France Ski Accommodation in Morzine, France

Description

Morzine is a traditional year round resort located in the heart of the Chablis Mountain between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc. The resort sits at 900m and links with Les Gets and slightly higher Avoriaz forming the backbone of the Portes du Soleil which is one of the largest ski areas in the Alps covering a total of 650km of piste. The Portes du Soleil also includes 5 other resorts on the French side and 6 Swiss resorts. All the resorts are well connected by piste and road and the ski area has specially designed circuits that have been tailored to every ski level to ensure that everyone can make the most of the entire domain. 


Getting There

Morzine is a short transfer from Geneva so it is the most popular airport for guests flying out to resort, however there are three other airports you could fly to:

88km from Geneva (1hr15)
134km from Chambery (1hr45)
210km from Lyon (2hr20)
213km from Grenoble (2hr30)

There are several companies who offer shared and private transfers from the above airports. Shared transfers will be cheaper but it is worth checking flight times so you are not left waiting for ages at the airport.

Our recommended transfer companies include:

Alpybus provide shared and private transfers from Geneva Airport.

Mountain Drop Offs provide shared and private transfers from Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble and Lyon.

Morzexpress provide shared transfers from Geneva Airport.

Getaway Vans offer shared and private transfers from Geneva Airport. They are available for pickups from other train stations and airports in the area upon request.

Powdercab provides shared and private transfers from Geneva Airport. They are also able to accommodate larger parties of up to 80 people.

Snowcandy provide shared and private transfers from Geneva Airport.

Summit Transfers provide private and shared transfers from Geneva Airport and train station. They also provide local journeys in and around the Portes du Soleil area.

There are two local stations to Morzine so the option of taking the train is very popular. Both Cluses and Thon-des-Baines are approximately an hour away by road. The Eurostar runs from London St Pancras and Ashford in Kent to Paris, from here you can take a TGV train to Bellegarde and then a regional train to Cluses or Thon-des-Baines.

To drive out to Morzine from the UK, you can either take the ferry or the Channel Tunnel. When arriving in France, there are several tolls along the route which will cost approximately €75.


When to Go

Morzine sits at 1000m so it is relatively low altitude compared to other French resort and therefore not always people’s first choice. However, despite its low altitude, the Portes du Soleil has recorded some of the highest levels of snowfall in the past 20 years with Morzine included in these figures. This has earned Portes du Soliel the title as being not only one of the largest ski areas in France but also one of the most snow sure. The good conditions are due to the atmospheric conditions of Morzine and Portes du Soleil with the vicinity between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc creating a micro-climate which causes high levels of precipitation, so as long as the weather remains cool, the snow will fall!

The micro-climate along with the help of many snow cannons means that Morzine has good conditions throughout the season, and due to the slopes being pastures land in the summer, it only takes 10cm of snow for them to be skiable - much less than the resorts high up based on rocks.

Due to its close proximity to Geneva, Morzine is a popular destination for families looking to keep travel time to a minimum so it does get relatively busy during school holidays and prices are more expensive during this week. There are many independent chalet companies in Morzine who offer excellent value accommodation so if you are travelling outside of school holidays you will generally be able to find yourself a good deal.


Where to Stay

Morzine is a large town and therefore much of the accommodation is quite spread out however there is a free shuttle service that runs throughout the resort so it is easy to get about.

There is a good range of accommodation available in Morzine with chalets of all sizes and budgets.



Getting around

Morzine is a large resort but getting around isn’t too difficult.
The town has an efficient bus system. There is a regular route that runs between Super Morzine, Le Pleney and Les Prodains cable cars and there is also a less regular bus that runs to Les Gets and other nearby resorts. Both of these buses are free.

In addition, there are bus routes around Morzine connecting the wider area with the centre. The service is call the Balad’Aulps and runs everyday costing €1.50.

To get to Avoriaz, there are buses that run from Rhodos towards Prodains which run throughout the day. There are also free buses from the centre of Mostine to the Vallee de la Manche via the Nyon bubble.

As an alternative option to the bus, the Petit Train runs throughout the day providing a link between the Super Morzine lift, Pleney lift and swimming pool.


Apres

There are several bars in Morzine which are popular for an apres ski or after dinner drink

For live music at après and throughout the evening Cavern is the place to head to. Offering a generous happy hour from 16:00-18:00 it is sure to quench your thirst after a long day on the slopes.

Dixies is made up of three separate themed areas, an Irish, a Spanish and a British pub. All major sporting fixtures are shown on the big TVs scattered throughout the bar. It does get very busy on game days but this means if you are a sports fan it provides a vibrant atmosphere. It is also a great spot for a game of pool or some casual tapas.

Paradis and Opera are Morzine’s nightclubs, keeping the party going after the other bars shut after 2am.

