Morzine Travel Guide

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Morzine Highlights

  • Pro
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     Morzine has conserved his chalet style 

  • Con
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     Expensive 

  • In a nutshell
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     un vrai village de traditions 

Morzine Things to Do

  • Great downhill slopes

    There are many magnificent slopes and even if not skiing or snow boarding, you can still enjoy the sun, the views and relaxed holiday atmosphere. Take a grey telecabine lift up to the top.

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  • Night Skiing/Boarding.

    Every Thursday through the winter Morzine has floodlit night skiing/boarding on the bottom of the Plenney. It's only one run but if you just can't get enough of the white stuff (snow) then it gives you an extra few hours of the slopes! Its from around 6pm til 9pm (thats a guestimate i can't remember the times!!) and the local tourist info in the...

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  • Ice Hockey.

    Morzine has its own ice rink and its own ice hockey team. They are the Penguins! Various games through the winter mostly on Wednesday and Saturday nights, sometimes just friendlies or play offs but you could be lucky enough to catch a big game. Ticket prices depend on the size of the game and range from about 3 euros to about 10 euros.Awesome...

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  • Go for a walk by the river

    This is actually more interesting than it sounds, I promise.To get to the woodland walk, head out of town following the direction of the river. Easiest way is to go into the Champion supermarket, buy a fortifying bar of chocolate, then head straight ahead out the main door, down past the sports centre. On the other side of the sports centre is the...

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  • If you get stuck on the lake ..

    At the Lac du Mondriond, there's a rescue hut, with lots of dos and donts in official French. There's also the lifeboat. Which is a medium sized rowing boat. So if you do get into trouble, just make sure it's at the rowing boat end of the lake, and you have a fast paddler on duty.Also, there wasn't anybody around both times I visited when the lake...

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  • Visit the Lac du Mondriond

    It's easy peasy to get to, just take the 'A' navette bus from the centre of town (runs every 20 minutes during the day) and get off at the lake.Best time to go is just before lunch. Then you can have a gentle stroll round the lake, anti-clockwise from the bus stop, returning to the excellent restaurant just in time for a plate of Savoyard ham and...

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Morzine Restaurants

  • Fast and fresh food - Excelent Price

    Between Avoriaz and Morzine Station. Take a break on this non-expensive restaurant. Look for it between the 2 stations, it worst the stop ! Breakfeast, Lunch, dinnerhttp://www.caribousport.com/mels_cafe.html

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  • Best fondue in town

    This is a tiny gem of a restaurant and you'll have to book to get in during the season as it only has a dozen tables. Its speciality is local food, but don't go for the tartiflette - it's great but there's much more fun to be had. At this restaurant you can griddle your own meat on a hot stone, melt cheese direct from a huge slab, have a fondue for...

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  • Gormet cuisine, strange carvings

    Since 1970 the family Thorens have run this quirky restaurant which deserves its popularity. The bizzare wood carvings out the front shouldn't put you off - the food is incredible. The chef takes the usual regional specialities and addas a twist of their own. Our group had the saussice on two different occasions, each time on a bed of creamed...

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  • Wide range of great food

    A warm welcome is guaranteed at the Auberge - the open fire grill is right next to the front door! This is a great place to eat if you're with a big group who can't decide what style of food you want. Their pizzas are made fresh and are some of the best in town, they'll grill you half a cow if you ask (though the lamb is particularly good) and they...

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  • Fabulous presentation!

    Not cheap but not overly expensive. Friendly (and tolerant staff), extensive wine list - and wait til you see your order on the plate, it's a work of art. The steak for two - succulent cuts with a selection of (some mystery) accompaniments and a pile of fried potato slices and mushrooms.

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  • Frogs Legs

    Morzine is very well supplied with a river, streams and rivulets running through the parkland in the centre of town. So it's also very well supplied with frogs.I almost stepped on this one. Couldn't really miss it, as it was about the size of my hand and much greener. So it looked at me, and I looked at it. I took a couple of photos, but it just...

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Morzine Nightlife

  • 80's dancing galore!

    A small complex of bars, the cavern (pool tables etc) and Buddha bar (more dancing and packed with people) were pretty much your main choices. Chilled out, but seriously felt like I had fallen into the hot tub time machine back into the 80's! In the 5/6 nights I was out there, I think a maximum of 2 songs from outside the 80's were played. Not the...

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  • Plenty of drinking, not very much for...

    A small complex of bars, the cavern (pool tables etc) and Buddha bar (more dancing and packed with people) were pretty much your main choices. Chilled out, but seriously felt like I had fallen into the hot tub time machine back into the 80's! In the 5/6 nights I was out there, I think a maximum of 2 songs from outside the 80's were played. Not the...

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  • The home of MUTZIG

    Bar Robinson serves just one beer on tap - MUTZIG. It's about 7%, so be warned!This is a fantastic place to hang out after a hard day on the slopes skiing or snowboarding. Last orders is at 7.30pm and you will be shown the door if you are not out by 8pm.

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Morzine Transportation

  • The navettes

    During the winter seasin there is an excellent system of free shuttle buses around the resort. In theory you should show your ski pass to qaulify, but no one does.The most frequent one goes to Avoriaz every 15 minutes or so, but others run to Ardent and Noyon.However, they stop round about tea time, so if you are staying a way outside Morzine and...

