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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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February 19, 2012
Ben Watts from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just got back from France, and thought if anyone was skiing this year or in the future with kids etc, and looking for lessons, it was worth going through some of the options; The British Ski School is the best for kids, but you need to book early – Search for BASS Morzine for their website. BASS ski schools have smaller class sizes (plus one on one lessons – which are fantastic), the kids classes are a max of 5-6 kids, they all speak English, and they really look after the kids Why not use the French Ski Schools? ESF (Escole Ski Francais) (aka - The Red Coats), These guys are a nightmare, the kids classes sizes are 10 or more (I counted 15 in a class), they lost kids twice while we were in France, most instructors do not speak great English, and conversing with little ones is not great “shouting at a 4 year old in French to get up is not helpful”… The ESF school have set up another Ski School to try and copy the BASS schools, it is called “The Snow School”, basically they choose their best English speakers, put them in a different coloured jacket and charge 20 euros an hour more!, what’s more you could have a lesson with a guy from The Snow School in the morning for 70-80 Euros, and then have a lesson with the same instructor in the afternoon with an ESF Jacket on for less. (The two offices are next door to each other) Henry (6yrs) had 3 private lessons this year (2 hrs each), and came back smiling from every lesson, did his Polar Bear, Bronze, Silver, and Stage 1, and then proceeded to ski with me in the afternoons, I could hardly keep up, he just wanted to ski through the trees and over jumps Brilliant! Ben Watts - Norfolk UK
November 09, 2006
lazyboneuk.com from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I love this place. Have been 4 times in the past three years and am off again in January. It's a proper village and doesn't feel at all spoilt by tourism. Very picturesque and lovely to walk through especially when there is snow in the village. Feels like how you would want Christmas to be like in the UK. Most people very friendly and locals remember you from year to year. After a couple of days you really start to feel at home. The skiing is great although the Pleney side doesn't have so much for intermediate/advanced skiers. Chamossiere is probably the best for decent skiers on the Pleney side. However for beginners and early intermediates it's fantastic with lots of long wide runs, decent snow and it's not been too packed when I've been. Avoriaz is accessible through the Super Morzine lift in the middle of the village and after a ten minute bubble and one more lift you end up with great skiing at good altitude - plenty of off-piste and lots of skiing for all levels. Apres ski in Morzine is first class - lots of bars - I would recommend Crepu and Buddha Bar and some lovely restaurants (Clin D'Oiy and L'Etale my favourites). Two nightclubs Opera and Paradis - Opera is OK although don't lose your ticket for the coats if you speak pidgen French like me as you will spend eons trying to get it back whilst enduring comtemptuous sneers and refrains of "No tickets, no coat" from the girl in the cloakroom. All in all however Morzine is a great place - easy access from Geneva, not too touristy, great skiing and you can also spot the odd celeb. Try the Calzones in the pizza shack in the middle of the village too.
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.
February 11, 2008
Faz pot from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I loved this place - make sure you head down to Robos/Rhodos for some apres Mutzig - nice!
January 17, 2011
Jeremy Pack from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Morzine is a great vast ski area, 650km of pistes and if you're thinking about skiing here, do it! But be sure to check the latest daily video update first at morzineweather.com
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!
April 06, 2008
Robert from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I think Morzine is fantastic. The skiing is superb and the town has plenty of restaurants and bars and is a very pretty place too! It makes a welcome change to find a ski resort which does not resemble a concrete jungle. The lower runs to the resort aren't always great as the town is quite low but it's nice to be able to sit outside and have a beer without freezing to death. I have skied all the Portes du Soleil from Morzine and if Kenny cannot see anything worthy there, then he must be myopic; and lacking in vocabulary!
June 15, 2008
Rupert from Ski Switzerland Switzerland
I feel compelled to comment. Kenny, mate, can we at least try and fathom your, in my humble opinion, utterly un-just review of Morzine, can you at least provide your comparison resorts. Further, how you can call Morzine a horrible resort is beyond me, for one it isn't simply a resort it's a town with a heritage dating back 1000 years, when the area was settled by monks. As for your comment go to Avoriaz instead, well it's part of the same commune. As for queues, well surprisingly enough, my friend, yes half-term is a busy time of the year. From Morzine you can reach Avoriaz by one cable car, two multiple cabin gondolas, one three man chair linking to a six man high speed chair. Going the other way towards Les Gets you again have multiple options, one multiple cabin gondola, one chair and a cable car. So my questions for you really boil down to. 1. Was it your first time? 2. Did you actually talk to anyone who knows the area and could have told you how to get about at busy times? 3. Did you get a piste map and try and work it out for yourself? 4. Did you have an early or late lunch to avoid your queues or, God forbid, take a buttie and ride/ski through the lunch period when even in half-term it's quiet !!!!!? 5. Did you try going to The Grande Terche during your stay !? 6. Start from the Nyon cable Car? 7. Get out of bed for the first lift or cable car up to Avoriaz? 8. Do you have any off-piste skills? It's possible to spend the entire day off the beaten track during half-term !? Basically, before you whinge about anything (and I mean anything) in the future qualify your argument. Bit like choosing The Horgarth road in rush hour and whinging you're in a jam. Local knowledge my friend, oh and of course the thing in the front of your face, next time ask !!!
January 22, 2012
Nigel Birch from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I'd go with BASS everytime.
September 08, 2008
Ann from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
So glad that other people have felt so strongly against some rather unfortunate comments that they have felt to reply. There is actually no need to support Morzine, it does it extremely well itself. [Editors comment: text directed towards an individual has now been removed]