MORZINE

The French ski resort of Morzine is part of the Portes du Soleil Ski Area with access to 430 individual pistes, served by 209 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Morzine itself (81 pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Portes du […]

The French ski resort of Morzine is part of the Portes du Soleil Ski Area with access to 430 individual pistes, served by 209 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Morzine itself (81 pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Portes du Soleil ski resorts ofAbondance, Avoriaz, Châtel, La Chapelle d’Abondance, La Grande Terche,Les Gets, Montriond, Saint Jean d’Aulps, Champoussin, Champéry, Les Crosets, Morgins and Torgon.
With skiing above 2000 metres, snow cover is generally reliable.

Morzine’s skiing is basically in two similar sized sectors which together offer almost 300km (nearly 200 miles) of trails served by nearly 100 lifts. Morzine’s own skiing is part of the Portes du Soleil ski area which links a dozen ski resorts by lift and offers skiers 650km (just over 400 miles) of more-or-less-lift-linked trails that cross from France in to Switzerland.

Morzine’s first ski area links the resort over to neighbouring Les Gets on the slopes of Mount Ranfolly, between the two villages. With skiing between 1000m (3280 feet) and 2000 m (6560 feet) the trail are largely easy or intermediate level, down through the densely forested slopes. The second sector is that of Super Morzine and Avoriaz, rising to 2466m (8090 feet), known for its long slopes to which skiers would venture in the spring before the resort was built and lifts installed in the ’60s. The sense of isolation from the rest of the world continues today.

The Portes du Soleil’s skiing is something more than most large lift-linked ski areas in that you experience a sense of traveling and encountering different cultures as you cross it and go over the border in to Switzerland, with views of Mont Blanc in one direction and Lake Geneva in the other. It’s possible for most skiers above beginner standard to make the most of the huge terrain on offer.

Experts too will find plenty of interest, including the World Cup descent down from Avoriaz to Morzine over a full 1100m) vertical. In the d’Enfer there are excellent off piste runs from La Grande Terche. Of course there is also the most famous run of the whole area, ‘The Swiss Wall’ – unofficially categorized a brown run, officially black. Many choose to take the chairlift down rather than face its monstrous moguls!
Beginners are not forgotten though, with excellent nursery slopes dotted around Morzine, most just a short walk from your accommodation.

Cross country skiers are well served also with 95 km (60 miles) of trails from easy to difficult standard in five separate areas.

Resort Statistics
Black Runs (13km) 8
Red Runs (45km) 26
Blue Runs (38km) 23
Green Runs (11km 7 /47km 67 1460m 2460m 1000m 1000m
Cross Country Trails 47 km
 Ski Lifts  67
Max Vertical  1460m
Highest Lift 2460m
Lowest Piste  1000m
Resort Altitude  1000m

 

Snowboarding in Morzine
Snowboarders needing high adrenaline action are likely to head up to the facilities of Avoriaz (home to one of Europe’s largest fun parks) or the snowboard park at Les Gets.
Morzine’s local terrain suits the less aggressive and perhaps less experienced ‘boarder, although there are off-piste thrills to be had. In 2002 a Boardercross was added on the Atray competition slope for snowboard fans

 

Morzine

 

Morzine is a relaxed and friendly resort and the night-life reflects this, with early evening drinks and snacks followed by a good meal of traditional fayre. After that there are dozens of bars to choose from, with Dixie Bar, the Coyotte Bar and Le Crépuscule usually all lively.
Later on much of the action is to be had in the bars and discothèques at the Le Pleney end of the resort. Popular night spots include Opéra Rock and Le Paradis..
Other evening activities might include bowling, night skiing, snowmobiling and perhaps taking in an ice hockey match.
Lodging
Hotel packages (low season) $2195
Condo packages   (low season)  $1675

 

PREFERRED PROPERTIES:

 

Hotel Le Viking 3***

Hotel Viking has a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere perfect for couples and families alike. The hotel has a fantastic location at the top of the Pleney ski area (accessible by cable car from Morzine) so you can be the first on the slopes in the morning! At the end of the day relax on the sunny terrace with a drink or enjoy your evening meal in the restaurant which offers breathtaking views over the resort.
outdoor heated swimming pool · sauna · restaurant with panoramic views · sun terrace with bar · bar with plasma TV, 2 internet terminals & extra charge for WiFi access · mini club · kids club · evening entertainment · lift · 71 bedrooms

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location

· ski to and from the door · located at the top of the Pleney ski area on the slopes · gondola to Morzine centre runs daily from 8.00am-8.00pm and until 2.00am on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

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meals

· buffet breakfast including croissants, yoghurt, cold meats and cheeses · packed lunch or lunch can be chosen from the menu on the hotel’s sun terrace (€16 voucher) · 4 course buffet style evening meal with waiter served main courses on some evenings, plus a FREE quarter litre of house wine with evening meals

 

 

Hotel Le Petit Dru 3***

Situated 400m from the Super-Morzine Gondola, 1km from the Pleney lifts and 300m from the village centre, this beautifully decorated hotel is in a pleasant location, with the ski bus stopping just outside.

Heated indoor/outdoor pool, sauna, jacuzzi and table tennis
Lounge/bar with fireplace
Wireless internet access
Smaller, cosy bar / Restaurant / Lift / Car park.
75 bedrooms. The twin or double rooms have bath, shower attachment, hairdryer, telephone, safe, satellite TV, balcony and bunks in the entrance (for children under 13yrs). Singles are available on request.

Meals
Buffet breakfast
4/5 Course dinner

 

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