Skiing & Snowboarding in Morzine
Morzine is the beating heart of the vast Portes du Soleil ski area of the Chablais in the French Alps. The mountain ranges from 1000 m to 2300 m and is crisscrossed by 650 km of pistes serviced by over 200 lifts. With its wooden chalets topped by snow, Morzine has kept the traditional atmosphere of a French Alpine town and the huge seasonaire community means there’s always something going on.
Morzine Ski & Snowboard Guide
Summit 3200 m
Vertical Drop 2200 m
Base 1000 m
Cable Cars 14
Chair Lifts 82
Drag Lifts 110
Freeriding Incredible freeriding potential from Avoriaz to Les Prodains.
Freestyle The Stash accessed by the Supermorzine gondola is one of Europe's best parks.
Pistes Super-Morzine has some of the best beginner slopes in the French Alps. 'The Wall' is a great challenge for intermediates.
Beginner Pistes 31
Intermediate Pistes 122
Advanced Pistes 100
Expert Pistes 32
Total Riding 659 km
(Portes du Soleil)
12 December to 19 April
48.50 € Day Pass, 242.50 € 6-Day Pass
Geneva (1 h 20 min)
Office de Tourisme Morzine
26 place du Baraty
Phone: +33 (0)4 50 74 72 72
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Morzine is another of the 14 resorts that together make up the Porte des Soleils. It is known for being pretty, relaxing and easier on the wallet compared to its neighbour, Avoriaz.
The Skiing and Snowboarding
This resort will offer something for everyone, but it is really comes into its own for intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders.
If you’re looking for advanced riding, check out Mont Chery (which also has the advantage of generally being quite quite). The Chamossiere region will also give a decent challenge and some nice views. Bear in mind that the rest of the 13 areas of Porte des Soleils are on your doorstep, so if you run out of challenges in Morzine, it’s just a short and easily accessible hop to any of the other 650km of runs. Aigle Noi (black) and Combe (red) are also recommended for the more advanced boarder.
Morzine offers super off-piste opportunities, dare I say it? Even better than Avoriaz. To access the best of the off-piste take the Nyon or Chamossiere lifts – this will get you right in the thick of the wilderness without any pesky hiking.
For beginners there are plenty of lovely greens and blues (and tons of them), but be warned, they can get crazy busy at times. If it’s your first time ever then head over to the Ecoles Piste and get yourself some top quality instruction. Proclou and Seraussaix are nice easy blues to practice your newfound skills. The Chavannes area is a good spot if you need to get away from the madding crowd.
For freestylers there is a snow park at Morzine and its fine but not massively exciting. There is a better one at Les Gets, or you can head over to Avoriaz for its more extensive freestyling facilities.
Where to Stay
In terms of accommodation there is something for most budgets, though there aren’t currently any 5* hotels. Chalets are popular from the budget (Chalet Hotel Gourmets) to the more upmarket. La Dahu Hotel is a nice clean hotel with spa facilities. The Alpen Roc is a nice cozy option.
Where to Eat
You will never (ever) be stuck for somewhere to eat in Morzine – the place is coming down with an impossible range of all types of eateries. La Grange is a solid mid-price range option serving consistently good food and offering great service. For cheap, cheerful, filling and delicious pizza check out Le Schuss. If you’re on the hunt for a Michelin star you won’t be disappointed either – try L’Atelier in the Hotel Samoyade (but this isn’t your only option).
Morzine has got to be one of the best après joints in the region – its friendly, relaxed and everyone is up for a laugh. The Dixie bar is a popular place and a great place to start the night. Try Le Cavern for live bands, the Boudha Cafe for relaxed vibes, or the Coup de Coeur is a sophisticated wine bar. If you want to party all night you have two options: L’Opera or Le Paradis.