Morzine Ski Resort is in my top 5, favourite skiing destinations in France. 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 also offers a wide range of activities on and off the ski slopes and also has a large selection of restaurants and pubs to cater for your needs.
Table of Contents
- Morzine Ski Resort
- Morzine Ski Runs
- Morzine lift pass
- Outdoor winter activities in Morzine
- Take a horse ride through the Portes du Soleil villages
- Attend an Ice-Hockey game
- Rock the Pistes Festival
- Getting to Morzine from the UK in Winter
- Winter accommodation in Morzine
- Food on the Mountain
- Tips before going to Morzine Ski Resort
- Would I Recommend Skiing in Morzine France
- Discover the Ski Resorts in Portes du Soleil
Not to mention it is part of one of the biggest ski areas in the world, Portes Du Soleil, with over 650kms of runs and is only around an hour and a half from Geneva airport.
Due to this, Morzine Ski Resort is fast becoming incredibly popular with British skiers/snowboarders, as skiing destinations in France.
Morzine Ski Resort
Out of the 12 resorts that make up the Portes Du Soleil ski area, Morzine Ski Resort is the largest and probably the most convenient in regards to resort hopping. It is one of the reasons why I have been to Morzine France 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.
Morzine Ski Runs
Skiing in Morzine France is ideal for everyone especially beginners and families. It has a large range of green and blue runs that are nice and wide so you can practice your turns, 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 ski area.
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Morzine lift pass
Like in my Les Gets Ski Resort Guide your Morzine lift pass is really flexible and you can get a lift pass for both the Morzine/Les Gets Ski area or the whole Portes Du Soleil.
It will depend on your experience, comfort, and budget for what type of Morzine ski pass will suit you. However, the Morzine/Les Gets Ski Pass does not include the Super Morzine & Ardent lifts, which are part of the Avoriaz Ski Resort lift pass.
To miss, the queues buy your Morzine lift pass online and pick it up from the ski office. You can also have it sent out to you in the mail if you wish. Once you lift pass, can also recharge it online when required.
Overview of the Skiing 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
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Outdoor winter activities in Morzine
Skiing with the Ski Patrol
Looking for outdoor winter activities while staying in Morzine France, then how about skiing with the Ski Patrol? I was lucky enough to go skiing with the Ski patrol and learn how they prepare the slopes for your safety. It was one of the winter activities I was looking forward to as it is only offered twice a year during Morzine Loves Women.
I was up at the crack of dawn, as I had an early 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.
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.
Take a horse ride through the Portes du Soleil villages
Another great outdoor winter activity in Morzine is 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 want to take, from 10€ per person for a petit tour to 90€ for a circuit tour to Montriond. It leaves from near the Tourist Office, in the central part of Morzine France and the carriage can fit up to 5 people (6 including the driver).
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The Horse Route
I went on the circuit tour around the 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.
Attend an Ice-Hockey game
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.
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The Ice Rinks
The Morzine Ski Resort France 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.
Rock the Pistes Festival
If you only ever attend one ski festival in your lifetime, then it will have to be Rock the Pistes. It is an annual music festival spread across the entire Portes Du Soleil ski area, held over a period of a week. Each resort hosts a series of both indoor and outdoor events, with the drawcard being the on-piste concerts.
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The festival provides the perfect opportunity to ski or snowboard while enjoying music from international acts. The best bit is the concerts are absolutely FREE and are included in your ski pass.
I attended Rock the Pistes for a few days and to experience exactly what it is like to attend a concert at high altitude in Portes Du Soleil. I had such a wonderful time, the atmosphere was electric, the bands were great and the views across the Alps as the backdrop were stunning. There is no doubt in my mind that this one of the best ski festivals in Europe.
Most of the concerts start in the afternoon after lunch. So if you don’t want to miss out on skiing, get up for the first run of the morning. Then you get the best of both worlds, skiing and music. Ski racks are provided at each concert venue on the slopes, for your equipment. As skis and snowboards must be removed for entering the concert areas.
