Morzine is part of the enormous Les Portes du Soleil, one of the largest linked ski areas in the world. It consists of 14 resorts and spreads from Lake Geneva in Switzerland through to Mont Blanc in France. The resort is one of the easiest to access being just 40 miles from Geneva Airport (although this can still equate to about 90 minutes transfer time) in the vast Portes du Soleil ski area. It is a traditional family resort with skiing to suit every style, from first timers to powder hounds. Morzine is an attractive bustling town by day and night, the village has a host of activities with pretty pavement cafes, lively bars and a choice of restaurants.
Skiing in Morzine
In total it offers 650kms of high altitude slopes. With so much to choose from skiers of all ability levels are well catered for. Snowboarders can enjoy themselves too in the great selection of snow parks with half pipes and hand rails, located in many of the resorts of the area. The villages are well linked by road and by piste, enabling you to clock up as much or as little ski mileage as you like.
The ski area is a large but relatively gentle area with many easy greens, blues and reds plus a couple of blacks on the Nyon side. Once you have explored the three major areas of Pleney, Nyon and Les Chavannes you can try out the runs on the other side of Les Gets on Mont Chery.
The top resorts in the Portes du Soleil include Avoriaz, Chatel, Les Gets, and Morzine in France, and Champery in Switzerland. The resorts differ in style, with the likes of Avoriaz offering bold modern architecture and a traffic free centre whereas Morzine is a picturesque old style Savoyard town with pretty chalet style houses and lots of character.
Chalets in Morzine
Mountain Heaven's catered chalet the Chamois D'Or is in a prime position right beside the Nyon cable car in Morzine. The chalet has an outside hot tub, perfect for easing those aching muscles after a long hard days skiing, and sleeps between 12 to 14 in 6 en-suite bedrooms. There is an additional bunk bedroom with an en-suite shower. Each bedroom also has a south facing balcony and stunning views.
In Morzine you can drink and dance the night away if you choose to as there is a wide variety of bars and restaurants to choose from. The relaxed atmosphere of Dixie's Bar is always a firm favourite amongst our guests, along with the Tibetan Cafe but the list goes on and on. There is an outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of the town, a bowling alley, shops and a weekly traditional market.
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Things to do in Morzine
There are lots of other activities to do in Morzine if you don't ski or after you have had a day on the slopes. We have put a selection here and more details can be obtained from our hosts and/or from the tourist office that is located in the town centre or look at the resorts website at www.morzine-avoriaz.com
Not had enough during the day? Then ski under floodlights every Thursday from 8pm to 10pm on the Pléney run
There is a great recently opened swimming pool in Morzine centre this has a main 25m pool, a childrens pool, a paddling pool and a spa area with 3 saunas and 2 steam rooms for more details please see their website at www.parc-dereches.com
Ice Skating & Ice Hockey
If you ever fancied seeing an Ice Hockey match then this is your chance. Morzine has its own Ice Hockey team that regularly plays top level games please see www.hcmag.fr for schedule and further information. In addition Morzine has an indoor ice rink that is open to the public during the week and an outdoor ice rink that is open every day (weather permitting).
Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
There are many tours that can be taken on a horse drawn sleigh
Snow Shoe Treks
There are lots of snow shoe trails to be taken with a mountain guide these can be anything from a half day through to a full day with lunch plus also at night with a torchlight dinner, see www.alpirandovtt.com
This is a great activity where you are taken up the Pléney cable car and then you sledge down the closed runs with headlamps and you can also book a meal in a tipi if you like
Another great activity if you have never done it before – www.avoscoot.com
These include the likes of helicopter flights, ice diving, paragliding and Segway tours
Geneva airport is the closest airport to use for Morzine at a distance of 65 km and it takes approximately 1hour and 30 minutes depending on traffic and road conditions.
Car hire is often a cheaper way of getting to the resort if there are only a small number of you. It is an easy drive from the airport.
If arranging car hire yourself and you are arriving at Geneva airport hire the car on the Swiss side of the airport as this is much easier.Please notethat whilst traveling in the Alps snow chains are mandatory from December to April and you can be fined and denied access to the mountains if you do not have them.
There are a number of bus services to Morzine from Geneva Airport
Our Chalets in Morzine are around 600 miles from Calais and reachable usually through a nine hour drive - although this is likley to be longer during busy periods. It's a pleasant drive mainly on motorway toll roads and offers the chance to enjoy the true beauty of the French countryside. There are plenty of ferry services for people to cross the channel, as well as the Eurotunnel services.
You can catch a train from London St Pancras with a change in Paris