But say you were to get the urge to venture outside the resort, who could blame you? And surrounded by the stunning scenery of the French Alps, Chalet Heavenly can be your perfect rendezvous point after a long day of exploring and adventuring in the resorts that are easily worth a day trip.
A thrill seeker’s dream, the mountains neighbouring Morzine are packed with life, character and history – read on to find out more about your next day out on the hill.
First up is the Commune of La Clusaz, a place that certainly lives up to the billing of being steeped in character and history. A small and isolated village until the start of the 20th century, the Swiss border town is now a beautiful, modern ski resort – with 220 kilometres worth of idyllic ski slopes, just in case the 400km at Morzine wasn’t enough.
The village has fantastic winter sports pedigree, having hosted skiing and snow-sports events since 1907. Incredibly, three of France’s most well-known and successful skiers were born here, so there could easily be something in the water (snow). If the slopes here are good enough for them, they’re surely good enough for everyone!
If you’re feeling peckish, there’s the typically quaint selection of Alpine shops, selling meats, cheeses and other local delicacies.
Just like La Clusaz, Chamonix is a Commune of the Haute-Savoie department, the local authority in the area. The town is famous for hosting the first Winter Olympics all the way back in 1924, and today maintains that snow-sport heritage for everyone to enjoy.
It’s one of the oldest ski resorts in France, with history books first mentioning the village nearly a thousand years ago, in 1091. It didn’t become a tourist destination until the late 19th century, when national and international investment started to pour in – with the economy switching towards tourism from then on.
Today, it’s known for its three separate ski resorts, mountain climbing routes and the stunning scenery associated with Mont Blanc. It can be accessed by road, rail and cable car, but we hope you’re not afraid of heights – it’s one of the highest in the world, at 3,842 metres at the peak!
Moving across the border into neighbouring Italy, Courmayeur champions its identity as the premier Italian Mont Blanc resort – offering an insight into Italian food, sport and culture.
It hosts an eclectic range of sports, including seemingly any snow sport in the winter – from skiing and snowboarding to snowbiking – while in the warmer months they offer hiking, trail running, rock climbing and abseiling. Off the mountain you can tuck into fishing, golf and tennis – the sportsperson’s paradise.
You’ll find all the hospitality you’ve come to expect from a modern ski resort, including restaurants, bars and accommodation.
A beginner skiier’s paradise, if you’re just starting on your skiing journey, or have a young family that would like to learn the ropes, then La Thuile could be the place for you.
Over on the Italian side of the border and only two hours from the beautiful city of Turin, the locals have taken to calling the spot ‘Little Siberia’ due to the quality and frequency of snowfall. With plenty of shallow, winding slopes, it’s easy to get the feel for skiing technique – with red slopes waiting for you once you’ve got it right.
Head off the slopes and into the village proper and you’ll find a smattering of traditional Italian bars with plenty to eat and drink. The former mining town hosts some spectacular views of not just Mont Blanc, but the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa too.
Located on the edge of the Vanoise National Park, La Plagne is a collection of ski resorts and historic villages in the Paradiski area.
The resort prides itself on being small and purposefully built, with great transport options and a variety of different altitudes at which to test your mettle – catering to both the beginner and the more experienced skier.
You’ll find all of the hospitality you’d expect here, with a number of different villages all connected together to create a wide ranging and accessible resort.
The largest skiing area in the world, this behemoth of skiing complex is only a short distance away from Morzine. Meribel is a typically beautiful village right in the middle, complete with the traditional wooden chalets that everyone remembers, and has plenty to offer in terms of bars and restaurants.
From here, you’re connected to an endless network of skiing opportunities – as well as a variety of well-known and not so well known sports being offered when off the slopes.
Go-karting on tarmac just not enough for you? Then check out the Ice-Karting at Meribel! Or if that’s too tame, you can go hang-gliding or snowmobiling – the adrenaline junky’s dream. Animal lovers can tick one off the bucket list with incredible dog-sledding trips, and return to the resort to sink into a steaming sauna or hot tub.
There you have it – unless you’re planning on staying forever (why not?), then you’ve got a comprehensive guide to the neighbouring resorts that will easily see you through your holiday. This isn’t to say that Morzine is short on offerings – far from it – we’re just lucky to host a chalet in one of the most beautiful and fun-filled locations in the world. To discuss your booking send us an email through the form.