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What's new in Morzine winter 2019/20

New lifts, ski touring pistes, bars and much more

Featured in: | Ana Hernández, Morzine Editor | Published
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The pistes are covered in snow, the lifts are ready to go and we can't wait to carve our first turns on the slopes of Morzine.

In the meantime, let's take a look at what's new in resort this winter, both in the ski area and in town.

New in the ski area

There's a new blue run in the Pleney area of Morzine, a variation of the popular Grizzli run that will begin at the arrival of the Belvédère chairlift. Over in the Nyon sector, a brand spanking new snowpark has been built, the Eagle Park, right at the top of the Nyon cable car. The Aigle Rouge run has also been rerouted this year and now boasts 2000m of length and 700m of descent.

Les Gets also has plenty of new things happening in its ski area. The snowmaking facilities have improved, now covering 50% of the runs. This is thanks to the construction of a new 76,000m3 water reservoir, La Renardière, which can produce around 150,000m3 of snow. Measures have been taken to lower the environmental impact of this new reservoir, which has cost €7 million.

A 3km ski touring piste has been created on Mont Chéry, starting at the bottom of the Chamois piste, by the cable car, and culminating at the summit. There's also a new blue run, Les Trembles, to allow skiers to return to the bottom of the Perrières Express chairlift, where there's a popular car park, at the end of the day. Finally, a luxury picnic area now awaits riders where the red Rhodos and the blue Violettes pistes meet, complete with WiFi and sockets to charge your devices. It will also be accessible for pedestrians via Les Chavannes cable car and the Belvédère des Nauchets walking path.

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New greener alternatives

This season, it will be easier than ever to book a more environmentally friendly ski holiday to Morzine. Local chalet company Skiology are on a mission to have the smallest carbon footprint of any accommodation provider in the Alps. Their plan is in full motion and, this winter, they're reducing packaging by 30%, switching 25% of their chalets to clean energy suppliers, optimising shopping trips, increasing the use of washable cleaning supplies, bulk purchasing bio hygiene products and donating the towel change charge to CoolEarth. In 3 to 5 years, their aim is to also provide clean transfers and more energy-efficient chalets within walking distance of the lifts. They've three new chalets on offer this winter, the beautiful Grand Hibou, Le Rucher boasting breathtaking views of the valley and the luxury Lanterne.

But they're not the only ones. Holiday rental company Mountain Heaven have launched a new scheme this season to encourage people to take the train instead of flying to the Alps. Their Environmental Travel Discount sees a -10% reduction on the price of your catered chalet holiday when travelling by train to Morzine, which can be applied on top of any other offers. To reach Morzine by train from the UK, read our Getting Here Guide for more information and save money on your ski break, while also reducing your carbon footprint. Mountain Heaven are dedicated to helping the environment and, last year, they took steps to reduce their use of plastic, cut palm oil products, recycle, improve their chalets' energy efficiency and train their staff in green hosting.

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New activities for children

Les Gets has renewed its 'Famille Plus' certificate this year, which means that it's a destination that caters exceptionally well to families. Kids will be able to go husky dog sledding this winter when 25-minute trips will be offered to kids aged 2 to 12 years old. Also in Les Gets, the Bankids is a new fun space located behind the mairie that recreates an Eskimo village with igloos, a snowball wall, ice caves and fun obstacles for children aged 2 to 6 years old.

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New chalets available

There are lots of new catered and self-catered chalets in Morzine to rent this winter. Just opposite the Pleney cable car, slap bang in the centre of town, More Mountain are offering Chalet Le Stade, which sleeps up to 15 people in seven ensuite rooms. Boasting an indoor hot tub and spa room, extra-large living space and a wonderful dining area with breathtaking views of the mountains, it doesn't really get much better than this! Also new this season are self-catered apartments Copenhague, opposite the Pleney lift, and Petit Stade which has been recently built.

Over on the Morzine-Montriond border, Treeline Chalets have expanded their portfolio with Chalet Alpine Retreat, a beautiful getaway with 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Modern luxuries include a ski room with boot warmers, a glass-fronted fireplace and an outdoor swimming pool that's available in the summer. This season, they're organising one-of-a-kind getaways for snowboarders, including an all-girls camp, a freestyle-dedicated course or a five-day holiday for beginner and improver snowboarders. In January 2020, they'll also be hosting Michelin-starred catered stays at Chalet Doyen with chef Michael O'Hare.

For those who prefer self-catering accommodation, Elevation Alps have handpicked four new chalets in Morzine to add to their flexible chalet rental model, which means that you can add as many or as few bespoke services as you want (including private chefs or food delivery services for a night or the entire week). Among the new chalets this winter are Chalet Adele, which has been completely renovated and sleeps up to 14 people, or Les Portes du Pleney Penthouse, only 50m from the Pleney lift.

