A Season In Morzine
A blog from Joe...
If you’re considering visiting the French Alps for your next ski holiday, Destination Ski’s team of ski specialist are happy to pass on all our knowledge based on years of living and working in several resorts across the world. Here is my guide to Morzine and the Portes du Soleil ski area. If you have any questions, or you’d like to discuss your next French Alps ski holiday I’d be happy to help. In this guide I’ll be covering everything from where to eat, where to sleep, and those hidden gems only the locals know about.
I began skiing at a young age, like many of us who first step out onto the ski slopes aged seven, I didn’t have much say in the decision. As the son of a British grass ski champion, it was inevitable that at that some point I was going to be clipped onto skis and pushed down a mountain and yes, grass skiing is a real thing and I urge you to give it a search it on YouTube… it’s as strange as it sounds.
After a few family ski holidays and weekends skiing during an exchange year in university, I finished my education and applied for a ski season. A few weeks later my bags were packed and I headed to Morzine and Portes du Soleil.
How To Get There:
One of the best things about Morzine is that the transfer is only 90 minutes from Geneva airport making it the ideal resort for those with young children who don’t want a long coach transfer and anyone looking for a weekend on the slopes.
Morzine caters for a wide variety of skiers. If you are looking for a great family ski holiday or a mixed ability group ski holiday there aren’t many resorts better than Morzine and Portes du Soleil. With a plethora of green and blue slopes for those who are learning to ski, and access to over 650km of pistes for the more experienced skiers with a full area lift pass. What’s more, the beginner slope is at the top of the Pleney lift so you can enjoy panoramic views whilst you’re mastering the art of the snowplough. For those who’ve graduated to parallel skiing then I suggest heading over to Les Gets and spending the morning skiing between the trees underneath the Chavannes ski lifts or if you’re lucky enough to catch a powder day then take the Super Morzine towards Avoriaz and stay off-piste underneath the Zore.
Lunch On The Mountain:
If you have a Portes du Soleil full area lift pass, then there’s no better place to stop for lunch than ‘Changabang’ at the top of the Prodains lift in Avoriaz. This is a favourite with seasonnair’s because it is a little easier on the wallet and the food is great especially after a morning of skiing. If you’re looking for lunch closer to Morzine then I suggest heading to Infernos in Nyon for an awesome atmosphere and a legendary BBQ grill.
For evening meals you’ll be spoiled for choice if you stay close to the Pleney lift. Hoping to reopen soon after a fire this summer, Restaurant L’Etale is a fan favourite for their wine and pizza offers and a stop at the Bec Jaune brewery is an absolute must. This microbrewery has shot Morzine straight into the 21st century with a simple menu that caters for vegans and meat eaters alike, so expect pulled pork buns and superfood vegan burgers washed down with house brewed IPA’s and English Ales.
Après On The Mountain
It’s no secret that La Folie Douce is where you’ll find the best entertainment in any resort that is lucky to have one. Folie Douce was opened in Avoriaz in 2018, if you have a full area lift pass then this is an absolute must. But for those looking for something a little different then I suggest heading to the bottom of the Ardent lift and trying out ‘Happy Hours’. This bar is one of the most famous places to après in Portes du Soleil, so make sure to head here for some table dancing, especially on Wednesday.
Late Night Après
If you’re looking to extend your après into the early hours then Morzine has a great selection of bars. The most popular drinking spot is at the end of the main street off the Pleney lift, where you’ll find The Tibetan Café, Coyote Bar and The Cavern within a few metres of each other. These bars will be busy until 3am. If you want more of a ‘locals’ drinking sport then try out Beanies or Café Chaud and if you really want to make a night of it then there is no better place to go than the infamous L’Opera night, open until 5am.
Where Should You Stay?
Accommodation in Morzine is predominantly chalets and hotels. If you’re looking for self-catered, ski in ski out apartments, then Avoriaz would be ideal, simply roll of beds and onto the slopes. If a ski in ski out location is a deal breaker then 3* Hotel Le Tremplin is your best bet. This is an ideal place to stay if you’re looking for complete convenience as the hotel is right at the bottom of the slopes, only a stone’s throw away from the Pleney lift, restaurants and bars. For family friendly accommodation with more alpine charm then Le Dahu Hotel is a great option. The property is a little further from the lifts (400m) but has spa facilities and a large indoor pool with panoramic views that children and adults alike would love.
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