Morzine is the unofficial ‘capital’ and gateway of the enormous Portes du Soleil ski area, which covers 12 resorts in France and Switzerland, with a huge variety of skiing to suit all abilities in the region that has 400km of pistes.
A picture-perfect Savoyard town nestled into the Alps; Morzine is full of traditional chalet buildings and is a bustling centre with plenty of shops, bars, restaurants and more. It is also extremely well connected to the neighbouring towns and ski areas, making it the perfect home base for those who venture out get their ski fix.
Sitting at 1,000ft above the sea level, Morzine is relatively sheltered and rests in the valley, to access the ski area you must ride one of the two main cable cars either up to Avoriaz or towards Les Gets. The terrain that can be found in the higher mountains is world class, with plenty of easy cruising blues and reds for the intermediate skier as well as some brilliant facilities and areas for the more advanced skiers and snowboarders.
Inghams do some fantastic chalets and chalet hotels in Morzine, all of which are conveniently located either near the bus stops (with access to the base of the modern Prodains Express cable car), or near the Super Morzine and Pleney gondolas.
2 in Morzine and 4 in Avoriaz which also has a snowcross course.
Drag lifts 105, Chairlifts 78, Cablecars 4
Things to do in resort
Morzine restaurants, food and drink
Thanks to the size of Morzine town, there is a wide variety of restaurants, food, drink and cuisine to be found. The classic cuisine of the area is obviously French, but to be more precise it can be described as ‘Savoyard’. Delicious Alpine cheeses are a local produce, and you can enjoy them in a classic fondue!
Rude Café on Route des Udrezants sits slightly off the beaten track but is run by British owners who do tasty breakfasts (both continental and a classic English fry up!), brunch, lunches, and dinners. Rude Café is also a bar in the evenings and attracts a young and fun crowd with live music in the evenings and other events.
Le Clin D’Oeil on Rue de Bourg is French right to the core with a mouthwatering menu throughout the season. The owners originated from the South West of France so the cuisine can be described as ‘universal’ French, as opposed to Savoyard. Great for those who can’t visit France without having le canard a l’orange, but the restaurant also serves fondues, raclette and has a great value children’s menu to boot.
La Chamade in Morzine sits just behind the tourism office on Route de la Plagne, a prime position for a great restaurant serving traditional French Savoyard food with a contemporary twist. La Chamade is also an excellent wine and cheese bar, and the menu is extremely tasty. They also have a wood-fired pizza oven if you have some pizza lovers amongst you! But as pre-mentioned, the highlight of the bar restaurant is their cheese and aperitifs selection.
Up on the mountain the restaurants vary in cuisine and style. Changabang in Avoriaz is a great après burgers and beer kind of bar and sits in an easily accessible location opposite the summit station for the Prodains Express cable car. La Paika over towards Les Gets (you can find it on the La Turche blue piste) does famous BBQ buffets and you can enjoy your meal on the wide, open sun terrace. However it is advised that you should book in advance for La Paika because it’s so popular!
Morzine après, bars, clubs and nightlife
Morzine attracts a young and fun crowd to its après and nightlife scene but it is far from rowdy. If you are looking to sample a local specialty, then be on the lookout for Green Genapi- a liqueur made from Alpine mountain herbs.
Based at the bottom of the Prodains Express cable car is the hugely popular La Kinkerne bar and restaurant which greets the skiers at the end of the day with a grand welcome. You can catch the free bus back into Morzine. Once again run by British owners, La Kinkerne hosts live music events including their popular Sun:Sets night at the beginning and end of the ski season, with plenty of beers on the taps and wine in the cellar!
Happy Hours Bar sits at the bottom of the Ardents gondola and has a great atmosphere with a multi-level sun terrace that captures the last few rays of the sun at the end of the day. You can either catch the ski bus back into Morzine from Ardents or you can ride the last 17:00 Ardents gondola up and follow it up with Lindarets chair lift to ski back home.
La Caverne bar in Morzine is one of the most popular in town, open from 4pm until 2am with happy hour, live music/ DJs and a great variety of drinks (beers, wine, shooters, etc!) behind the bar.
We wouldn’t be addressing the subject of nightlife in Morzine properly without mentioning Le Paradis. This basement club underwent a huge refurbishment in 2010 but maintained that old discotheque charm with its iconic light up dance floor that made it famous amongst skiers and snowboarders in Morzine for years. Located on Route des Udrezants, Le Paradis has been a long-time favourite amongst the residents and guests of Morzine the Portes du Soleil, who were delighted when it reopened its doors in 2015.
Morzine has one main shopping street called Route de la Plagne which carves a straight line through town and is lined with sports shops, clothing boutiques, fashion, souvenirs, bakeries, delis and more. There is also a pharmacy along this street, and for those staying in self-catered accommodation you will find a Casino mini-supermarket here.
Morzine spas and relaxation
The large Parc des Dérêches sports complex in the centre of Morzine has an indoor/ outdoor swimming pool complex as well as a small spa and wellness area. Two dry heat saunas and two wet heat Turkish baths are open all year around along with the pools.
If you are looking for some serious indulgence then head to the Element Ame Energie Spa in Morzine, located on the Route de la Combe. The spa does a variety of different holistic treatments and alternative therapies including aromatherapy, cupping therapy and ‘Reiki’- a deep mindfulness therapy for a variety of different ailments. The spa makes an ideal place to come and unwind at the end of a day of skiing with massages, sports massages and further therapies for tired and aching muscles.
Inghams Hotel Champs Fleuris has an outstanding spa nestled into its basement including a small swimming pool with a pressure fountain, a sauna, hammam, Jacuzzi, sensoreil pool and a gym. The spa is free of charge for all guests of the hotel.
Morzine arts, culture and events
Morzine sits at the centre of the Portes du Soleil ski area which celebrates the fabulous Rock the Pistes Festival every year in March. With international artists from across the globe coming together in this area, every day for the duration of the festival there is a different music set up in a different area of the extensive ski region. The festival has seen the likes of the British rock band Babyshambles in 2014, amongst other famous international names.
While Rock the Pistes might be the most famous international festival that takes place across the Portes du Soleil, there are other festivals of significance happening in and around Morzine. La Grand Odysee is Europe’s largest husky dog race that takes across the Portes du Soleil and is worth going along to watch if you are in the area at the time!
Christmas in Morzine is definitely a special occasion. With the town lights being turned on at the beginning of the festive period, Inghams are offering Christmas deals in our numerous chalets and chalet hotels in and around Morzine to give you a Christmas you’ll never forget. The festivities continue right into the New Year as well, Morzine comes to life on New Year’s Eve and many hotels, chalets and chalet hotels offer gala parties, drinks and their own festivities.
For more information on travel and transport visit our Morzine page