The slopes at Morzine cater to all ski levels. Situated within Les Portes du Soleil, the town is one of many renowned skisport resort areas in the Northern French Alps. Versatile trails, multiple eateries and luxurious chalets are conveniently located near Geneva and Paris for relaxing weekend getaways.
Morzine started out as a farming area for local monks. The land eventually evolved into a resort center with summer and winter activities. Downhill mountain biking is extremely popular in warmer weather, with local trails featured on multiple Tour de France competitions. Junior football teams convene on the area every June for an annual tournament. During colder months, Morzine transforms into a winter wonderland.
The area is home to approximately 66 beginner and intermediate trails, or pistes. Special lifts take advanced skiers to slopes at Avoriaz designed by a French Olympian. Morzine has no public transportation stops, so private vehicles or bus service from surrounding towns is required for entry. Car hire services offer a peaceful transportation option. Geneva International Airport is the closet venue for arriving flights.
Morzine Piste Information
Two lift types help guests reach desired pistes. Pleney telecabine is an enclosed cabin lift with seating for up to 16 people. Four teleseiges (TS): TS de la Crusaz, TS des Mouilles, TS d’Atray and TS des Fys, provide open-air transport for up to four people on one chair. Super Morzine telecabine provides transport to advanced slopes at Avoriaz. The following list categorizes pistes by ski abilities.
– Beginners fare well on pistes B, C and N. The simple runs offer just enough opportunity to experiment with turns and speed.
– Intermediate groups find steady excitement on pistes R, F and A with steep sloping and wide surfaces.
– Advanced skiers enjoy sharp drops provided on pistes J and H.
On clear days, Pointe de Nyon features spectacular views of the Swiss boarder. Mount Blanc is visible from Chamossiere. Switchbacks challenge mixed-skill groups traveling together. Two lift passes are available: Portes du Soleil for total slope access and Morzine / Les Gets for access to basic ski areas.
Ski Instruction in Morzine
When it comes to Morzine ski and snowboarding instruction, the British Alpine Ski and Snowboard School (BASS) comes highly recommended. Ski instructors posses British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) certification and International Ski Teacher Diplomas (ISTD). No more than six students enroll in each English-only class.
Onsite BASS staff assists with class bookings and other concerns. Students have the option of alternating or consecutive class schedules. Each session caters to student needs and abilities, creating a truly personalized experience.
Equipment Rentals / Purchases
Lost or forgotten equipment and clothing is no cause for alarm. Plenty of Morzine shops offer equipment sales and rentals. Many offer chalet delivery / pickup services. Some companies offer discount rates for rentals booked online.
Ski Accommodation in Morzine
Local accommodations range from indulgent chalets to traditional hotels. Some amenities vary based on the season. Catered chalet guests during ski season enjoy a cooked breakfast buffet, extravagant dinners and wireless Internet access (wifi). Some only allow guests over 12 years of age with the exception of certain holiday seasons. Hotels feature heated pools and nightly entertainment. Self-catering properties are perfect for guests looking to create a home away from home.
Self-catering chalets offer bunk beds and / or pullouts for young children. Additional amenities include washing machines, dishwashers, off-road parking, balconies and a private barbecue area. Linens and ski fittings may be included in the rental price and some self-catering properties do not welcome single-sex groups. Guests should ask all relevant questions before making a deposit. Morzine tourism websites provide information on reputable facilities.
L’Atelier in the Samoyede Hotel continues to receive accolades. Specializing in traditional French cuisine, the seven-course extravaganza comes with wine. Dotty’s Coffee House serves sumptuous cakes, coffee and juices for breakfast and lunch. Mammas offers traditional British dishes, including ever-popular fish and chips.
Nothing lasts forever and Morzine’s ski season ends in mid-April. BassCamp Music Festival marks the culmination of skisport season. Attendees enjoy multiple days of snowboarding events and parties featuring tunes from international disc jockeys (DJs). Fun and adventure are both waiting on the Morzine slopes. Take a week, or a weekend, to unwind on a ski holiday.