Francaise offers ski guiding as well as group and private lessons. Get snow reports and webcams from the resort’s website.

Morzine Ski Resort is fantastic for familes

EAT

Agricultural farming remains a crucial part of the local economy so unsurprisingly with their enthusiasm for excellent quality local produce there are plenty of excellent chic eateries in Morzine and the surrounding resorts which thrive on this. In addition to traditional huts along the slopes, check out Mamma’s for a cheap bite. This popular spot dishes out traditional fast food plus Thai curries. The Alpen Roc Restaurant is also budget-friendly and has a large children’s menu. For a few euros more, head to La Rotonde for a wide variety of all-you-can-eat local food and international hits. For a change from Savoyard fare, try Les Vents d’Anges, which serves French food from Brittany and the north.

Fine dining more your speed? L’Atelier has a lovely ambience right in the centre of town, making it perfect for a night off from the kids. On the mountain, La Paika offers an authentic surrounding in a mountain hut where you can enjoy traditional barbecue on the terrace.

Peak Transfer recommend La Paika Restaurant on the mountain

APRÈS

Despite the family-friendly vibe and the reputation of French resorts for being a bit sleepy, Morzine actually has a surprisingly active après-ski scene. Café Chaud begins the evening as a low-key bar, but as the night carries on, turns into an upbeat spot with live music. Open until 2am, The Cavern is the place to head to keep the party going late. It’s typically pretty rambunctious and occasionally has theme nights. Also check out Le Paradis and L’Opera for a dancing-on-tables kind of night.

For a more upscale experience, visit the Chaudanne’s Wine Bar, picturesquely situated in a stone cellar. Le Coup de Coeur is another pleasant wine bar with a terrace.

SLEEP

Chalets are one of the most popular accommodation options in Morzine, with plenty of luxury to budget friendly options. Chamois d’Or and La Ferme à Jules are both inexpensive options in this category. Chalet George is a bit pricier, but sleeps 14 and is easily accessible to both of the main lifts. For the VIP experience, check out Chalet Nevada.

Morzine has plenty of beautiful chalets to suit all your holiday needs this winter

For smaller groups, there are still plenty of hotels in Morzine. L’Aubergade is an excellent Brit-run and inexpensive B&B, and chalet-style Hotel Renardière is mid-priced and homely. The 4-star Hotel Champs Fleuris offers a pleasant mix of high-end features along with family-friendly amenities, like a game room. For the finest in chalet-hotel lodging, historic Le Mas de Couttetaz is a must.

ACTIVITIES

One of Morzine’s greatest draws is the wealth of activities available to those who chose to forego the slopes. For one, there’s an enormous range of winter sports to choose from. In addition to the usual options, like nordic walking, snowshoeing, sledding, and cross-country skiing, there are some other unique sports here. Why not try ice diving, paragliding, and ski joering (which is being pulled on skis by a horse)?

There are plenty of other activties to do in Morzine too
Rock the Pistes Festival in Morzine is a must this spring

If relaxing is more your speed, there are also plenty of spas to enjoy. Try Pure Altitude spa at the Hotel Le Dahu or Séréni-cimes Spa which has a spa and swimming pool.

One of the area’s top annual events is Rock the Pistes each March. Also in Les Gets in March, be sure to catch the Ski Color festival.

GETTING THERE

Morzine is situated less than 90 km away from Geneva International Airport making Morzine a short and convenient transfer of approximately 90 minutes for those wishing to spend more time on holiday than travelling to resort. Chambery, Lyon and Grenoble airports are other options you might want to consider.

Peak Transfer run low-cost, reliable, private door-to-door transfers throughout the year for up to 8 passengers in our modern well equipped passenger vehicles. Let Peak Transfer take the stress out of travelling with our reliable service and complimentary SMS confirmation for peace of mind. So all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your well deserved holiday!

Morzine Winter Ski Guide by Peak Transfer

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USEFUL LINKS

For up-to-the-minute reports on activities and events, plus weather conditions and ski passes, visit the Morzine-Avoriaz resort or Portes du Soleil websites. You can also visit the local Tourism Office in the village centre.

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