WINTER IN MORZINE
The town of Morzine is unique in that it has managed to retain its original Savoyarde charm and still develop a modern and fun vibe. There is an extensive range of bars and restaurants to choose from plus a few clubs for the hardened party goers.
The enormous surrounding ski area benefits from exceptional climate conditions due to its location being between Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva. Add to this some of the best tree line terrain, perfectly groomed pistes, endless snow parks and the world famous BURTON Stash and you are set for a week to remember.
Document Snowboard awarded Gold to the Portes du Soleil for Ski area of the Year – “The best parks and some of the sickest powder stashes as close to an X-Box generated Alpine wonderland as you’ll find in Europe” Cyrus Shahrad.
If you fancy a break from the slopes there are lots of additional activities for you to enjoy e.g. Heli-boarding, parapenting, skidooing, dog sledding, ballooning and night sledding.
Other things to do in Morzine during the Winter
- Watch an Ice Hockey game and cheer on Morzine’s Penguins! Games are usually played on Wed and Sat evenings.
- Visit Lac de Montriond. It’s easy peasy to get to, just take the ‘A’ navette bus from the centre of town (runs every 20 minutes during the day) and get off at the lake, it’s truly spectacular.
- Ski down to Chatel on your PDS lift pass and have a Swiss lunch, then ride the famous Burton Stash.
- Party the night away at Paradis, the newly revamped nightclub that hosts nights you won’t remember and creates memories you’ll never forget.
You will find snow parks in Avoriaz, Les Gets and Les Crosets.
Avoriaz is known worldwide for providing the best parks and pipes in Europe – you will not be disappointed. The big boys park can be found underneath the TK Arare lift but beware the features here are big! For a more friendly park we like the Stash where everything is built from wood which compliments its location through the trees.
The board park over at Les Gets can be found on Mont Chery – they have some easy rails, a spine and a good fun box in addition to some red and black kickers. If you want to practise in a quiet area this is the spot.
Cool Independent Shops
SlopeStyle – Sells popular brands like Forum, AG, Gravis, Burton….. We love this shop and the staff are very friendly. JP has been in resort for over 12 years so his riding experience is tip top. Tap into his knowledge!
SUMMER IN MORZINE
Morzine is great for all outdoor lovers. Especially keen mountain bikers, walkers, trekkers and sunbathers; whether you’re with your family or a group of friends, you’re in for a truly spectacular Alpine treat amongst the peaks, trails, rivers and lakes in the Portes du Soleil. Morzine and the Portes du Soleil is home to some of the best MTB trails and hikes, and the sun is always shining (OK mostly!) which means all of our guests are able to make the most of their holidays being outdoors!
Five things to do in Morzine during the Summer
- Rock climbing. Get to grips with this fun activity for all ages – whether you’re learning the ropes or an experienced climber there is plenty on offer.
- Swimming. Head to Parc des Dereches where you can enjoy the 2 outdoor pools, padding pool, water slide and bouncy castle. A perfect family day out!
- Road Cycling. Morzine is home to many famous cols, ranging from fairly easy to uber challenging. Conquer the Col du Joux Plane to gain ultimate respect!
- Mountain Biking. Fun activity for all the family – let us put you in touch with the best bike hire on offer, just pack your picnic and you’re ready to go. For the seasoned rider there are many famous trails for you to tackle, expect sore forearms!
- Canoing/Kayaking. Hire a canoe, pedalo, kayak or stand-up paddle board at Lac Montriond. Spend the day splashing in the rock pools, lounging on the banks and strolling around this beautiful lake.
There are many good restaurants in the Portes du Soleil region. We have put together a short but not definitive list for you to try.
This is a very popular hangout for snowboarders. The coffee and the chicken wraps are very good. It’s also a very easy place to meet during the day, especially if some of your group are on foot. Getting there: Go down the steps at the top of the Prodains Cable car and walk in the direction of 11 O’Clock for about 20 meters. Easy! +33 (0) 450 740639
Enjoy a refreshing beer or a glass of rose on the terrace in the sunshine and spot the big air in the half pipe – happy days! The waitresses and waiters provide a friendly and efficent service and the food is consistantly good. This is probably one of the easiest places to meet a large group for lunch. Getting there: Go down the steps at the top of the Prodains Cable car, head to 11 o’clock and walk down the piste for about 40m. Easy! +33 (0) 450 741994
We think that La Rositas provide the best food on the mountain in the Porte du Soleil region – this is a must for at least one lunch. The menu is by far the most extensive so whatever your taste you will find it here. Our choice…hmmm… too difficult as its all great! Getting there: Take the Rosta lift which is at the furthest point in Les Gets. At the top of the lift turn left – ski past the restaurant on the left and literally 20 metres further on, you will find La Rositas on the right.
La Coupe Bar & Grill
La Coupe is a French – American Bar & Grill with a focus on solid, honest food; specialising in wholesome ingredients mixed with distinctive textures. An absolute must. Nicky runs the place with charm and her friendly staff will ensure a cosy evening with delicious food. Getting there: Beneath the Rudelodge. +33(0)4 50 79 06 10 www.lacoupemorzine.com
La Clin d’Oiel
This is a very popular choice with English visitors. The food and service is always good and you don’t have to pay the earth – normally you will run up a bill of about 25 euros per head. Ludo, the headwaiter will always pick you a good bottle of wine. Getting there: Behind the infamous Dixie Bar. +33 (0) 450 790310
The Etale is the busiest restaurant in town and for good reason. The range of food is very extensive and extremely good value. A good choice for meat eaters and pizza lovers. Getting there: In the centre of town next to the Buddha Bar. +33 (0) 450 790929
La Combe a Zorre
This is a very popular restaurant in the centre of Morzine. It is particularly popular with Barry the Jazzman who lunched most days in here – he recommends the Lamb and the oven cooked pizzas. Getting there: Opposite the Office du Tourisme. +33 (0) 450 79 15 06
You have got to go to Bar Robinson for a Mutzig – the only beer on sale! This is a small French bar run by two old ladies and a gentleman and is only open until 19:00. It is very popular with the local pro-riders as it is relatively cheap and the beer is strong. When put to the vote it won – “our favourite for an après beer” award!
Normally gets lively about 17:30 before the Irish band play. If you want to play pool, watch the football or après to an irish band it is probably the best place.
… gets absolutely rammed most nights of the week – the best night to be in there is Tuesday. It is good for après but we prefer it as an evening venue. The DJ gets the place rocking.