Haute Savoie / France
Morzine, in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area, has hamlets and villages dotted around the main town. Unlike many modern ski resorts, Morzine is a thriving village all year round Christmas, summer and more. When the snow melts, pistes are replaced by lush green pastures, criss-crossed by mountain biking and hiking trails. In the village, traditional Savoyard charm combines with great facilities so that there’s always plenty to do.
Morzine, which was once a traditional market town of the French Alps, has grown to become one of France’s most popular ski resorts perfect for Christmas and New Year.
Originally known for agriculture and slate mining, Morzine started to attract tourists in the 1920s when the first hotel was opened here. This brought valuable income to the town and in 1934 the Pleney cable-car was built, attracting mountaineers to the valley. This was only the second cable-car to be built in France and it paved the way for further development of the town over the following decades. As skiing became more popular — and more daring — taking a holiday in Morzine soon became as popular in winter as in the summer.
Part of the vast Portes du Soleil ski area that covers a dozen resorts in two countries, Morzine offers access to an incredible 650km of downhill skiing.
Morzine’s own ski area is made up of two sectors — the first linking the resort to its neighbour Les Gets, and the second Super Morzine and Avoriaz, which rises to 2,466m altitude. There is plenty to explore purely in these Morzine ski areas, with something for all abilities — from novice skiers through to experienced powderhounds! Take in the extensive Portes du Soleil ski area as well and you really are spoilt for choice, with the much-loved snowpark The Stash as well as other snowparks, plus skier-cross areas, look-out points, and mountain restaurants for all tastes. You can even enjoy night skiing here.
There is a choice of British ski schools, so tuition in English is easy to organise, and the French ESF ski school offers English speaking instructors too. Just request one when you book.
Cross-country skiers can also enjoy 95km of trails here, with five separate areas offering something for all levels.
The pistes of Morzine provide plenty of scope for all abilities. Beginners will appreciate the gentle, sheltered slopes, while intermediates will adore the tree-lined pistes of Pleney. There are also plenty of challenging runs for more experienced skiers.
Ski in Morzine and you have access to one of the most famous ski areas in the world — the Portes du Soleil. A perfect resort for families and those who like clocking up the kilometres, Morzine has a loyal following of visitors who return year after year.
Beginners have a choice of some excellent nursery slopes all set in the heart of Morzine's ski area, while intermediates can quickly graduate up from Morzine to Avoriaz, and the more testing runs that take in Switzerland.
Expert skiers will love the challenging terrain on offer. Runs such as the Swiss Wall — one of the steepest black runs in the Alps - along with the World Cup descent down from Avoriaz down to Morzine are just the start.
It is possible to take a basic tour of the Portes du Soleil in one day, but if time is limited, the slopes around Morzine offer plenty to keep you entertained. Take a look at the Morzine piste map.
Morzine prides itself on being family and large group friendly, and with a great choice of winter activities and world-class ski tuition, it’s no surprise that it’s so popular. Morzine is a fabulous family ski resort, and with the prestigious Famille Plus status, there are plenty of activities to keep the children happy. From experienced, English-speaking ski instructors for a great day's skiing, to great sledging runs and horse-drawn sleigh rides, the kids are sure to be busy on a sunny wintry day. And if the weather turns, there are also bowling alleys and the cinema in the centre of Morzine, as well as the excellent aquatic centre, so whatever the weather, you can keep the kids entertained with just a short walk.
In the summer months, Morzine is a real family playground, with everything from swimming and kayaking to hiking and much, much more!
Morzine is a great family resort, and with its Famille Plus status there are plenty of activities to keep the children happy. With swimming pools, tennis courts and ice rinks, as well as kayaking, walking and kids clubs, children are spoilt for choice. If you’re heading to Morzine in the summer, take advantage of the Portes du Soleil Multi Pass. Offering unrestricted access to the full range of family fun for activity holidays — ski lifts for walkers, lakeside facilities, 850km of hiking trails, tennis, cultural sites, tourist trains, ice rinks and a shuttle service between resorts — the pass is offered at an exclusive rate of €2 at many OVO Network chalets in the French Alps, including our apartments in Les Gets right through to our Morzine luxury chalets (many with outdoor hot tub).
Away from the fun of skiing and snowboarding in Morzine, there are plenty of winter activities to keep the whole family entertained. From helicopter sight-seeing tours to sledging and horse-drawn sleigh rides, it’s hard to get bored in Morzine! With a bowling alley, cinema, husky dog rides, ice-diving, ice-climbing, ice-skating, mountain biking, paragliding, Segway, snow shoeing, swimming and much more, this resort is a perfect winter escape.
