Morzine: family-friendly skiing close to Geneva


Morzine: family-friendly skiing close to Geneva

Whether it’s your annual family skiing trip or your first time on the slopes, there are lots of things to consider when choosing a ski resort. Due to its close proximity to Geneva airport and family-friendly culture, Morzine has long been a favourite amongst families and has everything needed to keep mum, dad, kids and teens happy. Here's the low-down on what the area has to offer for families.

Exceptional ski tuition

In Morzine there is no need to be nervous about your child’s adaptation to skiing, its wealth of ski schools make it possible to find a supportive environment that suits your child’s needs. Starting with fun crèche style ski clubs for tots from as young as 3 years of age, to ski school, snowboarding and freestyle lessons, Morzine has a huge range of expert ski tuition to choose from.  You can take advantage of the massive ESF operation or take your pick from smaller independent outfits, such as Bill’s Ski, Alpine Learning Curves or Mint Snowboarding. It’s a good idea to start investigating early and book well in advance for peak holiday times.

A ski area the whole family will love

Morzine is in the epic Portes du Soleil ski area, with easy access to a huge variety of slopes to suit everyone from total beginners to freestyle snowboarders and veteran skiers. Kids are taken care of with gentle nursery slopes and fun ski areas designed specifically to engage and support little ones as they make their first turns, tackle mini-obstacles and build their confidence. Magic carpets, easy drag lifts, themed areas and fun characters, from penguins to Indians and unicorns, make skiing super fun.

What’s also wonderful about this area is the many intermediate runs that make it possible to simply cruise all day long with the family. That’s if you can get the kids away from the ‘Stash’, a freestyle park area with a number of adventurous routes through the trees and child-friendly features, including a picnic table to slide over, that will keep kids coming back for more.

Veterans skiers will also find the terrain they crave when the kids are in ski school, with steep blacks, moguls, and plenty of accessible off-piste areas just begging for exploration.

Lots to do when off the slopes

Sledging is great fun, and Morzine has a whole dedicated slope to it at the bottom of the Crusaz chairlift. Older kids can also try guided night sledging from the top of the Pleney lift.

Families love exploring Morzine’s charming town centre, with its vintage merry-go-round, ice rink, boutiques and restaurants. The Parc des Dérêches also has a larger indoor ice rink and a swimming complex with a spa area, 25m swimming pool and children’s paddling pool.

Family accommodation that doesn’t skimp on style

When it comes to accommodating your little tribe in the mountains, you really can’t beat a family-friendly catered chalet. Choose the right company, and mum and dad can enjoy the hot tub, cosy log fires and delicious food (which they took absolutely no part in preparing), whilst kids benefit from a swift transition to ski school in the morning and a warm welcome off the slopes with a private vehicle that takes them directly to the chalet. AliKats Mountain Holidays offers all of this on its family skiing holidays in stylish chalets. Its links with Morzine’s wide range of kids clubs, crèches and private nannying services, also ensures parents have an easy time working out a childcare programme which means they can make the most of the mountains too.