On the edge of the Portes du Soleil, Morzine is a proper-sized ski town, perennially popular with Brits and equally good for families or the party crowd. On one side of the resort are the significant 120km of pistes that the town shares with nearby Les Gets, while the other side has gondola access up to Avoriaz, and the rest of the 650km of PdS pistes. There are no runs down again, so heading that way feels a little like a commute, but the payoff is one of the biggest ski areas in the world, so there’s not too much to complain about.
The home pistes are good for learning and gathering confidence, but they are low – between 1000 and 2000m – and can suffer. In good conditions there’s a lot of off-piste about, and on the far side of Les Gets the Mont Chery mountain is quiet and ideal for challenging piste cruising.
Morzine is big enough that having a car really helps, but its size also means that it’s an active place to hang out even without setting foot on snow – there’s all you’d expect, from swimming to ice skating, paragliding, tobogganing, and just wandering about the pretty riverside town. The après ski is busy and fun, there’s good food as well as value pizzas, and there are late-opening, city-sized nightclubs too.