Luxury Chalets in Morzine
Chalet la MaisonSleeps 12
Zems LodgeSleeps 8 + 6
The BungoSleeps 4
Chalet VesperSleeps 8
Chalet BlancSleeps 10
Chalet LorneSleeps 10
An ideal ski resort for families with kids and young children. That said, it still offers plenty for skiers of all ages and abilities, and it doesn’t make the resort feel any less luxurious. All just an hour drive from Geneva.
One of the most northern French ski resorts, benefitting from Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva’s microclimate, it has consistently good weather all season. For those off-days, or if you’re looking for a bit of variety, it boasts a diverse terrain, which includes tree-lined pistes and some serious snow parks.
Originally a farming community which re-invented itself as a ski and outdoor activity resort, most of the buildings here are low-rise affairs; either traditional farmhouses or Savoyard-style chalets. Well before its sporting fame, 12th-Century Morzine was the agricultural hub of its province; the land was farmed for the town’s Monastery to provide their food, clothing and building materials. Slate mining eventually overtook agriculture as the town’s main industry, some of which you will find dotted throughout townhouses in the town to this day.
Local tradition still permeates the area, and there’s no better way to sample it than in one of the area’s exquisite restaurants.
Large ski area
Great for a weekend away
Good for all abilities
Morzine Ski Overview
Whilst they cater best to intermediates, beginner and advanced skiers will not leave these resorts disappointed. Over 650km of runs are available to be explored here, and hopping between the French and Swiss borders provides some excitement too, heightened by the world-class Swiss chocolate chocolat chauds.
Due to its unique microclimate, Morzine and Les Gets regularly receive some of the best snowfall throughout all the Alps; in 2012 they received a record 11.8m, cementing its place as a sureshot location for guaranteed good conditions all season. Note that December and April can be less snow sure – due to its altitude and the resort village’s altitude being 1,000m.
For the more daring, head to Avoriaz, the highest point of the ski areas, where the thrill-seekers will find their fair share of untouched off-piste, gravity-defying black runs and some of the best of the 30 snowparks across the whole of the Portes du Soleil ski area. With a permanent halfpipe, Europe’s first Burton Stash and parks in Avoriaz, Les Gets, Crosets, Chatel and Nyon it’s no surprise snowboarders keeping returning to Morzine from around the world.
- Ski area: Portes du Soleil
- Resort: 1000m // Top: 2300m
- Pistes: 650km
- Beginners: 31
- Intermediate: 172
- Advanced: 82
- Ski Lifts: 195
- Snow Park: 9
- Nursery Areas: 2
- Cross Country: 100km
- Paragliding - If you’ve never tried paragliding before then Avoriaz is a great place to learn how to fly. Flights usually start at the top of the Super Morzine lift and descend down to the Pleney, other popular routes depart from the Chaux Fleurie, the Ardent and the Crete d'Arare. We recommend choosing a nice sunny, warm day when the thermals will keep your airborne for longer.
The Morzine Parc des Dérêches sports centre offers a wide range of sports and fitness activities. Indoor & outdoor ice skating rinks are open in winter, both for public use and for ice hockey matches - come and cheer on the Morzine Penguins if there is a game on while you're in town.
Sit back and admire the mountains from even higher up. Daily panoramic helicopter flights are available (weather permitting) with a number of local flight companies. Relax and enjoy the stunning views as you fly over the snow-capped mountaintops, glaciers and alpine forests of the Alps.
Every Tuesday night Les Gets puts on a free evening of entertainment for visitors. At the base of the slopes a giant cauldron of steaming mulled wine is served by locals, or mugs of hot chocolate; the ski instructors put on a great display of skill, and the evening finishes with fireworks.
Ten Pin Bowling
Le Bowling bar is an underground bowling alley and bar located on the main high street in Les Gets. Perfect on bad weather days, or just a good place to go with a group and get competitive!
Cinema Rex is located in the centre of Morzine and shows films in the evening and, some days, also in the early afternoon. Look out for VO or VOST for English speaking films.
Horse Sleigh Rides
In Morzine, up to 6 people can have a ride in a horse-drawn carriage around the resort. Starting at the Tourist Office, the ride takes you through the whole village, showing you the old town, the different hamlets around Morzine or even up to lake Montriond. It’s an afternoon activity, usually starting around midday.
For the true mountain enthusiast, why not scale an amazing frozen waterfall or glacier? This is a fantastic sport, not just for experienced mountaineers. The frozen columns of the Gachette, Dame du lac and Brochaux waterfalls are stunning locations to try your hand at ice climbing.
Be in charge of your own sled and team of excitable husky dogs, driving them along forest paths in winter. If this all sounds a bit much you can opt for a less physical outing where you sit in the sled and the guide does all the hard work. A scarf to cover your nose wouldn’t go amiss!
This outdoor ice rink in the heart of Les Gets is open throughout the winter season, depending on the weather. Situated right in the centre of the village, they offer toboggan rental for children and organise Ice Parties.
This is one winter activity that doesn't require a lot of expensive equipment, just grab your sledge and head for the nearest snow-covered hill! You can pick up a sledge at one of the many ski shops in town. Several companies also offer you the chance to sledge at night, down the ski slopes of the Pleney.
