The slopes of Morzine are linked to neighbouring Les Gets and between them they offer far more terrain than many resorts without ever needing to leave the local area. Many first time visitors find that a local lift pass will suffice as Morzine has everything from first class ski schools to quiet backcountry and thigh-burning mogul runs. Another key feature of the local slopes is that they play host to some of the best mountain restaurants in the region – an important consideration for many of us!
From a nervous novice to a mileage junkie in a week!
The top of the Pleney gondola is perfect for novices with a newly expanded beginner area in a suntrap at 1600m, and progression to gentle blue runs is well thought out with many scenic trails through the forest leading back to the town centre. With a little more confidence comes the chance to see more of the area and Morzine-Les Gets is ideally suited to building up mileage on intermediate pistes. Groups with mixed abilities will enjoy La Rosta with its excellent restaurant (La Rosettaz) and 4 pistes of varying difficulties that start and end in the same places. The slopes of Nyon are often overlooked by ski schools and so tend to stay quiet, but on a clear day it is worth skiing the Aigle Rouge red run from the summit for the views that stretch all the way to Lake Geneva.
Fancy pushing your limits? No problem!
Advanced skiers may struggle for a whole week without branching out in to the wider Portes du Soleil but the two runs from the top of Chamossiere (a fast red and a bumpy black) will certainly get the blood pumping. Otherwise it is always worth crossing the town of Les Gets to access the deserted mogul fields of Mont Chery where powder can remain untracked in to the afternoon.
Thrill-seekers will take comfort from the close proximity of Avoriaz, Morzine's snow sure sister resort that sits high on a plateau at 1800m. This is a mecca for freeride, the home of some awesome park and pipe facilities, the best place to find waist-deep powder and a resort that can sap every last drop of energy from even the most adventurous visitor. For more information check out our Avoriaz page!