Just south of Lake Geneva lies the vibrant mountain town of Morzine. This is a focal point for one of the largest skiing areas in Europe - the magnificent Portes du Soleil. Both families and casual skiers will enjoy the convenient nearby skiing, whilst the keenest of skiers have access to a wide variety of pistes. Nearby Avoriaz is particularly popular with snowboarders. Two excellent snow parks, half pipes and a boarder cross run provide a great array of freestyle choice - on top of the exhilarating free riding on the slopes. Après ski, Morzine can be a lively place with plenty of restaurants, bars and nightclubs to choose from. However, those who prefer a more genteel après ski experience will love walking through the relaxing and picturesque old town. The pretty town of Morzine is a particularly good choice for intermediate skiers, though a wide variety of groups will be delighted with a skiing holiday here too.
* Based on the Portes du Soleil ski region
There are wide nursery slopes by Morzine village. These gentle slopes benefit from good snowmaking facilities, however they can become a little crowded. More adventurous beginners may prefer to try the nursery slopes and easy pistes of Le Pleney, just one cable car stop away. Morzine also boasts a British Alpine Ski & Snowboard School, as well as a number of other ski schools.
Those of average ability have a great choice in and around Morzine. Le Pleney offers lots of options for the less experienced intermediate and is easily accessible from Morzine. Keen skiers will want to explore other surrounding peaks such as Le Ranfolly and Mont Chéry. There is so much to explore around Morzine that intermediates are sure to have a great skiing holiday.
Some of the most challenging skiing of the entire Portes du Soleil can be easily accessed from Morzine and Avoriaz. Pointe de Nyon, Chamossière and Col du Fornet, Planachaux, Grand Paradis, and Champéry all offer high altitude alpine peaks. Each of these are full of difficult descents, both on and off piste.
The Morzine and Les Gets slopes are well served by fast ski lifts, making queues short. There are a good choice of gentle, wooded slopes and a plenty of nursery and ski tuition facilities available for children. The ESF-branded Club des Piou-Piou and kindergarten L'Outa are two of many that provide both services in Morzine.
Eating out in Morzine offers a nice variety and a good quality of cuisine, from fine dining to excellent pizzas and more regional favourites. The restaurant in the Hotel Samoyede offers French cuisine at its finest. La Grange offers gourmet and Savoyarde specialities in a beautiful, rustic setting. L'Etale serves a good range of regional food, including raclette and fondue, and has a disco downstairs. There are several other bars and nightclubs in Morzine, a number of sports bars and plenty of live music around the village. Crépescule and Laury's, amongst others, offer music and dancing into the night. On Thursday evenings, Le Pleney has floodlit skiing and a torch-lit descent - a great way to finish a day on the pistes.
73 km (approximately 1 hour transfer). British Airways flies to Geneva from London Heathrow and London Gatwick.
216km (approximately 2 hours 30 minutes transfer). British Airways flies to Lyon from London Heathrow.