Family Ski Trip to Morzine
This years ski trip, we went back to the Port du Soleil which incorporates 3 large resorts; Les Gets, Morzine and Avoriaz. We opted for Morzine, but not because we didn’t enjoy Les Gets (I’ll create another blog post about that trip later to compare) but because our group had grown and I couldn’t find a chalet to accommodate us all in a sole occupancy.
I eventually found a chalet which ticked 90% of the boxes and it was run by a company TGSki. The chalet was called ‘Chalet Musadiere’ and was located 300m to the Pleney cable car (access to Les Gets) and 250m to the Super Morzine cable car (access to Avoriaz & Switzerland!) – great location!
- Anyone who wears ski boots knows the less walking the better (I’m a snowboarder so this isn’t a real issue for me! However, I do get my comeuppance later.. read on!)
- Anyone with young children know the less waiting around (i.e. ski buses) the better.
Luckily, Keith and I had already been to Morzine once before (when Ethan was only 18 months old) and knew that the area is built in a valley.
One side of the valley houses the town/shopping area and lifts. The other side of the valley has most of the accommodation. The trouble is if you are situated on the ‘wrong side’ of the valley, you will have to rely on ski buses or walk down a very steep hill or cross the suspension bridge. With this in mind we knew we wanted to be near the town this time.
The accommodation could hold up to 17 people.
2 bedrooms which were a good size but as they were low down there was little light into the rooms.
Boot room: able to accommodate all our boards, skis, boots & helmets easily and warm.
Games room: Playstation & television with a selection of small games & DVDS. Although this was a highlight prior to the trip for the kids, they actually didn’t spend too much time in here.
Lounge/Dining Room: Large sofa with big windows where you could see skiers in the distance on Piste B. With comfortable seating it was a great place to chill out at the end of a busy ski day. There was a speaker pod in the dining room and a well stocked fridge with soft drinks & beers for €1 each (just keep a track of the honesty bar & pay the balance at the end of the week).
5 twin Bedrooms: 3 of the room had small balconies and all en-suite. Good sized accommodation & some with baths and every room had complimentary toiletries in each room.
So accommodation, location & food were all ticked off, we now needed to focus on getting lift passes and Skis. TGSki again made this process easier by having links with a company ‘Doorstep skis’ (https://doorstepskis.com/en/) who arrived at the accommodation soon after we did, to fit the equipment. This made for a more relaxing experience rather than trudging everyone into town. One minor improvement could be to label each item as we did fall foul of the kids equipment getting mixed up TWICE! As a back up I’d recommend bringing some coloured labels with you!
We opted to get the boys a local area pass and full area pass for the adults. This is their 3rd year skiing; it’s amazing how quickly they pick it up!
By mid week though, we were taking the boys out quite a distance both before and after the ski lessons. It was so lovely to have family time and enjoy this activity together. On the last day we bought an additional ticket to Avoriaz, which they loved. We also went over to Switzerland, but unfortunately didn’t realise their pass didn’t cover them and had to quickly hop over a gate and return to france – whoops! We didn’t have any issues with this though – phew!
MORZINE SKI AREA
We love this vast ski area in general, there are plenty of blue & green runs for the kids and beginner skiers with areas for more advanced. Unfortunately the Alps have seen a very poor snow record (16/17) and as such the slopes were suffering, especially as we had 17 degrees in resort one afternoon! Most of the runs were open and although patchy in places and icy in the morning you make the most of what you have & so we enjoyed the blue skies. I did love the fact that you could get from Morzine to Switzerland quite easily and we enjoyed a day out with the kids!However, (and this is where I got my comeuppance!) the Morzine area of Port du Soleil did appear to have quite a few ‘roads’. By this I mean thin and flat sections, which, when on a snowboard can result in a fair amount of walking. It’s not too bad when you have space to gain speed but in February half term, space was definitely lacking! The skiers in our group got a good upper body workout too! For that reason alone, I won’t be returning to Morzine.
If you are a beginner, I would recommend Avoriaz as a better option as it provided wider runs and less congestion. Plus if you extend your pass you can access Switzerland very easily and makes for a great day out for the intermediate or more advance skiers/boarders!
Alternatively Les Gets offers good variety with the Indian run being popular with younger skiers and a good beginner section. There is a variety of runs in a “bowl” near la rosta & Le ranfoilley. Read more in my blog when we visited Les Gets in 2015.
The village itself was quite contained and so access to lots of shops with souvenirs, patisseries, clothes etc.. everything you needed was here. There is a large Carrefour situated at the bottom of the valley (underneath Intersport) and a Spar shop in the upper part of the town. The town also boasts a swimming pool and indoor ice skating rink so there are activities for the non-skier.
As for apre-ski there is more than enough choice. There are a few places next to the Pleney Lift and then a strip of bars/restaurants lead you to the village square with an outdoor ice skating rink and more bars. We did venture out for a drink on the first afternoon, near the rink and were given blankets so we could sit outside and the kids played in the (albeit little amount) of snow.
I also liked the fact that it catered for non-skiers. You can easily take the cable car to the top of the pleney lift and watch everyone wooshing by. Alternatively, you can get a bus to Prodain lift and then take the cable car up to Avoriaz by foot. Or you could take a bus to Les Gets, Chavannes cable car up and taking in different scenery. Maybe we should have brought the grandparents! 😉
Travel time to Morzine from Geneva Airport was around 1 hour 20 minutes. You pass through Les Gets to get to Morzine and so is only a further 10 minute ride up the road.
We booked private transfers through the TGSki and a minibus pick up at €40 return per person was worth the cost as we were out of the airport and on our way within minutes of landing.
Another great ski holiday but the next one may take us somewhere new!