Five Reasons you’ll be skiing

Five Reasons you’ll be skiing in Morzine this year

Sometimes the hardest part of the ski season is just deciding where to go. Relax… we’ve decided for you; you’re going to Morzine

Five Reasons you’ll be skiing


From the summit of Chamossière Mount, you can make out Lake Geneva to the north, Mont Blanc to the south and the Swiss border as close as chucking cheese; this is ‘regte egte’ ski country. However, for South Africans the real drawing card for Morzine is that it was an Alpine town before skiing was an international obsession. This means the resort has retained the character of its past, with wooden facades, sculpted balconies and roofs covered in Morzine slate (and snow at this time of year). It has held onto this rustic charm by avoided the building of large apartment blocks. This means the après-ski has depth, is rooted in tradition and is simply classy.



Sharing a chalet with other ski-loving strangers has always been the idea of the perfect ski holiday for Saffas and Morzine has an abundance of small independent catered chalet companies. The great thing about Morzine is that competition between the smaller companies keeps prices down and service levels extremely high. Consequently the bigger holiday companies can’t compete or dominate the town, leaving a good range of companies from the uber-luxury to very basic. The common theme however is small, owner-managed operations; most of their attention is focused on making customers happy so they want to come back.


The resort is at the heart of the of the Portes du Soleil ski area, which is huge, taking twelve resorts under the one ski-pass. Morzine has easy links to Geneva airport (an hour and 20min drive). A transfer will this year cost about €40 each way. There are a range of low-cost airline options to Geneva. If you happen to be flying from SA, it probably best to go via London.


Wide range of skills catered for

The village has direct access to three separate resorts, which then link on to more. What this allows is choice for all abilities. For experienced skiers, there are over 650kms worth of piste! At the other end of the spectrum, beginners and kids have more than one ‘learner area’ that can be easily accessed, giving them far more opportunity to explore than normal. And for the gnarlier set, Morzine’s direct neighbour and partner Avoriaz was the first resort in Europe to build a snowboard park and remains at the forefront of freestyle facilities to this day. Now boasting three parks, pipe and the Burton stash (


You’ve a place to stay

As we mentioned, there are a range of small companies owner-led chalets you can find in Morzine. We’ve selected Mountain Mavericks run by Emma and Olly, recommended by credible staff members. They are just above the mid-price range and a week with them is around £500-£600 off-peak. Season starts mid-December, usually a week before the Christmas, and runs through till last weekend in April.

This includes:

— En-suite accommodation room

— Hot tub

— Breakfast with hot option

— Six nights, four-course evening meals, with unlimited wine.

— Minibus service to and from the lifts during day and bars in evening.

— All chalets have Egyptian cotton bed linen, big fluffy towels, High end toiletries.

— A TV/games room

— Mini bar

At extra cost, they can also arrange for transfers, ski hire (brought to the chalet) liftpasses, lessons, childcare or any other activity that is available in town.

— Transfers can be booked through skidiigonzales. You have the option of a shared transfer at €40 per seat each way, but you could have to wait up to an hour for others to arrive, or a private for €165 for up to eight folk each way.

— Ski hire is €60 for six days for basic set up up, and to about €150 for advanced. They use who have a rest service and bring everything to you at the chalet rather than having to head to the shop.

— A lift pass is €242 for a full area adult for six days but you can get individual resorts for €137 and good discounts are available if you book early (before December).
0033 (0) 6 24 94 81 14
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3441 Route de la Manche
Morzine 74110