Why Morzine Ski Resort?
- Part of the massive Portes du Soleil (650km of piste) ski network with one of the largest local areas
- One of the most easily accessed resorts by car from the UK or Geneva
- A lively traditional French ambience with a good range of amenities and reasonable prices
- An excellent choice for families and non-skiers
Morzine (Portes du Soleil) Resort Information
It's a world away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and yet it's one of the closest ski resorts to the channel and only an hour from Geneva. Morzine is an unspoilt, historic town dating back to the 16th century with its own Gallic identity, yet there’s a wide choice of restaurants and bars for much livelier and varied après ski than most resorts offer.
Savoyard style with its chalet style buildings, wooden facades, carved balconies and slate-covered roofs, Morzine offers more than 30 bistros and restaurants, including some of the best in the whole region. There are three discos, two cinemas, many bars and an ice-skating arena that hosts the world’s top skaters.
This artificial skating rink is also open for public skating and has a panoramic bar-restaurant. In addition a fitness centre with a weights room, sauna and hot tub has been installed in the Sports Centre. Sleigh rides are also available. The adventurous can try snowmobiling or ice climbing on frozen waterfalls in Morzine.
In April 2004, Morzine-Avoriaz’s ski-lifts received ISO 9001 certification - so a high standard and efficiency are guaranteed.
Ski Taxi - Want to tour the slopes or try something new? Need to meet friends on the mountain or to share time on the slopes with your family? Then try the taxi-ski! This new service is aimed at non-skiers and seniors who might need help getting around on the slopes and who want to enjoy the thrill of skiing in complete safety!
Peak Retreats offers handpicked 3 and 4* Morzine hotels. Offering high quality accommodation and facilities, they provide the ideal base for a Morzine ski holiday.
MORZINE SKI AREA
One of 14 French and Swiss villages that make up the vast Portes du Soleil area with its 650km (400 miles) of runs, Morzine is ideally placed right in the middle of the area, with fast access up to the highest slopes surrounding the futuristic resort of Avoriaz above.
The local Morzine-Les Gets sector covers all the mountains on one side of Morzine. It links the Planay, Morzine, Nyon, Chevannes and the Mont Chéry area in Les Gets and offers more than 100km (65 miles) of ski runs for all abilities. Morzine ski resort has a large floodlit area with skiing, tubing and big air that remains open until 10pm.
Reaching Avoriaz from Morzine can be done easily by either a cable car from the hamlet of Les Prodains, reached by free ski-bus from Morzine, provides the quickest and most direct link to Avoriaz.
Or alternatively you can take the gondola from Morzine up to Super-Morzine, where you can work your way up through the lift system to Avoriaz, or over to the hamlet of Les Lindarets for access to Châtel and other resorts in Portes du Soleil.
There are lots of lightly wooded slopes in the local Morzine area, so bad weather rarely causes a problem. You can find open areas higher up.
- For Avoriaz, see details with our sister company Ski Collection
Additional ski fact info, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page
Les Gets/Morzine - 120km of pistes, 46 lifts, 66 slopes:
Green slopes: 5
Blue slopes: 24
Red slopes: 28
Black slopes: 9
385 snow cannons in Les Gets/Morzine covering 34% of the area
Beginners will enjoy the conveniently located wide village nursery slopes which are provided with many snow cannons to keep the snow at its best. Good progressive runs are to be found in the Nyon sector and there are lots of options on Le Pléney, including a great blue cruiser from the top to the valley lift station.
Confident intermediates will enjoy the challenging red runs down from Chamossiere and the fine steep runs on Mont-Chery. Less confident intermediates are also well catered for. The Le Pléney sector is great for parties with mixed abilities with a blue option to match a red option. The slopes down to Les Gets from Le Pléney are relatively easy (although the slopes face south).
More challenging pistes and famous runs such as the Swiss Wall and the World Cup downhill black run will keep the expert skier more than happy. If you venture across to Les Gets, the black runs off the back of Mont Chery are quite challenging. If you’re looking for off-piste there’s is plenty to keep you occupied!
Snowboarders will love the freeride terrain and parks available with the best superpipe in Europe in Avoriaz.
