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Visitor reviews for Morillon Ski Resort
February 11, 2016
V from France
We won't be back. The queues for the lift were just ridiculous. Most notably the Lanches chairlift, where we queued for the best part of an hour and then had to ski straight back down to get the kids from ski school rather than the routes we had planned. Having a rickety slow 3 man chairlift as the main link to the rest of the Grand Massif area is awful and it really needs to be replaced with a decent high capacity lift.
Overall: 4.3. Based on 13 votes and 23 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Morillon.
Public Transport: 4.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Morillon, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Morillon, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.5
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.8
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Morillon.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.8
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Morillon, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Morillon is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Morillon relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.8
(1) There are no snow groomers at Morillon, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Morillon are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Morillon is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.7
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Morillon, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.2
(1) Morillon usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.9
(1) The staff at Morillon are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Morillon are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.4
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.8
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.7
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Morillon has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Morillon, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.7
(1) Not even a kicker at Morillon, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Morillon, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Morillon has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.5
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.3
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.6
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.3
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.2
(1) Overall, Morillon is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.6
(1) Overall, Morillon is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
February 15, 2015
Julie Smith from United Kingdom
Staying at Morillon and the conditions are great. Great snow at the top, odd crusty patches lower down but still great skiing.
Gondola queue (half-term) was just 10 minutes but the fast chair lift at 1100 has been very busy all day.
Other lifts were fine and the slopes weren't too busy.
February 05, 2013
BLM from United Kingdom
Stayed in Morillon 1100 at the Le Buet apartments - January 19th 2013. It's a small resort, but not that small and has everything you need for a short break or for a full week of skiing. The skiing is excellent, and Morillon 1100 is well placed in the Grand Massif system, allowing you to visit Flaine, Les Carroz and Samoens with ease. The local slopes are good fun, and we repeatedly skied the blue and red runs from the top of Sairon. The mountain restaurant as the top of Sairon lift is well worth visiting - friendly efficient service, good food and well-priced. The lift system is generally modern with fast, high capacity lifts. There are a few exceptions (notably the Lanches chairlift that you have to take to get to Flaine) that could do with replacing, but this doesn't detract from your enjoyment of the ski area as a whole. We found the Le Buet apartments to be clean, reasonably spacious and in good order. They are basic but, at the same time, have nearly everything you need. If driving, take a kettle, some mugs and your own duvets - and you'll be just fine. We visited the Madison Pub on most evenings, which is a French run bar/restaurant rather than a full-on expat drinker. It's a nice, comfortable bar with a relaxed atmosphere and seems to be the place where everyone congregates in the evenings. The restaurant serves good salads, steaks and the usual Savoyarde offerings. The staff are nice, friendly and it's well worth a visit or two. We hired our skis from Intersport Cashta. We pre-booked for a good discount, our skis were ready on arrival, and the service was excellent. We visited the local supermarket which was reasonably well stocked, but (for convenience and price) it's problably best to stop in a hypermarket in the valley on your way up to resort. All in all, a great little resort with good access to the extensive Grand Massif ski area, and all less than 1 hour from Geneva airport!
January 13, 2013
Louise from United Kingdom
Very lucky to have spent a lovely Christmas and New Year in Morillion 1100 with good snow and intersting weather- some snow, some very hot days and some crisp ones too.
Wonderful family resort, kids enjoyed ski school with ESF and progressed well. They made the most of toboganing, snow play and the chance to take part in the torch lit descent.
Great access and easy to get to. Not too over developed. Friendly people and we loved that we could ski in and ski out of Le Buet. Apartment was clean, good value, equipped with what we needed, good ski locker, but it luxury, just what we were looking for!
The runs were great for giving beginners / intermediates confidence, nice and wide, beautiful scenery and the Marvel run was a real hit. We really enjoyed Les Carroz too and also 2 trips to Flaine for some more challenging reds.
Negatives - some investment is needed in the major links where queues on busy days were not good. Plus the links at Tete des Saix were very busy and in some places narrow which meant in the afternoon there were busy, full of moguls and not much fun.
We quite liked the charm of some of the older lifts, dotted around the resorts, but the key link points need a bit more capacity.
However, over the 2 weeks, these are minor points for a good value, friendly and accessible resort for families, I would definitely consider going again.
