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Morzine in December 2019 - What weather to expect & what to do

What to expect for the start of the season in Morzine and Les Gets

Featured in: | Giles Towler, Morzine Reporter | Published
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There is one week to go till the official opening date for Morzine and Les Gets but skiers have already been enjoying excellent early-season snow up in Avoriaz. A small number of lifts opened for the weekend of the 30th November-1st December, and this past weekend even more of the ski area opened allowing skiers to get almost all the way over to Chatel.

There is currently plenty going on in town, as all the new seasonaires arrive and the bars and restaurants get going again ready for what will hopefully be another fantastic winter in the Portes du Soleil!

When do the lifts open in Morzine?

The official opening date for Morzine and Les Gets is the 14th of December. Avoriaz officially opens full-time for winter on the 13th. The free bus service will also start running on the 13th, making it far easier for people to get to the slopes. To coincide with the opening weekend, the Rock On Snow Tour will come to Avoriaz. This is an event that includes free concerts as well as a free ski and snowboard test centre – a large number of manufacturers will be on hand allowing people to test out the latest kit and talk to the company reps to try and find new skis or snowboards for the winter. Anyone wishing to try out the latest kit just needs to show up with some ID and then they are free to try out whatever equipment takes their fancy.

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What is the weather & snow like in Morzine in December?

Early season can always be something of a gamble but anyone who has booked to head out next week should find fresh powder, empty pistes and sunshine. It’s been a pretty rainy few weeks in Morzine and Les Gets, with some snow falling in Morzine itself but, generally, the freezing level has been slightly above town. Due to this, the snow cannons have not been running much, although there are a few patches on the bottom of Pleney. However, things are starting to look a lot better this week. The rain that is currently falling in Morzine keeps turning into wet snow and, according to the forecast, it will be snowing heavily for much of the week. The opening weekend is also looking like it will be very snowy, so don’t forget your low light lenses! By the start of next week, the sun should come out again.

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What's new in Morzine this winter?

The big news for skiers in the Portes du Soleil is a new link to the Swiss side of Champery-Les Crosets. The slow three-person Lechere chairlift in Lindarets has been replaced with a high-speed chair to take skiers up towards the Mossettes chair. A new six-man chairlift, Les Case, will then take skiers up towards the same ridgeline as the older Mossettes chair, allowing better links with Switzerland.

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What's on in December in Morzine?

There is plenty of fun to be had off the slopes in December as the bars are always throwing parties to get the locals out celebrating the start of winter. The legendary apres-ski hot spot Bar Robinson has already opened for winter for anyone who wants to try their luck at the “Mutzig Challenge”. The always popular L'Etale Restaurant, which was damaged in the fire when Colibri burned down over the summer, has also reopened to satisfy your melted cheese cravings.

On December 10th, Cafe Chaud will host four-time World DMC scratch champion DJ Netik – entry is free with the Hideout app, available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, while Hideout Bar opens on Thursday with all-new staff and a new-look menu. Finally, on December 18th it’s the Happy Hours Bar opening party in Ardent, featuring Deejay Greens. That same day, the new Star Wars will be shown at Cinema Rex at 20:30.

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So, if you are currently considering an early-season trip out to the mountains, it would be well worth it! The temperatures look set to remain low, meaning that the snow isn’t going anywhere and, at the moment, it looks like plenty more is on the way. Whether you are a die-hard skier looking for fresh powder and pristine pistes or you just want to come out and enjoy the party atmosphere, there is something for everyone at the moment.

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