Morzine , France
Morzine, at the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski circuit, is a lively, year-round resort with traditional mountain architecture spreading across both sides of a river which cuts through the valley floor. Its relatively low altitude leads to a risk of poor snow conditions in April but it remains popular for the main ski season being one of the easiest resorts to reach by car from the UK and with one of the quickest transfer times from Geneva (less than one hour on a good day).
The ski area has something for everyone especially on the local Pleney area which it shares with the resort of Les Gets. Although the main amenities are clustered around the Pleney lifts, the accommodation on offer is widely scattered so the generally efficient bus service comes in handy. The apres ski scene is one of the best in France with a multitude of bars, restaurants and activities after dark. Table dancing at the Crepuscule has been recommended, as is the Buddha Bar.
Pros & Cons
- Vast ski area - best for intermediates and beginners
- Fun and varied nightlife by French standards
- Traditional town with much charm - there are 100's of chalets in Morzine
- Very short transfer from Geneva (less than one hour)
- Ski holidays in Morzine offer fantastic value
- As it is a large resort it is important to choose accommodation with easy access to lifts
- Late season skiing when the snow cover on lower slopes can get thin
- Weekend crowds in high season periods
There is a reasonable choice of restaurants to try in Morzine. The hotel Samoyede has arguably the best food and service in town, with both traditional and modern cuisine on the menue. The hotel Les Airelles, and the hotel Dru also have good food. The Chamade, the Grange and the chalet Philibert come highly recommended for local cuisine while the Etale, Clin d'Oeil, Cafe Chaud and the Tyrolien offer a mixture of Fondue, local Savoyarde and Tartiflette dishes.
The following come recommended- Chez Nannon between the Nyon and Chamossiere, Lhottys hut, the Vaffieu at the top of the Folliets chair, and Nabor. Also worth a go are the self-service restaurant on the Mont Chery, and finally The Taniere in Les Gets.
There is dancing in ski boots at Crepuscule, to loud house music; Dixies has live sport, as well as live music and the local resort staff tend to go to the Cavern. Also recommended is the heated terrace at L'Etale on a Friday night. Local band Funkadelique play from 4.30pm-7.00pm when the place gets packed out quickly. L'Etale is in the centre of town, therefore very close to other excellent apres bars such as the Crepu ('pub' atmosphere), and the Coup de Cour for a more sophisticated, wine bar scene.
Being one of the livelier French resorts we think Morzine should keep most bar hoppers and disco divas happy. The bars to try include Coyote Bar with live DJ's playing nightly, the Tibetan bar for a more chilled out affair and for a late night bop the L'opera is the places to be seen.
- Cable Car
- Chair lift
- Drag lift