If you are a keen skier or general lover of the winter vacation, chances are you are always on the lookout for the best resort to stay at. Almost every country with a mountain range (that is not too remote) has an abundance of ski villages, resorts and towns dedicated to snow sports and the mountain lifestyle. Italy, Switzerland and Austria are popular ones, to name just a few. But another place that any self-respecting snow sport fanatic needs to visit at least once in their live is France. After all, there aren’t many countries that can boast a mountain range as spectacular as the Alps. Although this particular range stretches through a few different countries, some of the best runs and some of the best villages are situated in specifically the French Alps. Cities, towns and tiny villages are all nestled against a stunning backdrop of snow-laden peaks. So, there’s a lot to choose from! But if you are after an authentic Alpine experience, ditch the huge resorts and pay a visit to the pretty town of Morzine instead.
Morzine is a small town situated on the Eastern border of France, very close to Switzerland. A neighboring place you may have heard of is Annecy, although it is still quite far away. Morzine offers a more remote setting than many other popular ski resorts, meaning much of the landscape is virtually untouched. Classed as a town rather than a resort, it offers you a glimpse into authentic Alpine life. It is also not far from Lake Leman, which you can access via the D902 road. The town and the surrounding villages are part of the Haute Savoie region of France, which is easily accessible from Geneva airport – around an hour’s drive away. The region is also serviced by many bus routes if getting your own car out there is not an option for you.
One of the best things about the Haute Savoie region is that you have the option to stay in a number of different places. The villages of Les Gets, Avoriaz, St Jean d’Aulps and Montriond all still have access to the slopes – but for sheer conveniency you will probably find it most useful to stay in the center of Morzine. Morzine is also the most lively place to be, meaning it’s perfect for the apres-ski! Although there are hotels, why not take advantage of the traditional atmosphere and book a luxury chalet with Freedom Ski, Morzine? Many of these chalets come with beautiful cozy interiors, so you will feel right at home. Need to relax your aching muscles after a long day on the slopes? Don’t worry about that – many chalets come equipped with a hot tub for you to soak in at the end of your day.
Although not as vast as other ski hot spots in France, Morzine certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to places to eat. There are a huge amount of cafes and restaurants to choose from, whether you are into fine dining or just fancy something casual. There are also places that specialise in the famous regional delicacies, such as tartiflette and fondue. The Cavern and The Tibetan Cafe are very popular, especially on a Tuesday evening when the chalet staff have their night off. Of course, no Alpine town would be complete without a bakery, and thankfully Morzine has some of the most exceptional ones in the whole region.
Many people find that when they take a day off from skiing in a normal resort, they struggle to find an activity to do – at least one that differs from anything they could just do back home. This is where Morzine really comes into its own. It has perfected the feat of having all the mod-cons you would expect from a well-established resort, yet has still managed to retain its classic French charm. Note that very few buildings in Morzine exceed four storeys. This is intentional, as the town tries to keep its traditional chalet town appearance. Originally a small mining town, Morzine is rich with interesting history. For example, the second ever cable car was installed here in 1934, opening up the region and connecting the various towns and villages. There is a music museum and you also have the opportunity to visit the remains of one of the old slate mines that is now open to the public. If you are looking for an authentic Alpine escape, book your vacation to Morzine today.