Morzine Resort Guide
Morzine is one of the only ski destinations in France to have retained its mountain farming town charm. Many of the ski chalets are converted farm houses and some of the hotels date back to the days when Morzine was just a community of minors and cattle herders.
While fairly quaint compared to the likes of Tignes and Val d’Isere, Morzine has grown into a snow-lover’s paradise. Part of the vast Port du Soleil region, Morzine gives you access to 400 miles of piste, and with crazy back country off the back of Pointe du Nyon and Vallee de la Manche, Morzine is the perfect playground for multi-ability ski groups.
With more bars and restaurants than you can shake a ski pole at, Morzine doesn’t leave you short of watering holes. There are places to party after a day on the slopes, bars in which to sip on a chilled glass of wine, clubs in which to have a wild night out, and plenty of restaurants in which to enjoy delectable alpine dishes.
In this Morzine resort guide, we’ll give you some insight into your holiday, including the best way to get to Morzine and how you can travel around town. We’ll introduce you to some of our favourite bars and restaurants and clue you into some of the best activities to do off the mountain.
In this guide:
- How to get to Morzine
- How to get around in Morzine
- Where to stay in Morzine
- Where to ski in Morzine
- Where to party in Morzine
- Where to eat in Morzine
- Off-the-mountain activities
- Ski Schools in Morzine
How to get to Morzine
Morzine is a really well positioned resort, especially if you have children in tow. The transfer from both Geneva Airport and Chambery Airport is under two hours – and there are lots of private and shared transfer companies - like Powdercab - that’ll pick you up and take you back at the end of your holiday.
Geneva is really well connected to both local and main UK airports, while Chambery is often a cheaper option if you’re happy to fly from London or Manchester. With the closest train stations a half an hour taxi away, it’s possible to get to Morzine by train – but it’ll take four to five hours from Paris.
How to get around Morzine
While Chalet Heavenly guests can enjoy their own private transport in resort, the public transport around Morzine is great.
There are plenty of free buses (Navettes in French) that service every area of town, with Line M taking you from Morzine’s Tourism Office in the centre of town to Montriond, where Chalet Heavenly is situated. There is also the Balad'Aulps Bus line which services the surrounding villages for 1.5€.
There are local taxi companies that can take you from the chalet into town and back. If you’re planning a night out in town, think about pre-booking a taxi, especially on chalet night off, when everybody is out and taxis get booked up quickly.
Where to stay in Morzine
There are plenty of chalets, chalet hotels, and hotels to choose from in Morzine. Ski in ski out accommodation is a little hard to come by as it's illegal to ski on Morzine’s roads on the occasions that they are covered in snow, but luxury ski chalets like Chalet Heavenly are in abundance – both in the town centre and on the outskirts of town.
Surrounded by pockets of traditional mountain villages, Morzine is the place for family holidays. These traditional mountain villages are really well connected to the main town and ski lifts. They're often just five or ten minutes away on the resort bus (or private ride if you stay at Chalet Heavenly) – and they give you that sense of serenity away from the hustle and bustle.
Where to ski in Morzine
Morzine is an amazing ski area with a combination of wide motorway cruisers, treeline runs for those low cloud days, and challenging back country for confident riders on offer.
Pleney is the main gondola – it takes you up into the Pleney ski area, from which you can ski down into Les Gets or the Nyon Valley, climb up to the cruisy area of La Rosta or find your legs in the beginner-friendly Zone Debutant.
If you want to start your day from Nyon – Pointe du Nyon is Morzine’s highest point and the place to go for the thrill-seekers – head to the Nyon Gondola. From the top, you can hitch a ride on the Pointe chairlift and cast your eyes over Morzine from 2,000 metres, or head to the Snowpark de Nyon to show off your best shapes.
On the other side of town is the Super Morzine gondola. While technically you can access Avoriaz from Super Morzine, expect a workout – especially when conditions are sticky - as it’s flat greens all the way in. The reward when you get up there, though, is The Stash – the French Alps’ famous snowpark-come-fun-run.
The quickest way to access Avoriaz from Chalet Heavenly is a short ride up to the Ardent ski lift. The Ardent ski lift takes you right into the centre of the Lindaret Bowl, from which you can ski over to Switzerland and explore the greater Port du Soleil area.
Where to party in Morzine
When it comes to après, Morzine comes up trumps. If you’re all about grooving on table tops, head to Inferno at the top of the Nyon gondola. If you’re not too steady on your skis after a beer or two, drop down to Tremplin at the bottom of the Pleney lift. There are live DJ sets on the terrace from 4pm – and you can head straight into town after.
What about if you just want a quiet drink? Beanies, Bar Robinson (Robbos), and Chez Roger are your go-to places for a quiet(ish) refreshment. Robbos and Chez Roger – in particular – are popular with seasonnaires and locals because of their more laid back atmospheres. If you venture into Robbos, you may want to try the infamous Mutzig 7% lager.
If you fancy an evening on the tiles after your three course dinner, there are plenty of options to choose from. Cavern turns into a bar come club, while neighbouring Tibetan serves up magnums of Grey Goose Vodka and Champagne. If you want to carry on the night, L’Opera is where Morzine night owls can head to until 5am, while Café Chaud is where you head to if drum and bass is more your scene.
Where to eat in Morzine
There are an abundance of gorgeous restaurants in Morzine offering up traditional Savoyard dishes like tartelette, fondu, and raclette in addition to other French favourites. Restaurant L’Etale is a family favourite, while Le Clin d’Oeil is an excellent choice for a date night.
If you’re looking for a casual bite to eat, Cuisine 22 is a firm favourite with seasonnaires and locals for post-après pizza or a curry bowl to go. And you can’t take a trip to the alps without tucking into a crepe. Whether you’re a savoury person or sweet person, we’ve heard Creperie Chez Seb is the best!
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 for non-skiers really makes it a great option for big family groups.
Beauty therapy - Etoile des Neiges is one of Morzine's most popular places for a massage, facial, or beauty treatment
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
Ice Hockey - join the locals in supporting the Pinguins de Morzine Avoriaz ice hockey team on game nights at the Parc des Dérêches
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.
The cinema – Le Rex is a small cinema in Morzine that often shows English films with French subtitles
Morzine Ski Schools
Morzine is a great resort for beginners, and as a result, there are plenty of ski schools to choose from for both adult and children's lessons. ESF is one of the best – the instructors really do know their stuff and ESF instructors often hold the most advanced qualifications, which is why they’re usually one of the more expensive options.
We’re not knocking the other ski schools, though. Easy2Ride is one of the other big ski schools in Morzine, while the PDS Academy is also a good choice. The qualification process to become a ski instructor in France is extensive, so you can be sure that you’ll be parallel skiing properly before you can say ‘I dropped my pole’.
Once the kids feel a bit more confident, there are a number of green ‘nursery’ runs available in Morzine which are idea for younger skiers. There are also lots of childcare options 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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