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  • Car, train or plane

    By car : Motorway A 40 exit Cluses, Taninges, Les Gets, Morzine. Or exit Annemasse, Bonneville, Taninges, Les Gets, Morzine : 30 km.By train : SNCF TGV Paris-Thonon or ClusesBy plane : Genève Cointrain : 65 km

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  • Skiing with a "hands-free" ski pass

    Les Portes du Soleil introduced a "hands-free" ski-pass for the 1999-2000 season. This new ski-pass eliminates the need to present a ticket or pass when boarding lifts. The pass can be read from a distance, even from the depths of a pocket or backpack, which allows you to remain bundled up on those cold, windy days. The pass is also combined with a...

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Morzine Shopping

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    by mikejfinlay Updated Apr 4, 2011

    We got our seasonnaire hoodie from www.inthebloodclothing.com last season and they were wicked - cheaper than the other clothing (40 euros hoodie but you can get t-shirts too for 25euros) and cheaper than buying from their site when you e-mail them and buy them out there.
    Loads of choice and a cool hoodie that they print where you stayed on (I had 'Les Gets' printed but my mate got the same one with 'Morzine '07' on too)
    Check out their site but tip is to buy when you get out there.

    What to buy: My favourite (being a skiier) was 'I bury Boarders' but the 'Boarders against excercise one is pretty cool too.

    What to pay: 20 - 40 euros

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Morzine Local Customs

  • Book on a Tuesday

    Tuesday night is the night that chalet-maids get their night off. Hence a lot of the chalets occupants will head into town to find some food. Whilst its OK to turn up 'on-spec' any other day of the week, it's definitely worth booking on a Tuesday. When we left the Auberge there was a queue right out the door for a table!

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  • Taste a "la grolla"

    Amongst friends you must certainly taste at least once, the friendship grolla. It's a drink with coffee, orange juice, génépy, brandy and flavours. It is served in a wooden bowl with eight openings.

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Morzine Warnings and Dangers

  • Keep an eye on your things!

    This advice is common sense for most of us travellers but having had my bag stolen through my own silliness i thought i would mention it!! Don't leave things unattended, not just bags but also coats, hats etc cameras and phones. As i say, it's common sense and you could get things stolen in any town in any country, just be careful.

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  • Robbery

    When making a car-tour to the Col de Joux-Plane, we parked our car on the parking lot at curb on the left side of the road (coming from Morzine). We walked around the lake and had a drink in the restaurant nearby. When we came back to our car, we noticed that our car had been robbed: the door-lock had been destroyed and (because the doors didn't...

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  • Be aware from horseflies

    When hiking in mid-summer, don't forget the horsefly repellent !!!!There are so many of them in the high mountain pastures. They were really keen on me.... and I HATE them.A new product is sold, similar to the mosquito repellent milk.

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Morzine Off The Beaten Path

  • Fly like a bird!

    Paragliding from mountaintop!!! Only for the dare devils: jump off the top of a mountain and glide down to a village beneath. At Morzine/Avoriaz region, I saw many paragliders and it looks like such great fun.

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  • Abbaye de Saint-Jean d'Aulps

    When we left the place along the monastery farm, we noticed a text that, due to vandalism, the place could only be visited in the company of an official guide.

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  • Abbaye de Saint-Jean d'Aulps

    On your way from Morzine to Lac Geneva, one can see the remains of the Abbey of Saint-Jean d'Aulps in the village with the same name.

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Morzine Sports & Outdoors

  • snowshoe hiking around Morzine

    If you like hiking, you'll like snowshoe hiking.Eric Delale (phone 06 70 796980) and Hervé LeSobre (phone 06 86 66 87 68) will be delighted to guide you through the valleys of Aulps, La Manche and many others in winter or in summer (without snowshoes of course)As graduated alpinist mountaineers, nature guides and first-aid workers, they know every...

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  • Ice Hockey - the planets most violent...

    Morzine has an ice hockey squad that plays in both exhibition matches and league events at the big ice rink in the valley. You'll see posters advertising the fixtures all over town. Matches are split into 3 20 minute periods and last about 3 hours. With unlimited substitutions the action is fast and furious and much easier to follow in real life...

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  • Excellent skiing opportunities

    In the winter skiing and snowboarding dominate Morzine. It's part of the massive Ports du Solei ski Area which comprises a whole series of linked resorts. Morzine's achilles heel is its altitude (1,000m) which measn its the first to suffer if things turn warmer. However I was here in the 2006/07 'heatwave' season when all the alpine resorts were...

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Morzine Favorites

  • Ski and boot hire

    Hire your kit from Francois Baude ski shop, it's 20 yds from the Pleney Telecabine and you can leave your kit there at no extra charge. Saves you having to march back and forth in your boots. January cost for 7 full days is 110 euros.

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  • The local church

    The church itself is not really a jewel, Still it has some fine modern stained-glass windows in the baptism area. worth a visit If you need a ski-break

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  • Morzine's town hall

    In the old city center, the town hall faces the Drance river and the church. There are still many typical houses, decorated with woodcarvings, hiding some local delicatessen shops.

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