Morzine Avoriaz, located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, boasts 600 kilometres of slopes to suit all tastes and abilities. In the French resort of Portes du Soleil, which is a particular favourite among UK skiers, excellent skiing and snowboarding are a given. The resort’s tourist office has all the details on what’s on offer this winter.
There are a total of 209 lifts that provide access to 308 pistes
There are 1,543 snow cannons and 30 snow parks
The Portes du Soleil, which borders France and Switzerland, has 12 resorts
Links from Morzine to Abondance, Avoriaz 1800, la Chapelle d’Abondance, Châtel, les Gets, Montriond & St Jean d’Aulps; and from Champéry to Morgins, Torgon, Val d’Illiez-Les Crosets-Champoussin in Switzerland.
Morzine is about an hour’s drive from Geneva Airport, situated between Mont-Blanc and Lake Leman (Lake Geneva).
When will the ski area open?
The Portes du Soleil area will open on December 18, 2021, and close on April 10, 2022.
Morzine is still devoid of high-rise structures, with many of the original wooden chalets in use. Despite its contemporary ski facilities, the resort maintains a typical village atmosphere with boutique hotels, independent stores, excellent restaurants, and a weekly market promoting local produce.
The altitude of the village is 1,000 m
25,000: Number of tourist beds
80: Retailers and service providers
45: Dining establishments
New for 2021/20 on the Slopes
Le Pas de l’Aigle is a new watching platform. Due to Covid-19 limits, a new viewing platform was installed at the summit of adjacent Pointe de Nyon last winter, and it will now be open to the general public this winter.
The new 10m long glass walkway, called Le Pas de l’Aigle, is located at 2,019m and is accessible to skiers and snowboarders of all abilities.
A 350-m drop awaits guests, as well as a breathtaking 360-degree view of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc.
A new red piste has been added.
The run is three times broader and two kilometres long.
Morzine offers skiing both before and after the slopes open
You can go out early in the morning with the ski patrol while they prepare the slopes, or you can go night skiing with a guide beneath the stars.
A snowshoe trek and a lunch in an igloo are also available in the evening, with the option to spend the night in the igloo with breakfast included to round out the experience.
One activity that sticks out for next winter is a 45-minute snowshoe trip on the Nyon plateau with a bird on your arm to experience the art of falconry.
Hikers will then be able to witness a flight demonstration by spectacular birds of prey in the highlands.
What’s on offer in Morzine during the 2021/22 season?
Dates for the calendar
Morzine’s Enchanted Village will be open from December 21 to January 1, 2022.
Morzine is lit up every year, giving the festive events a fantasy feel.
Parades, brass bands, the Christmas market, fireworks, and the appearance of Father Christmas bring the village to life.
Morzine looks after you (pampers you) till March 2022
Massage workshops, yoga, reflexology, and aromatherapy are all part of this health week.
March 13 to 19th, 2022 – Rock the Pistes
The first mountain music festival, and the only one of its kind with concerts on the slopes. Thousands of spectators are anticipated to flock to Morzine for a lineup of outstanding performances by some of pop’s biggest names.
Winter Trail and Spartan Kids are brand new for December 11th and 12th, 2021.
With the first Winter Trail, Spartan, the world leader in obstacle courses, brings a new event to Morzine this winter.
The following day, in the heart of the resort, the Spartan Kids 2021 finale, a challenging obstacle course, will take place, open to all young Spartans who qualified in the 2021 stages.