Accommodation: There are plenty of amazing self catered properties available for short holiday rental in Morzine and the surrounding areas from small apartments up to the best large chalets.
Location: Morzine is a mountain resort town in the well known skiable area of the Portes Du Soleil in the French Alps. It is about 1hr15 minutes drive from both Geneva airport, and Italian boarder.
In The Past: Morzine was originally a farming and slate mining village that has a history that stretches back a long way.
Now: Still a traditional market mountain town keen to preserve its gentle pace of life and authentic Savoyard charm. In the heart of the Portes du Soleil, Morzine is spread along a valley, intersected by a large river gorge and is an ideal point from which to set out and discover a wealth of possibilities.
Famous For: Morzine is probably most famous for the skiing and snowboarding but there is also fantastic down hill mountain biking, cross country biking, walking, swimming, ice skating, climbing, road cycling, parapenting / paragliding, kayaking, ice diving, canyoning, quad biking, horse riding, husky dog sledging, snowmobiles, snow shoeing, tennis, golf, fishing, hydro speeding, the Fantasticable and so much more. Please e-mail us for more info.
Climate: Morzine is situated between Geneva (Lac Leman) and the Mont Blanc which creates a microclimate of weather fronts bringing extra precipitation to the area. It’s the same snow record as Val D’Isere and even during the warm winter seasons Avoriaz tends to hold onto a great snow cover year in, year out. The Les Gets side is mainly pasture land and only requires a low level of snow for decent skiing and snowboarding conditions.
Skiing & Snowboarding: If you are planning to ski a lot of the Portes du Soleil, Morzine is a great base town as it’s the most extensive local piste of the resorts, with relatively few queues, great off-piste (if you know where to go).
Nearest Airport: Morzine is located about 1 hour 15 minutes by road from Geneva airport. It is on the French / Swiss boarder just south of Geneva (Lac Leman), and just over an hour from the Italian boarder (via the Mont Blanc tunnel). The best way to get here is to fly to Geneva then hire a car or pre arrange an airport transfer. It is also fairly straight forward to drive from the UK.
Winter: Morzine is the central resort in the Portes du Soleil, so you can make it your base then go explore Europe’s largest international ski area. Morzine itself offers a great variety of pistes for all abilities as well as boasting some of the best off-piste areas in the world. It is so easy to get from Morzine straight into Avoriaz which opens up the rest of the Portes du Soleil with huge ski areas and some truly awesome snow parks. To add to this Morzine has some of the most legendry apres ski haunts in the region.
Summer: Morzine in summer is a beautiful town with a vibrant spirit. Plus it hosts world class mountain biking terrain with over 600kms of marked trails, as well as hosting a loads of MTB competitions and events. Summer in Morzine opens up a wealth of outdoor activities. Plus for children and families you can take a trip to the farm, observe and join in with local crafts or taste local meats and cheeses from the alpine pastures.
Doing A Season: Morzine is a great place to do a season be it winter or summer there is always a wealth of activities to get involved with. Socially Morzine is also a great place to enjoy with favorite seasonaire haunts including, the Cavern bar, Bar Robinson, (for an apres-mountain Mutzig), Cafe Chaud (winter only), Crepu Bar, L’Ebouelle, Tibetan Bar, Dixie Bar, Opera night club to name just a few favourites.Extra Information:
Winter Season: Mid December to the end of April
Summer Season: Late June to the beginning of September
No. Lifts: 67
Top Lift: 2350m
PDS – Portes Du Soleil
The Chapel Snowpark a.k.a. The Baby Park, Avoriaz
Situated at the entrance of the resort, the aim of this snowpark, with its specially adapted terrain, is to satisfy the freestyle desires of both snowboarders and skiers, either beginners or experts. Composed of different modules, such as rails, boxes and green and blue and red level jumps, it’s the park that everyone can try out. It is best known in the spring months for its party atmosphere when skiers and snowboarders come together fro a bit of fun, a BBQ and a few drinks.
