Morzine has for many years been a popular French skiing resort. Lying beneath Avoriaz, it is close to the Portes du Soleil circuit with its hundreds of kilometres of pistes. At one thousand metres Morzine is fairly low lying and snow can at times be sparse. This can of course be overcome by the use of snow machines. The local skiing is more suited to families with young children, beginners and those at intermediate level. There are ski schools for both children and adults and there is a crèche for babies. Accommodation is good and the evening entertainment is lively.
Why Go To Morzine?
Morzine is an attractive market town, one of the most northerly of the French alpine resorts. It is a well established resort with excellent amenities, good accommodation and a lively nightlife. Its gently wooded slopes are ideal for beginners and families and it is close to other more taxing courses.
Who Is Morzine Popular With?
Morzine is very popular with families and novice skiers who are attracted by the gently wooded slopes of this low altitude resort. Although there is little locally to tax the skills of the advanced skier, Morzine is close to many exciting pistes with hundreds of kilometres of slopes.
When To Go To Morzine
Whilst the Morzine ski season lasts from mid December until mid April, there are times when the snow is sparse owing to the low altitude of the resort.
Morzine - The Place
Morzine was once a small village with an economy based on the mining of slate and of agriculture. It is now a thriving market town and a very popular skiing resort. Only fifty kilometres from Geneva, it benefits from a short transfer time. Morzine has a wide range of accommodation from hotels to self-catering apartments as well as serviced and self-catering chalets.
Skiing in Morzine is divided into three sectors. To the west is Pleney which is the main mountain and where you will find the ski schools. The wide plateau at the top provides ideal conditions for beginners although there is little here for experts. Lifts at the top of Plessey take you to the south to Nyon-Chamossierre where there are more demanding runs. The third route, Super Morzine takes you to the mountain tops of Avoriaz. There are no areas dedicated to snowboarders.
Morzine has ski schools for every level of ability and for children from the ages of three to twelve. There is also a nursery and a crèche for babies. Parents wishing to use this facility must bring evidence of current vaccinations and book their place prior to arrival.
The Palais Des Sports has an indoor ice rink where hockey matches are held. There is also an outdoor rink for skating and curling, a gymnasium and a weight room. There is also an olympic size swimming pool in the town.
Tours of the town can be taken by a horse drawn sleigh or a dog sleigh.
Morzine is not only a skiing resort. It is very popular in the summer with hill walkers, mountain climbers, cavers and mountain bikers.
A Morzine skiing holiday offers good family skiing with opportunities for advanced skiers a short distance from the town.
Morzine's nightlife is lively with bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs providing evening entertainment. Many of the bars have large screens where visitors can keep up with the sports scene at home. The Pleney in the town centre is where most of the action is found.
Morzine has a good number of sport shops as well as grocery stores and those selling gifts and souvenirs. The local pottery makes a popular memento. Market stalls provide a wonderful array of local foods.
As a fair sized town, Morzine has a large number of restaurants serving a variety of food that cater for even the most conservative of palates. There are fast food outlets, as well as brasseries providing traditional Savoyard fare and restaurants serving international cuisine.