Montriond is a small village that sits on the eastern side of the valley from Morzine. Although it is separated from the main body of Morzine by the Dereches river, it is as close to the lifts, shops and bars as some parts of Morzine and has better access to the Ardent bubble than most of Morzine.
The village is quite spread out and, even if some parts of it lie on the Ardent bus route, the “M-Line”, other parts are still quite rural and not accessible by public transport. Montriond has all the basic services, including a small grocery store, which is quite pricey compared to the supermarkets in the area but it is open on a Sunday (which some of the others are not so it is ideal if you run out of milk at the weekend).
Montriond has a large lake that is used for ice diving in the winter and is a popular post in the summer for swimming, kayaking and sunbathing. The Fete de Montriond takes place here every summer and has a spectacular fireworks display.
You can’t ski directly in Montriond, but it does give access to the Portes du Soleil ski domain.
The ‘Gateway to the Sun’ offers a huge variety of terrain from tree-lined gentle slopes to challenging world cup pistes. Mixed ability groups will have no issue with a huge the choice of terrain to suit every standard of skiing and snowboarding.
Freestylers and advanced skiers will love Avoriaz with its snow parks, half pipes and patrolled off-piste areas or ‘SnowZones’ so freestylers can practice their tricks. Advanced skiers have to go down the Swiss Wall which is a steep mogul field ‘for experts only’ as signposted at the top of the run. It’s so steep you can’t even see what’s ahead!
For beginners, Morzine is ideal and Les Gets has a ski zone just for beginners and for families there’s a family snowpark for children in the same area, accessible at the top of the Chavanna chairlift and its nearby green slopes.
Morzine and Les Gets is also great for intermediates looking to practice technique on gentle blues and red runs. The majority of the ski area is intermediate friendly, especially with the ability to ski the Portes du Soleil circuit, a ski route which takes a day starting from Morzine to Chatel then to Switzerland before returning back over the French side to Avoriaz. It takes about 6 hours ski time and less if you are a more experienced skier. Make sure you keep an eye on the time though so you can get the last lift back and make it to your hotel or chalet for some afternoon tea!
Montriod gives you access to the Portes du Soleil ski domain which is a snow sure area and equipped with snow cannons allowing you to ski to the bottom throughout the whole season.
Travelling from Geneva its an hour and 20 minute drive to Montriod. If you're landing in Chambery, its an hour and 50 minute drive.