Your mountain base in Morzine

Useful Information

Getting there

Morzine is one hour by road from Geneva Airport.
Flights to Geneva Airport operate all year round through low-cost carriers such as EasyJet, Jet2, FlyBe and Aer Lingus. Easyjet and Jet 2 flights from Belfast International only operate during the ski season, Jet2 operates only on Saturday, and EasyJet has no flights on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Daily Aer Lingus flights from Dublin Airport operate almost all year round.

 

Once there, there are two options - self-drive or a transfer service.

In the ski season, we tend not to take a car. The transfer service is efficient and cheap, and there is really no need to have or use a car when in the resort. We have used www.ski-lifts.com who operate a shared transfer service and have people-carriers travelling up the mountain all day. You should have to wait in the airport no more than 30 minutes to assemble a group, and you will be left to the door of the apartment. Price is around €70 per person return. Other reliable operators are Alpybus, MorzExpress and PowderCab.

 

It is easy to hire a car from Geneva Airport and drive to Morzine. The first half of the journey is on motorway toll roads, and the last half hour is on twisty mountain roads. The car will be supplied with snow-chains in the winter months and it is obligatory to use them on the twisty roads when it has been snowing. Road signs indicate where they should be used. Generally, we have got good rates by using the broker site www.carhire3000.com and renting the car from the Swiss side (much more straight-forward). Do not rent a car from the French side of Geneva Airport as additional tariffs will apply.

Where we are

Signpost

Chalet Ellemo is a duplex apartment close to the centre of Morzine town, in a quiet lane with three chalets on the Route de la Plagne, close by the main access points to the Porte du Soleil ski region.

Route de la Plagne is well-served by two free bus routes, passing every 10 minutes for most of the day. It is a one minute walk to either the Le Cret or Nantegue bus stops and a few minutes ride to the town centre.

Both short routes stop by the main Super-Morzine gondola to give direct linked access to the Avoriaz area and on into the Swiss resorts of Champoussin, Chambery, Les Crosets and Morgins, and the French resort of Chatel.
Both bus routes then terminate a few minutes later at the Pleney gondola and chair-lift which provide access to the Morzine - Les Gets ski area.

 

Google Maps view of Morzine

Morzine is just south of Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) and the Porte du Soleil ski region stretches across the mountain range south of the lake, into Switzerland on the East.

Use the Google Maps zoom buttons to explore the area.

Lift Passes

Skier on chair lift

There are three main lift pass options available from Morzine:

For beginners, and those staying for only 3-4 days, the Morzine-Les Gets lift pass should give plenty of good skiing as it includes 49 lifts and 64 pistes (approx. 120km)

For those staying longer or who want to explore further, the Porte du Soleil Area pass gives maximum flexibility.

 

The latest published lift pass price schedule can be viewed here:
Porte du Soleil Lift Prices

 

The Morzine Les Gets detailed piste map can be viewed in pdf format here (9mb):
Morzine Les Gets Piste Map

 

The Porte du Soleil piste map can be viewed in pdf format here (7mb):
Porte du Soleil Piste Map

Ski and Board Hire

Gravier Ski Shop

We enthusiastically recommend Gravier Ski Hire Shop on Taille du Mas du Pleney, just below the Pleney telecabine.

They are not as cheap as on-line offers, but the equipment is up-to-date, well maintained and in our experience,

much superior.

 

Mr Gravier has always provided us with good gear, good advice, and a cheery start to the day.

The shop also provides overnight storage for boots, skis and boards if you prefer to leave walking shoes there during the day and ski boots there at night!

 

Your ski boots will be warm and dry in the morning, as he has large boot heaters. Luxury.

 

Ski Lessons

All the ski Schools in Morzine book up quite quickly for the season, so book early!

 

There are several excellent British Ski Schools in Morzine, where all the instructors are native English speakers. They have small class sizes, excellent tuition, and really take an interest in individual development. They are a little more expensive than ESF, the French state ski school, but well worth the extra!

 

Ski Beyond, The Snow Institute, Alpine Learning Curves, All Mountain Snowsports, Mint Snowboarding and Billski have all been used by our friends with great feedback.

For private lessons, we thoroughly recommend Ski Beyond.

 

Alternatively, for classes, we have had good exerience with BASS and French school Easy2Ride which also offer smaller class sizes and private lessons.

 

The Ecole du Ski Français (ESF) operates in Morzine from the Pleney area and group lessons can be booked on-line. Class sizes are generally much larger.
Ecole du Ski Français

 

Some of the  ski schools provide an inclusive option with ski passes and/or equipment hire, but purchasing separately doesn't appear to be more expensive, except perhaps for a beginner package.

Good sites

Here are some web-sites that have some really good information and are worth a look:


Morznet.com is a commercial information site, it always has up to date information, and even has an iPhone app to keep up to date on the slopes
www.morznet.com  

 

Morzine-Avoriaz.com is the official resort site and is good for contact details for all mountain activity
www.morzine-avoriaz.com