A new fun slope is now open underneath the Nabor chairlift at the top of Pléney - ideal for youngsters to try boardercross. Almost 800m long, it means you can fly around raised bends, get air on the gentle bumps and slalom between penguins, seals and bears. During the February school holidays, the Eskimo village will be open for face-painting and free sweets.
360s, scary reverse jumps, scratch... Want to try an impossible jump but you’re too scared? Now you can ... by landing on a huge airbag! The Big Airbag is at the foot of the Pléney between the Mas-Verjus button lift and the ESF Espace Ski Enfants. It cushions your fall once you’ve launched yourself from the ramp some distance up the slope.
MORZINE RESORT RUNS
If you’re coming back to Morzine from Avoriaz, you can’t ski back. You need to take the Super Morzine gondola back into the village centre. If you’re skiing from the Les Gets side then you can ski back to the village centre on green, blue or red runs, or take the gondolas down.
Morzine Ski Hire
Pre-book your Morzine ski hire with Peak Retreats.
To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.
Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.
Special offers: *7 days for the price of 6. Free Skis/snowboard & boots (Blue/Red) for party leaders of groups of 10 or more all taking equipment. 1 Free helmet per child aged 6 and under for every adult booking skis or snowboards & boots (must be under same booking reference and requested on form above). Other duration prices on request - Cross Country ski prices on request.
Ski Room Ski Lockers
SKIROOM is the newest ski locker facility in Morzine and offers a locked room under video surveillance to store your gear during your holiday. The facility means no need to walk and carry your gear anymore, our facility offers 15 racks and integrated boot dryers!
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 79 07 97
469 Avenue de Joux Plane
Morzine Lift Passes
Pre-book your Morzine lift passes with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski passes
To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.
Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.
Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):
Les Gets/Morzine ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2018/19:
5 consecutive hours - €28 children, €37 adults
Day - €43 children, €33 adults
Portes du Soleil ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2018/19:
5 consecutive hours - €36-43 children, €48 adults
Day - €40 children, €53.00 adults
Morzine Ski School
Pre-book your Morzine ski school with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski school
Ski school for children is available to book from 3 years to 12 years, in Morzine with Peak Retreats. Children can learn to snowboard from 8 years+. We can also book nursery + ski for 3-12 year olds, including lunch if required.
For ski school times and prices, please download the ski extras form from the 'Helpful links' further down the page. Please note these are just guiding prices. Please call us for the latest prices.
Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute - you will be advised. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods - Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter - we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.
We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged more for your ski packs, enabling you to budget for your holiday in advance.
Morzine Individual Tuitions (18/19 prices, NOT pre-bookable)
Private lessons adults from 15 years old
Prices / Instructor for 1 to 2 persons (same level)
Outside group lesson hours:
Private lesson 1 hour - 46.00 €
Private lesson 1 hour 30 - 69.00 €
Private lesson 2 hours - 92.00 €
During group lesson hours (Contact ESF for availability)
Alpine skiing Private lesson 2 hours (outside Xmas holidays & February half-term) - 120.00 €
Alpine skiing Private lesson 2 hours (from 30/12- 05/01, & 10/02-09/03)- 135.00€
Individual tuitions can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these.
Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change
Ski school contact numbers for private lessons:
Ecole du Ski Français +33 450 79 13 13
Morzine Child Care
Morzine has acquired the Famille Plus & Top of the French Alps label for its childcare facilities. Please view here to see more information on the Famille Plus & Top of the French Alps label.
The L'Outa nursery
The L’Outa Nursery welcomes children from all countries between the ages of 3 months – 5 years (inclusive) during the winter and summer seasons. The nursery is registered and supervised by the PMI (the French Child/Baby protection agency).
The purpose-built facility includes a baby room (3 – 16 months) with a playroom, feeding station, changing room and 3 x bedrooms with 5 – 6 beds. There is an area reserved for the older children (16 months – 5 yrs) which includes a playroom, an activity room, a changing room with toilets and three bedrooms with 5 – 6 beds. There is a kitchen/dining room where the children eat and there is also a playground so that they can play outside.