For those seeking mountain après then Inferno is the place. It regularly features mountainside parties with live bands pumping out music from the Inferno branded double decker bus. You’ll find it bustling with people partying on the tables still in their ski boots and salopettes!

For something a little more sophisticated the Wine Bar at the Chaudanne Hotel boasts high vaulted ceiling and a wine cave containing thousands of varieties. A sommelier is on hand to offer their recommendations and a tapas menu provides the perfect accompaniment.

Finally a trip to Morzine is not complete without a trip to its most famous spot, Bar Robinson. Owned by locals since the early 20th century, this bustling spot never fails to offer one of the best après sessions. Only serving one type of lager, the local Mutzig, Bar Robinsons offers a sun spot terrace to enjoy a few!


Eating out

Morzine offers a good selection of restaurants on and off the mountain:

Le Grillon offers typical Savoyard delicacies on the mountain. This cosy venue works great for larger groups as it can easily accommodate big tables, this joined with reasonable prices and tasty cheesy sharing dishes is a winning combination. Recommendations include the baked vacherin cheese served with cured meats and potatoes.

L’Atelier housed in the 3* Hotel Le Samoyede it is one of the finest restaurants that Morzine has. Local chef Alexandre Boud- Pachon trained across Europe and came home to set up L’Atelier in 2004. His talents have earned the establishment the highly coveted Michelin Star. The place to head to if you are looking to experience fine dining and an extensive wine list. Highlights include the duck foie gras with artichokes and chicken with a tarragon sauce.

Mamas prides itself on fresh ingredients. A seasonnaire favourite this restaurant specialises in pizzas, burgers and Thai curries.

Satellite Coffee is deceivingly named after a run in Avoriaz, this café is nestled in the heart of Morzine it is famous for its baked breakfast goods but also its lunch time offerings.

L’Etale is noted as one of Morzine’s best restaurants. With a vast menu there is something to please even the fussiest of eaters from fresh pizzas to salad to fondue it does everything! Located at the base of the Pleney run it is ideal for either lunch or dinner.

La Chamade is one of Morzine’s more upmarket restaurant specialising in fish and other delicacies such as ballotine of rabbit and duck pie. They also cater for children with a very good children’s menu.

Bec Jaune is a microbrewery serving more unusual dishes such as spicy rice bowls and noodles. Equally popular with seasonnaires and guests it is a great place for après in addition to its food menu it has an array of local beers which change week to week. Also try their homemade ice-cream on the warmer spring days. Especially recommended for vegetarians and vegans.



Activities

Morzine is a year round resort and offers a wide range of activities off the slopes:

Ice Skating
Ice Diving
Leisure centre with swimming pool, sauna, steam room and relaxation room
Local dairy farm
Wood sculpting workshops
Winter walks
Cross country routes
Cinema



Ski School

Morzine has a good selection of ski schools offering both group and private lessons. Private lessons will be more intense but group lessons will generally work out cheaper.

We would recommend that you book your lessons in advanced as they can sell out, especially if you are travelling on a peak week.

Top ski schools in Morzine include:

New Generation is one of the smaller Ski Schools in Morzine but it prides itself on specifically matching the right instructor to its guests. They offer top quality off piste guiding and coaching.

Easy 2 Ride have been in operation for over 15 years. They offer group and private ski schools with a personal touch, aiming to keep their group sizes low.

ESF has over 150 instructors in the area. They offer the biggest range of options, taking in pupils as young as 3 taking their first few steps on snow, to those wanting to try something new such as biathlon. They also have the widest range of multilingual instructors.

Ski Beyond Ski School have over 10 years of experience working in the Portes du Soleil, so they know all the best kept secrets. They offer a bespoke service to boost confidence and technique through private and group lessons as well as ski clinics.

Evolution 2 with maximum group lesson sizes of 8 they are amongst the smallest shared lesson sizes. If you want to learn to carve, telemark or even dabble in cross country skiing they have an instructor to meet your requirements.


Getting around

Morzine is a large resort but getting around isn’t too difficult.
The town has an efficient bus system. There is a regular route that runs between Super Morzine, Le Pleney and Les Prodains cable cars and there is also a less regular bus that runs to Les Gets and other nearby resorts. Both of these buses are free.

In addition, there are bus routes around Morzine connecting the wider area with the centre. The service is call the Balad’Aulps and runs everyday costing €1.50.

To get to Avoriaz, there are buses that run from Rhodos towards Prodains which run throughout the day. There are also free buses from the centre of Mostine to the Vallee de la Manche via the Nyon bubble.

As an alternative option to the bus, the Petit Train runs throughout the day providing a link between the Super Morzine lift, Pleney lift and swimming pool.


Family ski

Morzine is a popular resort for families largely due to its close proximity to Geneva making it a popular choice for families wanting to keep travel time to a minimum.

