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Morzine

Morzine

Morzine - Alsace, France

Snowboard, Ski

Morzine is a community in the Haute-Savoie department of the Rhône Valley. It borders Switzerland in the east of the French Alps. In the twenties, businessman François Baus saw the potential of the area and created the Grand Hotel for summer holidaymakers, but in 1934, there was so much interest from adventurous tourists that wanted to visit during the winter so the first cable car ‘Le Pléney’ was installed. Today, Morzine is a resort which receives worldwide interest. The village is lively and there are unlimited offers of activities. It forms a part of the French – Swiss Les Portes du Soleil territory which links twelve resorts to provide more than 650 kilometres of pistes.

There are three different ski passes available. The first, Les Portes du Soleil pass, gives you access to all of the resorts. It’s the best option for the variety of pistes available, the different villages, and a huge amount of off piste options. The second option, Morzine – Les Gets pass, is the cheapest and includes 180 kilometres of pistes between forests and a basic snowpark in Nyon. The last one, Super Morzine, connects up to Avoriaz. It’s a good option for freestylers as it also gives you access to five snowparks. The resort is adapted for all levels, although intermediate and advanced riders have more options. Freeriders can enjoy some very good off piste options. Towards Les Gets, between Ranfolly and Rosta, is an ideal place for intermediates. The Chamossièrre zone has some good routes with natural kickers through the forest. There are also some longer off piste routes in the upper part of Avoriaz.

Morzine has its own snowpark in Nyon. It’s ideal for beginners and intermediates. An advantage is that it has its own chairlift and some kickers together with two rails and a slalom run which ends with some jumps by the lift. For the more experienced, in Les Gets, you’ll find the big kickers, boxes and rails. There are some lines, one with jumps and another with a chain of kickers of up to 15 metres. It also has its own chairlift, a boarder cross course. There is a restaurant next to the snowpark from where you can relax whilst enjoying the views and the action in the snowpark.

The best snowpark is in Avoriaz. It has a 120 m long super pipe with 6 m walls. In La Chapelle there are some jump zones, and four lines of kickers adapted for different levels, red (L), blue (M) and two green (S) (XS). There is a jib zone with a line of rails and a line of boxes next to it. The offer doesn’t end there as there are three more snowparks in Avoriaz. One of them, Arare Snowpark is for intermediates and advanced and it’s where the O’Neill Pro Freestyle and the Nixon Jib Fest are celebrated. Le Lil’Stash, by the Proclou slope, is where beginners have their dedicated space and lastly, the Falaise zone has the Burton Kids Parkway, perfect for kids to get started.  

Conditions

The season begins in mid December and, if the conditions allow, ends at the end of April. The best time to go to the resort is during January and February. Make sure you are careful when it rains, as it isn’t a very high resort and if it’s raining in the village, it doesn’t mean that the conditions higher up are good so in the first few hours of the day it could be icy. In the afternoon, due to the geographic situation, the snow can be quite slushy.
Characteristics
  • SnowPark
    1
  • Summit
    8.090.6ft
  • Lifts
    85
  • Base
    3.280.8 ft
  • Vertical Drop
    4.809.7 ft
  • Terrain
    50 Ha
  • Longest Run
    3.7282 Mi
  • Runs
    65

Difficulty level of the pistes

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