Morzine is an incredible resort with a huge and varied ski area. The Portes du Soleil has all of the sporting activities, food experiences and stunning surroundings that you should look for in the alps. Sympathetic to families, whilst also offering challenges for those in search of adrenalin fuelled skiing. The cafes, restaurants, wine bars and clubs cater for every crowd. Taxis, child care services, tourist office, pampering spas and cultural experiences make sure you have everything you could need. We are utterly biased but completely in love with Morzine. Speak to our concierge team or our in resort staff to help you make the most of this fabulous ski resort.
Traditionally Morzine’s background was in agriculture and slate mining and whilst a lot has changed in the last hundred years the town has not lost any of its old charm or forgotten its history. The local slate is evident across many of the town’s chalets and unlike many other ski resort’s, Morzine has not surrendered to high rise hotels and apartments.
The introduction of the Pleney lift in the 1930’s encouraged the first recreational skiers to the area – previously skiing in its early forms was reserved solely for transport and farming. Once a week a floodlit demonstration of the history of skiing in the area happens on the Pleney slopes and it is well worth a visit (not least for the free vin-chaud).
In the following years, new lifts were built on Nyon and Chamossiere to react to the growing interest in Alpine skiing. Then in 1960 the people of Morzine started the major development of Avoriaz into a “Savoyard Colorado”, the modern design was heralded a huge success and the notoriety of the area grew. Good relations with nearby Champery and Les Crosets were established and soon the linked ski are of the Portes du Soleil was born.
Walking around the town is a pleasure, with plenty to see; the old streets reveal farm houses untouched for two hundred years next to tasteful contemporary renovations. Boutiques and shops stock everything from the latest chic winter-wear to traditional gifts such as wines, cheeses and in our opinion one of the best chocolatiers we’ve ever seen.
The restaurants in town offer a diverse selection of local and European cuisine. On the chalet hosts day off we are happy to recommend restaurants and make reservations for you. Local specialities include favourites such as Raclette (melted local cheese with charcuterie and salad), Pierre Chaud (meat cooked on a hot stone) There are also excellent grills for those who would prefer a simple steak and local wine. Other options range from fantastic pizza restaurants to Morzines very own Michelin starred restaurant.
The town is a great place to watch the world go by, with a number of cafes, wine bars and pubs. If you want something a bit more lively there are a number of bands that play apres ski gigs around town and late night drinks and dancing are well catered for in a number of bars if you’ve still got the stamina after a hard days skiing and chalet dining.
Skiing Morzine and Portes Du Soleil
Portes du Soleil Ski Area
The Portes du Soleil has a reputation as the largest linked ski area in the world. There are 650km of groomed pistes with 12 linked resorts either side of the French-Swiss border just an hour from Geneva: Abondance, Avoriaz, Chatel, La Chapelle d’Abondance, Les Gets, Montriond, Morzine-Avoriaz, St Jean d’Aulps, Champery, Morgins, Torgon and Val-d’Illiez-Les Crozets-Champoussin. With such a huge choice of runs you can ski all week barely touching the same run twice.
This charming ski area at the heart of the Alps offers skiers mountain lifts that keep a low profile amid snowbound forests, pistes that wind their way through snow meadows, spruces and mountain chalets that have stood the test of time; and genuinely unspoilt surroundings.
The individual villages each offer their own nuances, which are well worth a visit, with fantastic and often quieter skiing to be found around Morgins and Les Crosets on the Swiss side – don’t worry you won’t need to take your passport.
The TG Ski chalets are ideally located in the centre of Morzine to give you the best opportunity to enjoy this exciting ski area. So whether you are an absolute beginner looking for gentle nursery slopes or avid powder hound looking to find some steep pitches or tight tree runs there is something for everyone in the Portes du Soleil.
The Portes du Soleil in numbers:
283Slopes: 27 Black Runs, 104 Red Runs, 119 Blue Runs and 33 Green.
650km of groomed slopes
The Portes du Soleil enjoys good snowfall from November to the end of April, with an average of 8m falling every year. The vast ski area is captivating and provides challenges for everyone from beginners to advanced skiers and snowboarders. We have spent 10 years skiing the terrain and we still discover new pistes and tree runs each winter. It really is an amazing winter playground.
The Portes du Soleil ski area is open from mid December to mid April.
For those who are new to the ski area, we recommend that you speak with our experienced team, who will be happy to advise you on the most suitable slopes to suit your ability. They’ll also be able to give you the inside scoop on where to avoid the crowds, fantastic places to stop for lunch and the best spots to relax and enjoy the views.