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Chalet Chocolat Morzine
Sleeps:
8 (4 Bedrooms)
Welcome to Chalet Chocolat, a no expense spared, unique home from home in Morzine. The chalet sleeps 8 very comfortably with ensuite accommodation, meet and greet service, ski/boot hire brought to your door and much more.
 
Price:
EUR 3,600
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EUR 3,600
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Sunny ground floor studio with stunning views
Sleeps:
4 (1 Bedrooms)
A ground floor studio apartment with terrace leading onto the sunny and peaceful scenic open meadows. The free ski bus stop is right outside, with the Morzine ski lifts only a few minutes away.
 
Price:
GBP 180
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GBP 400
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Cosy apartment within walking distance of town and lifts
Sleeps:
4 (1 Bedrooms)
This warm and cosy ground floor studio sleeps four and offers stunning views over the town and mountains. It's only a ten minute walk from both main ski lifts and the centre of town and the free ski bus to the lifts stops at the bottom of the road
 
Price:
GBP 300
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GBP 600
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Cosy self catering studio, sleeps four.
Sleeps:
4 (1 Bedrooms)
Our sunny studio is well equipped providing high quality accommodation with free WiFi. Ideal for a family of 4 or small groups.
Ski lifts are within easy reach.
Supermarkets shops & restaurants are just a couple of hundred metres from our doorstep
 
Price:
GBP 240
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GBP 730
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CHALET LE CHATEAU
Sleeps:
22 (9 Bedrooms)
Le Chateau is a beautiful and traditional private chateau and is perfect for small or large groups, family ski holidays and corporate skiing.
This chalet sleeps up to 22 people in its very spacious twins, double and quad bedrooms.
 
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Friendly B&B. Flexible arrival dates & length of stay.
Sleeps:
14 (5 Bedrooms)
Close to Morzine town centre, the Super Morzine lift and free bus stop, the chalet is close enough to the night life but still peaceful at night. Ideal for those who want a more independant holiday.
 
Price:
GBP 217
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GBP 406
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The Farmhouse, Morzine, Unique Accommodation, Winter & Summ
Sleeps:
25 (12 Bedrooms)
The Farmhouse is a truely unique experience and the level of service first class. Once you have discovered this gem you will return year after year.
 
Price:
EUR 1,000
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EUR 1,000
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Family chalet in Morzine
Sleeps:
11 (5 Bedrooms)
Recently renovated, creating a contemporary 5 bed roomed stylish chalet. Great views and a sunny balcony plus additional sundeck, facing towards the Pleney ski slopes.
 
Price:
GBP 1,200
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GBP 3,200
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2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment with garden close to centre
Sleeps:
5 (2 Bedrooms)
Close to the centre of town. Easy access to ski lifts. Ensuite master bedroom. Sleeps 5. Open plan living area. WiFi. UK TV channels. Parking. Good sized garden. Private access. Views over the valley
 
Price:
GBP 1,000
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GBP 1,400
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The Penthouse - The Great Escape Morzine
Sleeps:
8 (4 Bedrooms)
The Penthouse is a stunning 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom self catered apartment located in the centre of Morzine.
 
Price:
EUR 1,500
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EUR 4,200
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Chalet Cordee
Sleeps:
14 (5 Bedrooms)
Chalet Cordée offers you the best of both worlds - a fantastic tranquil location with beautiful views overlooking the ski resort of Morzine, yet just a ten minute walk from the shops, bars and restaurants of Morzine centre.
 
Price:
GBP 450
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GBP 950
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Chalet la cerise-spacious home from home.
Sleeps:
8 (3 Bedrooms)
Chalet La Cerise has excellent flexibility in its living arrangements, allowing plenty of space for 2 families.
It is easy to drive to any of 5 lift stations that serve the Portes du Soleil, or Ski bus into Morzine lift stations.
 
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Charming self catered holiday chalet in Morzine
Sleeps:
10 (4 Bedrooms)
Chalet Le Coeur de Lion is a totally unique, traditionally designed and decorated chalet with all the mod-cons that you like on holiday. The self-catered chalet sleeps up to 10 people comfortably and has great links to the Portes du Soleil ski area
 
Price:
EUR 500
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EUR 2,500
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Owner Hosted, Catered Chalet in Morzine. Hot Tub and Open Fire
Sleeps:
13 (6 Bedrooms)
Catered Chalet in Montriond, 5 minutes free shuttle time from the centre of Morzine and ski lifts. Ideal for activity breaks in the heart of the Portes du Soleil. Only 75minutes transfer time from Geneva Airport. 6 bedrooms, large open fire, hot tub.
 
