Morzine Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Morzine Ski Resort
December 02, 2015
Heidi Horner from United Kingdom
Skiing with children who have never skied before in Morzine over New Year! Do I get us all a full PDS pass or just for my husband and I whilst they are in ski school? Or would my children benefit from the full pass too? My children are 14 and 9! Help?
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Overall: 4.5. Based on 62 votes and 110 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 Morzine.
Public Transport: 4.4
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Morzine, (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 Morzine, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.1
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.4
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Morzine.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.4
(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 Morzine, (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) Morzine is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Morzine 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 Morzine, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Morzine 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) Morzine 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 Morzine, 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: 4.3
(1) Morzine 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: 4.6
(1) The staff at Morzine are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Morzine 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: 4.9
(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: 4.9
(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: 4.9
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Morzine 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 Morzine, (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: 4.5
(1) Not even a kicker at Morzine, (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 Morzine, (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) Morzine has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.8
(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: 4.8
(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: 4.5
(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: 4.4
(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): 4.4
(1) Overall, Morzine 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): 4.5
(1) Overall, Morzine 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.
March 21, 2015
jason from United Kingdom
Just returned from Morzine; why on earth would anyone go there at this time of year? The snow was nonexistent and it was very expensive : 10euro for a beer! And the restaurant staff were rude. I will stick to Switzerland from now on.
March 05, 2015
Jason from Australia
G'day, I stumbled across the PDS region back in '96 whilst back packing with my wife. We were able to stay for that season and you could not remove the smile on my face the whole time we were there, actually, I still have a smile just thinking about it. Since then we have been able to return several times, another full season and several family holidays with our young children.
As a whole resort, I am impressed with the variety of skiing that is provided. I was lucky enough to be guided by a local who had lived there all their life. It is a very big skiing area and to say that it is mainly easy runs would not be true. The variety of "off-piste" is endless and the way that the French allow you "at your own risk" to explore these areas is great. I've been able to ski quite a few places around the world and I would say it's a friendly place with vast areas, accessibility and good facilities; it's right up there with the best.
My time there, to date, has been great and my young children now enjoy it also. Unfortunately, it takes us a long time to get there from OZ.
All in all, it's a great place to have fun in the snow.
February 22, 2015
cassie from United Kingdom
Have skied several times in Morzine/Les Gets and really can't see why anyone would describe it as sleazy; more a sweet, friendly French town with bars and restaurants for all tastes and ages. Its proximity to Geneva and easy and plentiful transfers make it a great place for a weekend. Sure it's low but you know that before you go. We have had fabulous snow there and the access to Avoriaz and the PDS is fine; never had a problem with the ski bus system either! Outside peak weeks the lifts are fine. To each their own. Found Megeve very pretty but very overpriced with very few French people and the skiing just didn't compare with the PDS.
February 19, 2015
Jason from United Kingdom
Morzine is one of my favourite resorts. The riding is not too demanding and the resort is at a relatively low altitude, which can lead to some slushy or icy patches near the bottom of the hill. But thousands of people go to Morzine every year because it's fun!
Easy? Maybe... Cheesy? Definitely... Sleazy? No...
Morzine is a fun town and makes no bones about it. The après is half the holiday to most riders..and Morzine delivers.
The accessibility of the ski area in Morzine/ Les Gets, let alone the PDS, is hard to beat. The après-ski 'Crack' is probably the best in France.
February 07, 2015
GodfreyB from United Kingdom
I can see the appeal with Morzine if you like easy, slushy or icy (artificial snow) pistes, lots of English skiers, long waits for buses to the lifts, scummy bars, poor links to the rest of PDS. There are much nicer places in the Haute Savoie. This place is a town and very strung out.Tthe only place that is worse is Chamonix which is even bigger and inconvenient for skiing. But, hey, English people seem to like it so they can have the mediocre quality skiing. There is not one challenging piste in Morzine. Go to Chatel, Samoens, Les Saisies or even Megeve if you can stand the prices!
January 03, 2015
Spencer Wright from United Kingdom
Just left Morzine after a week of great skiing. We suffered some of the traffic problems on Saturday 27th December (most of which were caused by visitors who still don't pack snow chains despite police checks) but it was worth it because of the dump of snow the resort received. Unfortunately, the snow on the last day is rapidly receding and unless another load arrives I am afraid new visitors this week won't be so lucky.
April 04, 2014
Stephen McMillan from United Kingdom
I bought 4 passes from ski-morzine.com; 1 didn't work. I have been trying to get them to resolve for close to 2 weeks; many promised return calls. Looks like I'll have to get my bank to take action. I will not use this service again, and would advise some caution.
March 14, 2014
Dave J from United Kingdom
Having spent 25 years avoiding PdS because of concern over generally low elevation, i've now been two years on the bounce - Les Gets and Morzine. I do think it's still "skier beware" on the elevation front. In warm weather, or beyond early March, lower slopes are going to be very mushy, but with snow making the quantity of snow isn't a problem.
- Big area, with a genuine variety of skiing;
- Good blend of meadow / tree skiing, and high mountain (Avoriaz);
- Some good, not too challenging, off-piste options;
- Close to GVA;
- Busy town; lots going on.
- Go visit Les Lindarets for lunch, at least once;
- Don't use the Super Morzine to get to Avoriaz; ride the bus to the gondola at Les Prodains - much faster: same true at the end of the day in reverse. One previous reviewer talks about the need to set off back early - only if you insist on going down the Super M gondola: in my opinion a waste of an hour you'll never get back! You can ski all the way down to Prodains (great run) and the buses from there to Morzine run late, and take you to the same general location (in fact, better for most people) than the Super M.
- Morzine is strung out, and a lot of accommodation is a bus ride from the lifts;
- Still too many slow lifts for the price of the lift pass;
- Not much very hard on-piste skiing;
- Elevation: a lot of the skiing is low, and not the best in warm weather.
January 31, 2014
Jill Lane from Australia
Just returned from a week at Morzine in a non peak period. The snow was dismal for mid January but luckily they have some snow cannons and the two main gondolas take you above the grass line, which means you can't ski home on the Pleney but take the brand new super duper gondola instead. We had some rain (yes, brought warm weather over from Australia) and some snow up higher for a couple of days. We found the runs uncrowded and the lift lines quick. There are snow groomers as we saw them from the chairlift!! More signs and maps would be good as we were unsure of the runs. Had a great time as the village offered a variety of restaurants, shops and bars. Wish I'd found a butcher, the Carrefour supermarket had meat but a gourmet butcher would have been my preferred choice. Our young adult children revelled in the nightlife. Interestingly, we did meet a lot of English speaking people but the village was definitely French with one chatty waitress immersing us in French; a language beyond us. French was frequently heard in the streets and slopes as well. The meals on the slopes were reasonable and good fare. If you sat outside you could eat snack food like hot dogs or hamburgers for less than 10 euros. Went to see an ice hockey game which was fun. I have been to North American snow fields which are prettier and ski in-ski out but lacking the soul of Morzine. Morzine is not perfect but it is definitely close to an airport, not overpriced for accommodation and has vast ski fields. If we go again, I'd look into a locker for the ski boots and skis and find out how to use the shuttle between the Pleney and Morzine gondolas instead of trudging.