Morzine is a picturesque Alpine town, lying in the heart of the vast Portes du Soleil ski area near the French/Swiss border and is only an hour's drive from Geneva airport. The town itself offers a mixture of traditional and modern shops, bars and restaurants whilst maintaining it's genuine Savoyarde charm and atmosphere.
The old town with it’s weekly market, town square, old bridge and beautiful architecture, situated on the river Dranse has a charm not found in other purpose built ski resorts. For non-skiers there is ice skating, cinemas showing films in English, chic bars and restaurants and a play park, horse drawn sleigh rides & a mini-train ride across town for children.
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Morzine has a variety of night time venues from quiet bars, chic wine bars and restaurants to night clubs which stay open till daybreak. Thursday is usually our chalet night off we enjoy recommending some of the excellent restaurants in Morzine for either traditional local mountain cuisine, pizzas or tapas. For modern European cuisine we recommend the very popular Numero Dix restaurant in the town square. There are many lively bars such as the
Morzine is the home of the Morzine Penguins ice hockey team and you can see their premiership matches on Saturdays and Wednesdays at the Palais de Sport stadium, which holds 1500 passionate fans. Public ice-skating sessions are available every afternoon in the same venue. There are also games bars and 2 cinemas which show the latest films in English.
We can arrange torchlight ski descents, night time snow scooter rides and one night a week there is night skiing on the floodlit piste of Le Pleney.
The Portes du Soleil
This famous ski area covers 13 ski resorts in France and Switzerland (including Avoriaz, Chatel, and Champery) and offers 650km of pistes, linked by 228 ski lifts. The extensive and varied landscape caters for all levels of skier with beautiful pisted and off-piste runs, both through the trees and well above the tree line.
During the Winter 2012/13 season lift pass prices for the Portes du Soleil area for 6 days are as follows:
Adults - 225 euros
Children - 169 euros
The nursery slopes and green runs are nearby for beginners. Intermediate skiers can ski from resort to resort without skiing the same run twice. For the advanced, there are numerous red and black runs, extensive off-piste, the World Cup downhill run, and for the boldest there is the famous near -vertical "Swiss Wall." Surfers will find snowboard parks with jumps, obstacles and half pipes and there is 76km of wonderful cross country skiing. 60 snow cannons ensure that the runs to the resort are open until the very end of the season.
We organise private Chilly Powder Ski School lessons for all families staying with us. This ensures children of similar ages and abilities are learning together with option of 'Kid's Club' in the afternoons if children are not able to ski all day.