For families looking for childcare, the L’Outa Nursery cares for children between 3 months to 5 years. The creche offers age appropriate activities both indoor and outdoor.

There are also several private nanny companies who offer flexible levels of high quality care:

Deborah Porter nannies bring toys and activities to the chalet, offering private daytime and evening babysitting services.

Happy Feet is a small operator with only a handful of nannies available for private and babysitting services for all ages.

Cheeky Monkeys pride themselves on offering a home from home service for your children allowing as little disruption from their day to day routine as possible. They also offer the rental of childcare equipment such as cots and prams.

Alpine Nannies is a more unique service linking parents with independent nannies and babysitters directly. This allows the parents more choice in their nanny and guarantees the parents can talk to the nanny before travel. Alpine Nannies still conduct all the important security checks as the other companies.


Group Ski

Morzine is a popular resort for a group ski holiday offering something for everyone from beginner slopes to challenging off piste runs. Morzine sits in the heart of the Portes du Soleil along with 11 other resorts so there is plenty of piste to explore.

Morzine sits at a relatively lower altitude of 1000m but links with the higher resort or Avoriaz so does offer good snow-sure skiing throughout the season and for groups not restricted to school holidays, you can manage to bag yourself a really good deal during the early or late weeks of the season.

Morzine town is relatively spread out but there is a free resort shuttle so it makes travelling around relatively easy. Morzine has a good range of restaurants, bars and clubs so it is a popular choice for groups looking to go out.


Childcare

Morzine is a wonderfully child-friendly ski resort, both on and off the pistes. If the kids need a break from skiing or you fancy something different, the resort has a wide range of alternative activities to enjoy together.

Tobogganing

Off to the left of the Pleney gondola sits a fantastic tobogganing slope, free of skiers and perfect to spend an hour of two burning off excess energy before heading home to the chalet. Parents can let the kids climb as high as they feel comfortable and catch them at the bottom before they run up for another go. If you’re a child in possession of a bum-board or toboggan, this is the place to be!

Activities in Town

If the weather closes in and you would prefer to be indoors, there are two cinemas in Morzine screening films in English. You can pick up a guide in the Tourist Office which details what’s on and when, and if you look out for the VO symbol (Version Originale) then the film will be in English.
The resort’s bowling alley sits just off the high street, and is also a good place to head to in bad weather, when it’s not nice to be on the pistes.
Right in Morzine town centre sits a beautiful merry-go-round. For parents enjoying a stroll through town with little ones, it’s a wonderful way of spending a few fun-filled minutes.

Swimming

For keen swimmers, Morzine has a very new Aquatic Centre with learners’ pool, baby pool and water games for children. The pool is fully supervised by lifeguards and swimming lessons are run as well. The pool is open daily from midday to 8pm and between midday and 2pm, then 7-8pm there’s a happy hour with reduced prices. http://www.morzine-avoriaz.com/indoor-swimming-centre.html

Ice Skating

For something extra exciting, you can take the children to the ice rink to catch an ice-hockey match. The local team, the Morzine Penguins, are amazing to watch and they are actually very high up in the National League they play in. Play is fast and furious, a really exciting way to spend an evening out. http://www.morzine-avoriaz.com/ice-rink.html

Forest Walk

If you want to take the children for a stroll through the forest, there’s a route which starts to the left of the sports centre and runs out of town along a stream. It’s very picturesque, and a few minutes in you get to a small play park.


The Piste

The piste in Morzine is split into four different areas - Pleney Area, Nyon Area, Chamossiere and Super Morzine.

The Pleney Area is where the main Pleney lift is located that offers access to the main Morzine slopes. The runs in this area are a mix of blues and reds as well as one black run.
The ski school meeting point is located here and the lift connects Morzine with Les Gets.

The Nyon Area is the ideal spot for the powder enthusiasts. The area is located slightly further from the centre and is the highest peak in resort at 2012m.
Many of-piste runs are located here as it has some of the best conditions in resort. If you are planning on skiing off-piste then it is advisable to hire a local guide as they will often include the rental of avalanche equipment and a tutorial on how to use it.

For beginner skiers, there are several blue runs from the Lavouet chair which are popular places to try after graduating off the wider blues of Pleney. There are also some more challenging red runs here including the Combe and Chamois.

The Chamossiere is one of the smaller areas in Morzine. For advanced skiers, the un-pisted mogul field Creux and steep, narrow red or Arbis are popular runs.

The Super Morzine is the quickest way to access Avoriaz. The piste here offers some excellent skiing. The blue runs including Zore and Tetras are great for beginners, and there are also some steeper slopes offering the ideal place to improve technique.


Ski School

Morzine has a good selection of ski schools offering both group and private lessons. Private lessons will be more intense but group lessons will generally work out cheaper.

