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Welcome to Morzine


The traditional mountain holiday village of Morzine is situated in the middle of one of the most extensive ski areas in the Alps, the Portes du Soleil, which links 14 ski resorts in France and Switzerland. The area offers hundreds of miles of off-piste terrain and groomed slopes, and runs up to seven miles (11km) long, spread across 14 valleys. It is a great family resort with traditional chalets, special childcare services, and plenty of beginner and intermediate slopes in the vicinity, as well as family-orientated activities. Advanced skiers and boarders will also find endless off-piste opportunities and ample challenges on the black slopes. About a mile higher up the slope is the purpose-built resort of Avoriaz, which is a popular base for trips across the border to the Swiss resorts, and its treeless slopes offer powder snow and great boarding.

Information & Facts


A wide range of activities is offered to holidaymakers, both on and off the slopes in Morzine. Cross-country skiing, night time sledging and sleigh rides, snowshoeing, paragliding and winter walks are some of the activities available. For something different, adventure parks offer a circuit made of ladders, swing bridges and zip wires between the trees, or try kite skiing and snowboarding. Other attractions include a visit to the slate mines or watching a cheese-maker in action. A sports hall has a fitness centre and ice-skating rink.

French is the official language.

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted.


The low altitude of the resort means that resort level snow is rare and there may be a wait at the lifts to access the mountains.


Après-ski is generally low-key and relatively calm, but several bars and discos in Morzine offer a bit of after-hours entertainment for holidaymakers keen on a big night out. There are a variety of bars and English-style pubs, though many close as early as 8pm, and a couple of nightclubs that stay open late. Le Crepu and Les Rhodos are popular nightclubs, and The Cavern is the best place to hear live music. Most clubs are closed by 2am.


Morzine specialises largely in fully catered chalet-style holidays, but for those looking for a night out there are a variety of options available. Traditional fare such as raclette, fondue, berthoud or diots can be found in establishments like L'Etale and Le Clin D'Oeil and Les Sapins. Meals are well accompanied by local wines.


Holidaymakers will find a variety of local handmade goods and typical French flavours displayed in shop windows in Morzine, such as traditional Savoyard pottery, sculpted objects made from the local wood and slate, mountain cheeses and salted meat. There are also fashion boutiques and sports shops.

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).
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