Price:
GBP 380
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GBP 650
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Short ski break to Morzine from £306
Sleeps:
42 (20 Bedrooms)
Chalet Gourmets offers great value skiing staying in this 'no frills' club chalet is fantastic value and a firm favourite with our regular guests. Stay includes chalet board, breakfast, afternoon tea and three course evening meals with wine.
 
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Resort guide for Morzine (Click the arrows)

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Morzine is at the heart of the Portes de Soleil, Europe’s second largest ski area, and is one of the best connected resorts anywhere.  Only 1.5 hours drive from Geneva’s international airport, the traditional Alpine family-friendly town is easy to reach and offers continuous ski runs on more than 650 km of slopes reaching across the French/Swiss border to Avoriaz, Les Crosets, Chatel, Les Gets and a host of other ski areas. Amongst the cluster of wooden chalets, the town boasts dozens of gourmet restaurants, shops and a huge indoor sports centre and ice hockey rink. The varied slopes provide a level of skiing from beginner to advanced off-piste.

We like

  • The huge and varied extensive ski area
  • Picturesque skiing through the trees
  • Easy to get to by plane or car
  • Relaxed atmosphere and apres-ski
  • Family friendly
  • Modern efficient infrastructure
  • Free buses to all ski lifts from town centre

We don't like

  • Busy pistes at peak times like New Year and February half term especially in central Avoriaz
  • Mountain food can be a bit pricey at lunch times
  • Some people can be put off by low altitude of Morzine skiing, but Avoriaz snow record more than makes up for this

Location

 

Morzine lies some 20 miles south of the shores of Lake Geneva in the Haute Savoie region of France.  It is around 8 hours drive from Calais, and only a 45 minute climb up the mountain from the A40 motorway, so is very easy to get to by car.  Budget airlines fly into Geneva and from there it is easy to hire a car or book any one of a number of minibus transfer services that run between Geneva and Morzine.
 
Morzine lies in a wide valley with a gorge that separates it from the next door village of Montriond, which like Morzine has easy access to the same chairlifts.  Perched on top of the cliffs above is the 1960s purpose built town of Avoriaz which can be easily accessed by a choice of lifts and cable cars.  Avoriaz is the gateway to a massive extensive ski area of 14 villages in France and Switzerland.
 
Morzine is proud of its traditional heritage and conservation.  There are no concrete high rises here, only wood-clad chalets, and a lively compact town centre with a host of facilities from massage, swimming and boutiques to lovely boulangeries and charcuteries offering unbeatable local produce, and all the facilities of a sophisticated resort such as ski hire, ski school, and a large central tourist information office.

 

 

Resort stats

Size of ski area (km) 650km
Resort height
1000m
Highest lift 2466m
Lowest piste 1100m
Maximum vertical 1664m
Green runs 42
Blue runs 168
Red runs 145
Black runs 42
Lifts 197
Snowmaking  
Linked resorts Portes du Soleil & Les Gets
Currency Euro

On the slopes

 

Morzine’s central position in the Portes de Soleil means you can get to the nearby town of Les Gets via the central Pleney ‘bubble’ lift (a fast moving telecabin) and one more lift, then a run down into the neighbouring town of Les Gets in one go.  Les Gets offers lots of wide piste easy skiing. Plenty of lifts will bring you back up again.  The Pleney bubble also allows you to ski to the next door Nyon mountain via ‘G’ or ‘R’ pistes.  From there you can head into the further valley which serves the peaks of the Chamossière,  and Ranfoilly which both have a choice of blue and red runs coming from them.  The peak of the Nyon also has far reaching views, and a narrow but exhilarating red run down (with a bit of black and off piste thrown in along the way!)
 
The Supermorzine is another telecabin which goes up the slope on the opposite side of Morzine village.  This connects with easy blue and green runs which take you centre of Avoriaz, the hub of the rest of the Portes de Soleil.  Some of the best snow is to be found on the slopes above Avoriaz especially around the Fornet area and the snow park ‘bumps’, called the Pschott which is a great piece of irregular off piste terrain.
 
You can also access the Crosets area which has some fantastic snow conditions as does the Plaine Dranse area which can be accessed from central Avoriaz via the Linderets valley.  From here there is some lovely wide blue ‘motorway’ skiing interspersed with some fun red runs.
 
There are buses from Morzine to the Prodains, where a brand new cable car is due to open in February 2013 and the existing cable car still operates.  There is also a bus route to Ardent, past the picturesque Lake Montriond.  Here the telecabin lifts take you to Linderets, the heart of the links to Chatel and Les Crosets excellent ski areas.
 
A bus from the town centre also goes to Nyon where the cable car takes you straight to an easy ski area for a warm up with access to the Morzine peaks and valleys and Les Gets.

