- Part of one of the world’s largest ski areas with around 650km of slopes across 2 countries.
- The Portes du Soleil is home to some of the most innovative parks such as ‘The Stash’, as well as half pipes and other terrain parks.
- Slopes are generally quieter during a mid-week ski break.
- The Portes du Soleil has a modern lift system resulting in smaller lift lines and more time on the slopes.
- Lot's of wide open runs and varied terrain – an ideal option for groups of mixed skiing abilities.
Due to its sheer vastness, the skiing in Morzine is often praised for variability and its capacity to cater for all ability levels. The main area is accessed by the new and improved Plèney gondola which has a compact network of pistes that provide blue and red options from every lift. Furthermore, there are plenty of tree-lined runs which offer diverse ski routes and picture postcard scenery. In order to make the most of the extensive terrain available, we recommend that you catch the Super Morzine Gondola as a link to Avoriaz which opens the rest of the Portes du Soleil and provides an opportunity to cross the border into Switzerland. In fact, the full area extends to 650kms making it one of the world’s largest!
Take a look below at our breakdown to find out more information relevant to your ability level:
There are some great possibilities for advanced skiers; the Pointe de Nyon in particular offers some quite challenging runs, as do the black runs off of the back of Mont Chery. The more adventurous however should hire a guide and venture off-piste where there are some hidden snow pockets and plenty of scope for expert terrain.
It’s well worth heading over to the Point Du Nyon for views of Mont Blanc, and if you carry on to Les Gets then you will find the hidden gem that is Mont Chery. For those after a challenge, it is certainly worth upgrading your lift pass to include the whole of the Portes du Soleil, then you can then take the Super Morzine gondola to Avoriaz and onto Switzerland – this gives you access to some extensive terrain and well worth considering for those who like to clock up some mileage.
Morzine is ideal for intermediates and boasts an abundance of choice for both high end and low-end skiers and boarders. Le Pléney, in particular, is ideal for mixed ability groups - this area offers a mixture of both blue and red options from every chairlift. The whole area is waiting for you, if you can ski blues and the occasional red, then you can really explore the entire Porte du Soleil!
For beginners, the perfect area in Morzine would be the wider village nursery slopes. These runs are suitably progressive and, despite becoming quite overcrowded in peak periods, benefit greatly from the regular snowmaking. For particularly progressive terrain however, you’d be well advised to visit the greens on Le Pléney and at Super-Morzine.
Great news for Snowboarders; all are well catered for due to the lack of both drag lifts and flat sections in the Morzine area. Furthermore, the slopes in Morzine are great for all abilities and whilst having plenty of tree-lined runs to play on, few drag lifts and great access to the terrific terrain parks and pipes in Avoriaz, there is an extensive amount of off-piste available – we would especially recommend that you hire a guide and go exploring! If you love parks, ‘The Stash’ in Avoriaz is an absolute must and has won dozens of awards.
The massive Portes du Soleil will keep you more than busy. If you are brave enough, try the Swiss wall which is classified as a freeride run (orange markers) so it is effectively off-piste! If you love off-piste, there are just masses of it, much remaining untracked for days. To be safe, hire a guide to find the perfect slopes, but if you have a Portes du Soleil lift pass, be sure to head over to Avoriaz, Chatel and pop into Switzerland for some awesome off-piste runs!
* Ski Weekends strongly advise that off-piste skiing should only be undertaken when in the company of a professional ski instructor or guide.
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