As one of the top-rated ski resorts in France, Morzine offers a multitude of ski options for every ability, whether you’re a novice, red run thrill seeker or backcountry boarder.
Planning for a Morzine Ski holiday – The Basics
You already know that you’ll need to do a little pre-trip planning to make the most of a ski holiday in Morzine. Draw up a checklist for the packing as it’ll only eat into your ski and apres-ski time if you have to shop for a forgotten set of thermals.
The main things to think about before you arrive in Morzine are whether you’ll require ski lessons or if you’ll need to hire equipment. With Morzine being such a popular ski resort, there are lots of options for both to book in advance but demand can be high in peak season, so get in early.
Other than the essentials, the fun bit in planning a ski trip to Morzine is deciding which of the many areas you’ll head to, what ski options there are, and of course, what the snow will be like.
Familiarise yourself with the Morzine ski area
You’ll want to have an outline knowledge of the main ski areas, lifts and pistes before you don your gear and collect your equipment. As the Morzine ski area is pretty huge, a little homework on where to ski will save you time in choosing where to head for when you arrive.
As an overview, Pléney is the main lift that will take you to the Morzine-Les Gets ski area. Here, there are several nursery slopes and some of the most popular blue tree-lined pistes, as well as some steep, challenging red runs. The Grandes Combes chairlift rises above Avoriaz and allows access to plenty of very fast red and black runs. Le Ranfoilly area serves up lots of red runs and fun blue pistes in a stunning bowl with views of Mont Blanc and a host of mountain restaurants.
Download the Morzine piste maps onto your phone and any other devices you’ll have with you. You can of course pick up a hard copy in the resort, tourist centres and hotels too, but it’s always a good idea to print out a couple of copies too.
Do your ski pass homework in advance
It pays to have a think about which Morzine ski pass will be best suited to your needs in advance for a few reasons. First, there are several options to choose from and you don’t want to be scrolling through them while the rest of your group are itching to get to the slopes. Second, the best lift pass to suit you and the group will depend on your skiing abilities and you don’t want to pay for areas you won’t use. Third, you’ll save money by buying online in advance rather than in person at the resort.
Keep an eye on the snow forecast
If you’re thinking of taking a last-minute ski trip to Morzine, then the single biggest consideration, aside from availability, is what the conditions will be like. Even if you’ve booked in advance, every skier wants to know what the pistes will be like, plus it’s simply part of the anticipation of any ski holiday – so keep an eye on the snow forecast for Morzine.