I chose Morzine for many reasons, not least because of its easy access from Geneva airport and because it sits in the huge Portes Du Soleil ski area, so you have easy access to multiple resorts. Morzine is also really close to Avoriaz, which, as a higher resort, generally has better snow coverage when Morzine is lacking the white stuff. Morzine itself is an authentic, busy French town all year round, unlike some ski resorts that shut down in the summer, with more variety of amazing shops, restaurants and clubs.
Obviously a hot tub! Sitting in a hot tub at the end of a long day on the slopes, beer in hand and gazing at stunning mountain views is dreamy! Being close to a bus stop is handy so you don’t have to walk too far in ski/snowboard boots. I found the size of accommodation in Morzine is generally better when compared to other resorts as it is not a purpose-built ski town where they try and squeeze loads of people in.
Happy Hours bar on a Wednesday is the best après I have ever been too! Other bars I love are Robinsons, Dixie, Haka, Café Chaud and Cavern. Après is really easy to find in Morzine; as soon as the lifts close the bars and restaurants come alive, just walking through town you can easily find a good bar or lush restaurant to fuel up for the first lift the next morning. Last year a Folie douche bar opened in Avoriaz which has a really good partying vibe and incredible sunsets.
Morzine is really family friendly with loads of great ski schools and rental shops offering weekly rentals for children. There are a lot of green ‘nursery’ runs in Morzine so it’s really good for beginners/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.
Book ahead for the nice restaurants, especially at busy times of the season like school holidays. The weekly light show and firework display at the bottom of the Pleney slope is good and I definitely recommend watching a sunset, they are amazing!
If you’re a beginner and only have a week, I would recommend skiing as it is easier to pick up. Lessons beforehand are a good idea so you have some understanding when you get out there and don’t spend the whole of your holiday on the nursery slopes or your bottom! But personally, I love snowboarding. I relished the challenge of learning the skill and love the number of tricks you can do on a board.
There are so many activities in Morzine other than skiing or snowboarding to keep the whole family entertained, such as ice skating, indoor swimming and ice hockey matches. There is also a weekly market and lots of lovely shops to explore and a spa!
I honestly couldn’t name one! There are so many good runs in both Morzine and nearby Avoriaz. It’s such a big area to explore and with fresh snow there are also some amazing tree runs.
My favourite memory has to be from last New Year’s Eve; snowboarding all day, watching the sunset from the top of a mountain, reflecting on an amazing year, and then the huge party and fireworks in the town centre with everyone.
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