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Morzine

Haute Savoie / France

Resort Quick Facts

Location

1 hour from Geneva Airport

Altitude

1000m - 2466m

When to visit

Year round

Ski area

650km pisted runs, 196 ski lifts

Mountain biking

600km of trails

Other activities

Hiking, swimming, tennis, yoga, spas and more

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Sitting in the vast Portes du Soleil ski area, Morzine awaits

Morzine, at the heart of the Portes du Soleil resorts, has hamlets and villages dotted around the main town. Unlike many modern ski resorts, Morzine is a thriving village all year round. 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.

History

Once a traditional market town, Morzine has grown to become one of France’s most popular ski resorts.

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 - Morzine soon became as popular in winter as in the summer.

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Ski Morzine

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. 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, and you can even enjoy night skiing here.

There is a choice of British ski schools, so tuition in English is easy to organise, or ESF offers English speaking instructors, 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.

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Morzine Ski Area

The pistes here provide plenty of scope for all abilities, from gentle sheltered slopes for beginners, the tree-lined pistes of Pleney for intermediates and challenging runs like the Swiss Wall or the 3km Creuz run for the more experienced.

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 Morzine 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 here.

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Family Friendly in Winter...

Morzine prides itself on being family 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, to great sledging runs, horse drawn sleigh rides, bowling alleys and the cinema, whatever the weather you can keep the kids entertained.

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...and Summer

In the summer 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. From swimming pools, tennis courts and ice rinks, to 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 activities - 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, including our apartments in Les Gets right through to our Morzine luxury chalets.

 

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A Wealth of Activities in Winter...

Away from the skiing and snowboarding 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.

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...and Summer

If you love sport and action then the 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 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.

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Just Relax...

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.

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Explore Nature

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 area to explore.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

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.

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Shopping

Shop in Morzine and you’ll be spoilt for choice, with everything from the top ski brands to local delicacies and home-wares.

As you’d expect from one of France’s top mountain resorts, Morzine offers a great 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 then you’ll soon find 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.

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Piste Map

Whether you’re coming for skiing, walking or cycling, take a look at the Morzine Piste Map to help you plan your stay. Take a look at the area’s piste map to start planning your trip...

Morzine mountain bike trail map

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Weather & Webcams

Plan your daily activities and make the most of the weather! Take a look at the current forecast and see Morzine via webcam.

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