20th September 2022
The French resort that is situated in the heart of the Portes du Soleil is a firm favourite with British skiers and snowboarders. Check out what is on offer for next season. NEW
Home to exciting activities and old-world charm, the village of Morzine is located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area at 1,000m in altitude.
The slopes open on 9th December 2022 and close on 24th April 2023.
Fly to Geneva Airport and arrive in Morzine 90-minutes later.
Train travel is an option with the closest station, Cluses, is less than 30-minutes away.
There are 600 km of pistes linked by 209 lifts.
People can try snow shoeing, sledging, caving, winter walking and even skiing with an eagle.
“This winter, discover brand-new chalets, explore the completely renovated kid’s park, relax at a new spa, and make the most of the snowy mountains,” said Sara Burdon from the tourist office.
Morzine is also leading the way in green practices: having been awarded the prestigious Flocon Vert in 2021.
Fabian Trombert (Le Maire), Sara Burdon (Morzine Tourist Office), Michèle Tournier (In charge of the environment), and Aurélie Berthollier (Communication for Avoriaz Tourist Office).
We reported on it at the time on PlanetSKI:
“The resort is committed to implementing solid measures to protect the environment and preserve the Alpine landscape with short-and-long-term projects,” added Sara Burdon.
Discover the new recreational ski areas in Morzine
Morzine ski area has invested €200,000 to improve its recreational areas, making them more educational and fun.
It has recruited two members of staff to keep them in perfect-working order throughout the ski season.
Youngsters will love the giant xylophone, totem poles, arches and more at the Pinguin Park, and the statues of mountain animals, and new information panels and signposts, at the Chemin des Zouzous.
Guests new to skiing or snowboarding can glide down the remodelled beginner slope called La Chouette (meaning owl).
Named with Hedwig, from Harry Potter, in mind, guests can also meet Hedwig’s ‘niece’, and other birds of prey, at restaurant Les Aigles du Léman.
Thrill seekers will enjoy the bigger snowpark at the top of Raverettes chairlift – new modules, rails and jumps have been added to ramp up the fun.
And those after a long descent can head to 1000D – starting from the summit of Nyon, ski or snowboard down 1,000 metres of piste without having to board any lifts…
A greener future for Morzine
The impact of tourism on the environment is a major concern for Morzine and its stakeholders.
The town hall and the resort’s businesses are taking tangible action to limit the impact of winter sports on the world.
Well aware of the climate emergency and the immediate need to change tourism habits, the resort was awarded the Flocon Vert in 2021, which recognises destinations that demonstrate commitment to a sustainable development policy.
With this accolade, it’s continuing the work:
- Working with its public transport systems.
- Creating new pedestrianised areas.
- Improving walking and cycling routes.
- Helping local businesses make better decisions.
- Reducing the amount of waste created.
- The Place de l’Office de Tourisme is entirely pedestrianised this winter.
In addition, the community of Morzine started Montagne Verte in 2019, a non-profit association with a simple mission: develop solutions for the region of Morzine to reduce its environmental impact.
Together, they are trying to establish more commercial train lines to the mountains to reduce emissions linked to plane travel and have opened a charity shop selling good quality second hand clothes and gear in the town.
Morzine is also working with Jacques-Olivier Travers on a unique concept – a wildlife park in Nyon solely dedicated to birds of prey.
It also releases key species back into the Alps, such as the white-tailed eagle.
Guests can race against an eagle on the slopes and watch some inspiring displays of falconry to help fund this fascinating programme.
Back on the slopes, SERMA is working on reducing the impact on the ski area; this winter, the organisation is increasing the renewable energy supply by installing solar panels on Chaux Fleurie chairlift at Lindarets.
And Morzine-Avoriaz has partnered with CLIMSNOW on a number of initiatives:
- to assess the reliability of snow, changes in temperature and snowmaking reliability.
- to quantify the impact of snow management techniques
- to plan good investments based on projection of the future state of the snowpack.
Morzine was awarded a star in the Michelin Green Guide earlier this year (June 2022) in recognition of its Flocon Vert label.
To gain this star, the village was assessed on its reputation, heritage, beauty, welcome, quality, and more.
For more information about Morzine, please visit : www.morzine-avoriaz.com