Where is Morzine?
Morzine is situated in an area called the Portes Du Soleil (Doors to the Sun) This is a pretty apt name, as the sun shines quite a lot here and temperatures are never really lower than -10 in Jan and can get up to 6°C in March/April.
The scenery is visually stunning as you have the omni-present Mont Blanc in the far distance, ringed by the mountains leading over to Switzerland. From the 3 highest peaks of Nyon, Chamoissiere and Ranfolly you can gawp for ages at the majesty of the Alps.
Things to do in Morzine
There are many things to do in Morzine when not skiing or boarding. I have included a small list below but there are plenty more if you can find the time!
Cheese Factory, Chocolate, Cow Bells, Ski Gear, souvenirs
The famous Buddha Bar! (now named the Tibetan Bar)
Cosy little slopeside cafes
Classic Savoyard and French cuisine from foie gras, frogs legs (yum, really!) and escargot to fondue, tartiflette and raclette.
There's even a fabulous place selling the best fish and chips this side of the English Channel! (Mama's of Morzine)
Gym, sauna etc, Ice Hockey on Saturday and Wednesday nights - local team
Grand Odessey Husky Racing
Horse and Cart around town
James Bond style Skiidooing
Dog Sledging with huskies
Cross country skiing
Mountain bike on snow
Ski Joering (having a horse pull you along on skis!)
There's a local Spa, Jacuzzi and sauna (although Chalet Perrier has a Sauna)
Indulge Beauty Morzine will come to the chalet and she can provide;
Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Body treatments, Facials, Manicures, Pedicures, Waxing and lots more!
And even a couple of hairdressers in town!
Unlike some of the more purpose built resorts, Morzine is a real thriving town and as a result, is extremely pretty.
It benefits from a high number of owner run independent chalets. These are often of a high standard and made from the local wood.
What are the people like?
Morzinoise don't consider themselves fully French, the term is Savoyard. If you have taken a dislike to French people in the past, please discount it when thinking of travelling here. The people here are very helpful, friendly and happy to communicate in English. The local restaurants are used to non-French speakers and the shop owners will help you out as much as possible. Added to that, there is a large English speaking seasonaire population, so you are bound to hear an English speaking voice pretty regularly.