Morzine Ski Resort Guide

With great lifts and fantastic ski terrain, wonderful hotels, and a friendly, fun-filled vibe, it’s easy to see the appeal of Morzine for skiers and boarders or all ages. As part of the vast Portes du Soleil ski area, it offers over 650km of pistes for you to explore and conquer. Morzine offers picturesque, tree-lined beginner and intermediate slopes for those starting out. Or for the most advanced and adventurous there are some challenging powder fields in Lindarets and Chatel as well as some of Europe’s best snowparks.

The Portes du Soleil ski area, in which Morzine sits, is the culmination of 13 different resorts, both Swiss and French. So you can start the day in France, head over for a morning hot chocolate in Switzerland, tackle the infamous Swiss Wall (one of the steepest blacks in Europe) and tick off a wide selection of different towns and ski terrain before heading home, well and truly spent. All told, there is 650km of skiable terrain, plenty to keep you busy for the duration of your stay. And although more commonly thought of as an intermediates paradise there is impressive and accessible off-piste terrain to explore, some tricky blacks and a total of 9 snowparks.

Find the lesson that suits you in our Morzine Ski School. Skiing elsewhere nearby? We also offer ski and snowboard lessons in Avoriaz.

Morzine Resort Information

Morzine Key Facts

  • Morzine is part of the expansive Portes du Soleil
  • 81 pistes in Morzine alone
  • More than 650km of skiing in the Portes du Soleil
  • 7 green runs
  • 23 blue runs
  • 26 red runs
  • 8 black runs
  • And many many more across the Portes du Soleil

Morzine & Portes du Soleil Piste Map

Morzine and Portes du Soleil Piste Map

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Best Ski Runs in Morzine – our pick of the bunch

Part of the expansive Portes du Soleil, it’s easy to see the appeal of Morzine, with terrain to suit all levels of skier and boarder. The Morzine-Les Gets area is more focused on beginner to intermediate level although there is steep terrain around, you just need to know where to find it. And with neighbouring Avoriaz standing proud at 1800m you’ve got the security of high altitude slopes when the conditions start to suffer late in the season.

Another key draw to skiing in Morzine is its location. With Geneva just an hour and 15mins away, the short transfer time will be a welcome relief for families and makes it easily accessible for weekend breaks as well as week-long stays. And it’s not just in the winter that visitors flock to Morzine, Morzine is a fully functioning village all year round with some incredible mountain biking to be had during the summer.

For Beginners:

  • Pleney bubble – You’ll find a number of nursery slopes at the top of the Pleney bubble that have magic carpets – so no need to worry about lifts first thing.

For Intermediates:

  • Arbis (up the Chamossiere express) – On the Nyon side of the mountain is a fantastic red run with smooth cambered turns and tends to always have awesome snow conditions.

For Advanced:

  • The Swiss Wall in the Portes du Soleil – It’s so steep that it’s off the charts…that’s right, it’s beyond a black, and therefore classified as an orange run. With 1,000m to ski on a vertical drop of 331m it’s sure to be a super challenge for the experts in your group!
  • Pise A & Piste R – There is often some good snow to be had around here, under the Pleney lift. Plus Piste R itself is often unpisted or at least the last place to get piste bashed, so you can often find some nice lines here when it snows.

Morzine Restaurants

Morzine has a great variety of restaurants from pizza, to Savoyard to high-end dining.

Where you can grab some good grub in Morzine.

Cheap Eats

  • The Haka Bar – This place serves great après ski burgers and the tapas plate offers a very generous helping of tasty Mediterranean treats.
  • O Chalet Café – If you’re feeling a little worse for wear after one too many beers then O Chalet Café is the place to head for kebabs, gourmet burgers, paninis and sandwiches.
  • La Remise – A French brasserie menu with galettes, platters, and a highly recommended tuna salad.
  • Satellite Coffee – If you’re looking for something a little healthier but also super tasty, then Satellite Coffee is a great option. They do great sandwiches, pitas, smoothies, and homemade soups. As well as tons of tasty baked goods with vegan and gluten-free options.