You can try a completely unique experience in Morzine, ice diving. Plunge into the icy cold waters of Lac Montriond and experience the thrill of diving under the icy layers above. Explore the beautiful water, the wildlife and ice formations found in the freezing water.
In Morzine, you can have dinner inside an igloo after a short 30-45 minutes walk. A guide will accompany you and you'll enjoy a delicious cheese fondue surrounded by ice before heading back down. Anyone over 8 years of age can take part.
The picturesque towns are built with local stone and sit on the pretty river-gorge Dranse which runs through Morzine. This resort has something for everyone, from traditional savoyard restaurants offering raclette, fondue and your typical rich alpine cuisine, through to exquisite gourmet dining experiences.
La Rotonde – MorzineSavoyard, Italian, European
La Rotonde comes highly recommended for its friendly service and good value food. They are most well known for their excellent pizzas but also serve a selection of pastas, risottos and typical Alpine dishes such as fondue and charcuterie. The menu is really varied and they have a great wine list to go with it. One of the best things about this place is the garden and the beautiful terrace at the bottom of the Pleney piste.
L’Atelier – MorzineGourmet, European, French
Talented chef Alexandre Baud-Pachon makes you understand that the mountain gastronomy is not only limited to processed cheese. Inspired by the spices and the local produce, such as whitefish or crayfish from Lake Geneva, he does not hesitate to venture beyond the Alps to offer its specialty: lobster ravioli flavored with ginger. The wine cellar, diverse and specialised, comprises 200 labels and over 10,000 bottles. There you can find a wonderful representation of French vineyards.
Chez Nannon – MorzineEuropean, Savoyard, French
A popular family-run restaurant on the Nyon plateau serving local specialities in a friendly atmosphere. This old Savoyard farm is the perfect setting for a relaxed lunch. Open daily throughout the winter season from 11:00 until the closing of the pistes, it is a very popular place so booking is advised. Specialities include their famous Potatoes with reblochon, served with salad, smoked ham and sausages, as well as grilled meat, soup, mountain burger and home-made desserts.
La Paika – Les GetsBBQ, Authentic, European
La Païka, situated on the La Turche slopes in Les Gets, is an authentic restaurant drenched in sunlight, in peaceful surroundings with unspoiled views across the valley. So kick off your skis, settle into the intimate chalet or take a seat on the sun-drenched terrace, and enjoy the generous, varied fine-dining cuisine on offer. Specialities include red meat, poultry and fish grilled on the wood-fired barbecue, traditional dishes, specialty cheese dishes and a sumptuous buffet of homemade desserts.
L’Etale – MorzineSavoyard, French, European
The Restaurant L’Étale welcomes you all year round, and every day during the winter and summer seasons! The “must-try” dishes at L’Étale: the Potence and its meats flambéed with whiskey, the Morzinoise Escalope, the Planche de l’Étale, the Duo du Boucher whilst not forgetting the traditional Savoyard Fondue and Tartiflette!
Le Mas de la Coutettaz – MorzineFrench, European, Local Specialities
The dining room has one large ‘banquet’ style table where everybody eats together. They try to have a boy-girl-boy-girl seating arrangement and the set menu is truly international. Dinner includes canapés, a three or four course meal including wine, coffee and chocolates afterwards.
Le Fangle – On MountainSavoyard, European, French
In the heart of the Portes du Soleil, inside the wood is ubiquitous. The tables are organised around the majestic central fireplace, glazed over for guests to admire the flames, adding an essential touch to the rustic, welcoming atmosphere at Le Fangle. On the menu, alpine cuisine and Savoie specialities are warming and hearty.
La Piste Noire – Les GetsEuropean, Seasonal Produce, French
Located in the centre of Les Gets at the foot of the ski slopes, it serves up french cuisine based on fresh produce from the local market. You will appreciate its modern, fluid design, efficient and nice service, and panoramic views across the slopes.
La Ferme de la Fruitière – Les GetsCheese Specialities, European, French
Located in Les Gets, in the old vaulted cellars once used for cheese ripening. Many cheese specialties (fondue, raclette, vacherin ...) along with regional white wine can be enjoyed in these charming and authentic surroundings. Every Wednesday at 9 am free guided tour to see the cheese being made.
Les Gets and Morzine are both great for kids, with a really good selection of runs, from a good mix of nursery slopes for little ones to black runs for dads wanting to test their limits. Most of Les Gets and Morzine’s restaurants welcome children with open arms and will go out of their way to make them feel at home.
In Morzine, up to 6 people can have a ride in a horse-drawn carriage around the resort. The Morzine ride takes you through the whole village, showing you the old town, the different hamlets around Morzine or even up to lake Montriond.
There is a small underground bowling alley and bar on the main street of Les Gets to keep the family entertained on bad weather days. Cinema Rex is located in the centre of Morzine and shows films in the evening and, some days, also in the early afternoon.
There are a number of childcare options available in Morzine and Les Gets. There are also numerous babysitting and nursery facilities available in the area.
The main winter establishments are the ski schools which offer a combination of tuition and childcare for children. You can book your child in for full or half day programmes with lunch also be provided
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