Why Morzine France should be your next Ski destination

Morzine France

Why Morzine France should be your next Ski destination

When asked what my favourite ski resorts are around the world, Morzine France is always in my top 5. It is a resort that suits all types of groups from family ski holidays to a bunch of friends flying in for a weekend. It offers a wide range of activities on and off the slopes and also has a large selection of restaurants and pubs to cater for your needs. Not to mention it is part of one the biggest ski areas in the world, Portes de Soleil, with over 650kms of runs and is only around an hour and a half from Geneva airport. Because of this, it is fast becoming incredibly popular with British skiers/snowboarders.

On the slopes after a fresh dump of snow, Morzine, France

Out of the 12 resorts that make up the Portes du Soleil ski area, Morzine is the largest and probably the most convenient in regards to resort hopping. It is one of the reasons why I have been here on several occasions during the ski season. It is also the only resort, where I have ever experienced extreme weather conditions from -26 with arctic winds to thunder and lighting while skiing.

On the slopes in -26 conditions, Morzine France

With a large range of green and blue runs that are nice and wide so you can practice your turns, Morzine is ideal for beginners and families. The ski school is at the top of the slopes just outside the Pleney cable car, which is great for the more nervous beginner and near the nursery area. For the more advanced skier, you have a nice selection of both red and black runs to keep you entertained especially over in the Nyon plateau area. If you decide that you want to mix it up, you can ski in Les Gets or catch the super Morzine and head over to Avoriaz.

A selfie on the ski slopes, Morzine France

Ski Runs & Area

Like I said in my Les Gets  post, your ski passes are really flexible and you can get a lift pass for the Morzine /Les Gets area or the whole Portes du Soleil, depending on your experience, comfort and budget. However, the Morzine/Les Gets Ski Pass does not include the Super Morzine & Ardent lifts, which are part of the Avoriaz Resort lift system.

Avoriaz ski Resort, France

A quick overview of the Morzine Ski Area:

  • 125 Open trails 
  • 83 Ski lifts
  • Plenty of on and off piste skiing, especially through the forest after a fresh dump of snow
  • 1 Snowpark called ‘The Nyon’
  • Kids Area Penguin Park, mini slaloms, tunnels and jumps

On the chairlift Morzine, France

 Skiing with the Ski Patrol

I was lucky enough to be given the chance while in Morzine to go Skiing with the Ski patrol and learning how they prepare the slopes for your safety. It was one of the activities I was looking forward to doing the most, especially as it is only offered twice a year during Morzine Loves Women.

The ski groomer and ski patrol, Morzine, France

I was up at the crack of dawn packing (I was transferring to Chatel in the afternoon), as I had an 8 am start at the bottom of the Pleney cable car. We could not have asked for better ski conditions for our activity. There was plenty of fresh snow,  the sky was clear and the temperature was just right.

Following behind the ski patrol, Morzine, France

We set off behind the Ski patroller following him like a bunch of school kids to mark the unsafe areas. We watched him put up the flags and poles, while at the same time listening to him explaining the reason for their placement. It was really interesting and I never really thought about how much work goes into preparing the slopes. Once we were finished, he radioed in to confirm that skiers were now allowed to use the run.

The warning flags being placed for the day, Morzine France

 A horse ride through the villages

Horse-drawn carriage rides exploring the village and its surrounding areas are one of the many activities that are offered during the winter season. Prices and times vary depending on the route you wanted to take from 10€ per person for a petit tour to a 90€ for circuit tour to Montriond.  It leaves from near the Tourist Office, in the central part of Morzine and the carriage can fit up to 5 people (6 including the driver). 

Horse-drawn carriage, Morzine, France

I went on the circuit tour around Morzine village and to the town of Montriond, which went for around 90 minutes. We explored all the village and then we stopped at a gallery owned by a lovely local couple. To be honest, I think 90mintues was a bit too long but anything between 30-60 would have been perfect. This is definitely something that is great to do as a family or a small group.

Going through the village on the Horse-drawn carriage, Morzine France

A VIP at the Ice-Hockey

I love trying different things and when I was invited to be one of the VIP guests at the indoor ice hockey, I thought this will be a lot of fun. Not only because of the atmosphere but it would be a good way to spend some time with the locals. Unfortunately, the local team lost 3-1 and it was their last game of the season but everyone still had a great time and I made some new friends.

