Resort Guide: Morzine

Resort Guide: Morzine

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Morzine Resort Guide

 

Attracting winter sports enthusiasts since Edwardian times, Morzine is a sizable Alpine Town and the capital of the vast 600km cross-border Portes du Soleil ski area.

 

Local olympic ski racer, Jean Vuarnet, brought Morzine into the spotlight when he developed Avoriaz and links with neighbouring resorts on either side of the Swiss Frontier to create the Portes du Soleil.

 

Only 75 minutes from Geneva, great for families, the resort also has a lively après scene and plenty of off-snow activities to keep all members of the group on your luxury ski chalet holiday entertained – what’s not to love?

 

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Quick Facts

 

Ski area: Les Portes du Soleil

Pistes: 600km

Lifts: 172

Top lift altitude: 2254m

 

Morzine

Pistes: 107km

Lifts: 81

Altitude: 1000m – 2466m

 

Green: 8%

Blue: 43%

Red: 41%

Blue: 8%

 

 

The Skiing

 

Beginners

 

The best beginner runs are in the kids zone located at the top of the Pleney gondola. The zone is surrounded by a network of easy going blue runs, allowing for an easy progression.

 

There are also some drag lifts servicing green beginner slopes around the edge of town if you prefer to stay close to your luxury ski chalet in Morzine.

 

Intermediate

 

Once you’ve built up your confidence on the blue runs, make your way up the mountain towards Pointe de Nyon and Chamossiére where you can graduate onto a series of red runs which feed into idyllic blues through the trees.

Ready to explore beyond the borders of Morzine? The neighbouring resort of Avoriaz is a playground for intermediate skiers.

 

Expert

 

There’s a great black run down from the top of Chamossière, a snow park and a boarder cross to keep the experts happy within the resort of Morzine.

 

The rest of the Portes du Soleil is full of challenging terrain and off-piste to keep advanced skiers on their toes. The Swiss Wall (Le Pas de Chavanette) in Avoriaz regularly makes lists of the most challenging runs in the world.

 

 

The Resort

 

Stretched along a gorge and dominated by chalets, Morzine is a traditional alpine village. The resort is known as being fantastically family friendly whilst also being one of the livelier French ski resorts. The buzzing town centre is teaming with bars, restaurants and shops to entertain when you’re not in your luxury ski chalet.

 

On your chef’s night off, there’s a wide choice of restaurants serving delicious Savoyard cuisine and a range of other delicacies. L’Atelier, in the Hotel Le Samoyède, offers a delightful seven-course ‘Fantaisie Chablaisienne’ menu to give you the ultimate taste of the mountains.

 

 

 

Non-skiers

 

Off the slopes, Morzine offers plenty of options to entertain on a luxury ski holiday, with a large sports centre and a wide range of outdoor activities. A network of winter walking trails allows non-skiers to explore the mountains and enjoy the views. If you’re feeling brave you might want to try ice diving beneath a frozen lake.

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