The air is pure, the snow abundant, the views spectacular, and epic slopes (the Portes de Soleil region boasts 650km of terrain), yet there's so much more to Morzine than the freedom of skiing. If you're looking for an ski resort that provides activities, bars and restaurants for all tastes, ages and experiences then Morzine is truly for you. Situated between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc in the picturesque Northern Alps, it is only an hour from Geneva and then the perfect location for a weekend break, holiday or even to spend the whole ski season.
Aside from the phenomenal skiing and snowboarding, the adrenal junkies among you can get your kicks from paragliding, going up in a helicopter, rent a snowmobile, going night sledging or even following a fitness trail along La Dranse river and Derêches forest.
For the full outdoor Morzine-Avoriaz experience take a sleigh ride through car-free Avoriaz or try out the outdoor skating rink. Watching the local Morzine Penguins in their league ice hockey matches is also an exceptionally unifying experience.
If it's history you seek, then the slate factory is well worth a visit to discover how Morzine survived 200 years ago before tourism. If you're curious about the origins and development of the old town there is no better way to explore it than to take the official guided tours every Thursday at 10am. There's also the Museum of Mechanical Music (Musée de la Musique Mécanique) in Les Gets for those interested in history of music.
And for those occasional rainy days there are two cinemas which often show English films, an indoor climbing wall and fitness center.
After an exhausting day on the mountain everyone desires a well earned après drink (or five!) If you only hit one après bar in Morzine it has to be Bar Robinson. Run by local non-English speaking OAPs Jean-Marc, Rosine and their dear friend Nicole this bar is full of charm. The atmosphere is electric, fueled by the days riding and the Mützig lager! (a tasty super strength beer that ensures a good night is had by all – but it's advisable only to drink it in half pints!)
La Kinkerne also offers local charm and the friendliest service you'll find anywhere in Morzine, or France for that matter, and is ideally placed at the bottom of the Prodain lift for a cheeky beverage before you return to Morzine via the free bus service.
If it's late night entertainment you're after check out Le Cavern. It's a favorite haunt of seasonaires and plays popular, but cheesy, chart music whilst screening exhilarating snowboarding films.
Morzine has copious restaurants serving hearty meals to replenish weary souls after a hard day on the mountain, so to make the choice easier I've picked a few of the best.
For affordable traditional food and Savoyard specials check out 'La Flamme'.
La Barrique offers traditional French delicacies such as frogs legs, regional meats and mussels.
For those seeking extra special haute cuisine Numéro Dix is the place to go with exquisite food and a relaxing atmosphere.
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