There are many reasons why Morzine and the Portes du Soleil make an ideal holiday destination for you and home for us.
After skiing and snowboarding in many resorts in Europe, US and Canada, here are our top reasons why Morzine area is the best resort in Europe, not just for winter sports but also for summer holidays too.
WHY MORZINE WINTER & SUMMER…
There are activities and facilities to enjoy in winter and summer. It’s a fascinating place, always changing, with new people, new activities and new vistas to enjoy.
The best times to visit are summer and winter, however, spring is wonderful too, with amazing contrast in the colours of the landscape as the snow gradually disappears…
The ‘off-season’ has a nice pace and feel too, the towns are peaceful and you have the mountains almost to yourself.
WHY MORZINE FOR SKI & SNOWBOARD…
In winter you have 300 different reasons (pistes) to have great fun going down the slopes, with 600 reasons (kilometres of pistes) to work up an appetite or 30 reasons you may need to see your chiropractor (snow-parks!) and 90 reasons to stay in the mountains (restaurants on the slopes) and enjoy refueling over a relaxing lunch.
Oh yes, and you have amazing views of the Portes du Soleil to distract you too of course!
WHY MORZINE FOR THOSE SHORT ON TIME…
Just 60km and a picturesque drive of a little over an hour from Geneva airport, the ease of getting to Morzine and Montriond from the UK was one of the major reasons for us choosing Portes de Soleil.
WHY MORZINE FOR NON-SKIERS
Of course, in the winter you can snowboard, ski, snow shoe and cross-country ski in the beautiful mountains, but you can also parapente above them, ice climb on them or even dive below them.
In summer the lifts are modified to take mountain bikers and walkers rather than skiers and snowboarders. Enjoy the extensive, marked walking, biking and running tracks throughout the mountains whilst the parapentes soar above.
Once you are feeling happily exhausted then…
WHY MORZINE FOR THOSE WHO LOVE APRÈS…
Morzine area has a great selection of places for Après ski. From family friendly Tremplin to seasonaire’s favourite Happy Hours; sophisticated Crepu to sports bar Haka next door; the institution that is Bar Robinson and of course Bec Jaune, where many an après ski IPA and nachos starts a great night, where you wander back after midnight still in your ski gear.
WHY MORZINE FOR WALKING & BIKING…
In summer Morzine and Portes du Soleil area has 50 marked VTT pistes and 5 bike parks. Amidst the mountain bike tracks there are also many hiking trails and plenty of peaks to conquer in the French Alps sunshine.
WHY MORZINE FOR FOODIES…
Many of the 90 restaurants throughout the Portes du Soleil in the mountains are open winter and summer, and Morzine and Montriond have a great range of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Many serving the local, cheese rich specialities such as Tartiflette, Fondue and Raclette. Our favourite places to eat in Morzine and Montriond are listed here.
The region is not only about amazing winter and summer sporting facilities and wonderful countryside, Haut Savoie boasts lots of local produce made on the farms throughout the valleys. The most notable are the local cheeses. With the village of Abondance nearby, this variety is definitely the best, however, there are close rivals available at the weekly market, where local producers sell their Beaufort, Comte, Tomme and Reblochon cheeses. There are also many varieties of cured sausage for sale; Girolles, Noisettes, Sanglier. Low fat, low fat salt diet out of the window, surely this is almost a Mediterranean diet!
If the fromage and saucissons are not enough to tempt you, then Morzine and Montriond also has two micro-breweries. The Bec-Jaune makes and serves their ales in a quirky bar at the edge of Morzine and Ibex brewery distributes throughout the Portes du Soleil valleys to great local bars such as Marmotte D’Or in Montriond.
Why Morzine as our home
Everyone is always in good spirits winter and summer, it must be the fresh mountain air.
You will find friendly and welcoming people everywhere ( particularly if you try to speak French). From the village shop to the cheese shop, the local bakers to the supermarket, even walking down the street, everyone says hello, everyone smiles, everyone welcomes.
Morzine and Montriond in particular are towns in their own right not just an amazing ski resort. The local bakers, cheese shop and weekly market are open year round, not good for the waistline but very enjoyable! We just have to keep hiking those mountains and skiing those pistes!