- The lifts will stay open half an hour later than usual during the week of the music festival.
Having fun in the VIP area at Rock the Pistes Festival
Getting to Morzine from the UK in Winter
Being a popular skiing destination for both a week and weekend trip, Morzine Ski resort is super easy to get to. You have a selection of airports that fly too and they are all short flights from the UK. Once you arrive, there are numerous ways of getting to Morzine from buses, trains, private transfer, shared transfer, or hire a car
Closest Airport to Morzine
The closest airport to Morzine is Geneva international, which is roughly an hour and a half away by car. You have a good selection of major airlines that fly there from London to Geneva every day. It really depends on time, price and who you prefer.
The airlines I use to get there are Easyjet, British Airways and Swiss Air, which is my preferred choice. If I am on a budget and I know well in advance, I find that Easyjet does some good cheap flights.
Taking a transfer from Geneva to Morzine
The easiest way to get to Morzine from Geneva is to take a transfer directly from the airport departure area. Most of the ski transfer companies have a stall next to each other at the Geneva airport. As you come out of departures they are located just on your left hand side.
If you book a private ski transfer, the driver will have a sign as you come out. I have had a private transfer and shared transfer to Morzine from Geneva a few times in winter. Previously used the following companies, Skiidygonzales andAlpybus.
Catching public transport from Geneva to Morzine
If you are on a budget, your best option is to take public transport from Geneva to Morzine, which you can get from the airport. You can catch a train to either Cluses or Thonon-Les-Bains and then a bus directly to Morzine.
Both of these are around 30 minutes (30 km) and there is a regular bus service from the stations to Morzine in winter.
Winter accommodation in Morzine
Being the largest of the 13 resorts in the Portes du Soleil, Morzine has a large selection of accommodation available in winter. From luxury 5 star chalets to hotels, apartments, and hostels there is something for everyone with any type of budget.
Feel free to check current availability for accommodation in Morzine France.
- Morzine uses European adaptors
Food 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 a cute little hut restaurant on the slopes between both Les Gets and Morzine Ski Resorts, 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.
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).
- 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.
La Dez ‘Alp
Centrally located in the Morzine village, La Dez ‘Alp and is open for either Lunch or Dinner. Decorated in a traditional 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 Ski Resort village that you can enjoy while having your meal.
- Ask for a table near the window, to appreciate the views.
Tips before going to Morzine Ski Resort
- You can get FREE WIFI at the tourism office
- 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 the Morzine ski conditions being bad.
- Visit the other resorts Chatel and Champery if you have the time
- Children under the age of 5 can ski for FREE
Would I Recommend Skiing in Morzine France
I really enjoy skiing in Morzine France and it is one of my favourite Ski Resorts. The atmosphere was relaxed, the skiing was great, there were plenty of 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.
With Morzine Ski Resort being at a low altitude, you can’t always ski all the way back to the village. Good ski conditions are not always guaranteed early or late in the season. However, I still would not hesitate to go back to ski, especially with easy access to Geneva airport.
Discover the Ski Resorts in Portes du Soleil
Discover other Ski Resorts in Portes du Soleil, feel free to read the following. All are great options for ski holidays.
- More to offer than a Ski Resort – Lets Gets France
- The Ultimate Skiing Guide – Champéry Switzerland
- A Resort On the Up – Chatél France
Stopping in Geneva before or after skiing in Morzine France, then there are plenty of activities to do. Or maybe simply just want to take a break from skiing.
Thank you for reading my article, I really enjoy skiing in Morzine France and it is a great Ski destination.
Have you been to Morzine Ski Resort or any other of the Portes du Soleil Ski Resorts before? I would love to hear your experiences in the comments below.
Disclaimer: Even though I was invited by the Morzine Ski Resort Tourism office. All views are my own and based on my own experience.