Morzine Travel Guide
If you’re planning a trip to the vibrant French town of Morzine and the Portes du Soleil region, read our Morzine travel guide to help you get the most out of your holiday.
Getting to Morzine
Flying is the easiest and quickest way to travel to Morzine. The nearest airport is Geneva Airport, which while over the border in Switzerland, is only about a 1 hour 15-minute drive from Morzine. The next closest airport to Morzine is Chambery Airport in France, which is approximately 1 hour 40 minutes away.
The best way to get to Morzine from the airports is to use an airport transfer company as they will pick you up straight from the terminal and drop you off at your accommodation. The nearest train stations to Morzine are Cluses or Thonon-Les-Bain but both are around a 30-minute drive away by bus or taxi.
Accommodation in Morzine
To make the most out your holiday to Morzine, choose the best accommodation in the region; Chalet Heavenly. This fully catered ski chalet is a tranquil oasis of traditional alpine style and luxury. Spread over three floors, the chalet has five en-suite bedrooms, large open plan living areas, breath-taking views of the Alps and many indulgent little extras for you to enjoy such as fluffy robes, luxury toiletries, indoor sauna and hot tub.
As well as a personal chef preparing all your delicious meals each day, you’ll also have access to your very own chauffer so you can enjoy all the region has to offer without the worry of negotiating unfamiliar mountain roads or public transport. Book your stay today.
Getting around Morzine
- Buses – Morzine has an excellent network of cheap local public buses that connect the entire region, starting from Le Biot to Les Gets and operating from 7am to 7pm. There’s also a free bus that links various spots in Morzine with Avoriaz and one that runs from the centre of Morzine to the Valee de la Manche via the Nyon Bubble. There are also regular buses that go further afield
- Taxi – there are several taxi operators in Morzine, but you’ll need to book ahead, particularly if you plan on staying out late, as they get very busy.
- Train – popular with families and worn out skiers, the free Petit Train connects the Super Morzine lift, the Pleney lift and the swimming pool.
- Ski lift – of course, the network of ski lifts in and around Morzine are the number one way to access the slopes. Before you set off, research the areas you want to visit and the ski lifts that will take you to them. You’ll also need to buy a ski pass. We recommend the Portes du Soleil pass as it grants you access from Les Gets all the way across to the resorts in Switzerland. Book in advance and you can save with an early bird discount.
Where to ski in Morzine
Morzine is nestled at the heart of the world famous ski area Portes du Soleil which provides a huge 426km of pistes accessed by approximately 200 ski lifts. With a range of green (learner), blue (beginner), red (intermediate) and black (expert) runs, there’s something for every skier or snowboarder, whether it’s the first time you’ve strapped on a pair of skis or have been sliding down the mountain for years.
Morzine itself boasts mostly blue and red pistes which makes it ideal for groups, families and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Le Pleney provides great fun for carvers and the slopes of dominating Nyon and Chamossière ski peaks are perfect for off-piste enthusiasts.
Located 600m above Morzine, Avoriaz provides plenty of snow when Morzine is lacking the white stuff. It’s home to Europe’s first Buton Stash freestyle park, offering a great mix of freestyle and freeride. As well as powder fields in Lindarets and Chatel, there’s also lots of great areas for beginners too.
Just 10 minutes away from Morzine, Les Gets offers a beautiful skiing experience with the tree lined runs of the Ranfoilly Bowl and the breathtaking views from the peak of Mont Chery.
Le Pleney boasts a huge variety of runs all accessed from just one ski lift, including one green, five blue, four red and one black pistes which is ideal for groups of mixed abilities.
Activities away from the snow
Morzine is famous for its excellent skiing and snowboarding but there’s so much more to discover away from the slopes in this traditional alpine town. The range of activities available means you’ll be wanting to visit again and again and not just in the winter.
- Weekly market – held every Wednesday, Morzine’s market sells local food and drink, artisan goods, clothes, shoes and a range of other products.
- Parc des Dérêches - a huge entertainment centre with an ice rink, swimming pool and slides, horse riding, tree top adventure trail, skate park and spa.
- Whitewater rafting - you’ll experience the exhilaration of rapids and waterfalls alongside peaceful moments to soak up the scenery.
- Ice Hockey - join the locals in supporting the Pingouins de Morzine Avoriaz ice hockey team by cheering them on at an evening match.
- Golfing - enjoy a round of golf surrounded by the Alps at the 18-hole course in Les Gets.
- Helicopter rides – view the glorious mountain scenery from a bird’s eye view with a helicopter ride.
- Museums – soak in some culture at Morzine’s museums which include, the Mechanical Music Museum in Les Gets and the Slate Workshop and Mines.
Lake diving, canoeing and kayaking, mountain biking, canyoning, fishing and snowmobiling are just a few other activities you can try during your Morzine holiday.
Hiking and walking in the Alps
Situated in the heart of the ancient Alp mountain range, Morzine provides some of the most spectacular walking and hiking trails in the world. There are around 800km of signposted routes and trails throughout the Portes du Soleil region, from gentle, paved paths perfect for families to challenging climbs that’ll have you scrabbling over mountains.
It’s advisable to seek the advice of an experienced guide in Morzine to establish the best and safest routes for your abilities. The Tourist Information in the centre of town will be able to provide you with reliable information. Check out some of our favourite walking routes in and around Morzine here.
Morzine's famous après ski
The vibrant après ski scene in Morzine begins on the mountains themselves. There are a number of bars on the slopes that start to fill up by mid afternoon and thanks to their locations, you can watch some spectacular sunsets while enjoying a glass of the local beer, Mutzig. You’ll easily find plenty of après bars down in the town itself, most of which open until 2am. Our favourites include Robinsons, Dixie, Haka, Café Chaud and Cavern. For hardy partyers, the only nightclub in Morzine, L’Opera, stays open until 5am.
Morzine is really family friendly with lots of great ski schools offering lessons for children and shops offering weekly hire. Once the little ones feel a bit more confident, there are a number of green ‘nursery’ runs available in Morzine which are idea for younger skiers. There is also lots of childcare available in Morzine, including Alpine Childcare, who have nannies available during the day and evenings, and Jack Frost, who offer a nannying service.
With stunning accommodation, personal chef, chauffeur, sauna and hot tub, Chalet Heavenly is the ultimate ski chalet in Morzine. Book your blissful skiing holiday today.
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