A is for….An Alphabet Inspired Tour of Morzine

A is for……The A Bus

This little gem of a bus takes you right from the centre of Morzine to the bottom of the Prodains express in just 10 mins (and back, naturally). The perfect option for non-skiers who’d like to lunch in Avoriaz.

B is for…..Chez Babeth

The legendary lunch stop in Plaine Dranse.  OTT decor and great food are the key ingredients here. Babeth herself is a real character. Booking is essential and the restaurant can get extremely busy during peak periods.

C is for……The Circuit

A loop of all 12 Portes du Soleil resorts in one day, the Circuit is definitely something everyone should complete. Whilst not technically challenging (it’s mostly cruisey blues and reds) it does involve a fair few kilometres skiing (80km approx) and a lot of time on your feet. Intermediate skiing level and fair standard of fitness required.

D is for……Dixie Bar

Home of the legendary ‘Dixie Micks’, there is no better place in Morzine to après when these guys are in town. Get there early and bring your best folk dance moves.

E is for……L’Etale

A firm favourite with guests, this family run restaurant is the perfect place to visit on Chalet night off. With its lively atmosphere, family friendly menu and reasonable prices it’s a definite winner if you’re with a larger group. As a result, it can get extremely busy so booking is essential. If you are coming with a large group, ask us to book it on your behalf prior to your arrival in resort.

F is for……Flights not Included

Due to the sheer choice of airline and flight time from the UK, we don’t include flights in our holiday prices. Our flexible short breaks provide you with a rare opportunity to select the flights that work best for your schedule, and your wallet.

G is for…..Goggle Tan

A skiers’ badge of honour, get yourself out to Morzine in March or April to hone one of these. Spring skiing is glorious in the Portes du Soleil and there are no shortage of mountain restaurants outside which you can soak up some sun. So slap on that factor 50, grab your goggles, and hit the deckchair.

H is for…… Happy Hours

There are plenty of these to be had in Morzine – Sherpa, Dixie, Cavern – you name it! You’ll never be short a of a place to pop out for a bargain beer or two!

I is for……Ice Hockey

Morzine’s local team HCMAG (Hockey Club Morzine Avoriaz Les Gets) play regularly throughout the season at the Skoda arena in Morzine. With a loyal (and loud!) local following, a trip to watch HCMAG can be a great night out. Ticket’s cost around 12 euros on the door and opening face-off is at 8.30pm.

J is for……Jaeger Bombs

Infamous après tipple of jaeger mixed with an energy drink. The appearance of these usually signals the beginning of the end.

K is for……Kilometres

You get these in abundance when you pay a visit to Morzine. The Portes du Soleil ski area offers a massive 650 kilometres of piste to choose from. More than enough to log on your Ski Tracks app.

L is for……Listings

For local business listings, resort events, resort news and visitor information make sure you pick up a copy of Morzine Source magazine from the chalet. Whether it’s restaurant reviews or insider guides, you’ll find all the Morzine info you need in one place.

M is for……Microbrewery

Yes indeed, Morzine has its own Microbrewery. New for the winter 2013 season, Bec Jaune offers a range of delicious beers, all brewed onsite. It has already received excellent reviews for its burgers, and for its vegetarian choices. Grab a seat by the window on a Tuesday evening for a great view of the torchlight descent on the Pleney.

N is for……Navette

The navette system in and around Morzine is excellent.  The navettes that run to Pleney, Prodains, Ardent, Nyon and along the Route de la Plagne are all free and run till around 7pm in the evening.

O is for……Opera

Morzine’s one and only nightclub. Opens after midnight and closes around 5am. A visit to Opera is usually preceded by Jaeger Bombs and signals that the end is very nigh indeed.

P is for……Purse Strings

The good news is that your wallet won’t take too much of a hit – relatively speaking! A pint will cost around €5, a tartiflette around €15 and a 4 day adult PDS ski pass around €166.

Q is for……Queues

You’ll be unlucky to experience these in Morzine, apart from in the peak weeks. Even then, Morzine has declared war on lift queues in recent years. A system of upgrades has just been completed with the replacement of the Pleney bubble (now a smart new 10 man bubble) and the replacement of the old Prodains cable car with a new 35 seater that sweeps you up into the heart of Avoriaz in just 4 minutes.

R is for……Rock the Pistes

The famous annual music concert takes place over 5 days across the different resorts in the Portes du Soleil. All of the gigs take place on the piste and are free to attend. 2014 acts included The Klaxons and Babyshambles.  Be sure to sign p for our mailing list to find out who will be appearing in 2015.

S is for……The Swiss Wall

Like the couloirs of Courchevel and the Valley Blanche in Chamonix, ‘The Wall’ is a regular feature in articles with titles such as ‘World’s Scariest Ski Runs’. The Wall remains a rite of passage for most skiers, whether or not you happen to believe it’s as difficult as some people make out.

T is for……Tibetan cafe

With a resident DJ and music to get you in the mood, Tibetan is the perfect place to enjoy a lively drink (or two) late into the evening. If you’re looking for a more relaxed drink, why not chill out on the sofas and allow yourself to be mesmerized by the stunning backcountry short films that are played on the TV screens.

U is for……Ungroomed

The Avoriaz sector offers 4 distinct ‘Snowcross’ areas –  ungroomed slopes that offer all the sensations of free powder skiing but in a perfectly safe environment. These areas are surveyed by the ski patrol who maintain safety by setting off controlled avalanches or closing off any areas deemed to be dangerous.

V is for……Views

These are to die for. Particularly stunning are these views from the top of Nyon, Chamoissiere and Fornet, On a clear day both Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva are visible from various different points around resort. Ask your chalet host for the best points from which to catch a glimpse!

W is for……Waterpark

Fancy giving the kids a little break from the slopes? Avoriaz has its own waterpark ‘Aquariaz’, complete with waterslide, lazy river and outdoor Jacuzzi. Open every afternoon during the winter season, simply hop on the A bus and catch the Prodains cable car up to Avoriaz.

X is for……X Country

Morzine is fantastic for those scarily fit people that like to indulge in a bit of cross country skiing. There are around 70km of varied cross-country trails, and not all at valley level. By far the best area is in the pretty Vallée de la Manche beside the Nyon mountain up to the Lac de Mines d’Or. Reduced rate cross country ski lift passes are available.

Y is for…….Youngsters

Morzine is an incredibly family friendly resort and has been awarded the ‘Famille Plus’ designation. The après and evening entertainment on offer is lively, but not to the exclusion of families and our younger visitors.  Pick up a ‘Marmottes Guide’ from the Tourist Office to find out which family-friendly activities are taking pace during your stay.

Z is for……Zero

So now you we’ve been through the whole alphabet you can surely see that there are zero reasons why you shouldn’t come and visit us in Morzine. Check out our fabulous chalets and book your next winter holiday with us now: www.thealpinegeneration.com

By Kelly Taylor

 

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