Enjoying the view from the VIP area at Ice-Hockey Morzine, France

Morzine has two ice rinks that you can use during the winter season, an outdoor and an indoor ice rink and the public can use both. The outdoor ice rink is opposite the tourist office and next to the children’s carousel. The indoor ice rink is at the Sports Hall and they host hockey matches, ice skating competitions and ice dancing performances.

The indoor ice rink below the village, Morzine France

Location

The closest international airport is Geneva, which is roughly an hour and a half away from Morzine. Making it super easy to get to and great if you want to go for a weekend trip. Due to this there are numerous ways of getting to Morzine, buses, trains, private transfer, shared transfer all vary in price depending on what you can afford.


Alternatively, you can catch a train to Cluses or Thonon-Les-Bains and then catch a bus. Both of these are around 30 minutes (30 km) and there is a regular service from the stations.

 I have been to the resort a few times and I had previously used the following companies,  Skiidygonzales  and   alpybus.  You can also check out the ‘Getting Here’ on the tourism website which has great information. 

The slopes before they open for the day Morzine, France

Accommodation

Morzine being the largest of the 12 resorts, you definitely have more than your fair share of options when it comes to accommodation. From luxury 5 star chalets to hotels and apartments, there is definitely something for everyone with any type of budget. And if you can’t find anything, Morzine has a dedicated team all year around who can find something. 

Le Cottage hotel Morzine, France

I stayed at the Le Cottage which is centrally located and only 2 minutes away from the main gondola TC DU Pleney. It was a comfortable hotel with a bar and outdoor area that had a live band perform after skiing. The staff were really lovely and I found the atmosphere to be relaxing, especially in the main area around the open fire. I had a cosy room on the 2nd floor that could have done with a bit of a facelift but I had a lovely view of the mountain, good FREE WIFI in my room and the 3-course dinner was really yummy.

The view from my room at Le Cottage Morzine France

Food Heaven on the Mountain

I never got a chance this time to have dinner in Morzine Village , as I was on half board and ate at the hotel but I did get to try out a few places for lunch on the mountain.

Le Vaffieu

Le Vaffieu a cute little hut restaurant on the slopes between Les Gets  and Morzine, opposite the Folliets chair lift. It is one of those places that you could sit there enjoying a glass of wine and then realised that you have been there for several hours. The staff are friendly and they cook traditional mountain food like pasta and fondue. It is very popular, so it is highly recommended that you make a reservation for lunch.

Le Vaffieu Resturant, Les Gets/Morzine France

Chez Nannon

I would have never ventured to this place if I wasn’t with the tourism board as I didn’t know it existed. I am so glad they did because Chez Nannon is definitely my type of place where you can have cheese overload. Located on the Nyon plateau in the middle of the ski fields the only way to get there is by skiing or Skidoo. It makes very traditional food and has some nice selections of wine to wash all the food down. I suggest you try one of the specialities like the ‘Potatoes with melted Reblochon cheese’ with a salad and a Selection of cold meats (min 2 pers).

Tip: It is highly recommended to book in advance, as it is not a very big place and it gets very busy. I don’t want you to miss out on this amazing cheese.

Potatoes with melted Reblochon cheese at Chez Nannon, Morzine France

La Dez ‘Alp  

Centrally located in the Morzine village, La Dez ‘Alp is the only restaurant out of the 3 that is not directly on the ski slopes and is open for either Lunch or Dinner. Decorated in a traditional yet modern Savoyard style, this restaurant has all your favourite cheese dishes and a large selection of wines. It also has some beautiful views overlooking Morzine village that you can enjoy, while having your meal.

Tip: I suggest asking the restaurant when you arrive or when you book if you can have a table near the window, to appreciate the views.

 

The view from La Dez ‘Alp overlooking Morzine, France

Tips

We all need WIFI and if you can’t find any, you can go to the tourism office and use the wireless access for FREE.

Try ski joering which is being pulled on skis, holding onto a frame, behind a horse. Unfortunately, I was unable to try this due to bad weather.