The Arare Snowpark a.k.a. The Big Park, Avoriaz
Situated on the Arare mountain between the ‘Bleu de lacs’ piste and the Arare piste, this snowpark is reputed to be the first snowpark in France and potentially in Europe. It has been ridden, shaped and mastered by some of the worlds best & professional skiers and snowboarders. It has your classic modules, crazy sized rails, boxes, jumps and barrels, and is reserved for the strong ski and snowboarder. A boardercross has also been constructed in the Arare, and although you may find yourself losing out to much faster racers, the boardercross is plenty of fun and you can test your skills on the high speed track.
The ‘Superpipe’, Avoriaz
This old half pipe has been transformed into a 120m long, 6 metre high Super-Pipe, meaning that competitions are now held here on a regular basis.
The Brocheaux Boarder slope, Brocheaux
The start is located under the 6 man Express de Lindarets chair from the Lindarets bowl, ready for up to 4 people to race together down an 800metre course arriving down at the foot of the Cascade des Brocheaux.
The Stash, Lindaret
With a vertical rise of over 1,500 feet and almost a mile in length the Stash is designed for all levels but with areas specifically for intermediate to advanced riders in mind, the Stash is loaded with hidden features waiting to be discovered including pillow lines, road gaps, wall rides, log jibs, cliff drops, tree rides and a one-of-a-kind tree house obstacle. An all-natural environment, the Stash uses no metal or plastics to create obstacles, only wood, trees, dirt and rocks.
L’ Etale, Morzine
Situated in the centre of town close to the tourist office they serve great food at reasonable prices (for Morzine) with huge portions. The ideal place to take a family or large group for a fun night out. The service is very friendly and the staff genuinely want you to have a great time. They can cater for large groups but in high season do book in advance. Tel: +33 (0) 450 790 929
La Chaudanne, Morzine
A 10mins walk from the Tourist Office towards the edge of Morzine along Route de la Plagne, la Chaudanne is well worth the walk. Another of Morzine’s top restaurants with a slightly smaller price per head than expected.
Tel: +33 (0) 450 791 268
La Chamade, Morzine
Famous not only for its quality of food and service, but also for the animal carvings all along the front of this restaurant. Without a doubt one of the best restaurants in Morzine. With the price averaging to 40 Euros a head if you like many flavors and beautiful presentation I assure you it is well worth it! Opposite the Tourist Office (keep your eyes open for the carvings)
Tel: +33 (0) 450 791 391
L’Auberge de la Combe a Zorre, Morzine
A warm welcome is guaranteed at the Auberge – the open fire grill is right next to the front door! This is a great place to eat if you’re with a big group who can’t decide what style of food they want. Their pizzas are made fresh, they’ll grill you half a cow if you ask and they do all the local stuff (tartiflette, fondue etc.) There’s really something for everyone and the prices are average for Morzine. Opposite the Tourist Office
Tel: +33 (0) 450 791 506Chez Flo, Avoriaz
A place great for all budgets! From a Hot Dog or Croque Monsieur at the outside bar to traditional savoyarde meals at the restaurant. Although there are plenty of outdoor and indoor settings this restaurant is very popular and reservations are recommended in the busy period. Beware of the Poire and Genepi that may be left at your table at the end of the meal…Head down the piste from the top of the Prodains Telepherique and follow the music.
Tel: +33 (0) 450 741 994
La Rotonde, Morzine
This restaurant is good for larger groups as well as smaller ones. Cheese lovers will not be disappointed with the raclette and the Rotounde is also known for their lamb shank and pierrade. Good value for money and there is garden seating during the warmer weather. Located 50m up the road from the Tourist Office.
Tel: +33 (0) 450 791 630
Le Clin d’Oeil, Morzine
Located near the Champion supermarket behind the Dixie Bar. This is a very good restaurant and specialises in spare ribs, steak & duck. Prices are average.
Tel: +33 (0) 450 790 310
Le Tyrolien, Morzine
Ideal for families, this restaurant is on two levels and has outside seating. There is a pizza oven and the fondues are not to be missed. Located 150m long the same road as the Tourist Office near the Super Morzine Bubble. Prices are average for Morzine.
Tel: +33 (0) 450 747 219
Le Grillon, Morzine
On two levels, is child friendly and has great fondues. Prices are good value for money. Located along the same road as the Tourist Office opposite ‘Proxi’ Superette.
Tel: +33 (0) 450 790 941