Morzine

Overview

A proper French mountain town as busy in the summer as in winter. The town is busy and animated with a large selection of shops bars and restaurants. It is spread along the valley floor with the river running along the bottom. The town is full of chalet accommodation and some of the properties can be some distance from the centre. Most of the chalet operators with chalets a distance from the town centre offer a to and from the lifts taxi service. This can be useful if you choose to start you day from a different location such as the Ardent gondola. This can be really useful should you wish to start your day from the quiet Ardent gondola. There is a frequent and reliable bus service that moves skiers to all the lifts in town as well as to Les Gets and Avoriaz.

The local slopes are mainly wooded and offer some excellent skiing for intermediates with excellent skiing down from Chamossiere, and the Pleney area offer some great cruisy blues.

Beginners will enjoy the village nursery slopes and with good slopes to progress to at Super Morzine and the Pleney beginners will find plenty to keep themselves occupied for the week.

Expert skiers will need to travel around a bit to get the best out of this area with some good skiing down the back of Chamossiere and the Mont chery area over in Les Gets. A trip up to Avoriaz and then on to the top of the Chavanette will let you ski the formidable "Swiss Wall"

Snowboarders have always been fans of Morzine with very few drag lifts cheap apres ski and easy access to the board parks in Avoriaz.

Positive

  • Efficient lift system
  • Large town with good atmosphere
  • Lots of tree lined runs
  • Links well to Avoriaz
  • Good nightlife

Negative

  • Low altitude
  • Weekend crowds
  • Just out of the Portes du Soleil  main area

Offslope/apres ski

Big town with plenty to do for non skiers, excellent sports centre with an indoor skating rink. For those who enjoy their contact sports a trip to an Ice Hockey fixture whilst you are there is well worth a visit. There are plenty of late night haunts and by most French resorts standards some really lively après ski bars with the Dixie bar as one of our favourites. For those looking to enjoy alternative activities to downhill skiing Morzine as a town is better than most, there is a good selection of cleared walks in and around the town with information booklets available from the tourist office in the town centre.

Our View

Good resort with links to Avoriaz if you are concerned about the altitude. Great destination for the long weekend market (only 1hr 30 mins from Geneva). A good resort for those mixed ability groups and for groups with non skiers. Morzine is a proper French town and is as busy in the summer as the winter.

At a glance

Chalets:
51
Hotel & Apartments:
18
Pistes:
650km (area)
Resort height:
1000m
Top station:
2300m

Suitability

Experts:
4 stars
Intermediates:
5 stars
Beginners:
4 stars
Non-Skiers:
5 stars
Scenery:
4 stars
Resort charm:
4 stars
Nightlife:
4 stars