23rd December - mid-April 2019
Morning: 9am - 1pm
Afternoon: 1.30pm - 5.30pm
Full day: 9am - 5.30pm
Prices for 2018/19:
Families are required to pay a membership fee to the L’Outa association, which is valid for one year. This costs 7 Euros per family.
- 6 x half days (morning or afternoon): 187 Euros
- 6 x full days: 312 Euros
- 1 x morning: 35 Euros
- 1 x afternoon: 35 Euros
- 1 x full day: 57 Euros
Please note the above prices do not include meals.
Children's Ski Lessons in Morzine
Children can ski from 4 years old in Morzine with ESF. To book this with Peak Retreats, please see here for details.
Top winter activities to experience in Morzine
Please note Peak Retreats do not book any activities and most activities are payable.
From Sunday to Friday.
Every afternoon, all levels.
Half-day introduction to ice climbing (or ice descent). Enjoy ridge climbing, glacier walking, mixed climbing, frozen waterfalls… high-altitude climbing in the Chablais or MontBlanc mountain ranges, or in Switzerland. Full or half-day climbing possible. Activity accompanied by a mountain guide.
Accompanied by professionals. Go up in the Pléney cable car (BAM). Sledge down the closed ski-slopes. head-lamps and sledges provided. Enjoy a meal in a tipi at the end of your run (reservation only).
With professional mountain guides: drop off skiers and snowboarders (in nearby Switzerland or Italy). Pick-up points possible in the Portes du Soleil. Several descents possible per day.
A fast-walking style, on hard surfaces, with special poles that are loaned by the organizers. Gymnastic-style warm-up at the beginning of each session, and stretching at the end. Half-day treks. Walkers are accompanied by a qualified hiking guide.
Off-piste skiing and snowboard – Freeride
Learn to ski off-piste, or improve your technique (access via the ski-lifts, or a short walk). Half-day or all-day. Discover the Portes du Soleil. Glacier skiing, and famous routes around Chamonix (Vallée Blanche, Toule glacier and Vallée Noire). Activities accompanied by a qualified mountain guide or ski instructor.
Enjoy a snowshoe trek with a mountain guide. Different options possible: half-day themed trek (wildlife, panoramic views…). Day-long trek with lunch in a mountain chalet. Themed evening treks: torch-light and dinner in a mountain chalet. Suitable for all levels.
Evening hike and night in an igloo
Hike to the igloos followed by drinks and dinner. Choice of returning to the resort or staying overnight in the igloo with breakfast in the morning. Activity supervised by a mountain leader.
From beginner to advanced levels, guided treks. Routes around the main Haute-Savoie mountain ranges (Chablais, Mont-Blanc). Half-day or all day treks. Activity accompanied by a mountain guide or ski instructor.
An activity combining skiing and equestrianism. Taster session and outings. Skier pulled by a horse.
Supervised outings by qualified professionals in the Super Morzine area (Seraussaix) in the forest and on the pistes. Duration 45 minutes. Single or double-seater scooters. Every day.
Experience this innovative sledging technique. Light, comfortable and easy to use. Instant thrills guaranteed! Equipment provided. Supervised by professionals.
Indoor ice rink
Open to the public from the Christmas holidays to the end of April. Daytime opening Monday to Friday. Night openings: Thursdays. FYI: night opening times may vary according to the hockey matches and periods. Events: theme parties, ice hockey matches, ice dancing performances… Programme available from the Tourist office.
Outdoor ice rink
Open every day to the public from mid-December to the end of March (weather permitting).
See details under eating tab
Flights on request departing from Morzine, Avoriaz, Annemasse, Megeve, Courchevel or Bourg- St-Maurice. Initiation flights. Panoramic flights: Portes du Soleil, Mont-Blanc mountain range, flights over Morzine.
Paragliding and speed riding
Introduction, initiation flights and training. With professionally qualified instructors. Various activities on offer: Accompanied paragliding flights. Discovery session. Speed-riding (courses and sessions). Courses and lessons for all levels.
Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.
