Your First Trip to Morzine – The Village
In this short series of blogs, we are going to tell you what you need to know to give you a head start before your first trip to Morzine. This blog is a “cheat sheet” to Morzine village itself, it is a quick guide to where to shop, eat and drink.
Morzine is an old farming and mining village that installed some skilifts to bring in some income during the winter months. Its wooden chalets and farmhouses means it has traditional savoyard charm unlike large purpose built resorts. It is also located in the Portes du Soleil, which is the worlds largest ski area.
Its location also means that Morzine is very easy to get to. Most people fly, as it is just 80 minutes from Geneva airport. Those who drive can get to Morzine from Calais in around 9 hours.
When you arrive it is always a good idea to have a walk around to get your bearings. It is also good to pop in to the tourist office in the centre of Morzine. Here you can get piste maps and all the information about what will be going on during your stay.
You are never far from anything in Morzine, as it only takes about 10 to 15 minutes to walk the length of the village (maybe a bit longer in ski boots).
For snowboard clothing and hardware you can’t go wrong with going to Slope Style and the Woods. These two shops are located on the Rue du Bourg. Burton, Jones, Analog and Union are just some of the brands to choose from. They also sell streetwear and accessories.
Skiers wanting some new boots or skis may want to pop into Beanies. Beanies is a really nice bar, but it has a specialist ski shop downstairs. They are very knowledgable and their customer service is excellent.
If you want something a bit cheaper, go to the large Inter Sport. The ground floor has a wide range of ski equipment while the top floor has lots of clothing.
There are a few supermarkets in Morzine. The large Carrefour in the bottom of the valley is best for a big shop for self catered guests. There is a Spar in the centre of town and a Casino shop ideal for our Pleney apartment guests.
Most people working in Morzine have their day off on Wednesday. This means bars and restaurants get booked up pretty quickly. So it is worth booking a table for Wednesday night early on in your stay.
Our information pack located in all of our properties, tells you about our recommended bars and restaurants with their contact details.
But in summary, great restaurants to look out for are La Grange, Clin D’Oeil and L’Etale. The best burgers can be found at O chalet and the best take away is Mamma’s.
The Aprés scene in Morzine is great. There are always bands and DJs to listen to during happy hours priced drinks. There are plenty of places to choose from to have a quiet drink too. The Tremplin is always pretty lively during aprés time, as is the Tibetan. Bar Robinson at the bottom of the Rue du Bourg is always a favourite, but remember to drink the Mützig in halves!
By Tom Fortune