Morzine is great for skiers and snowboarders at all levels. Its pistes are especially good if you are a beginner to winter sports or a complete first timer. I will outline the best blue runs in Morzine and Avoriaz for you to cut your teeth on, just like I did for beginner mountain bike runs in Morzine. Hopefully I will put any nerves to rest before you arrive and get you super exited for your newly chosen sport. You can also check out our top tips to enjoy your time on the mountain here.
Best Blue Runs – Morzine
Once you have mastered green runs and found your snow legs, it is time to head to the blue runs. Blue runs are the most common pistes you will find in any ski resort. Here are some blue runs I suggest you try first:
If you fancy an easy run to session, Piste B is great. Do this run a few times and you will notice an improvement each time. The other bonus of this run is that you don’t need to get on a chairlift, as you will just get back on the Pleney lift after each run. It is also a good place to go when the weather isn’t too great, as the trees lining the run add some contrast to the snow helping your visibility. You can also play on the other blue runs that go along side Piste B. They all go to the same place, so you can’t get lost. You can stop for a hot chocolate at the Tremplin at the bottom when you fancy a break too.
Grizzli (also known as Piste G) is a lovely run through the trees on the Pleney side of the valley. Serviced by the Fys chairlift, it is an easy run that will make a nice change after you have done Piste B a few times. It is also quieter, so it may be worth going in that direction at peak times.
On the opposite side of the valley, from the Super Morzine lift, there is a good practice run called Zore. This is a wide open blue run serviced by its own chairlift. The top is a bit steeper than you would want as a beginner, but the gradient soon gets shallower, so it is worth doing. Zore is a reasonably quiet run, as it is generally used by people on their way back to Morzine at the end of the day. The consistent angle and width of the slope make it ideal for practicing your turns. There are also a couple of restaurants at the bottom for when you fancy a break.
Best Blue Runs – Avoriaz
Avoriaz is definately worth a visit. There are some good blue runs to try in different areas of the mountain. Here are the areas you should head to first.
You will find some nice long wide blue runs from the top of the Lac Intrets lift in Avoriaz. There are a few different routes for you to enjoy too. They sweep their way back to the area where you catch the Tour, Stade and Lac Intrets lifts. The runs are long and have varying gradients, meaning they are great fun and good practice. There are also lots of safe places to stop at the side of the slope if you need a breather.
The Brochaux, Prolays and Lindarets lifts from the Les Lindarets area service a number of blue runs for you to try. For those wanting easy and fun runs to practice on, Les Lindarets is a great place to go. The Prolays run itself is very popular for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. There are lots of little jumps on the side of the piste to have fun on, so be careful where you stand, you may be waiting for your friends on the landing of a jump.
You can meet up with non-skiing members of your group for something to eat in Lindarets. It is easy for them to get to and “set up camp” for the day in one of the many mountain restaurants.
We recommend that you get some lessons to give you a head start and to ensure that you don’t get in to any bad habits. Lots of our chalet and apartment guests use BillSki, Avoriaz Alpine Ski School, MINT Snowboarding and REAL Snowboarding for lessons.
By Tom Fortune