Skiing in Morzine

Country: France

In a nutshell: A charming resort with an enormous ski area and a short transfer from Geneva

We like:

  • The short transfer from Geneva makes it a great choice for ski weekends
  • The cute and lively town exudes mountain charm
  • It’s in the middle of one of the world’s biggest and best ski areas
  • Great apres-ski and lots of restaurants

We don’t like:

  • The town is at low altitude making the runs to resort unreliable in early and late season
  • It’s hard to find ski-in / ski-out accommodation
  • Occasional long queues at the Pleney Gondola – especially in peak season


  • Resort altitude: 1100m
  • Highest lift: 2450m
  • Lowest piste: 1000m
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport: Geneva – 1h 30m
  • Number of lifts:
    • Morzine / Les Gets: 46
    • Portes du Soleil: 195
  • Number of runs:
    • Morzine / Les Gets
      • Green: 5
      • Blue: 24
      • Red: 28
      • Black: 9
    • Portes du Soleil
      • Green: 34
      • Blue: 121
      • Red: 100
      • Black: 32

Resort Description:

Morzine is a gem of a ski resort. This traditional mountain town is one of Europe’s original ski resorts, and now lays claim to being in “the world’s biggest lift-served ski area” – the Portes du Soleil. The 650km of piste covered by the Portes du Soleil lift pass is simply vast, offers huge variety for skiers of any level, and means you can even ski over the border to Switzerland for a fondue.

The town itself is quite spread out and ski-in / ski-out accommodation in Morzine is rare. The efficient bus network that makes getting around town and to the lifts easy, but it isn’t as convenient as other purpose-built resorts. What you get on a Morzine ski holiday instead is a charming mountain town, with fantastic apres ski, restaurants and shopping in the middle of an enormous ski area

If you choose to skip the Portes du Soleil lift pass upgrade and stick with the Morzine ski pass you still get a big and varied ski area that links to neighbouring Les Gets. You miss out on some of the brilliant high altitude skiing behind Avoriaz, but have more than enough to explore for a ski weekend