Luxury local accommodation providers Hunter Chalets have also largely increased their offer in Morzine with five new chalets this winter. Standing out among them are Chalet Genepi and The Old Macaroni. The former is a stunning contemporary building set right in the heart of resort. Stylishly decorated, its sleek furnishings mirror the slate grey of its walls with accents in copper, yellow and red. Perfect for groups, the chalet has plenty of facilities and services including a hot tub, a barbeque, a fireplace and a ski room with boot heaters. The Old Macaroni is an ancient farmhouse that's been tastefully restored. Modern fixtures include a spa treatment room, a glass-fronted barrel sauna, a cinema room and a secret office. This chalet includes luxury services such as a private chef, 24h resort-driver, all-inclusive drinks and even a professional barista coffee service.

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New ways to take care of your body

There's a new wellness centre in Les Gets, Les Sources du Chéry, which will open in December in the heart of the town. Boasting a 1000m2 spa for adults with steam baths, saunas, cold-water plunge pools, massages and a children's area with paddling pool and waterslide, this will be the best place to hide out when the weather isn't great. Massages, facials and beauty treatments will also be on offer.

At Mobile Mountain Massage they're aware of the needs of your body after working your muscles going down (or up) the hill. That's why they have four sports-qualified therapists this winter who will take care of your tired legs and backs. Also new this season is their Indian head massage, which they tried out in the summer with great success, as well as Reiki treatments. What's even better than pampering your body with one of their massages is that they'll do it at your own chalet, apartment or hotel room!

Mobile Alpine massage company Massage Me is offering two brand new therapies this winter. First of all is their 100% bespoke MY Massage service where you’ll be able to select every single step of your wellbeing journey, from the massage style and pressure preference (including Swedish, sports, holistic and even a combination of all of them), to the part of your body that needs more attention, the massage oil and even the music. This winter, they’re also adding Physiotherapy, Pilates and Yoga to their mobile services menu in partnership with Alpine Therapies. Not only that, but they’ve embarked on a green journey to be more eco-friendly, from reducing single plastic use and carbon emissions to assessing the materials they use. So it’s not only your muscles that will feel much better by booking a massage with Massage Me but also the environment.

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New ski hire options

One of the most widely spread ski hire franchises in the Alps, Skiset, have just launched their Netski app, a fast and easy way to rent your skis or snowboard this season. Choose between two packages – the Netski.comfort for the best prices or the Netski.plus for the latest gear (Netski.kids and Netski.teens bundles also available) – and confirm your booking in only two clicks. You’ll get a QR code to collect your equipment at your local shop. For a small fee, Netski clients can also benefit from priority assistance in shops, ski lockers with boot dryers and direct delivery to your accommodation.

Also available in two of Morzine’s Skiset shops this winter is Scanfeet, a state-of-the-art foot scan that takes a full 3D image of the skier’s feet in under 20 seconds and then pulls up the best-suited boots available in store. Enjoy rental boots that fit like a glove in record time! Even better, scans are shared among Skiset shops so you won’t need to scan your feet again if you rent your equipment with them.

Worried about slipping on those icy pavements when walking to the slopes? Fear not, Intersport is now offering GripWalk across their whole rental range. These innovative boot soles offer a non-slip surface as well as a more natural profile for walking (or dancing at La Folie Douce!), and they can be combined with GripWalk bindings for perfect performance on the slopes.

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New catering options

Huski revolutionised self-catering four winters ago when they launched their meal delivery service. Since then, for a fraction of the price of a catered holiday, you can enjoy delicious breakfast, lunch, three-course dinners, canapes, fine wines and even cheese boards at your apartment or chalet completely hassle-free. Huski delivers everything to your door and the only thing you need to do is pop your food in the oven to heat it up. This year, they’re offering a new, locally made, Savoyard-inspired range of meals called “Gourmet 73” cooked daily by chef Nick Casey at their headquarters in Bourg Saint Maurice. Think creamy tartiflette and moreish Beef Mondeuse! Also new this season is their very own beer, the Huski Mountain Pilsner created in collaboration with the Brasserie du Petit St Bernard.

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New properties for sale

The focus of one of our articles a couple of months ago because of their engagement with the local community and their project to build key worker housing, Promoteam have just opened a brand new office on Route de la Plagne. Inside, you'll find Morzine's first show apartment, which will aid anyone considering buying a property to visualise what it would be like when finished and help choose the flooring, bathrooms, feature walls and kitchen finish. Fitted out with the actual windows, doors, floors, kitchen, etc. that would be fitted in an apartment by Promoteam's local suppliers, it's also been fully furnished by their interior design partner, Deco d'en Haut. Feel free to pop into the Promoteam office and the team would be more than happy to show it to you.

Alpine Property is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Based in Morzine, this 100% online real estate agency is at the forefront of technology. Their 14 agents now cover all the ski areas in the Haute Savoie including, of course, Morzine. Here they currently have some stunning properties for sale like Chalet L'Ecurie, located in a quiet street just 200m from the Super Morzine lift. With six bedrooms and six bathrooms, a covered private garden and a sitting room with vaulted ceilings and huge picture windows overlooking the surrounding mountains, this could be a great home for a family or an excellent investment as a catered-chalet business.

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A handful of improvements set to make life even better in and around the vibrant little town that is Morzine. Nestled in the heart of Les Portes du Soleil, this area can become an absolute paradise when the weather systems align – something we'll all be paying an increasing amount of attention to over the coming weeks. See you soon!

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