● 650km of pistes – the largest ski area in the world
● 285 slopes: 32 black, 100 red, 122 blue, 31 green
● 8m+ snowfall every season – the most in France
● 11 snowparks and border/ski-cross courses
● Endless off-piste terrain
On Snow: One of the best off-piste descents in the Alps runs from the top of Avoriaz back into the Vallee de la Manche – book a guide to experience a day you’ll never forget
Après: Sample one of Chrigl’s fantastic beers at Le Bec Jaune, a superb micro-brewery that brings a touch of urban style to the heart of Morzine
Morzine is at the heart of the Portes du Soleil, a vast ski area with statistics to dwarf other resorts. There are 650km of groomed runs – the largest linked ski area in the world – taking in 12 traditional towns and villages across both France and Switzerland.
The unique selling point of the Portes du Soleil is the on-snow experience. Pistes of every orientation from high altitude powder bowls to beautiful winding tree-lined runs down into the villages; not to mention the limitless off-piste. There’s something for every ability from those learning for the very first time, through to the seasoned skier looking for the ultimate challenge. No two days are the same here, in fact, no two weeks are!
Morzine is a bustling Alpine town, full of character and atmosphere. The old streets in the village centre are still largely made up of traditional wooden chalets set against a dramatic mountain backdrop. There’s a real Savoyard charm to life here which is missing from so many ‘purpose built’ resorts.
There’s something for everyone in the town, with a wide variety of shops and boutiques from delicatessens to designer brands. There’s also a cinema showing the latest releases and a sumptuous new pool and spa complex featuring several indoor pools, hammams and saunas – all with the most fantastic views. You’ll also find a large arena, home to the Morzine-Avoriaz Penguins, a professional ice hockey team playing in France’s Elite League; it’s well worth watching a game if they’re at home whilst you’re in town.
Our Favourite Places
The most charming of mountain restaurants set above the Pleney lift in Morzine. Be sure to ask our staff to make you a reservation as it is extremely popular with very limited seating inside the charming old mountain hut. A must-stop for lunch and a fine red wine, at least once during a stay… perhaps more often.
A fabulous fine-dining experience for those special occasions. Refined cuisine from a kitchen stacked with Michelin-starred experience. We would thoroughly recommend the Fantaisie Chablaisienne tasting menu along with the wine parings. This is an eight course feast inspired by seasonal local specialities, crafted to perfection.
One of Morzine’s longest running restaurants and subject to a superb renovation a few years ago. The menu is extensive, the atmosphere cosy and the food delicious. Downstairs there’s a vaulted wine bar with glass front cellars which is a great place for an aperitif. La Chaudanne is a superb option for families, being welcoming to children whilst also delivering a dining experience that all the family will enjoy.
Bec Jaune Brewery
Morzine’s own brew pub is a fantastic place to unwind after a day on the mountain. With up to 5 or 6 different craft beers on tap – all brewed on-site – there’s something for every taste, in fact they’ve even become popular among the Morzinoise locals who would typically have been found in one of the village’s wine bars. We would particularly recommend their house IPA – an American-style brew that is full of flavour.
Geneva airport is only just over an hour away, making Morzine one of the most accessible resorts in the Alps. Regular scheduled flights to destinations across Europe make connections simple.
Those travelling by private jet will also want to consider the regional airports at Annemasse and Annecy, both of which are less than an hour away.