Winter months at Chalet Le Sabot, Morzine

Morzine and Avoriaz make up the Portes du Soleil area which spans two countries and thirteen resorts. This huge area is an obvious rival to the Three Valleys for the title of largest ski area in World, but provides better value. At only approximately 50 miles from Geneva, Morzine is easily accessible for the British tourist and as such, its popularity has increased dramatically over the past few years and it is quickly becoming a favourite resort for those in search of winter snow.

Morzine itself is a busy little Alpine town with a lively spirit. Traditional wooden chalets with slate roofs and stone foundations ensure that the village retains its character and Savoyard charm.

There is enough variety across the skiing domain to entertain both strong skiers and snowboarders during the week. Runs descending from Pointe de Nyon, and Chamossiere are challenging and the black runs from Mont Chéry are not for the faint hearted.

In addition to pisted runs and off piste routes, there are snowparks throughout the Portes du Soleil including the Burton sponsored “Stash” and one of the best half pipes in France. If you don’t ski yet still want to be active, try snowshoeing or an ice dive into the chilly Lake Montriand.

Morzine is a town full of life offering a range of sporting and cultural activities. There are plenty of excellent restaurants and bars for you to enjoy the après ski during the winter. The most well known apres ski hangout is Bar Robinson. Robbo’s is a traditional French cafe run by three locals who remember Morzine before it was so busy. Although the bar has no music or entertainment it offers a super strength lager that has made it a popular destination for anyone who’s spent the day on the hill. For a little more sophistication there is the Coup de Cour wine bar and for late night parties the Crepu, Cavern, Tibetan Bar and Opera are all grouped together just below the Pleney Cable car.

With the recent replacement of the Pleney and Prodains/Avoriaz cable cars, supported by the free buses and easy parking, it is simple to get to the slopes in minutes, and to avoid waiting in queues. From the Chalet, the Erigne free bus runs hourly and drops you at Pleney in 5 mins or connects with the Prodains, Ardent and Super Morzine buses with ease. Alternatively, with parking for 2 cars you can drive quickly to the gondolas should you prefer. The first bus of the day is timed to get you to Pleney or Avoriaz in time for ski school.

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