Morzine Tourist Office
Morzine Tourist Information - Tel. +33 4 50 74 72 72 - www.morzine.com
Morzine News and Events 2018/19
- Enchanted village of Morzine - 22nd December-4th January 2019 - Morzine offers children 2 magical weeks: illuminations to make the stars pale in comparison, colourful shows that will make your imagination run wild!
- Ladies Night Tour – 5th March 2019 - downhill ski competition featuring the best female riders around
- Theme week (Morzine pampers you) - 11th-15th March 2019
- Rock the Pistes Festival (9th edition) - a week-long festival on the slopes from 17-23 March 2019. There are concerts for all skiers and snowboarders every day, performed on pop-up stages all over the ski area, followed by apres-ski gigs in resort to keep the fun going longer! More than 35 shows are scheduled all week in this LIVE extravaganza! You can be part of this festival (that’s unique in Europe) with your “Pass Ski Concert” ticket – it’s a magicsnow’n’music combo! The “Pass Ski Concert” ticket is available from all ski lift ticket offices in all 12 village-resorts in the Portes du Soleil. 5 major artists who perform on the slopes at 1.30pm (shows start at 12.30pm with a DJ set) + 30 apres-ski gigs in the heart of your resort with up-and-coming acts from the international music scene!
- Adventure circuit - In Morzine-Avoriaz, the footbridge that links the two sides of the Dranse River now has an adventure circuit under it, which is 35 metres high!
Further details can be found on the tourist office website: www.morzine-avoriaz.com
Morzine Après-ski, Bars & Restaurants
Morzine has many restaurants, including 10 altitude restaurants. One of the more livelier French resorts - lots of bars and a few are open well into the night/early morning!
Village Igloo (bar & restaurant)
Totally unique place in Avoriaz. Inside you'll find a bar and restaurant made entirely of ice and snow. For a unique break on the slopes, you can stop off at the Village Igloo Ice Bar anytime between 9am and 5pm to enjoy a warm cup of coffee or a refreshing drink in the bar, with a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options to choose from. There is a new outside terrace with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. They also offer a cheese fondue or mixed meats board lunch every Tuesday and Thursday, from 12:00 to 14:00. The bar is in the heart of the Avoriaz ski area, within easy access from the Arare blue run. Suitable for all the family, skiers and non-skiers alike, the bar is within an easy 10-minute walk along a well-marked path from the top of the Prodains cable car. Alternatively, from 7pm onwards, once the lifts have stopped and the sun has set, you can prolong your day on the slopes with a visit to the Village Igloo, by booking dinner or even an overnight stay. Just click on the link for further information regarding these. Be sure to wrap up warm in your ski gear as the temperature inside the igloo rarely gets above 5 degrees!
The Dixie Bar
With its central location in the resort, this bar has 3 separate themes on offer: Spanish, English or Irish for an original and unforgettable atmosphere! This is also the meeting point for sports fans, thanks to its 5 big screens, evenings at Dixie’s are filled with the energy of the sports competitions shown and that includes almost any sport! Dixie’s has it all, you will find tapas, traditional Spanish beers, pool, live concerts and some nights a very Irish pub vibe.
Le Bec Jaune
Under the direction of its master brewer Chrigl Luthy, this original microbrewery offers its customers an ever changing selection of beers. IPAs, English Ales, traditional German or French beers, and of course the amazing beers brewed within the establishment walls. The food menu is original and delicious. Come early and witness the fun and excitement that is brewing in this trendy venue!
Le Clin d'Oeil
Specialities: Grilled steaks, spare ribs in BBQ sauce and regional favorites
Bistro du chalet Philibert
La Boule de Pain
La Ferme de l'Alpage
Specialities: Lobster and ginger ravioli and shellfish coulis. Caraibe chocolate biscuit, vanilla ice cream.
Sandwicherie, burgers, kebab, pasta-bar, tea-room.
Specialities: Grilled piglet. Fondu with potatoes. Rusted poultry with crayfishes. Mixed of sausages, cabbages, leeks and potatoes.
Specialities : Summer cooking : buffet and barbecue. In winter : small dining, savoyard specialities and brasserie.
"A la Piscine"
The restaurant is located in the heart of the new aquatic center. Discover, in a relaxing area, its varied menu and the menu of the day.
