Skiing in Morzine
Located in the Haut Chablais mountain range, it sits close to the French-Swiss border between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc together with its main neighbouring resorts, Avoriaz and Les Gets.
There are après-ski spots aplenty to keep the action going when the sun goes down, and a wide range of excellent social events throughout the season, including the popular Rock the Pistes week in March when the slopes are buzzing with live bands, while in the summer, crowds flock to renowned mountain biking events Pass’portes du Soleil and Crankworx.
Ski lifts leave both sides of the town centre in Morzine and there are plenty of traditional low-level chalet-style buildings helping the resort’s reputation for charm and character.
As well as skiing, you can try activities like snowshoeing, ice skating and ice climbing, or even dive into the icy depths of Lake Montriond – not for the faint-hearted!
All said, when you want a brilliant blend of traditional Alpine culture, great skiing for all abilities and comfy accommodation, Morzine is a marvellous choice for your next French ski holiday.
The magnificent slopes of Morzine, France have something special to offer skiers of all ages and abilities – here’s your crucial information on skiing here:
Beginners will feel completely comfortable in the Morzine – Les Gets ski area. There are plenty of novice-friendly green and blue runs, and ski lessons often commence at the Morzine Pléney Telecabine, where a covered ‘magic carpet’ takes starter skiers back up to the top of the slope so that they can focus fully on improving their technique rather than worrying about negotiating ski lifts. Alternatively, the Zore and Tetras runs are usually very quiet and suitable for beginners.
Morzine is renowned for its efforts over the years to enhance its offering for families with young children and there are a number of themed runs that kids absolutely adore. The Little Indian Run in Les Gets at Chavannes is good fun, and the Penguin Park and Magic Forest are located just off Piste B and feature forest animal obstacles and small whoops that gradually build skills while delivering excellent entertainment.
Intermediate skiers can build their confidence at the Rainfolly bowl in Les Gets, where there are plenty of long, wide and cruisy red and blue runs, while the red and black runs of the Chamoissière and Nyon areas in Morzine represent a challenge for anyone ready to up their game.
Advanced skiers should grab a full Portes du Soleil ski pass to access the full monty of tricky pistes in the wider area, including the black runs of Grand Combes, Mont Chéry and the notorious Chavanette (also known as the Swiss Wall).
Beginner boarders can find their feet in Morzine and elsewhere in Portes du Soleil, but it’s perhaps slightly better suited to intermediate and advanced enthusiasts. Here’s the lowdown on snowboarding in Morzine:
For some boarders, the off-piste opportunities available in Morzine are even better than Avoriaz – put safety first and take a guide with great local knowledge, but the Nyon or Chamoissière ski lifts will take you right into the untamed areas where adventure awaits.
For intermediates, there are plenty of easy greens and blues around Morzine which are great fun, and Proclou and Seraussix are cool blue runs for honing your skills. If these areas get rather busy, the Chavannes area is usually quieter and still provides quality powder.
Snowpark d’Arare was France’s first dedicated facility for boarders – established in 1993, it sits above Morzine/Avoriaz and often offers considerable black and red kickers, while you can safely practice jumps on the big air bag. The world-famous Superpipe is a little lower down, just above the Prodains Express – even if you don’t fancy having a go yourself, watching top riders tackle this beast is often one of the best parts of a Morzine snowsports holiday.
Snow Conditions in Morzine
A resort height of just 1000m means uninitiated skiers are often concerned about how snow-sure Morzine is. Whilst the consistently superb snow history of neighbouring Avoriaz catches the attention of many skiers, Morzine's geographical location in the midst of Portes Soleil means it benefits from a unique Alpine microclimate. Find out more about snow conditions in Morzine here:
The pistes at Morzine and Les Gets are mostly located in pasture land rather than rock, which means they’re simple to maintain and only require a small amount of snow (10-15cm) on them to open.
Morzine punches above its weight when it comes to average snow depth on its upper slopes – it can actually compete with Val d’Isère on this metric, despite the latter resort being considerably higher.
Morzine also compares favourably with Méribel in terms of snow quality and retention – Méribel has a base altitude of 1450-1700m however Morzine has fewer south-facing slopes, so there’s more chance of finding crisp slopes and less sun exposure.
Morzine’s most recent seasonal snowfall stats reveal a total snowfall of 258cm, a total of 20 snowfall days, largest snowfall of 25m, average base depth of 78cm, maximum base depth of 120cm, average summit depth of 153cm and maximum summit depth of 295cm.
The après-ski options at Morzine are as diverse as the action on the slopes – here are a few highlights:
Robinsons is known as ‘Robbos’ to locals and it’s a must-visit while you’re in Morzine. The only beer on tap is the super-strong Mutzig brand – because patrons consume it so liberally this bar shuts at 8pm to avoid things becoming a little too merry!
Dixie Bar is close to Robbos at the bottom end of Morzine and it’s another popular spot – there are three separate bars with Spanish, Irish and British themes, large screen TVs showing live sports and plenty of pool tables.
Le Tremplin is at the bottom of the Stade run and Pléney cable car and this is one of the best places to party – there are live DJs on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, a lively outdoor bar serving beer and spirits, and another cosy external area with rugs and heating which is a bit more laid-back.
The Tibetan Café is another brilliant bar which is a great place to mix and mingle – to save repeated trips to the bar, order the trademark ‘metre of beer’, which is a tall container with a dinky tap at the bottom for perfect pouring!
L’Opera is the most famous nightclub in Morzine – dance the night away here to everything from cheesy Europop to trance and techno – if you can manage it after the Mutzig! It’s open from just after midnight to 5am, so don’t make any plans for the next day that are too ambitious.
Morzine is open year round, so there are always plenty of activities on offer and facilities are available for skiers and non-skiers alike – for instance, the Parc des Dérêches is a well-appointed leisure centre with a swimming pool and ice rink. For convenience, free shuttle buses stop serve Morzine centre brilliantly and connect you with Nyon, Ardent and Prodains.
If you’re staying at the Aiglon de Morzine, we can contact the Manager in advance and your Morzine ski hire will be waiting for you at reception as soon as you arrive.
You are most better off pre-booking your Morzine ski passes directly with us at Erna Low part of your customised ski holiday package. Avoid the long queues in the snow at the lifts and ticket offices when you purchase your ski pass with us. All you need to do when you arrive at Morzine is drop your bags, strap in your ski boots and hit the slopes because you will already have received your ski pass. Ask us about available offers on the lifts at Morzine and checkout our ski pass page for more information.
Many Morzine hotels and apartments have their own spa and pool facilities, but Parc des Dérêches has three saunas and two steam rooms as well as its 25 x 15 m pool.
There are two fairly large supermarkets in Morzine for all your essentials and a selection of shops offering local fare and sports gear.
Morzine is very well equipped for children – read on to find out what’s on offer.
Club Piou Piou, the children’s club from renowned Morzine ski school ESF, provides excellent instruction for kids aged 3-14 years old.
Morzine library regularly runs children’s events and for something a little livelier, there’s night sledding, snowshoe treks, teenage discos, horse-drawn carriage tours and toboggan runs.
L’Outa nursery cares for children from aged 3 months to six years.
Morzine offers a deep and diverse selection of nursery slopes and green, blue, red and black runs, as well as ample off-piste skiing areas.
There are 11 snow parks in the ski domain, one half pipe, five boardercross runs and night skiing is available every Thursday evening.
Portes du Soleil is one of the world’s foremost ski areas and offers amazing on-piste action for skiers of all ages and aptitudes.