Morzine is one of the most popular ski holidays destination in the Alps. It is one of the resorts of the Portes Du Soleil, arguably the largest linked ski area in the world.
Many people have come to Morzine and eventually decided not to go back.
Morzine has retained the charm of a village
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Discover Morzine and Avoriaz
There are many things to discover about Morzine, and a wealth of information available, both before and during your visit. This can mean to practical information such as the weather and the snow reports, that can be read online or checked via webcam. It can also mean learning some of the history of the area in order to become familiar with the place you are visiting and to see it in a different way. It is a good idea to learn about the geography of the area - what towns are around, what to look out for in the surrounding area. It is also good to learn about the culture of the area, in particular the local art and the local traditional foods.
Avoriaz, part of Morzine, is the newest resort of the Portes Du Soleil and its development has been key to the area's growth as a centre for alpine sports. It is a modern town, built in the 1960s, and links Morzine and Les Gets to Chatel and the Swiss resorts of the ski area. Avoriaz is mostly a ski and snowboard town and is generally quiet for the rest of the year. As a purpose built resort it is specifically tailored to winter sports.
Getting to Morzine
Morzine is located close to Geneva, the closest international airport. It is unique among most ski resorts in that the transfer time from Geneva to resort is a lot less. From the airport the options to get to resort are - transfer, car rental, bus or taxi. There are a number of transfer companies that regularly go between Geneva and Morzine that offer a well priced service. The flight usually takes about one and a half hours and the transfer, depending on the time of year and the traffic, usually takes about the same. For those bringing skis/snowboards/bikes out to Morzine it is important to check the small print when booking flights for any extra costs and also inform the transfer company. Another option to get to Morzine is driving. This takes longer - approximately nine hours from Calais - and includes the cost of the peage - or tolls - but is a good option if you wish to have your car with you, to drive to the slopes, to visit other resorts or if you just want to be able to visit the supermarket. The proximity of Cluses and Thonon also means that the train is an option. From these stations it is possible to either book a taxi or get one of the regular buses up to resort.
Staying in Morzine
There are plenty of different options for holiday makers in Morzine and something to suit everyone. There are different types of accommodation which include self catered chalets, catered chalets, hotels and apartments. If people choose self catered then they can always visit one of the many local restaurants. There are many different options, from Pizzas and Burgers to local specialities such as Fondue and Raclette. Once in Morzine there are a few options to get around town. If you are in the centre you can walk around town easily. To get further, such as to Prodains or Ardent, there is a regular, free, bus service. There are numerous car parks if you want to bring your car with you. There are also a few taxi services if people wish to use these after the bus has finished in the evening. The main holiday activities that bring people to Morzine are Skiing and Snowboarding in winter and Mountain Biking and Hiking in Summer. As these activities (with the possible exception of hiking) are largely seasonal there are quiet times during the year for tourism and there is also a contrast between the types of tourists depending on whether it is winter or summer.
The villages of the Haut Chablais
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