Morzine Review

by: Patrick Thorne - Jan 22, 2007

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 4
  • All Mtn. Terrain 4
  • Terrain Park 4
  • Nightlife 4

    Date Visited: Jan 22, 2007


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A village with a history dating back to long before Morzine was first named in documents in 1180 AD, today Morzine is a large and pleasant resort. The first brochure stated that Morzine was located "...high above the damp mists, where the purifying breeze blows through the firs." Winter tourism began in 1934 the opening of the Pleney cable-car. After Pleney, the Pointe de Nyon was introduced as a second ski area and Jean Vuarnet won Olympic Gold at Squaw Valley, helping to underline further Morzine's growing pre-eminence on the winter-sports world map.

Morzine's skiing is basically in two similar sized sectors which together offer almost 300km (nearly 200 miles) of trails served by nearly 100 lifts. The first area links to neighbouring Les Gets on the slopes of Mount Ranfolly. With skiing between 1000m (3280 feet) and 2000 m (6560 feet) the trail are largely easy or intermediate level, down through the densely forested slopes. The second sector is that of Super Morzine and Avoriaz, rising to 2277m (7470 feet), known for its long slopes to which skiers would venture in the spring before the resort was built and lifts installed in the '60s. Thrails to look for include le pléney" especially for beginners, Le Grand Paradis a very nice slope in Switzerland for intermediates, located on the bottom of les Dents Blanches.and for advanced skiers "la piste de la Coupe du Monde" a black in Avoriaz.

In the Val d'Enfer there are excellent off piste runs from La Grande Terche. Of course there is also the most famous run of the whole area, 'The Swiss Wall' - unofficially categorized a brown run, officially black. Special classes are available with the ski school and mountain guides.

Morzine is part of the Portes du Soleil, one of the world’s three largest linked ski areas, in its case with a dozen ski areas inter-connected across the French / Swiss border, with more than 650km of runs between them. It is closest to the resorts of les gets and Avoriaz. A Portes du Soleil lift ticket is available for about 25% more than the local ticket.

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