Mid Range

  • The Bec Jaune – A microbrewery on the outskirts of town that not only brews its own beer but prepares all of its menu on site (including bread and ketchup!). Our favourite is the pulled pork bun, but they also have some nice veggie options and their artery-clogging pork scratchings go down a treat as a pre-dinner snack with a Growler of ale (a dark brown glass jug to transport draft ales and beers). Our Resort Manager Christian has also said that the Scotch egg in Bec Jaune is ‘to die for’!
  • L’Étale – For a great meal with Savoyard favourites along with delicious pizzas, head here on chalet night off.
  • Le Rocher (in Montriond) – If it’s pizza you fancy, you can’t beat this spot. We highly recommend the ‘Capela’ with goats cheese, chopped nuts and honey drizzled on top. Yum!

Fine Dining

  • La Chamade – A wonderful gastronomic experience with an amazing cheese bar to choose from.
  • Les Vents d’Anges – Offers French dishes with a contemporary style with excellent service and attention to detail.

Morzine Après & Nightlife

Morzine has an eclectic mix of bars and clubs where you can let loose or have a laid-back drink – whatever you fancy.

  • Bar Robinson – A great spot to suck down way too many demi’s (half pints).
  • Le Tremplin – A great spot at the bottom of the piste into Morzine town, they often have a DJ on, but beware once the sun dips it starts to get chilly.
  • Happy Hours Bar – Aptly named, grab an après drink here if you’re near Ardent.
  • Beanies – Cocktails or even a coffee, this is your place. Located in town.
  • Le Paradis – A unique spot for a night out in the centre of town. With satin pink and faux leopard fur chaise lounges, and – no joke – a Saturday Night Fever dance floor, this place pops.
  • L’Opera – A Morzine staple, they often have fancy dress nights and lots of corny dance moves happening. Expect to hear house and techno.

A bit of history

Morzine is one of the older resorts in the area, with it’s ski club starting in 1910. In 1925 the first hotel was build to welcome tourists, the Grand Hotel, and soon after so was the first ski jump, just behind the hotel.

In 1934 the first lift was built and the ski resort began. It wasn’t until 1960 that it started to gain international attention though. Moraine native Jean Vuarnet won the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley which immediately brought pride and prestige to the resort. He then went on to develop the resort of Avoriaz in the 1970’s, to what is now a large interconnected skiing area.

Morzine Villeage Map

morzine-map

Morzine FAQ’s

How can I get to resort?

Most people that use air travel fly into Geneva as it is only a 65 km drive to Morzine.  There are shuttle buses from 25-50€ per person, or you can take a private taxi.  There are also shuttle bus services from Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble, but for the higher price of between 60-100€ per person.

We recommend AlpyBus – the #1 cheapest transfer company from Geneva to Morzine.

Alternatively, you can take a train to Cluses or Thonon les bains and then take either a public or shuttle bus or a private taxi into resort.

Where can I stay in resort?

Here’s a list of some of our favourite tour operators in Morzine:

Alpine Elements
Activity holiday specialist

VIP Ski
Luxury chalet holidays in 10 resorts, their mission is ‘to provide honest and good value chalet holidays and to treat all customers as they would wish to be treated’.

The Alpine Generation
Quality catered chalet holidays. Outstanding value, outstanding people and outstanding experiences.

More Mountain
Luxury catered chalets and stylish self-catered apartments in Morzine.

Highlife
Award-winning Irish ski chalet company.

Inghams
Ski holidays from this trusted British tour operator.

Morgan Jupe
Providing an unrivalled level of service across their range of fully catered, luxury B&B and self-catered properties in Morzine & Les Gets.

Mountain Heaven
Premium catered and self-catered ski chalets and apartments.

Mountain Mavericks
Tailor-made winter ski holidays centered in Morzine. ‘Every care is taken to make sure your trip is as easy and hassle-free as possible’.

