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Morzine Ski Area

Lots of tree lined pistes offering great skiing for beginners

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Morzine & Les Gets ski areas combined have 120 kilometres of pistes, accessed by 26 chairlifts, 3 cable cars and 14 draglifts. There are 5 green pistes, 29 blue pistes, 28 red pistes and 9 black pistes (see the piste maps). 

Morzine has an excellent central position in the Portes du Soleil. The resort pistes of Pleney connect to the larger ski area of Les Gets, an area with mostly gentle blue and red runs.

First time skiers will not be disappointed with Morzine's and Les Gets' gentle, tree lines slopes, carvers will love the runs around Le Pleney and Powder enthusiasts will revel in the slopes above Nyon and Chamosiere.

All of Morzine's runs are accessed by Le Pleney telecabine and older chairlifts; TS de la Crusaz, TS des Mouilles, TS d’Atray and TS des Fys. The runs are an even mix between blues and reds, the latter spanning the intermediate ability levels whereby some would maybe constitute black status if they were not running directly into resort.

The red Piste R, Piste F and Piste A runs above Morzine town are steep but generally wide and are perfect for the advancing intermediate skier/boarder. All can be repeated multiple times using the telesiege d’Atray after initially reaching the Pleney plateau via the telecabine.

Piste J is a black run gaining its status as a function of dropping steeply down the mountain adjacent to the lift line. Piste H does likewise but is more frequently pisted, it runs into the Le Stade floodlit red and onward directly into Morzine at the foot of the Pleney Telecabine.

For less experienced skiers/boarders the better options are the blue runs; Piste B, Piste C, Piste N which wind a less vertiginous route down the face of the Pleney ultimately emerging at the telecabine of the same name. Although an easier grade these runs still offer entertainment for the more accomplished skier with ample opportunity to carve big fast turns and straight line the flatter sections in a racer tuck.

A little further afield are the large ski areas under the Pointe de Nyon and Chamossiere, the former being the highpoint of the Morzine ski domain at 2012 metres. On a clear day this peak offers views over to the Hauts Forts, the Col du Cou and the ridgeline marking the border with Switzerland. The latter shows off Mount Blanc and the Aiguilles and is a truly spectacular view.

Dropping from the Pointe de Nyon the red Aigle Rouge is initially a steep switchback run reminiscent of an Alpine mountain pass. For the more experienced, there is opportunity to short cut the switchbacks via steep off-piste drops rejoining the piste and your less experienced friends. This run gives way to the bumpy Aigle noir to the skier’s right or for those wishing to preserve their knees the wide fast Combe red both converging at the bottom of the TS de la Pointe. Alternatively, continue on the Chamois red into the trees joining the Lievre blue and follow all the way to the telepherique de Nyon. Rather than access this area via the Pleney and onwards to the Grand Pre ski area and the Troncs telesiege, park at the TPH de Nyon, there is always ample space and the lift accesses the Nyon area directly.

For beginners the Nyon Plateau has a number of wide open blues from the TK du Lavouet which graduate to slightly more demanding blues (they are narrower) leading to the Troncs telesiege; Lievre and Paquerages.

Chamossiere is a smaller area but has a couple of top quality runs from the summit; Creux and Arbis. The former is a un-pisted bump-strewn steep drop under the TS Chamossiere lift line. The latter an only slightly less demanding red run, super steep and a little narrow at the top giving way to wider less steep gradients perfect for big super G carves lower down the slope, a little bit of everything in one ski run. The latter returns to the Grand Pre and the TS des Tetes which is the lift accessing the higher Chamossiere area.

On the opposite side of the Morzine valley the Super Morzine telecabine and onwards to the Express Zore ultimately lead on to Avoriaz but in the immediate vicinity sport a couple of excellent blue runs namely Zore and Tetras. These two are wide but relatively steep in places, particularly the former and are perfect for advancing beginner/intermediates and those wishing to hone their technique.

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Best pistes in Morzine

Chamossiere & Charniaz
The Chamossiere and Charniaz sectors are formed by the twin peaks  of Chamossiere and Ranfolly. Chamossiere has been an off-piste favourite for years. With the new high speed lift it is easier than ever to get to the top. There are only two pistes here and they are pretty steep and challenging perfect for more advanced skiers but intermediates and certainly beginners should avoid this area.

The best pistes in this area come down from Le Ranfoilly. Gemtiane turns into Choucas and is a great blue piste that follows the summer road until it turns into the wide open run though the trees. The Choucas piste starts and stops at the top and bottom of the Charniaz Chairlift so you can lap this run over and over.

Le Pleney
The Pleney is one of the first destinations for skiers visiting Morzine. All buses in Morzine lead to the Pleney Bubble and it is the access point for skiing in Morzine and neighbouring Les Gets.

One of the best things about Le Pleney is the variety of runs you can access from the very first lift. The bubble runs from the foot of the slope and arrives at the beginning of one green, five blue, four red and one black piste. Perfect for mixed ability groups.

