Skiing is a pastime that few get to indulge in, but when they do they’re always coming back for more. You have a fantastic choice when it comes to picking which slopes to get comfortable on from the Canadian Whistler to Carezza, Italy. One of the best places you could choose for your skiing holiday is Morzine, France, a stunning Alpine town close to the Swiss border. Originally a small farming town also popular for mining, Morzine sits comfortably in the Haute Savoire area of France, an hour from Geneva airport. It’s not just a resort though, Morzine is a little town with cosy accommodation and lots to see and do!
There’s something for everyone in Morzine, whatever time of year you visit. Skiing and snowboarding are so popular in the winter months but for the rest of the year you have cycling, hiking and mountain biking to enjoy. The popular Crankworx and Pass’potes du Soleil happen in the summer, which are two huge events dedicated to mountain biking. Music festivals and parties by the piste (rather than in the park!) are also featured in the winter. Morzine is neighboured with Avoriaz and Les Gets, as well as the huge ski area of Portes du Soleil, the largest international ski area in Europe. Strapping on your skis and heading down the black and red slopes is one of the most popular activities to do here, and why not?
Avoriaz sits above Morzine and is linked by ski lifts, meaning that if you are fortunate enough to stay in one of the many apartments or the stunning chalets offered by Freedom Ski, you are right where you need to be. Bring your camera with you up the ski lift, as when you get to Avoriaz you’ll be simply stunned by the dramatic cliff top views and the futuristic design of the ski stations.
With 273 marked ski runs, you won’t be short on choice! Thankfully, the region caters for all abilities so whether you want some practice running up and down the nursery slopes or you are headed straight for the black slopes, high on top of the world, there’s something for you. If you prefer not to go flying down the sides of the mountain slopes, you can enjoy the 216km of cross-country trails on offer. The terrain varies for all abilities so even the seasoned skiers will find some of the slopes a total challenge. The ski circuits can take anything up to three hours and if you are a beginner, don’t worry – the slopes are clearly marked to tell you which is the hardest.
Once you’ve spent your day gliding down the French Alps, it’s time to eat and in France, you won’t ever go wrong. The French are all about their gourmet food options and you’ll be hungry after a day’s work on the slopes. Local cheese, wines and meat all feature on a variety of menus and you’ll need hearty food after a day in the snow. Most people don’t realise how much of a workout snowboarding and skiing can be so food that fills is necessary! With such emphasis put on local, fresh produce and seasoned, cured meats, you will be tasting fresh food wherever you eat. From gourmet restaurants to creperies and pizzerias, there’s something for all to enjoy in Morzine.
Morzine has previously been a venue for the famous Tour de France and if you want to pack your break with activities other than those you find on the bright white slopes, why not get involved with paragliding and fishing? The winter months see the Portes du Soleil area linking with up to 14 other ski resorts. These span across both France and Switzerland and with so much variety to be enjoyed, you can’t find more entertainment anywhere else. Pisted runs and off piste routes aren’t the only snowy activity to enjoy ether, with snowparks throughout and the chance to ice dive into Lake Montriand. You can also snowshoe on the cross-country trails so you won’t be left out of seeing the spectacular views.
Morzine has grown exponentially since its first lift installation in 1934 into a thriving resort. All the French charm you could want is still retained here and the traditional French values are poured into every aspect of Morzine’s town and skiing community. Getting more out of Morzine is not hard and however you choose to enjoy the mountains, Morzine is ready and waiting for you.