A small but elegant ski area
Though modest in size, Morzine stands at the gateway to one of the world’s largest inter-connected skiing areas, Les Portes du Soleil, with no fewer than 650 kilometres of pistes straddling France and Switzerland. But Morzine itself also boasts over 100 kilometres of pistes, a good choice of downhill runs - with something to suit every taste and level of difficulty - and a network of 40 lifts.
The area between Morzine and Avoriaz is great for beginners and those who like to ski at a relaxed pace. Above Avoriaz at Col du Fornet there are superb slopes for carving and the Chavanette black run is perfect for those who enjoy a sporting challenge. Freeriders should head for the slopes below the “Les Hauts Forts” pass. As well as being linked to Avoriaz, Morzine also connects directly with the Pléney-Nyon ski area where the new Chamossière 6-seater chairlift takes skiers up to a height of 2,000 metres. Those who make it to the top are rewarded by breathtaking panoramic views over the Montblanc mountain range as far as Lake Geneva. This is also where the longest ski descent in the whole of the Morzine area starts – “Les Arbis”, as it is known, takes skiers right down into the centre of the village.
Across the whole area of “Les Portes du Soleil”, snowboarders can choose from at least 7 snowparks, among them Europe’s first, ‘winter wood parks’ in which all the equipment is made of natural wood. Holidaymakers camping in Morzine will find the nearest funpark close by in Avoriaz.
The area around Morzine is also perfect for fans of cross-country skiing, with 97 kilometres of well-groomed trails – ideal for classic cross-country or skating. Morzine’s network of trails is in fact the biggest in the whole region and provides many highlights for fans of the sport, for example the 25-kilometre long “L’Erigne im Vallée de la Marche” and the 10 kilometre altitude trail “Piste des Crêtes” at Super Morzine.
Of course, Morzine also caters well for children – there is a children’s practice area, a ski kindergarten and a kids’ ski school.
Plenty of activities on offer
Winter holidaymakers in Morzine will find lots to occupy them away from the ski slopes with plenty of fun to be had both at the 3-kilometre long toboggan run Le Pleney and at the “Indiana Parc” high-rope course. There are also many other interesting ways to enjoy the area’s picturesque countryside, either on a snowshoe hike or in a snowmobile. If you dare, there is even the chance to go up in a hot air balloon or take a helicopter flight. Visitors to Morzine can also enjoy ice-skating, ten-pin bowling or a visit the watersports centre. And when the time comes for some après-ski relaxation, there are plenty of bars, restaurants and discos to keep everyone entertained.