January 12, 2013
Woodster from United Kingdom
Staying at a fantastic appt at refuge Alpage Morillon 1100, amazing scenery and snow conditions, esf ski school excellent.
Last day of skiing and boarding for us and looking forward to coming back later in season, excellent resort and place.
March 04, 2012
Mr S from United Kingdom
Just returned from a week in Morillon.
The weather was unseasonably warm, t-shirt weather at 1100m with maybe a light jacket for skiing at 1700m+. Not a cloud in sight all week. Freeze/thaw. Snow was slush at lower altitudes and hard pack over ice up higher except where ploughed by traffic. Piste suffered from carving and ploughing and snow was very heavy in most places. Moguls formed on popular runs (see webcams). Icy patches on some runs resulted in a few spills and work for the mountain rescue team.
At lower altitudes snow had given way to bare earth as the thaw continued although snow expected for the coming week. Best to avoid the runs which decend into the village directly.
All in all, not a bad resort. A little disorganised at 1100m, too many flat spots for a snowboarder and less than ideal for a skier, unless you're a fan of organised chaos. The queues for the Sairon lift were ridiculous.
Definitely one to avoid if it's a French school holiday as it's simply too busy to be much fun especially if you're trying to learn on the débutante slope as some in our party were. Admittedly bad planning on our part but worth mentioning.
Can recommend bakery in the village for lunch items. These can be taken up the mountain as there are some decent picnic spots on Marvel (green).
I would certainly avoid the cafe, "L'Igloo" at the summit (top of Sairon lift). It was busy but that wasn't the problem, the food quality was absolutely appalling. When it finally arrived, after a 40 minute wait, nobody in our group was even remotely happy with their order. Almost all went in the trash and we're not picky eaters...serious error not going to the bakery in town and hauling a few pizza slices up top. A complete waste of money.
The saving grace of the trip was the accommodation and whilst I can't mention the name here, it's amazing how mediocre skiing/boarding can be compensated for by quality accommodation.
Overall, a decent holiday. Just avoid the peak periods and make sure you get weather reports. I would not say this resort is particularly challenging for anyone with skill. The lack of short green runs also hurts it for beginners. I'd suggest it would be most suited for an intermediate skier.
September 13, 2011
ian Wickham from United Kingdom
This was our second visit to Morillon. We stayed up at 1100 in the very pleasant Chalet Morillon, a good location and only 100 metres to the gondola. The only problem we had was the poor snow conditions and a few of the pistes were closed through lack of snow.
Still a very nice area with very good ESF ski tuition with which my daughter passed her third star.
April 02, 2011
Ursula Smart from United Kingdom
January 24 2011
We have been skiing in Morillon for the last 4/ 5 years and love it so much. There is something for everyone. When we arrived this year, we were a bit concerned as there was not a lot of snow, but the pisteurs worked very hard and kept the pistes in excellent condition and the snow canons were on every night, which made the next day skiing fantastic. No long queues for the lifts.
We went out there again middle of March and the pistes were once again excellent in the morning, but it was heavy going in the afternoon. Very rarely do you have to queue for the lifts, but this time because a lot of runs were closed due to lack of snow, most people headed towards Flaine where there was more snow. Therefore, you are bound to get the long queues. When there is plenty of snow and all the runs are open, there is never a problem with queuing for the lifts. Morillon caters for all abilities and it is great for families with young children. Can't wait to go again next season.
March 01, 2011
Phil from United Kingdom
Just returned from a half term week in Morillon village. Snow acceptable and situation nice enough although it is a bit of hike in the morning and the queues to get back in the afternoon can get quite long on a sunny day. Skiing very intermediate and you really need to get over to Flaine to find the interesting runs and noticeably better snow. Queues for the lifts not too long but the pistes were the most crowded I've skied on in the last 30 years preclude going back at half term. Far less people about in 3V or Espace Killy.
February 02, 2011
Jo from United Kingdom
We have been skiing in Morillon (Les Esserts) at least twice a year for the last six years, sometimes as a small family but usually a large group of around 25. There is nowhere better for the skiing - mixed ability, good runs, usually fantastic weather, great mountain restaurants, 265km of piste - need I say more. We stay at Chalet Morillon - great staff, fantastic food, transfers included, good prices. Only one bar in the evening but it is great - very friendly, excellent Kia Royale: beer, cocktails, music, pool table etc -
We have just booked the flights to go again this March - bring on the snow.