If Morzine isn't on your bucket list for some spectacular skiing this year, we really think it should be, and have been discussing why with Morzine-based chalet company AliKats Mountain Holidays.
Fantastic family and beginner ski areas
Morzine has excellent ski and play areas for children. Absolute beginners can start on the two nursery slopes accessed directly from the town, then build their confidence higher up the mountain in the Pleney area’s beginner zones, which include magic carpets, child-friendly drag lifts, gentle beginner slopes and a mini park, complete with a giant penguin to high five, all designed especially for kids.
For more advanced kids and adventurous teens, you can’t beat The Stash in Avoriaz, a freestyle natural playground in the trees, with wooden rails, boxes, jumps and enough obstacles to keep young freestylers entertained for a whole week.
Advanced runs and accessible off-piste areas for powder hunters
Morzine is a great starting point to access all that the Portes du Soleil has to offer. A full area pass will give you access to 430 individual pistes served by 209 ski lifts. It’s no surprise then, that there is plenty of exciting backcountry skiing to be had. On-piste advanced skiers will also not be bored, try the steep and fast 1100m descent of the World Cup run in Avoriaz or take on the moguls at the infamous Swiss Wall. With 30 snowparks to explore, the area is also a big favourite on the European freestyle scene.
A charming Alpine town with plenty to do once off the slopes
With traditional style architecture, boutique shops, boulangeries, and a main square complete with a charming ice rink, Morzine is a delightful town to explore when skiing is done for the day. The Parc des Dérêches swimming complex is the perfect place to unwind with its 25m heated main pool, a paddling pool for the kids and a spa area with saunas and Turkish baths.
If you’re craving something more adventurous, husky sledding is an exhilarating way to take in the mountains at sunset, or why not try a ‘Yooner’, a lightweight sledge, with a big joystick to steer yourself down the mountain with!
In Morzine its easy to get your adrenalin fix, with its wide range of mountain guides and activity companies; take your pick from a bunch of adventure activities including paragliding, cross-country skiing, heli-skiing or ice-climbing.
Buzzing restaurant scene for foodies
With its many well-established favourites, plus exciting newcomers popping up each season, Morzine’s restaurant scene offers far more than your average ski resort. Many of these restaurants are embracing regional produce to create an eclectic mix of dishes, from gourmet pub food to pan Asian and modern European cuisine.
Try the Bec Jaune Brewery for chilled vibes and home-made superfood burgers. Hideout Hostel’s Asian restaurant is the place for your ramen or sushi fix. For classics on the skier’s menu – fondue, raclette or pierre chaude - La Ferme De La Fruitiere is the restaurant of a working farm, offering its own produce in a cosy setting.
For a real foodie holiday, AliKats Mountain Holidays, which was awarded second place (beat only by Heston Blumenthal) in The telegraph’s list of ‘best ski holiday's for food lovers’, serves up an exceptional experience in its stunning portfolio of catered chalets.
Fly direct from Southampton to Geneva from 14th December with EasyJet or Flybe.
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