Sun terrace with games for children. Specialities: Melted cheese raclette and fondu, hot stone cook-at-your-table recipes and Tartiflette (winter only).
Quality catering: fresh produce. Good atmosphere (friendliness).
La Combe A Zorre
Specialities: Grilled meat. Pizzas. Traditional cooking.
Warm family atmosphere.
Le Coup de Coeur
Situated in the heart of Morzine, on the Tourist Office square, this wine bar has a traditional, chic style and is a “not to be missed” venue. Coupled with La Chamade restaurant across the road, it offers an outstanding selection of wines from France and around the world. The ideal spot to meet with friends or family for an aperitif before going to dinner.
Specialities: Mountain-inspired dishes with a Savoyard flavour, trout fillet served on slate, pike with sesame and vanilla sauce, mushroom pie, duck breast with spicy sauces and strawberry crepes.
This establishment is well known for its warm welcome. Whatever the hour of the day, come in to have breakfast with epic mountain views, relax with a drink at the bar, enjoy the great outdoors on the terrace with family or friends, or indulge in the musical atmosphere in the evening.
In a cosy setting in the heart of Morzine, La Grange offers delicious and filling dishes and local mountain specialities.
Les Jardins d'Ulysse
Fish, shell-fish, fresh oysters from Brittany, Foie Gras. Brasserie food including quality cuts of meat, regional specialities and calves’ sweetbreads.
Specialities : Savoyard fondu and raclette (melted cheese), skewered and flamed meat, hot stone cook-at-your-table dishes.
In the evening the Matafan is a cosy place for dining on savoyard specialities, including the ‘Matafan’ (potato cake) and wild-mushroom or goat-cheese ‘croutes’.
Specialities: Savoyard favourites (fondu, raclette and reblochonnade melted cheese), Jura recipes (chicken in mushroom sauce and escalopes) and home-made cooking (fish and meat dishes).
A warm Savoyard setting in the heart of the village where diners young and old will enjoy our wide choice of dishes. Specialities include Savoy favourites and hot stone cook-at-your-table.
Specialities: Savoyard favourites, traditional homemade cooking, take-aways to order.
Gourmets Burgers, pizzas, English and continental breakfasts, fantastic wine list, cocktail menus, Shooters, bar snacks, Wi-Fi and great apres-ski!
The Burger Place offers a large variety of burgers. Situated near the Pleney cable car.
Morzine is served by a range of amenities including: library, gift shops, bakers, cake shops, clothing shops, garage, dental surgeries, 2 cinemas, hairdressers, creperies, clubs, beauty salons, florists, 4 doctors surgeries, optician, perfume shop, chemists, post office, launderettes, tea shops, tobacconists, supermarkets and cashpoints.
280, route des Udrezants
Tel. +33 4 50 79 04 52
Place de l’Office de Tourisme
25, route de La Plagne
Tel. +33 6 71 88 84 07
Getting to Morzine, France
Driving distance from Calais to Morzine is 538 miles or 7hrs30
A6 motorway via Macon followed by the A40 motorway towards Geneva. Exit 19 at Cluses and follow signs
From Northern Europe, access via the Swiss motorway towards Martigny. Exit Portes du Soleil, 20 minutes from Chatel.
Thonon-les-Bains SNCF railway station (TGV – high speed train) / Transfer by shuttle, 40kms (approx cost 10€).
Monthey railway station (Switzerland) / Transfer by taxi, 25kms.
Geneva Airport is 90km from Morzine (1 hour)
Chambery Airport is 123 km from Morzine (1 ½ hours)
Grenoble Airport is 210km from Morzine (2 hours)
Lyon Saint-Exupery is 211km from Morzine (2 ½ hours)
Public shuttle bus transfers from airport
Geneva Airport - Morzine (www.coach-station.com).
Getting around Morzine
Free shuttles in Morzine
Free shuttle buses and a little train will offer you free transport within the village during the winter season to help you get around easily.
Morzine Airport Transfer
For pre-bookable private transfer rates with Peak Retreats, view here.
Morzine resort season dates
Morzine ski area is open: 21/12/19 - 19/04/20.