Morzine Avoriaz

Morzine is at the heart of the Franco-Swiss Portes du Soleil ski area and only an hour and a quarter from Geneva Airport. Benefiting from direct flights from London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Bristol and Leeds, Portes du Soleil is a fantastic winter playground with 600kms of skiing under one lift pass. For UK holidaymakers wanting to explore the entire region, Morzine acts as the perfect central base.

An authentic village in a huge ski area, Morzine has been a favourite for winter sports enthusiasts since the Pléney lift was put into service in 1934. Situated at an altitude of over 1,000m, it is one of the most northerly of the French Alpine resorts, enjoying panoramic mountain views and, thanks to the Mont Blanc microclimate, near perfect ski conditions. Retaining much of its Old-World charm, Morzine remains free of high-rise buildings with many original wooden chalets still in service, and despite its modern ski facilities, the resort has a traditional village feel with boutique hotels, independent shops and a weekly market featuring local produce.

Beyond ski, visitors can enjoy a host of winter activities in Morzine, with a choice of snowshoeing, ice climbing, ice skating and dog sledding, and no trip to the resort is complete without experiencing an authentic horse-drawn sleigh ride. In the picturesque town centre there is plenty to keep the whole family occupied, with a cinema, a bowling alley, and all manner of eateries, ranging from traditional fondue restaurants to fine dining. And for those in search of après-ski, there are countless options including the Dixie Bar for live sport, Bec Jaune with its microbrewery, the famed Bar Robinsons with mutzig beer, and the Tremplin at the base of the pistes, featuring DJs or live music most afternoons.

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