Charming and traditional Morzine in the Rhone Alps region of eastern France has that unique position of being an area of such beauty that it has an attraction to tourists whether they are skiers or not.

Originally a small mountain market town close to the Swiss border, the first hotel was built in the 1920’s to accommodate those that visited for the summer sun, the clean air and the beautiful scenery. The alpine location, reliable snow and the close proximity to Geneva led to the development of a ski resort which coincided with the desire of skiers to find higher and more challenging peaks.

Morzine is situated right in the centre of the Portes du Soleil ski region which is said to be globally the largest linked ski area and with credentials like this it is no wonder that Morzine continues to be one of the most popular ski destinations in Europe.

With over 650kms of piste across the linked region there is plenty of skiing for those of any ability offering a choice of over 250 runs, the longest being a healthy 6kms; if you opt to ski in the Morzine region alone then there are still over 60 runs to choose from with almost half classed as advanced. Cross country skiers have almost 250kms of terrain across the region with 97kms directly in the Morzine area. Access to the slopes is excellent with a huge network of 206 lifts covering the Portes du Soleil region.

Beginners have access to an excellent ski school with very good tuition packages available and nursery slopes right on the resort doorstep; for those progressing to intermediate slopes there are over 100 across the entire region but many are easily reached from Morzine itself. The advanced skier can also find plenty of challenges with over 20 black runs and a huge amount of off piste terrain – head to Les Hauts Forts which boasts one of the most challenging downhills in the world.

Morzine may have access to some of the best skiing in Europe but it is far more than a ski resort, the list of winter activities is vast with dog sledding, ice diving, segway tours and snow-mobiling being just a small selection of the available activities. For relaxation Morzine has a great culture of hotels filled with spa facilities where recovery from the excesses of the world transports you to an era when people visited the Alps just for their restorative qualities.

Dining out in Morzine is all part of the resorts charm and culture with many good restaurants serving local fare which takes on the Swiss and Italian influences as well as the hearty mountain foods of the region; as with all French resorts the wine is excellent, well priced and most importantly plentiful.

Morzine is a place where traditional chalet holidays dominate, there are endless choices of chalets available both for the independent and the package traveller, these range from huge luxurious chalets with private chefs and staff to chalets that offer basic apartment accommodation, the prices vary radically and there is a wide choice to suit any budget.

The hotel choice in Morzine is equally diverse with several luxury spa hotels and plenty of quality two and three star hotels, these tend to have good facilities with many having sauna and heated pools; for those on a tight budget there are several budget hotels on the outskirts of the town.

The ski season in Morzine is very reliable, however it doesn’t generally begin until late December with the first week usually having restrictions on the times that the ski lifts run, the snow once it arrives is plentiful leading to skiing that continues until late April.

The opening weeks and their proximity to the holiday period does push prices up but for the rest of the ski season Morzine is generally one of the less expensive ski resorts.

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