Ski Weekends
Short ski breaks, midweek skiing and 7 day holidays to 24 top European destinations.

The Boutique Chalet Company
Offering boutique holidays in one of their stunning chalets in Morzine with service to match.

Ski Morzine
High-quality catered chalets in Morzine with a relaxed and friendly service.

Treeline Chalets
Luxury catered and self-catered ski and snowboard chalet holidays in Morzine to fit every budget.

Snow Candy
Luxury catered chalets in Morzine. Affordable luxury in stunning chalets with fine cuisine and excellent service.

45 Degrees North
A down to earth and welcoming chalet environment with wholesome tasty food and good company.

Reach4thealps
Independent chalet company based in Morzine and Les Gets.

Alikats Mountain Holidays
Food for Foodies. Beautiful Surroundings. Attention to Detail. So good, you might forget to go out skiing.

Mountain Highs
Small, independent company delivering quality ski and snowboard holidays in Morzine.

Zenith Holidays
Zenith Holidays offer the best value ski holidays and snowboarding holidays.

Alpine Adventure
Friendly, family-run ski chalets. Delicious menus, fantastic locations and exceptional service.

Chalet Gueret
Chalet Gueret is a luxury self-catering chalet, with hot tub, sauna and spectacular views.

Hideout Hostel
Hideout Hostel, Morzine offer stylish yet affordable, centrally located winter and summer mountain accommodation from just €30 a night B&B.

As well as some agents with whom you can book stays in Morzine:

Elevation Alps
Luxury self-catering apartments in Morzine.

Alpine Answers
Free ski holiday booking service to 150+ resorts. Over 1,200 chalets and hundreds of hotels for bookings ranging in size from 2 to 200 people.

Oxford Ski Company
Arrange luxury ski holidays; chalets, apartments, hotels- whatever your heart desires.

Powder Beds
Ski accommodation specialist with safe and secure online booking system.

Ski Solutions
Luxury ski holiday specialist.

Alpenglow Ski
A specialist chalet agent with a wide range of catered chalets to suit all budgets.

Firefly Collection
Firefly Collection offers a cherry-picked selection of the finest luxury ski chalets, together with expert, impartial advice, and a complimentary concierge service.

Iglu
An agent with a wide range of catered chalets, self-catered apartments, hotels & lodges.

My Chalet Finder
A website specialising in self-catering chalets and apartments across the world’s top ski resorts.

How can I get around resort?

Within Morzine itself there is a shuttle bus to take you between the telecabine stations of Le Pleney, Super Morzine and Les Prodains.  There are also buses between Morzine and the neighbouring resorts of Montrionds, Les Gets, Morzine-Avoriaz and even as far as Le Jotty. Timetables can be found in the Tourist Office, at the bus stops, from your tour operator and in many of the shops and bars in town.

Where can I get my skis and snowboard equipment?

We’ve partnered with Ski Set to give you an exclusive discount off your rental kit. Book your ski and snowboard equipment here.

What is the snow like? Morzine webcams

You can check out the current snow conditions in resort on the Morzine tourist office website.

Where can I find out more about Morzine?

The following website can provide more info:

Morznet

How about non-skiing activities?

Sledging: There is a sledging slope at the bottom of the Crusaz chairlift that you can access all day. Or for the bit bigger kids, head out sledging at night with a guide on the Pleney ski-slopes after the skiers have left the slopes. From 5:30pm every day.

Swimming: There is a large indoor pool in Morzine as well Aquariaz – a pool with slides, hot tubs and a spar up in Avoriaz.

Cinema Rex: Located on the main Rue du Bourg in Morzine, this cinema shows French films with English subtitles, as well as English films. There is a board outside the cinema showing all the films and times for each week.

How about childcare?

We recommend the following childcare providers in Morzine:

Cheeky Monkeys
English, qualified and experienced caregivers.

Jack Frost’s
Quality childcare in the Portes du Soleil.

Check out what our Morzine Ski School has on offer