If you love sport and action then the French Alps are the perfect place for a summer holiday.
A popular area with the Tour de France, cyclists from around the world come here to test themselves on some of the most challenging climbs, while for mountain bikers the expansive trails here offer a variety of levels. Hire a guide to explore the mountains on foot, or head to the tranquil Lake Montriond — the perfect place for kayaking, swimming or a lakeside picnic. Other activities just a short drive away include white-water rafting, rock-climbing and much more.
With beautiful scenery and fresh mountain air, Morzine is also a wonderful place to relax and unwind.
If you prefer a more sedate pace then Morzine still has plenty to offer. In the town and the surrounding area, you’ll find a range of gorgeous spas where you can choose to spend a few hours — or the day — relaxing. Treatments such as massage, facials and reflexology, along with swimming pools and saunas are all on offer, making it easy to lie back and enjoy! Alternatively take a walk and enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery of this area, take some french lessons or simply relax and make the most of the facilities at your OVO Network chalet.
This beautiful part of Europe offers not only spectacular landscapes, but also some fascinating wildlife to discover.
From the stunning mountains and views of Mont Blanc, to the lakes and rivers, alpine meadows and wildlife, Morzine is a wonderful place to really appreciate the best of nature. With an incredible range of birds and animals in the area — red deer, goats, ibex, lynx, and golden eagles to name just a few — it’s a fascinating and truly memorable area to explore all year round.
From traditional Alpine dishes such as raclette to top-end French cuisine and international flavours, Morzine offers something for all palates.
For a great coffee stop try Beanies Ski Shop and Coffee Bar, which has a lovely atmosphere, while for a warm welcome and delicious food La Grange is always a popular choice — booking recommended. Choose Restaurant Le Petit Coq for great steak and some more international dishes, or L’Atelier if you want a special night out. For great-value pizzas, burgers and Thai dishes, head for Mamma’s, or for a special night out book L’Atelier where local chef Alexandre Baud-Pachon offers Michelin-starred cooking.
On the mountain try Changabang at the top of Les Prodains cable car, or La Paika, set in an old wooden building on the Vorosses piste above Les Gets. You’ll also find plenty of bars in Morzine for an apres ski drink - try Dixie Bar, Cafe Chaud and The Cavern , or the Bec Jaune Brewery for something a little different.
Shop in Morzine and you’ll be spoilt for choice, with everything from the top ski brands to local delicacies and homewares. As you’d expect from one of France’s top mountain resorts, Morzine offers a large selection of activity shops, selling everything from the latest skis and designer ski wear to mountain biking kit and summer walking gear. If you’re already kitted out, head to the stores selling everything from wooden toys for the kids to delicious local cheeses and sausages, jewellery, fashions, perfumes, souvenirs and more, plus a choice of supermarkets for all the essentials.
Perhaps one of the best-kept secrets of the Portes du Soleil, the charming village of Montriond is perfectly placed, just minutes from Morzine and the high speed Ardent gondola to Avoriaz.
In winter a regular ski bus runs through the village, making it easy to enjoy the area’s fabulous skiing. Try the area’s longest ski run, the Abricotine, which will take you 8km from the peaks on the French-Swiss border right down to the Ardent lift.
In summer the lake at Montriond is a great base for walking - head up to the Brochaux waterfalls or along the river trail into Morzine. There are plenty of bike trails too, and bikers can use the lifts to explore other mountain villages. There’s also a swimming area, as well as canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding.
Overal, Montriond is a great choice for families who are looking for a peaceful setting close to Morzine and with easy access to the mountain action.
The small but charming village of Seytroux is a great choice for families looking for a mountain holiday without all the noise and bustle of the larger resorts.
The village has a restaurant and bar, with a village shop, and there are more facilities in nearby Saint Jean d'Aulps (5.2km).
The nearest skiing is at the Espace Roc d’Enfer at Saint Jean d'Aulps - with 50km of pistes, 16 lifts and a ski school, it’s often enough for beginners and families with small children. Those seeking more of a challenge can head for the Ardent lift at Montriond, just a 15-minute drive away. From here, you can enjoy exploring the whole of the Portes du Soleil.
In summer, there are wonderful walks and cycle trails in the mountains around the village, and the lake at Montriond is just 10km away. The village also has a popular mini golf course in a lovely setting on the edge of the river.
From ski-in/ski-out accommodation to luxury chalets in a calm village away from the slopes, discover the Portes du Soleil from an OVO Network property. Our self-catered accommodation is dotted throughout Morzine and the Portes du Soleil, so take a look at our beautiful rental properties to find the chalet of your dreams.