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Visitor reviews for Morzine Ski Resort

Morzine Ratings

Overall: 4.5. Based on 71 votes and 114 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.2

(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.

Variety of pistes: 4.8

(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.

Off-piste: 4.4

(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.

Scenery: 4.7

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.7

(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: 4.3

(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.

Accommodation: 4.8

(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: 4.3

(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.

Childcare: 4.5

(1) There are no child care facilities at Morzine, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 4.4

(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: 4.9

(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.

Shelter: 4.4

(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: 4.7

(1) The staff at Morzine are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Morzine are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 4.0

(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.

Beginners: 4.6

(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.

Intermediates: 4.9

(1) No intermediate terrain at Morzine, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.6

(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.

Cross-country: 4.3

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.9

(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.

Eating: 4.8

(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.

Apres-Ski: 4.7

(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: 4.7

(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.

Entertainment: 4.4

(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: 4.4

(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.

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August 18, 2011
david welsh from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We visited Morzine in beginning of Feb 2011. The snow was a bit icy as the sun was out for 6 days!! I have skied plenty of resorts over the years and this is up there with the best of them. We stayed with the company Alpine Ski and Golf who made our stay even better. The resort itself is great; plenty of small bars (no probs watching the footy) good night life if you want it but quiet when you don't! There is a massive variety of runs to be had even if there were some that were closed due to lack of snow. So don't panic if you are looking at conditions leading up to your hols and the web cams arn't showing much snow, I guarantee there will be plenty to ski on. We are going back again in Feb 2012. Can't wait.
July 12, 2011
James Doyle from Ski France France
Just a comment on summers here. Great for a Brit who likes to talk about the weather. When it's sunny it is hot - 29 today. Then occasionally we get a massive thunder storm, get cool, clears the air and then it's hot. So not wall to wall sunshine everyday but it never stays cloudy for more than a couple of days. The mountain and road biking is fantastic and there's always something going on. Not to everyones taste I know but this weekend it's the European Harley Davidson Festival and Status Quo are playing outside the Tourist Office on Saturday night on the biggest stage I've ever seen! If you fancy a bit of Blue Grass come to the Bar National the Saturday after that - featuring a fantastic harp player - Me! Go on you know you want to.
March 30, 2011
S Brittle from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Having skied many resorts in France we consider the Portes du Soleil ski area to be the best! There is always somewhere to ski, even if conditions are poor, as the area is vast and well-groomed. We stay in St Jean D'Aulps just out of Morzine as it is quieter and more relaxed but has very good amenities and a beautiful local ski area. Alpine-Adventure provides a service second to none! Wonderful hosts and accommodation. Will be returning as soon as possible!
March 25, 2011
John from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Aways use BASS not ESF when in Morzine. Very good instructors and lessons for kids!
March 24, 2011
ann from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
To all those who know Morzine well, or perhaps don't! Visit the newly refurbished 'Le Chaudanne'. 5 mins walk down Route de la Plagne from tourist office. Tasteful new wine bar in stone and wood basement and great new restauarant. Food thankfully not changed. Still superb as ever.
March 24, 2011
ann from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just as an add on to the comment on buying an area pass daily, wouldn't personally recommend myself. If you're good skiers and go to Avoriaz, you will want to cross several areas in one day. We often do Avoriaz first thing then shoot over into Switzerland and do all the villages right over to Morgins and back, when conditions good.
March 21, 2011
Ade from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just spent a week in Morzine in the Viking. The conditions were not ideal, but that's the chance you take I suppose going so late in the season. Despite the lack of snow, the runs were well prepared and the local population, be it lift attendants, shop keepers, hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. My only complaint would be the level of "instruction" afforded by ESF. Booked the kids in to ski school, which, due to the numbers and lack of instructors was more like a creche! The instructor the kids had was very unhelpful and in fact downright rude, refusing to even acknowledge the kids when they tried to say thank you (in French!) I take on board all the comments as to speaking the local language and as a group we all have reasonable French, with the exception of the kids. Language barriers aside, a smile is universal! Despite the "instruction", I would recommend Morzine and the surrounding area as a great place to visit at any time of the year.
March 07, 2011
sara from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
The best house is in Le Biot, chez Lory! Easy access each day to Avoriaz, Morzine, Le Gets, Neon, Chatel, or a number of resorts all within 15 mins drive. With the largest number of ski runs in the world, Portes de Soleil is the best for skiing!! Tip - buy your pass on a daily basis...some resorts are much cheaper than others! Works out much cheaper than a full pass for the whole area! Take a picnic for your lunches...lots of great spots to stop and watch the world go by...do some "extreme deck-chairing"! Off there in 2 days time...yippeeeeeee!
March 07, 2011
Andy from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Morzine is an excellent resort, to be recommended. I have just finished a week there and had an excellent time. It has that traditional feel to it and if you want the "Big Brash" feeling, Avoriaz is just up the road. As for the English language skills of the local population, I think one previous poster put it quite succinctly when they questioned the likelihood of finding a bus driver in the UK, even in a tourist area, speaking French or German, or anything apart from English, for that matter! Blithely going around expecting everyone to speak English for the lazy Brits is not conducive to building an amicable relationship with the host country. When was the last time you a heard a foreign language announcement, issued by the airport, (not an airline) at Heathrow? I pass through Heathrow often, and I'm still waiting....
February 15, 2011
aidan from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
But i thought they understood you if you shouted? just joking - before i get the self righteous lot on the attack. Morzine is a great Town and beautiful to ski in, think people should always have due respect when they are guests in others countries. Have a go at a bit of french while you are there- otherwise how much time did you waste in school? Vast majority of french people react positively when you make the effort.