 

For the Beginners

 
On your very first morning the best place to go is to ski school!  Contact www.esf.fr to book.  As a non skier, take the Pleney telecabin and when you get off at the top of the Pleney slope the ski school is there.  Above that is a short green run, a good place for those first few snow plough turns.  There is also an easy conveyor belt for getting up the slope (mostly used by small children). Between the area at the top of the Pleney and the bottom of the mountain where you  started out from are several gentle blue runs ‘A’, B’ and ‘D’.  As you feel more confident you can get to the slopes of Les Gets via the Belvedere chair and go up and down in that area too.
 

For the intermediates

 
There is simply tons of skiing on blue and red runs throughout the Portes de Soleils.  I often do a warm up on the lower slopes of the Nyon (get there by bus 10 minutes from the town, then up the short cable car distance), then ski into the next valley and from there take the Charniaz Express which puts you at the top of an extensive ski area.  There is a great and fairly challenging red run down from the top of the Chamossière.
 
The best skiing is really above Avoriaz and behind.  The snow record there is outstanding and on a day after it’s been snowing the day before, the powder in Plaine Dranse and Pres le Joux areas can be excellent.  Take the lift up the Mossettes too and ski down the other side into a valley with tons of excellent blue and red runs.
 
Central Avoriaz also has a great play park of half pipes and jumps as well as the ‘Stash’, a play park through the trees.
 

For the experts

 
Most of the best black runs are in Avoriaz.  The infamous ‘Swiss Wall’ is at the top of the Chavanette chairlift and is famous for its huge mogels.  For the cautious, you can actually take the chair lift down over it and inspect the conditions before attempting it.  There is some stunning off-piste skiing beyond Avoriaz too.  My favourite is the far side of the Mossettes as  you come off the lift at the top.  The Pschott is also a great area to get off piste, and if you are prepared to traverse long distances along ridges and risk the avalanches (which of course we will never officially recommend) there are dozens of stunning slopes untouched by any other ski tracks, to get down.  But always ask a local expert’s advice before attempting this, or take a guide.
 
There is a superb choice of black runs coming down off the Haut Forts, above Avoriaz.  The Coupe de Monde takes you down a breathtaking ridge, eventually ending at the Prodains and there is also the long black Crozats track.
 

For the snowboarders

 
The simple trip up the Supermorzine from Morzine town centre plus a couple of chair lifts takes you straight to one of the best snowboard parks in Europe, that of central Avoriaz.  The resort is considered to be one of the best for snowboarding in Europe.  The park has all the bumps, jumps and pipes and the ski area has plenty to suit every level and style of rider: trees, big cliff drops, powder bowls and easy, wide flats.
 

Off the slopes

Morzine has dozens of restaurants offering superb food and most have the local ‘Savoyarde’ dishes including cheese fondus, raclettes and the famous Tartiflette.  It can be washed down by the local Savoie wine.  The red and rosé are particularly nice and not expensive.  We like L’Étale, which serves superb steaks and meat, and the Chaudanne, for hot rocks. They both have plenty of close rivals.
 
The town also has plenty of apres ski bars including our favourite, the Tibetan Café, which is near the Pleney with its eccentric collection of Eastern antiquities, and plays very excellent music.  Most of the bars have a Happy Hour.  Bar Robinson is swinging around that time and so is the Dixie Bar. 
 
There is a huge sports centre nestling in the gorge that runs through the town with an indoor swimming pool and an ice hockey rink.  Check with the tourist office for news of events and international matches that take place there. Also check for English language films showing at Morzine’s two cinemas.
 
There is an ice rink next to the tourist centre and you can even arrange to go ice diving in Lake Montriond if you want to do something completely different! 
 

Local tips

 

  • Head to the tourist office for information about what’s on and where to ski.
  • Use ski hire shop owners like Michel Gravier (Gravier Ski Shop) for daily tips on where the best conditions are.  
  • Make use of the free buses.  They go from a central layby near the Ski School (Ecole Ski Francais) and can take you to lots of different lift locations.
  • If you come to Morzine more than once keep hold of your lift pass, so you can add bonus points next time you buy one and eventually get a free day of skiing! 
  • On the slopes try the Vaffieu for fabulous food (at the top of the Belvedere lift), and also my favourite, the Taïka bar which serves up big mugs of hot chocolate and cooks chicken on the spit outside.  Find it on the peaceful treelined slope at La Turche, near Les Gets.

 

Resorts nearby

Avoriaz

Les Gets

Montriond

This ski guide was kindly provided by Marina Johnson, a local expert and owner of a studio apartment in Morzine

The images used were provided by Joe Shlabotnik

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