Ideally located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area, Morzine offers a wonderful playground of 650km of ski slopes in the winter.
Surrounded with pretty wooden chalets, Morzine ski resort is a real village with a warm and lively atmosphere.
From the summit of Chamossière you can make out Lake Geneva to the north, Mont Blanc to the south, and the Swiss border just a short distance away – a quick glance around and straight away you can situate Morzine, a little town tucked away in the Alps, nestling between the mountains and forests. Here you will find the pleasant leisurely lifestyle and authentic charm of a village which has retained all its typical Savoyard character.
Ideally located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area, Morzine offers a wonderful playground of 650km of ski slopes in the winter. The immense unspoilt open spaces around beckon you to get away from it all and explore them as you wish.
Whether for a few days or a long holiday, Morzine attracts people who wish to gently while away the time as well as those looking for sporting thrills, all seeking to recharge their batteries with their family or friends and experience genuine, simple pleasures.
Traditional restaurants with a friendly atmosphere
A real village with a warm and lively atmosphere
Park des Déreches
Swimming-pool complex : Main 25m pool, children’s pool 125m², paddling pool 50m² and Spa area with 3 sauna and 2 steam rooms
Indoor ice rink : events : Ice hockey matches, ice dancing performances…
Outdoor ice rink : In the center of the village open every day
Pass’Loisirs Activity : The pass gives free and unlimited access to the pool complex and the indoor ice-rink
Snow activities : Alpine skiing,cross country skiing, snowboarding, night sledging, ski joering, Taxi-ski, ski touring
Other : Helicopter,Heli-ski, Snowscooter, Segway, Yooner….
“Family Plus” award
Each week there’s lots of events, welcome drinks, ski shows, torchlight descents, kid’s carpentry workshops, storytelling, tresure hunts, music quizzes, farm visits and cheese- making tours….
During the school holidays : face-painting sessions, parades in the village, speed-skiing, and the music snow tour ( DJ and music on the slopes)
In order to ensure your family skiing holiday goes smoothly, Morzine has:
Two childcare facilities, including the kindergarten section of the ski school for early skiers
Daily events including some specifically for children
Family rates and special offers for ski lifts (including the Family Pass and the “Forfait Glisse”)
A sledging run
A children’s area at the Office du Tourisme
A free “kids’ Guide” available from the reception desk of the Office du Tourisme, detailing everything available for families.
The Family and Tribal Passes gives you a 10% discount for lift passes of 6 days or more for 2 adults and at least 2 children for Morzine-Les Gets and Portes du Soleil.
In April and in December get one free under-12 pass for each adult Portes du Soleil pass you purchase (as part of an accommodation + lift pass package of at least 2 days).
Morzine has been nominated a “Family +” resort, by an independent assessment organisation. It is also acknowledged as a tourist destination providing top quality facilities and activities for families with children.
With “Family +” Morzine is committed in 6 princile areas:
A personnalised welcome for families,
Entertainment suitable for all age groups,
A price range that varies, from the youngest,
Activities for both younger and older children, separately or together,
Medical services close-by if there are any little tumbles,
It was the building of the “Grand Hôtel” in the 1920s, the first tourist hotel, and its owner François Baud, that opened up a new era in the life of the village. The influx of summer holidaymakers was a breath of fresh air for the inhabitants who lived modestly from farming and slate mining, an industry which was already in decline.
1934: inauguration of the Le Pléney cable car
The tourists were becoming ever more intrepid and were gradually won over by the charms of winter. The thick snow cover made it possible to indulge in winter games and sports procuring completely new sensations – tobogganing, skijoring, the beginnings of downhill skiing and even ski jumping.
In 1934, Morzine opened the Le Pléney cable car with great pomp and ceremony, and at first it was only used for walking and enjoying the views over the Alps, with skiing being confined to the reassuring meadows in the Valley.
1960: Avoriaz was created
Winter sports kept on growing, and the inhabitants of Morzine decided to try to set up a high altitude ski area, having already built ski lifts on the Le Pléney, Nyon, and Chamossière peaks.
In 1960 Jeau Vuarnet took over the running of the resort with the goal of turning Avoriaz into a large-scale destination. The building of this “little Savoyard Colorado” with its mimetic architecture, alongside close cooperation with Champéry and Les Crosets resulted in the creation of the Portes du Soleil, and gave Morzine-Avoriaz its dual identity combining tradition and modernity.
Morzine has successfully drawn on its fine past and continues with its tradition of warm hospitality and carefully managed development. The resort today has retained the appearance of villages of days gone by, with its wooden facades, sculpted balconies, and roofs covered in Morzine state. But its facilities and services are in line with the high standards of present-day tourism.