For more advanced skiers the reds that lead off from the Pleney have a similar if steeper story. Pistes A, H and V start in a similar place and then split up before arriving again at the foot of the Pleney. The top section of Piste A is pretty steep but it doe offer a great view of Morzine and the valley that leads to the cliffs below Avoriaz. Be careful when you set off not to head too far to skiers right as you will end up on Piste R, there is nothing wrong with this run but it does not lead directly back to Le Pleney Bubble unlike its three neighbours.

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Beginner areas in Morzine

Morzine is ideal for absolute beginners and advancing beginners alike with a multitude of greens and blues. Ski school is directly out the front of the exit of the Pleney télécabine so you’ll quickly learn the surrounding area during your lessons.

The TS du Belvedere takes you from the Pléney to the top of the green run enabling you to work on that snow plough after school. For those graduating to easier blues then there are lots of options; Piste B, Piste C, Piste D all head down to the bottom of the Pléney télécabine but Piste B takes the most leisurely and longest route down the mountain meaning you’ll not encounter any steep sections as you build your confidence. Piste C and Piste G are serviced by the lifts TS des Fys and TS d’Atray respectively and have steeper gradients for advancing beginners to work on their technique.

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Advanced areas in Morzine

Easiest reached are the Pleney home runs that are serviced by the Pleney Bubble and run from the top of the Plateau to the base of the pistes. There are numerous ways down the Pleney but the fastest and steepest are directly under the TS D'Atray: Piste A and Piste J. These two can either be lapped by jumping back on the D'Atray lift or you can finish with the glory section back to the foot of the Pleney on the Piste H. To Ski The lower section of the Pleney at it's fastest, go along to the night skiing on a Thursday. Floodlit and frozen, you'll need some Samurai sword edges.

From the Point de Nyon at 2019 meters drop all the way down the Aigle Rouge to the Plateau du Nyon continuing onward down the Chamois red. At this point you could, if your legs do not have sufficient burn, return to the top of the Pointe du Nyon via the TS Pre Favre and TS de La Point for an encore. Or, continue down the Chamois and Retour des Nantes all the way into Morzine and the foot of the Pléney télécabine. Alternatively, continue on the blue Lievre to the téléphérique de Nyon. You’ll have now lost the best part of 1000 metres via either route!

For moguls head for the Aigle Noir under the TS de la Pointe lift.

Chamossière is a little-known gem that only has a couple of pretty steep runs off it and doesn't connect very simply to Morzine.It's usually quiet and often overlooked by tourists. However, the red Arbis piste is one of the best around, its super steep and bumpy near the top making it more of a black for that section slackening in gradient and widening as you progress down the hill. Perfect for super high-speed Super G carve turns. By the time you reach the Grand Pre you’ll be more than ready for a break at one of the three restaurants, particularly if you have gone none stop top to bottom.

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Off-piste areas in Morzine

Above Morzine sit the Nyon and Chamossière ski peaks, the highest points of the local ski area and the best sectors for powder enthusiasts.

These offer lift accessed off piste saving the necessity to hike for hours. Firstly Nyon reached via the TS de la Pointe, has a multitude of lines down the face of the mountain in between the pisted runs. It’s easy to venture as little or as far as your experience allows. To the skiers far right is the ridge line demarcating the Vallée de la Manche, don’t go over the edge as you will very quickly find yourself on the valley floor and you will not have covered the distance on your skis! But don’t worry too much the edge is marked out with denser trees a little tight for skiing anyway. To skiers left the face of Nyon can be accessed cutting off the Aigle rouge piste at the first switchback and traversing to the weather station. This takes you over the bowl's ridge line and allows you to drop down to the Chamossière valley on a variety of lines depending upon how far you traverse.

Secondly, Chamossière accessed via the TS des Têtes express chair lift or the high-speed Chamossière Express has a perfect un-pisted bowl to skiers right. Take the traverse from the lift station over the small ridge above the avalanche cannon and drop into the bowl. Traverse as far as required and pick your line down emerging at the foot of the old TS Chamossière lift. Follow the piste down and round and you will arrive at the Chamosiere Express again. The bowl does get tracked pretty quickly but it is a big area and you’ll be able to get multiple runs down before the snow loses its appeal.

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Snowparks in Morzine

The Nyon snowpark is one of the smaller parks in the Portes du Soleil. The kickers here are usually quite narrow and, to be honest, have quite short landings that necessitate being quite precise. It's a fun little park to pass through but not worth making the trip over to Nyon especially for.

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Bad Weather areas in Morzine

Morzine has many runs accessed via the Pleney telecabine and a number of chairlifts; TS de la Crusaz, TS des Mouilles, TS d’Atray and TS des Fys.

The runs are an even mix between blues and reds, the latter spanning the intermediate ability levels whereby some would maybe constitute black status if they were not running directly into resort but luckily they are all lined by trees making them ideal for poor visibility days.

The Pointe de Nyon Is a little high and exposed but the runs beneath the peak that run down from the Nyon Plateau to either the Charniaz bowl or to the base of Nyon itself are also lined with trees and make for some good snowfall skiing.

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