Skiing in Morzine
Morzine is a beautiful alpine town in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, it has its own ski area which is linked directly to Les Gets. It’s made up of a wealth of wide blue runs and some steeper red runs but on the whole is great for both beginners and the more experienced skier. Our chalet hosts and drivers are the perfect people to speak to about the area and what’s on offer, they’ll be on hand to offer you advice and help you book any lessons or guides you might require. However, here’s a little bit more information on Morzine to get you started!
The Pleney is the main Morzine ski area which can be accessed by the Pleney Telecabine in the centre of town. Many of the ski schools and instructors start their lessons here, taking the beginners to the new magic carpet and green nursery slope and the more advanced skiers on to the popular Ranfoilly bowl in Les Gets or the Chamosiere which links the two resorts.
The Pleney itself has a few good slopes including a long, cruisy blue that brings you back into the centre of Morzine at the end of the day. It’s great on powder days with plenty of little jumps and edges on the sides. There’s also a few steep, challenging reds which also bring you back into town. The face of the Pleney isn’t for beginners but it’s a good one to tackle at the end of your week if you’re a beginner who likes a bit of a challenge! The Pleney is ideal on bad weather days or when there’s low visibility because it has plenty of tree cover. If you’ve got the children with you then they’ll love the Penguin park at the top of the Pleney. When they have confidence on the snow they’ll love its tunnels, jumps and obstacles.
If you’ve bought a Morzine Les Gets lift pass then you’ll also be able to enjoy everything that the Les Gets ski area has to offer as well. You could spend days just exploring the Ranfoilly bowl which has some great powder fields but also some lovely wide sweeping pistes that are ideal for both beginners and the more experienced. If you like to escape the crowds- don’t miss Mont Chery, a hidden gem on the other side of Les Gets. Sometimes you can ski here without seeing another person!
Morzine is also home to the Nyon plateau. This can be accessed from the top of the Pleney bubble if you ski down via The Granges blue piste or via the Nyon telecabine which can be found a little out of the centre of Morzine down the Vallee de la Manche. Nyon is one of Morzine’s three peaks and on good days boasts incredible views of Mont Blanc. The slope which takes you down from the top of the peak is a steep winding red so only tackle this piste if you’re a confident skier. However there are some great nursery slopes there too. This, combined with a lovely selection of restaurants makes it a great place to go if your group is made up of a variety of abilities. It’s quite exposed at the top though so isn’t the best place to head on bad weather days or when it’s windy.
The other part of Morzine’s ski area is Super Morzine, this links the town with Avoriaz. This is only accessible with a full Portes du Soleil ski pass. The telecabine for this area can be found next to the large suspension bridge in the centre of Morzine. It takes you to the bottom of the Zore piste which is a brilliant place to head on a powder day with some great tree runs and off piste areas. It also looks out over the whole of Morzine and the Pleney so the views are spectacular. From here you take a couple of easy green and blue runs which take you into Avoriaz of you’re looking to explore the rest of the Portes du Soleil. This area is usually pretty quiet so if you want to avoid the crowds this is one of the best places to head.
We have a choice of 6 fully catered, luxury ski chalets in Morzine and 3 in Les Gets.
Self Catered Chalets
We run 5 beautiful self-catered properties in Morzine and one ski in ski out self-catered chalet in Les Gets.
Morzine and Les Gets's proximity to Geneva airport make them ideal ski resorts for a short stay. We offer 3 and 4 night short stays in our catered chalets.
- Head to the tree runs of the Pleney on bad weather days
- On powder days, head to Mont Chery
- We love Nyon when the sun is out and the sky is blue!
- Best for kids: Penguin park at the top of the Pleney
- Best lunch: Chez Nannon or La Vaffieu
- Best view: Top of Nyon
- Mont Chery is a gem in itself!
- The views from the Belvedere lift
- The views at the very top of Nyon
- Piste B when the weather is bad!
Understanding lift passes and ski hire
UP TO 35% Off Ski & Snowboard Hire
All three ski hire shops offer a great choice of quality ski rental equipment at competitive prices and you will receive at least 20% discount as a Reach4thealps guest when renting for 6 days or more, staff are helpful & there is overnight heated storage for boots & skis. Ardent Sports offer a 35% discount for Brown Bear Lodge guests.
As a guide price for 6 day skis and boot rental for an adult start at about €115. We'd advise you to hire a helmet too.
When you arrive in resort a Reach4TheAlps representative will take you to the ski hire shops. We will help you choose the right equipment for your level.
If you prefer your skis delivered to your chalet and will be bringing them home with you overnight, we recommend Doorstep Skis.
Portes Du Soleil Lift Passes
There are two types of ski pass available.
A Morzine-Les Gets ski pass which covers 160km of piste and covers all of the slopes in Les Gets (both the Chavannes side and Mont Chery) and over to Morzine. This is in itself a large area and plenty big enough for a weekend trip or for a week skiing for beginner and intermediate skiers.
A full area Portes Du Soleil ski pass covers 650km of piste and includes 12 resorts between France and Switzerland. We recommend the full area pass if you are a higher intermediate skier or boarder or if you are coming at the beginning or the end of the season.
Are you staying with us in Morzine? Please see Morzine Lift Pass Prices 2017 and 2018.
Are you staying with us in Les Gets? Please see Les Gets Lift Pass Prices 2017 and 2018.
Portes Du Soleil Piste Map
You can view the full Portes Du Soleil piste map on our specific Portes Du Soleil page.
Winter Holiday Activities
You don't need to be mad about skiing or snowboarding to have a fantastic winter holiday in Morzine & Les Gets. There is plenty of winter activities on offer for the less keen skier or boarder or for those that don't ski at all either in resort or on the mountain . Both Morzine and Les Gets are also popular resorts for families with specially designed sledging areas, weekly activities for children, snow gardens and lots more.