The French mountain resort of Morzine is as popular during the ski season as it is in the summer. The resort, which is known for offering a warm welcome, is well-suited to skiers of all abilities.
Morzine is low in height and this means that it is prone to experiencing rain, even when heavy snow is falling on higher grounds. Since the slopes of Morzine consist of grassy pastures, at least some snow is required for you to be able to ski. Snowmaking, however, is on the increase in the resort and this is most noticeable on the runs of Pointe de Nyon and Le Pléney.
Novice skiers will find Morzine’s nursery slopes highly suited to their abilities while advanced skiers will not be disappointed by the thrills of the black runs, which are known for their steep drops and challenging terrain. The routes from the peaks of Pointe de Nyon and Chamossiere, meanwhile, are popular with advanced intermediate skiers and offer stunning views to those who brave them. If you are looking to brush up on your skiing skills, the ski schools and instructors of Morzine have received positive reviews from tourists and locals alike and you can choose between British and French-run ski schools.
While the ambience of Morzine may seem subdued, do not let this fool you! Through its classy wine bars, rustic pubs, lively sports bars and buzzing nightclubs, the resort overs plentiful opportunities for you to engage in après-ski activities following a long day on the slopes. Even if you are not a fan of skiing or drinking, Morzine offers an abundance of activities set to thrill and entertain you, including husky sledding, snowshoe walking and paragliding. While you may not automatically consider Morzine to be a destination associated with retail therapy, the resort boasts a variety of sports and fashion stores.
Morzine’s attractions are easy to explore by car. However, the roads can get busy and the one-way system can be confusing for those new to the resort. From Morzine, it is possible for you to take the hour’s drive to the nearby resorts of Chamonix and Flaine. If you do not plan on driving during your holiday, the resort offers an extensive bus network that links the whole town with the area’s ski lifts, including those of Avoriaz. If you are keen to visit the resort of Les Gets, it is easy to hop aboard a bus that will take you there. Les Gets features many gentle blue and red runs – perfect if you are yet to find your confidence on the slopes.
Accommodation in Morzine consists mainly of small and large chalets. Accommodation is widespread and if you are planning on staying in Morzine for the first time, it is advisable to book accommodation in the centre of the town. Many of the hotels in the area offer mini-bus transportation to and from Morzine’s most popular points of interest.
If you are planning on taking a skiing trip with your whole family, you will find Morzine to be a fine choice. On the mountain, you will find many gentle yet sheltered slopes, in addition to children’s play areas. The Piou Piou Club, which is run by ESF Morzine, provides children aged three to 14 with a welcoming place in which to enjoy a huge a broad range of indoor and outdoor activities. Day care is also widely available and provided by a number of trusted local organisations.