We would recommend that you book your lessons in advanced as they can sell out, especially if you are travelling on a peak week.

Top ski schools in Morzine include:

New Generation is one of the smaller Ski Schools in Morzine but it prides itself on specifically matching the right instructor to its guests. They offer top quality off piste guiding and coaching.

Easy 2 Ride have been in operation for over 15 years. They offer group and private ski schools with a personal touch, aiming to keep their group sizes low.

ESF has over 150 instructors in the area. They offer the biggest range of options, taking in pupils as young as 3 taking their first few steps on snow, to those wanting to try something new such as biathlon. They also have the widest range of multilingual instructors.

Ski Beyond Ski School have over 10 years of experience working in the Portes du Soleil, so they know all the best kept secrets. They offer a bespoke service to boost confidence and technique through private and group lessons as well as ski clinics.

Evolution 2 with maximum group lesson sizes of 8 they are amongst the smallest shared lesson sizes. If you want to learn to carve, telemark or even dabble in cross country skiing they have an instructor to meet your requirements.


Equipment Hire

There is a good selection of ski hire shops located in Morzine that offer a wide range of winter sports equipment. It is advisable that you pre-book equipment in advance as many stores will offer online discounts.

Recommended hire shops in Morzine include:

Caribou Sports Rental is fully equipped with a wide range of high quality ski and snowboards. They pride themselves on efficient hassle free fittings. This shop is located at the base of the Pleney lift in the centre of the town. They also offer a service for their customers to store their rental equipment in the shop over night to save lugging it back and forth to the slopes each morning. This is great if you have ski school as they meet just opposite this shop.

Intersport is a staple of most Alpine ski resorts. There are several located around the areas of Morzine, so this a great one if you are not staying near the Town Square. These are located in the Pleney, Super Morzine and Rue du Bourg vicinities. The Rue du Bourg also offers an additional service in which they will collect you up from your accommodation, take you to the shop for the fitting and then drop you and your equipment back off at your accommodation. This service costs an additional 15€.

Francois Baud Freeride Ski Hire is located at the base of the Pleney lift. Offering a range of products including avalanche kits and servicing of your own equipment, as well as an array of rental equipment.

Skimium is another frequenter of Alpine resorts. They often have good discount offers online so it is worth checking before booking. All Skimium shops are run independently so the equipment is different from store to store. This is a great one to try if you are after something specific as they do communicate with one another. There are three dotted around Morzine near the Pleney, Ardent and Les Prodains lifts.

Sport Okaz is a great spot to try if you are looking to purchase or sell second hand equipment. Especially at the end of the season there are some great bargains to find.

ABC Sports located at the base of the Super Morzine cable car. Offer state of the art servicing on your own equipment as well as a range of equipment from top brands. As a partner of Caribou Sports Rental, they offer the same overnight locker service to their customers.

Alpine Sports Shop is next to the Super Morzine lift on the high street, offering top quality equipment at a competitive price.

Ski Republic located at the bottom of the Pleney lift. Another one who often have some good deals online. They pride themselves for offering a simple and swift service.

Doorstep Skis is a more premium service, offering fittings in the comfort of your own accommodation. It is a relatively small independent company but they do have a large turnover of skis, updating them at the start of every season. They also offer services to your own equipment using their environmentally friendly wax. 1% of all of their bookings are donated to CoolEarth. They also stock snowshoes.


Lift Passes

There are two lift pass options in Morzine - the Super Morzine Pass and the full Portes du Soleil pass.

The below prices are based on the current rates in resort and may change at the time of booking

6 Day Ski Pass         Super Morzine Pass     Portes du Soleil Pass
Adult (13-64yrs)         €191                             €260
Child (5-12yrs)           €149                             €195
Senior (65-75yrs)       €169                             €234

Free passes are available for children under 5yrs and adults over 75yrs, proof of age is required.

Discounts are available for groups or two or three. The duo pass carries approximately a €15 discount and the trio pass carries approximately a €24 discount. The discounts are only valid on Portes du Soleil passes purchased for 6 days or longer in a single transaction.

Family passes are available for groups of 2 adults and 2 children. The pass carries a 10% discount and is only valid on passes for 6 days on more bought in the same transaction.

There are two beginner lifts located at the base of the Pleney lift. There is the option of purchasing 1 trip for €1 or 10 trips for €10 so this is a popular choice for complete beginners to learn before progressing onto the main slopes.

Lift passes can be purchased online or in the tourist office in resort, or alternatively you can pre-book your pass through your tour operator who will deliver it to your accommodation when you arrive in resort.


Piste
Morzine, France Snow Report
Current conditions
Temp: 5° C
Wind: 16mph
Direction: sw
Conditions: Clear skies
New Snow
24hrs: 3cm
Snow Depth
Top: 270cm
Base: 45cm

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