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Picture postcard-pretty Morzine has an enviable position halfway between Geneva and Mont Blanc, and has long been a favourite for the British thanks to its accessibility. It is one of the key French and Swiss resorts that make up the Portes du Soleil, over 650km of glorious pistes served by over 200 lifts. Traditional wooden chalets and its proximity to the Swiss border give the resort a warm Alpine charm. It is perfectly possible – even de rigueur – to ski to Switzerland for lunch. Morzine was also home to Jean Vuarnet, a 1960 Winter Olympics gold medallist but now better remembered for the iconic sunglasses that bear his name.
The wide tree-lined intermediate runs are great confidence boosters, with runs of up to 7 miles possible. Or try one of the increasingly popular circuits - perfect for exploring this beautiful ski domain which also includes Chatel, Avoriaz (a paradise for boarders and advanced skiers) and Les Gets - with these picturesque routes marked by a mountain animal such as a reindeer, ibex or bear. If you are looking for a challenge, why not try La Chavanette – also known as the Swiss Wall – considered by many to be one of the most difficult runs in the world.
Morzine is packed with lively bars, including the Dixie Bar, a sports bar that’s the perfect location for watching a match in the evening. The resort also hosts the Rock des Pistes music festival that’s held each March. Enjoy a Savoyard tartiflette, a local specialty that consists of potatoes, reblochon (a semi-soft cheese made from raw cow’s milk), lardons and onions – perfect mountain fuel!
Families are well-catered for after a day’s skiing, with a cinema, bowling alley and even husky dog sledging among the options. And anyone in need of some Alpine retail therapy will be spoilt for choice with a host of designer shops, gift shops, skiwear shops and tempting bakeries!