Morzine Resort Information
Morzine is situated in the heart of the vast Portes du Soleil ski area covering parts of France and Switzerland and is located between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc. It has an enormous 650kms of marked pistes making it one of the the largest in the world! It includes the resorts of Les Gets, Avoriaz, Chatel, Morgins, Torgons, Champoussin and Les Crosets.
The snow record is excellent as it is in the Mont Blanc weather system and this coupled with an advanced snow making system means the pistes are well covered from December right through to the end of April. Due to the massive area covered by the Portes du Soleil there is enough terrain for every body, from complete beginners to advanced riders.
Your Portes du Soleil ski pass will allow you to access Avoriaz which is easily one of the top European snowboarding destinations and regularly features in international magazines. Freeriders should check out the Hauts Forts area.
The local skiing in Morzine is divided into three sectors. Pleney above the town to the west, Super Morzine to the east – and the main ski-link to Avoriaz – and Nyon-Chamossierre to the south.
Pleney is the main mountain and where the local ski schools hang out. The summit is a broad plateau ideal for beginners and good long blues weave through the trees to the village below. Anyone other than experts can easily enjoy a half day or more here. Challenging skiing is limited although there is the Stade de Slalom down the face of the mountain – ideal for showing off to the spectators on the terrace of the Hotel L’Equipe.
For more testing runs, head across to Nyon-Chamossiere. A couple of routes connect from the Pleney summit and take you to lifts to the Nyon Plateau. From there many blues and reds slope back to Morzine or around to Les Gets but for a tougher test you can head up to the Pointe de Nyon. L’Aigle starts out red zig-zagging from the summit and then ends with optional black bumps – it often has bumpy patches following a line straight down.
From the Plateau you can also ski across to Chamossiere – a single peak with one chairlift but a great bumpy black under the chair and a stiff red on the other side. In good conditions there’s a lot of good just-off-piste to the sides of both.
In contrast, Super Morzine is mainly a route to Avoriaz but on sunny days it’s a great place for beginners and intermediates to practice their turns on wide, open pistes.