Families & beginners
Morzine is known for it’s fantastic beginner and family ski areas, and continues to invest great amounts each year to ensure these areas remain among the best in Europe.
At the top of Pleney you’ll find a magic carpet and green nursery slopes. Once kids have progressed a little, the Penguin Park is great fun for little ones to ski through. Young skiers can look out for totem poles, arches and a giant xylophone. Then over on the Chemin des ZouZous statues of mountain animals (plus a life-size token unicorn) will spark imagination about the creatures which can be found in the mountains and forest.
Kids that can manage blue runs and have the stamina to ski further afield can also head over to Les Gets’ kids ski areas, which include The Grand Cry, a North-American-themed ski park comprising of green runs, with fun small, safe tracks at the sides of the piste which dip in and out of the trees so children can explore safely; and The Milka run, an easy blue with endless tracks into the trees off to the sides.
If you have ski lessons booked you will usually meet your instructor at the top of the Pleney lift (there’s a ski school meeting point after the restaurant on your right as you exit the télécabine). Club Piou Piou, however, sits a short walk from the bottom of the télécabine and has it’s own fenced off area on the front de neige, opposite the ESF office on Avenue de Joux Plane.
Mixed ability groups & intermediates
Le Pléney has a compact network of pistes that are ideal for groups with mixed abilities, you’ll find tree-lined blue pistes, as well as more steep and challenging red runs. For an easy cruise down to the valley take Piste B.
For amazing panoramas, head to Le Ranfoilly viewpoint, you’ll find views of Mont Blanc and the Portes du Soleil’s smaller neighbour, ‘Le Grand Massif’ mountain range. There’s a few cruisy reds in this area or ski down on pleasant blues.
The south facing slopes down to Les Gets from Le Pléney are unchallenging when conditions are good, and it’s definitely a must-ski area to check out on your holiday. You’ll find it easy to grow confidence on wide runs and open bowls, all whilst skiing against a stunning backdrop. Those looking for excitement will find plenty from the Chavannes Express, then there’s more runs over in the Chavannes Bowl, which is serviced by five lifts with multiple blues, reds and blacks.
More advanced skiers
The Nyon and Chammosière areas are excellent exploration and progression grounds for intermediate and more advanced skiers. From the Chammosière lift you can access a long red run, a steep unpisted black and a freeride off-piste area which is a must on powder days.
From the Pointe de Nyon the red Aigle Rouge is a switchback run which starts off steeply and leads to the bumpy Aigle Noir or the wide and fast Combe red. The Chamois red and Lievre blue will take you all the way to the bottom of the télépherique de Nyon.
Mont Chery (accessed from Les Gets town centre) is a whole new mountain to explore, with some challenging black runs and fun powder areas when the conditions are right. Mixed ability groups will also find appealing blue runs with stunning views down both sides of the mountain.