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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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November 25, 2008
Dan Hunt from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I posted a comment about Morzine early on in the year before my February trip to the town. I must say for a week where the snow wasn't the best, it was one of my best weeks there yet. I have also recently decided to move out there for the winter season, and leave on the 2nd of December. The fact that there is already 20cm of snow in the village and 70cm on the top is looking very promising indeed! Hope you all have a good winter season, I'm sure I will and will keep updated with the snow conditions ;)
November 24, 2008
Benjamin from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Morzine is a fantastic place, look at the snow reports in the Daily Mail ski magazine for Avoriaz from last year, they got 5th place for snow coverage out of all the ski resorts in Europe. You are only an hour away from the airport, a huge extensive ski area and already loads of snow has fallen for this season. Be very aware of companies that say they are in Morzine centre. Do your research and make sure they are. Also, nearly all the companies are run by small personal operators not huge tour companies so you get looked after far better.
September 22, 2008
Kevin from Ski Ireland Ireland
Morzine was recommended by our friends last year. We all togged off and had a great week. Skiing was great even though there wasn't a huge snowfall for a long time (Last year was crap for all the resorts after Christmas). The long and the short of it was that we're heading back this year and I can't wait. Stayed in Alpine Encounters (very nice place with great food.. I mean very very good food) Rooms pretty good. 7/8 min walk to the main gondola. Very popular with UK seniors. Michela & Maggy were great and helped us with our 5 month old son. Had the little fella looked after by Jack Frosts Childcare (1 on 1 nanny service) who were great and very accommodating but a little pricey for the few hrs per day but he liked the nanny (Jacklyn) and that tells a lot. Over-all, the town (it's not a village by any means) was nice and good healthy atmosphere. No mad loutish music or people locked out of their tiny minds (who wants to get drunk by 3pm when there's skiing to be done?). We mostly skied on the Morzine side and only headed off to the Avoriaz on the 2nd last day. It/s really a full day trip over there to make it worth your while but you can rock on over there for an hour or two also. If you're booking your ski pass don't buy for the whole area if you're not going to use it. Save some cash for next years holiday...!!! As value for money goes, it's the best place I have been to. It's close to the airports ( Geneva & Lyon), Ski passes are good value for money, Food is good and snow is good. Don't be annoyed if there is no snow in the village, There's always plenty on top and they keep the passage back to the town open with the fake stuff. Love it, love it, love it.
September 14, 2008
Alpine Addicts from Ski France France
As a permanent resident in Morzine I would just like to say that it's a beautiful old Savoyarde town that is vibrant and unlike other resorts, it has a heart with something happening here throughout the year. With 650km of piste for a mere 200 Euros (1 wk Portes du Soleil lift pass '08/09 season) it's an awesome place to live and ski, and with local knowledge you can avoid virtually every queue! Where else do you have the opportunity to ski through 12+ linked ski resorts, to start the day in one country & have lunch in another? The best skiing is not in Morzine itself, but with so many access points into the vast Portes du Soleil system from the area's largest town alone (i.e. Pleney, Nyon, Super Morzine, Prodains, Ardent), why would you want to be anywhere else? Plus, Morzine has a huge range of high quality chalet companies offering incredible value for money - hot tubs, saunas, transportation to the starting point & collection from the slopes of your choice, great night life, lots of shops, ski hire delivered to your door..... There are very very few other resorts where the public are pampered to this degree! Here's to a fab 08/09 season. The trees started turning red/gold very early this year so let's hope that's a good sign for lots of white gold.
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]
July 28, 2008
Harriet from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Don't listen to Kenny. Morzine is fantastic!!!!!!!! The skiing is great and there are some fabulous runs for all levels. As a family of four we have spent many winters and summers there and enjoyed every minute. The town is beautiful and the people are so friendly (check out Monty's cafe!) I would certainly recommend Morzine and can't believe that somebody could call this amazing, beautiful town horrible!!!!!!!
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 !!!
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!
March 26, 2008
Ann from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I couldn't disagree more with the comment by Kenny. Half-term is busy but if you know the area well you can avoid the queues. I would suggest that half-term is busy anywhere. We had the pistes to ourselves in the Swiss side of the Portes du soleil and the most amazing skiing. Yes, you can ski in and ski out at Avoriaz but the gondola up to Avoriaz is fine and allows you to stay in a charming village with the most amazing restaurants rather than packed like sardines in high rise buildings in Avoriaz, where the restaurants don't begin to compare to Morzine. To say it is horrible is quite unbelievable. We visit Morzine frequently and ski Avoriaz and the whole Portes du Soleil, depending on conditions. Very sorry Keent feels like that but it leaves more room for people who appreciate the charm of the village and friendly nature of the locals. I feel quite offended for the locals that someone could class this beautiful village as horrible.
February 29, 2008
Kenny from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
This is a horrible resort, busy, rubbish snow and horrible snow. I thought it was absoulutely horrible. Don't go in half- term, the queues were huge and Morzine itself was crowded. I hated it. Go to Avoriaz where there are long, wide challenging runs with the option of going to Switzerland as well.