A is for......Avoriaz
Avoriaz (pronounced Avoria) is Morzine’s higher altitude sister resort and the two resorts consider themselves to be one and the same in many respects. They share a Mayor and a marketing initiative and it’s easy to see why. A short telecabine ride from Morzine takes you straight into Avoriaz 1800. As the lifts start to close, guests from Avoriaz head to Morzine to take advantage of this ski town’s more animated après scene. A heaven/y made match if ever there was one.
B is for.....Bikes
Not content with being one of France’s premier winter holiday destinations, Morzine is emerging as a popular destination in the summer months. Mountain bikers have been flocking to Morzine for years, and, thanks to the regularity with which is appears on the Tour de France route, Morzine is fast becoming the destination of choice for road bikers too.
C is for......The Circuit
This is a circular ski route totalling around 80km that encompasses the majority of the Portes du Soleil. A wonderful days skiing topped off with lunch in the quaint village of Morgins, makes this a day to drop into any skier’s bucket list.
D is for......Dixie Bar
Home of the ridiculously popular Irish quartet, 'The Dixie Micks'. These guys really know how to work a crowd and this is THE place to be when the guys come to town. Arrive early if you want to be in with any chance of a seated vantage point. Having said that, you’ll soon be up on your feet so you can show us all those crazy dance moves in ski boots.
E is for......L'Etale
L’Etale is probably the busiest restaurant in Morzine, and deservedly so. With great, family friendly food at pocket-friendly prices, for peak weeks you will need to book early to get a table, particularly if you’re in a large group.
F is for......Flights not Included
Holidays to Morzine more often than not mean booking your own flights. The short travel time and the rise of Easyjet mean that many chalet companies don’t include flights in their prices. So book early and select the flight times to suit your holiday and budget. Extra half a day’s extra skiing anyone?
G is for.....Goggle Tan
The tell-tale sign of a spring ski holiday, head out to Morzine in March or April to work on one of these. Skiing in the bright sunshine is fabulous, and the Portes du Soleil has no shortage of sun terraces upon which to install yourself. So grab your SPF50, pull on those goggles, and collapse into a deckchair.
H is for...... Holiday Blues
The holiday blues is an unavoidable consequence of skiing in Morzine. That sinking feeling as you head to Geneva airport with the prospect of work on Monday is sadly inevitable. However, the latest scientific research suggests that holiday blues can be permanently cured by the immediate booking of your next holiday to Morzine.
I is for......Ice Hockey
The Skoda Arena in Morzine is home to the local team HCMAG who play regularly throughout the season. The local supporters are very loyal, very vocal and we can confidently report that you don’t need to know the slightest thing about Ice Hockey in order to have a great night out.
J is for......Jaeger Bombs
Infamous après tipple of jaeger red bulls. The Jaeger-bomb often signals the beginning of the end.
K is for......Kilometres
A holiday in Morzine gives you kilometres in your pocket and your Ski tracking mobile app will suffer a nervous breakdown. The full ski area offers a huge 650 kilometres of piste, as well as vast off-piste to be explored.
L is for......Linderets
Otherwise known as ‘Goat Village’, Linderets is a tiny hamlet that in the winter becomes a collection of fantastic piste-side restaurants, booking is essential if you’re with a large group. And no, the goats don’t live there in the winter.
M is for......Microbrewery
Believe it or not, Morzine is home to a delightful Microbrewery. Bec Jaune offers a selection of tasty beers of differing strengths, all brewed onsite. Top tip – if you nab yourself a seat by the window on a Tuesday evening you’ll have a perfect view of the torchlight descent.
N is for......Navette
The free bus network in and around the town is quick, efficient and regular. The service that covers the town and outlying ski lift stations is free of charge and runs well past the last lifts of the day.
O is for......Opera
One of two nightclubs in Morzine, L’Opera doesn’t open until after midnight and you can boogie away until 5 in the morning.
P is for......Purse Strings
One of the great things about Morzine is that it’s pretty wallet-friendly (well, relatively!) The good news is that your wallet won’t take too much of a hit – relatively speaking! A large beer will set you back around 5€, a tartiflette around 15€ and a 4 day adult PDS ski pass around 166€.
Q is for......Queues
The peak weeks are really the only time that queues become an issue in Morzine. Fortunately the resort has declared war on lift queues in the last couple of years and is constantly upgrading of the lift system.
R is for......Rock the Pistes
If you find yourself in Morzine during March you just might be lucky enough to catch this yearly extravaganza. Rock the Pistes comprises of five separate concerts during the week-long festival. Each of these gigs is held on a different run within the Portes du Soleil ski circuit and are free to attend.
S is for......The Swiss Wall
Just like Courchevel’s couloirs and Chamonix’s Vallee Blanche, 'The Wall' is a regular feature in articles with titles such as 'World's Scariest Ski Runs' and remains a rite of passage for most skiers.
T is for......Tibetan cafe
Has its very own resident DJ and they spin an array of disks to get the place rocking. Tibetan is the perfect place to enjoy a lively drink (or two) late into the evening, whilst allowing yourself to be mesmerized by the stunning backcountry films that are played on the TV screens.
U is for......Ungroomed
In the Avoriaz sector there are four separate and differing ‘Snowcross’ arenas; these are un-groomed slopes affording powder skiing but are controlled and observed by the vigilant ski patrol to ensure your safety is not compromised.
V is for......Views
These are to die for. On a clear day both Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva are visible from various different points around resort. Your chalet host should be able to point you in the right direction for the best photo opportunities.
W is for......Waterpark
Fancy giving the kids a little break from the slopes? Avoriaz has its own waterpark named ‘Aquariaz’, which boasts its very own lazy river, waterslide and outdoor Jacuzzi. Aquariaz is open every afternoon of the season for kids and big kids alike.
X is for......X Country
Morzine is a mecca for those scarily fit people that like to indulge in a bit of cross country skiing. There are around 70 kilometres of trails across and cross country skiers can purchase reduced rate lift passes.
Y is for…….Youngsters
Morzine is an incredibly family friendly resort and has been awarded ‘Famille Plus’ status. Pick up a ‘Marmottes Guide’ from the Tourist Office to find out which family-friendly activities are taking pace during your stay.
Z is for......Zero
So now you we’ve been through the whole alphabet you can surely see that there are zero reasons why you shouldn’t come and stay with The Alpine Generation in Morzine. Take a look at our range of 5 fantastic catered chalets and book your next ski holiday with us now. We look forward to welcoming you to Morzine soon.
Thanks to our friends at alpine generation for this whistle-stop tour and please do take a moment to look at their wonderful chalets:
- Chalet La Lune
- Chalet Coeurs
- Chalet Vache
- Chalet La Lanchettes