Visit the other resorts Avoriaz and Chatel if you have the time

The crossroads to the other resorts, Morzine France

You can buy your lift pass online to miss the queue and pick it up from the ski office or they can send it to you. You can also recharge it online too.

Children under the age of 5 can ski for FREE

Skiing in the fresh snow, Morzine France

Recommend

Morzine is a great place and I would definitely go back in a heartbeat, the atmosphere was relaxed, the skiing was great, there were plenty things to do and lots of places to eat. It is also super easy to get around and it is good for both families and groups. Also with it being only around an hour and a half from Geneva airport, it is a great place to go for a weekend.

With Morzine being at a low altitude, you can’t always ski all the way back to the village. Snow is not always guaranteed early or late in the season, but even knowing all of this, I still would not hesitate to go back and ski again

 

Selfie on the chairlift, Morzine France

For more information, please visit the Morzine website or you can email me directly.

Please feel free to share your experience in the comments below.

On the slopes between Morzine & Avoriaz France

Disclaimer: Even though I was invited by the Morzine Tourism office. All views are my own and based on my own experience.

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74 Comments

  1. Wow those pictures! I was in Morzine when I was a child….so I hardly remember anything. Except that the landscapes were gorgeous and people super kind. Now I really want to go back 😉

  2. Wow, your pictures are beautiful! I have never been skiing but this makes me want to give it a try. It looks like it has everything for a nice getaway and I can join the other beginners to give it a go!

    1. Thank you very, this is a great place if you want to learn how to see. I highly recommend it and when you want to take a break, you can enjoin one of the many bars.

  3. Seems like a great Place to og skiing. I love Your Snowy Pictures, all white and magical. I ski way too little for someone from Norway, most of the time I ski when I travel. Maybe I should add a trip to Morzine to my travelplans soon 🙂

  4. The pristine white and the snow covered trees looks so ethereal and paradise like!!! I’ve never skiied so far and I really hope to, sometime soon!!! Le Cottage looks like a perfect place to stay!!!

  5. This looks amazing 😀 I actually never ski, even though I am Norwegian and we are known to be “born with ski on our feet” I would definitely love to go to a place like this with so much snow and where the landscape is just breathtaking 😀 This is a dream place for winter sports lovers for sure 😀

  6. Nothing really compares to a Resort that offers a wide range of activities and it is convenient in almost everything a guest could need. This Resort is really a perfect haven for those that loves to commune with nature. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Hopefully, I could go here as well if I get the chance.

  7. I’ve heard so much about Morzine (all good things!) and I know loads of people who went there on their first ever skiing holiday. As I’ve never been skiing before that’s good news for me! It’s also absolutely gorgeous – those snow covered trees look like something out of a fairytale!

  8. Morzine comes across as a white wonderland shimmering in its beauty. I had not heard about the place but I can see why it is one of the top skiing destinations. It was interesting to read about the Ski Patrol and the work they do to ensure the safety of the skiers. Your pictures have captured the best of Morzine.

  9. I am so bummed we didn’t get to hit the slopes this year. Next year we need to make it a priority and oh how we would love to go here! Morzine looks like a storybook village with the most beautiful backdrop with the mountains and snow! We have to go here if not next year the year after!

  10. As much as I love the views, I found out that winters sports and I don’t mix 🙁 Luckily there are the horse carriage rides through the village! I wonder if they play ice hockey as aggressively as us Americans ;P I’m from Boston and the Bruins are notorious for their aggression hahah

    1. Funny you mention the ice-hockey and America because before I saw this game in Franc,e the only other time I have been to the ice-hockey was in America:-). This is an working village so you don’t have to ski, you can just enjoy the other activities.

  11. How cool that you got to get some insightful info from skiing with the ski patrol 🙂 I used to go skiing, but after an accident a few years ago, I’m a bit terrified of going back on the slopes, but this is making me want to go back. I love that the ski passes are really flexible. Some places can be a real pain about it!

    1. Sorry to hear about your accident and I hope that you are ok. This is a great place if scared, the runs are nice and wide and there are heaps of blues and greens to choose from.

  12. I have not tried skiing before but I’d like to learn someday. Morzine looks like a fantastic place to go skiing. The views are spectacular. I also like the restaurants that you have mentioned. The potatoes with melted Reblochon cheese look delicious and probably it is a considered a comfort food there.

