Morzine Ski Holidays
France

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Morzine is nestled in the heart of the Chablis Mountains set between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, this idyllic resort combines history with the innovation of modern skiing. Old Mining and farming routes are still evident throughout the village. This tradition is echoed with weekly farmers market offering local produce. Open all year round it has a feel of a market town rather than a purpose built ski village.

Despite the resort sitting at 900m, it links with Les Gets and slightly higher Avoriaz, the trio form the backbone of the Portes du Soleil, one of the largest ski areas in Europe covering 650km. The Portes du Soleil also includes another 5 resorts on the French side and an additional 6 Swiss resorts. All of these resorts are easily accessible via an extensive transport network combining lifts and free local shuttle services ensuring that you will be able to get back to your accommodation regardless of the weather. Specially designed circuits have been tailored for every ski level to ensure that everyone can equally make the most of the entire area. These trails are marked by animals for each level such as a beer, white deer, ibex, reindeer and jackdaw.

Morzine has long had a connection with the Brits, with some people visiting the French resort as long ago as Edwardian times to skate on the frozen lake and telemark on the surrounding mountains. After building its first cable car in 1934, it did not fully realise its fame until after the 1960 Winter Olymipics in Squaw Valley. Residents of the town united to enter a single skier into the mens downhill. Jean Vuarnet returned triumphant with his gold medal, officially making Morzine one of the leading European ski resorts. Upon his return the residents was gifted the task of creating the higher ski station of Avoriaz and from here he went on to link up other neighbouring villages and the Portes du Soleil was born.

Morzine is renowned for cruisy tree lined runs making it ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers. More advanced skiers are attracted to the broad network of lifts and the far reaching runs that this offers.

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!
Due to the family friendly nature of Morzine it hosts a wide variety of extra activities if you fancy taking a break from the slopes or have some group members who want to enjoy the mountains but do not ski.

Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the mountain. Alpine resorts have a wealth of unique wildlife as well as breathtaking nature views. Guides are the best way to show you around and make sure that you go on the best routes for the current weather.

Morzine has a dedicated world class indoor Ice Skating rink called the Skoda Arena  as well as a an outdoor rink. The Skoda Arena is also the home of the Penguins, Morzine’s Premier League Ice Hockey team.

Ice Diving in Lake Montriand, Scuba diving under a frozen lake sounds impossible but with a qualified guide and a dry suit it is a once in a lifetime event. Lac Montriand is the 3rd largest lake in Haute de Savoie region and 19 metres deep it offers a unique activity. 

Take a break in Morzine’s Swimming pool complex, Parc des Dereches. With a large children’s paddling pool large 25m long main pool. It also offers adult only spa areas with saunas, steam room and relaxation room. If you are looking for more water activities head up to Avoriaz’s Aquariaz, fitted with climbing walls above a large pool, lazy river, water playhouse and open air spa just to name a few!

Massages are widely available with the option of going to a spa or simply enjoying a relaxing massage in the comfort of your own chalet.

Due to the historical nature of the town there are many more unique experiences on offer. The local dairy farm, La Fruitiere d’Alpage offer weekly cheese making demonstrations or experience the local slate mine, if you are wanting to go a bit further then try the wood sculpting workshop. The local library also often has a variety of exhibitions and art celebrating the local Savoyard culture.

Winter Walks are well marked throughout the village, up the mountain and the wider valley. Additionally the tourist office has guidebooks to illustrate the routes. All of the trails are suitable for children and all terrain mountain buggies are available for hire locally. Pedestrian passes are also available to those who wish to explore the mountain without skiing.

Morzine offers 5 different cross country routes. Access to the routes at the base are free but a pass is required for the Nordic skiing routes up the mountain. Equipment for this is available to hire or to buy in most of the local ski shops.
There is a cinema located in the centre. Cinema Rex offers a variety of family friendly and adult films. To find out English showings keep an eye on the Facebook page.

This is just a selection of the activities that Morzine has to offer in addition to the slopes. For the animal lovers try a horse drawn sleigh or husky sledding. For the adrenaline seekers try parapenting or ice climbing. There truly is something for every age and something to meet everyone’s interests.

Ice Skating

74110

Morzine

+33 4 50 79 08 43

Swimming

608 bis Route du Palais des Sports

74110

Morzine

+33 4 50 79 01 69

Walking & Hiking

Morzine

There is a wide range of restaurants, cafes and snack bars all around the Portes de Soleil. These are some of the highlights exclusively in Morzine:

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.

Good for Couples

Le Clin d'Oeil

74110

Morzine

+33 450 79 03 10

Good for Couples

Les Vents d'Anges

74110

Morzine

+33 4 50 37 66 71

Good for Family

La Chaudanne

590 route de la plagne

74100

Morzine

+33 450 79 12 68

Good for Family

La Grange

60 chemin de la Coutettaz

74110

Morzine

+33 450 75 96 40

Good for Friends

Bec Jaune Brewery

220 Route de la Combe À Zore

74110

Morzine

+33 4 50 79 08 44

Good for Friends

Inferno Bar Restaurant

74110

Morzine

+33 7 81 41 13 47

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.

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RESORT STATISTICS

  • ALTITUDE

    1000m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    6km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    2350m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    212

  • TOTAL PISTE

    650km



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