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Morzine Guide

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The village of Morzine is found in the French Alpes at 900m of altitude. Situated between Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva, this traditional Haute Savoie village has not lost its charm with the advances of technology over the decades.

The development of the village has been well thought out. Even the concrete upsets of the 1970's missed the village, leaving Morzine at peace with nature, just wooden chalets.

The village is spread out through the valley floor. The centre of the village follows the River Dranse as it makes its way south. The upper reaches of the village found on the south facing side of the valley; Super- Morzine, with its stunning views of the Pleney and the surrounding mountains.

Traditional Haute Savoie Village

Guide to Morzine

Drive up the Valley de La Manche and you will find undeveloped pastures, the river flowing between rock pools and alpine chalets hiding among the trees. Follow the road to Prodnats, with the road weaving its way between the but races which tower above you, took up and you will see the resort of Avoriaz 500m above you..

The dominating rock is limestone. The sedimentary layers can be seen as you make your way into the resort, the natural forces have been at work uplifting and shifting to turn the Portes de Soliel into one of the biggest ski areas in the world well before our time.

With 290 km of piste (Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets) you have a ski and snowboard area which will keep you happy for weeks. Add the "full" Portes du Soliel ski pass and you have enough to keep you going for years with the 13 villages and over 700km of marked piste and 360 lifts..

How to get to Morzine

Morzine

Morzine is one of the easiest and fastest mountain resorts to get to in France from the UK. Its proximity to a major airport has made it a favourite with the weekend warriors. You can drink a half in Gatwick Airport and four hours later a demi in Morzine.

By Car: Using the Autoroute Blanche you can reach Morzine by leaving the motorway at Bonnveille or Cluses and then its a straight drive up the hill for 30 km, passing through Les Gets before arriving in the station after a few adventures corners. You will need chains if there is snow on the road, so go prepared.

By Plane: The arrival of cheap flights from the UK to Geneva makes this the ideal option. You only have 75km of road to the centre of Morzine. If you are short for time there is a helicopter transfer.

By Train: You can catch the snow train which will stop in Cluses, from here you will be able to find a taxi or bus to transfer you to the slopes.

By Taxis: You can book taxis in advance to pick you up from either the airport or train station.

A free bus service is designed to get you around the resort of Morzine with the minimum of fuss. If you are lucky you may get a ride on the little train

Free Ride and Powder

snowboard Morzine

The Portes du Soliel ski zone is ideal free riding. A variable terrain including steep gullies, trees and wide open powder fields will keep you on your toes ( or heals ) for days. With the complex coverage of lifts you can easily get into untracked areas with a little local knowledge.

Careful when off piste as there is always the chance of the "hidden". Watch out...you are in the mountains, don't go following tracks if you do not know where you are going. Two snowboarders followed the wrong tracks one winter; jumped a cliff and fell 200ft into a lake, they have not found the boards yet. Get the right conditions and you have a fun play ground.

The Morzine / Avoriaz ski zone has two main snowboard parks. If you are just starting out try the park in Les Gets, there is a good mix of tables and spines. The Avoriaz park is serious, with half pipe and a good combination of ramps and landings. The park of the season goes to Chatel in Swiss due to the size of its table

Morzine's History

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From its earlier days as a summer pasture for the shepherds, where the ideal summer climate made it a relief from the valley below.

To the 300 year old slate mines in the Ardoisieres valley, which produced the roofing for many of the local chateaux's and churches of the region.

To its first steps as a ski resort at the beginning of the 1900's, the village has been able to adapt with the movements of time..

Tourist Office

Morzine Tourist Office

Found in the centre of the town, opposite the bus stop. If its a question that needs answering, you will find the answer here. The receptionists speak good English so you will not have a language problem.

Here you can collect information on what to do in Morzine from either the pamphlets or on the Internet using one of their machines. Each day you will find the weather report posted on the notice board.

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