    1. That cheese meal was so amazing especially with a nice glass of wine 🙂 There are lots of restaurant here on and off the mountain, so when you are learning and you get tired then there is somewhere for you to rest 😉

  13. Oh I love this. I love the mountains and the scenery but usually seen through hiking or rock climbing. I have never been skiiing before but its something I have been wanting to try for a long time. This is a great series.

  14. 650 km of ski slopes is a huge amount! I like the idea of having lots of wide slopes for not so strong skiers like me to practise turns etc.. Le Cottage seems to be the perfect place to stay in Morzine village location and luxury wise.

  15. What a beautiful looking ski resort. I just love your pictures. I have heard of this place before but not really read anything about it till now. Great read definitely on my radar now for next season.

  16. I’m based in America but come to Europe for holidays. My kids would absolutely love this place especially the ice-hockey and the horse ride.

    1. This is a great place for kids and if you don’t ski you can still go up the mountain and watch them. There are lots of things to do to for kids, like the horse ride, like you said.

  17. Chez Nannon is somewhere we haven’t tried but will definitely be booking as soon as it opens again… a few people have recommended it to us already and it’s certainly off the beaten track! I love that you got to go out with the ski patrol, I’ll check out the link and see if I can follow in your footsteps (or should that be ‘ski tracks’?!) and learn more about the important work that those guys do!

    1. Chez Nannon was so good, make sure you take your husband because they give you so much food. My mouth is even watering when I think of their food. Definitely, book beforehand though as it was super busy in there and not much room. lol, ski tracks sound better 🙂 Chatel is up next 🙂 Hope you have a great summer season!!

  18. What a beautiful ski spot! It’s always nice to know there’s more to do than just skiing. Thanks for the tip about where to find reliable wifi! The number of times the wifi hasn’t worked in hotels is crazy.

    1. No worries about the wifi, I agree with you about it being crazy in hotels. I am not sure why all hotels don’t offer it, as it just apart of life now 🙂

  19. I’ve never been to Morzine but thanks to your very complete guide I’d certainly be interested in skiing there. Must have been fun to watch the ice hockey and to accompany the ski patrol!

  20. Wow this is definitely a must-try for ski lovers. Your pictures are so tempting! This place looks like the ultimate winter wonderland – it’s hard to even believe it’s real! I love that you added a comprehensive guide so it’s easier to plan for those who would want to go (like me!).

  21. Avoriaz(Morzine France) is a fantastic place to go skiing. Love skiing in Avoriaz late season. I think perfect if you want a small self catered apt. Would recommend however staying in Morzine in a nice chalet that does ski lifts so you get the full combination of the Portes du Soleil with morzine/Les gets. Stunning contrasted ski areas and huge choice

  22. Wow, I’ve actually been here and can attest to everything you’ve said. Unfortunately, as very much a rookie skier, I couldn’t take in all Morzine had to offer on this front but during my time there the food and especially the hockey were great. Also, my photography game isn’t nearly as impressive as yours!

  23. I’ve never skied but I loved this 🙂 Great photo and post and it makes me want to go there right now. Also love your Instagram feed

  24. Morzine in France looks absolutely gorgeous. I have not heard of this ski resort until now, but it would be such a luxury to visit here. Your photos really capture this winter wonderland perfectly.

  25. Wow! This place looks truly amazing! I would love to explore quaint mountain villages by a horse-drawn carriage. And that potato/cheese gratin dish looks yummy too. Never tried one of those before, even though we have skied in France for many years… It’s nice how you always discover new things when traveling!

  26. Oh wow! This looks like amazing skiing. So jealous. Especially of you getting a chance to ski with the patrol crew. It sounds aweosme! Especially if you have a flexible lift pass

  27. Mel, great article on Morzine, you can’t beat French skiing for all sorts of reasons. I was going to ask if you had been to Val d’Isère, my favourite resort, but I have just picked up your earlier article, which I recommend everyone should read if they are planning to visit.

    1. Thank you very much John, I appreciate your comment. I just got back from the French alps yesterday, where I was hiking in the same area. I liked Val d’lsere a lot too and it was my 2nd time there. I will definitely have to check out your blog. Enjoy your weekend.

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