Morzine is a chocolate-box resort full of character and rich in history. Situated only a few kilometres from Switzerland, Morzine means “border town”. Originally a farming town in an area with a long history of contraband trafficking, the resort is full of charming chalets sprawling up both sides of the valley from the river Dranse.
The beautiful old village centre, Marie and church are situated right by the river. A short five-minute walk up the high street and you reach the newer village square and tourist office, right between the lifts up the Pleney side of the mountain and the Super-Morzine side. The “Petit Train” runs across town, linking the two.
You’re only a short walk from anywhere in Morzine. There’s also an excellent multi-route bus service that covers most areas of the resort, and outlying areas and lifts that speed up access into the wider Portes du Soleil. Situated just one hour from Geneva, Morzine can be easily accessed by a short transfer from the airport or just a nine hour drive from Calais. It’s one of the closest major European ski areas to the UK.
Morzine is the largest resort the Portes Du Soleil, linking up to 12 other resorts in both France and Switzerland. The ski area offers over 650km of groomed slopes. It’s the biggest internationally linked ski area in the world! With an almost unlimited extent of stunning off-piste it’s tough to find an area anywhere else with such a diverse choice of skiing.
The Pleney side, spanning Morzine and Les Gets, offers fast access to quiet pistes. From our meeting point at the top of the Pleney telecabine/bubble you can ski green, blue, red or black slopes straight away. There are amazing tree-lined learning zones with stunning views looking out towards the Valée de la Manche and Mont Blanc. A gentle progression from the carpet area to the Belvedere and Nabor allow even the most nervous of learner skiers to develop their skills with confidence in the most beautiful surroundings.
If you’re ready to head further afield you can ski directly over to Les Gets or the Nyon areas from here. If your little ones are taking kids ski lessons with us they’ll be thrilled with the Penguin park, rabbit runs through the trees, animal discovery trail, wicked witch’s house and trips away to Narnia and Les Get’s Indian village. There’s so much for them to explore – every day is a new adventure with its own stories!
If off-piste skiing is your thing then why not book one of our instructors to take you to develop your powder turns further afield and discover the secret tree-skiing on Mont Chery or enjoy the open powder bowls of Chamossiere. On a clear day you can see both Lac Leman and Mont Blanc from here! And finally, if your legs can take it, test your legs on the Morzine Stade under floodlights for night skiing until 10pm on Thursdays.
Morzine has the perfect balance between places to chill out and places to paint the town red. The peace and tranquility of Lake Montriond is just a ten minute drive or bus-ride away. Ski shops, boutique snowboard stores and coffee shops are abundant.
For après-ski check out live Irish bands at the Dixie Bar in January and March. The Templin, next to the bubble station at the bottom of the Pleney, plays host to Morzine’s biggest après parties on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3pm. And the legendary Bar Robinson is open daily from 3 till 8pm, serving only the locally renowned Mutzig.
Many bars spill out onto the streets in Europe and Morzine is no exception! The Bec Jaune is Morzine’s new microbrewery. A regularly changing range of quality ales and a super-chilled out vibe make this the perfect place to unwind at any time of the evening. The staff make everyone feel welcome and the food is fantastic. Make sure you try the pulled pork bun with sweet potatoes – it’s outstanding. The Coup de Coeur is an excellent wine bar with friendly staff, and excellent wine list, good draught lager and great bar food (burgers and pizza). With a beer garden that overlooks the ice rink on the village square, it’s popular with couples, groups and families alike in the early evening.
Morzine truly has an extensive choice of quality restaurant. Some locals have been known to choose Morzine as their winter base for this very reason! Our pick of restaurants in Morzine would have to include:
The Clin d’Oeil (village): Quite simply the best service in Morzine. Super-friendly staff who go out of their way to please. If you like ribs, theirs here are some of the best you’ll ever taste.
Le Grange (village): A rustic Alpine feel, cosy atmosphere, quality dishes and hearty portions are what keep us returning to le Grange. For something local, try the wild boar stew.
The Chaudanne (village): A little further from the centre of town but worth the five minute walk! With an excellent wine-bar downstairs, it’s decadent setting is complementary to their chef’s take on a host of local dishes. If you’ve worked up and appetite of Alpine proportions after your day in the slopes, their tasty fillet steak will go down a treat.
Le Vaffieu (Pleney): At the top of the Belvedere, Fys and Folliets chairlifts. High quality traditional Savoyard dishes and great service. Limited indoor seating and an extremely popular spot for lunch so book a table at least the day before.
Chez Nanon (Nyon): Big, hearty dishes and no nonsense food are the order of the day at this rustic, family-run mountain restaurant. Try the Cote de Boeuf.