Morzine is the beating heart of the popular Portes du Soleil ski area – it is a traditional Alpine town that exudes authentic charm and offers guests of all ages a warm welcome and some of the most diverse skiing anywhere in the world. At 1000 m, the resort’s height is reasonably low, but it’s well-connected to a network of lifts that can whisk you to the higher altitude skiing in Avoriaz at 2100 m.
There are après-ski spots aplenty to keep the action going when the sun goes down, and a wide range of excellent social events throughout the season, including the popular Rock the Pistes week in March when the slopes are buzzing with live bands, while in the summer, crowds flock to renowned mountain biking events Pass’portes du Soleil and Crankworx.
Morzine has other on-snow activities other than skiing and snowboarding. You can hire snowmobiles after the lifts after they have closed and explore the empty runs – you have the option of going where you’d like or being taken around by a guide. If you want to explore the slopes at a more sedate pace, then you can hire some snowshoes and be taken out to be a guide to explore the mountain.
Morzine is a very pretty village, making it a pleasant walk in the evening soaking up atmosphere with a spot of shopping along the way. There is a market every Wednesday which is definitely worth paying a visit. If the gentle stroll around the village isn’t enough for you, then you can go and visit one of the village’s many pools and spas. There is also an indoor and outdoor ice rink to enjoy and a cinema which does show a good selection of English films.
The magnificent slopes of Morzine, have something special to offer skiers of all ages and abilities. Morzine is renowned for its efforts over the years to enhance its offering for families with young children, and there are a number of themed runs which kids absolutely adore. The Little Indian Run in Les Gets at Chavannes is good fun, and the Penguin Park and Magic Forest are located just off Piste B and feature forest animal obstacles and small whoops that gradually build skills while delivering excellent entertainment.
You might find that the higher chairlifts are closed in high winds, in which case you can still ski in the tree-lined bowls of Les Gets and Morzine, where there’s plenty of shelter. These are also excellent areas to ski when visibility is poor, and if you want a fab fresh powder skiing experience, head to the tree-lined blue runs of the Lindarets bowl in neighbouring Avoriaz.
There are 322 snow making facilities across the Morzine ski area, adding to the natural snow fall for guaranteed skiing throughout the season
There are many airports surrounding Morzine including Chambery (CMF), Bern (BRN) and Lyon (LYS) which are all just a short drive or bus journey away but the closest airport in Geneva (GVA) which is only 91 km distance from the resort.