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What's new this winter in Morzine

From the ski area to what's fresh in resort

featured in News & reviews Author Caro Blackwell, Destination Editor Updated

As winter takes hold in Morzine we take a look at what's new in town and on the slopes.

Early signs of snowfall here in The Alps are creating much excitement for the upcoming winter season. The ski industry here is raring to go and this winter looks like being an exceptionally busy one. Morzine Les Gets ski area opens on the 16 December and ski passes are on sale.

Delayed opening
We can confirm that the Morzine and Les Gets ski area will not open this weekend as planned. In order to preserve the snow for Christmas they will now open on 23 December.

The current rise in energy costs is offering the resorts an opportunity to fast track many of their eco/environmental sustainable initiatives for example LED lighting, optimising the speed of ski lifts, the addition of GPS systems in the snow groomers for added efficiency

Morzine Avoriaz has held the prestigious Flocon Vert label since 2021, reinforcing their sustainable commitment of current and future good practices in mountain tourist destinations.

Winter tyres 
A reminder that it is now mandatory from 1 November to 31 March to have winter tyres (M&S marking, or all weather (four season) tyres), OR at least two snow chains/socks in the vehicle when driving in the mountain regions in France, following a law introduced from November 2021.

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What's new in Morzine winter 2019/20

On the slopes

New beginners carpet
A new carpet, 147m in length and with an elevation of 19.5m will be installed to complement the existing one at the summit of Pleney. Starting close to the Nabor chairlift, behind the first aid post. This will help beginners access the ski area very easily.

The Arare Sector
A new 1.5km red run has been developed with a 300m vertical drop. The Arare area benefits from great natural snow cover being in a zone of heavy precipitation. This allows the new red run to be a natural route with no development work necessary. This run will be created solely by grooming without the need for any prior earthworks.

Development of play areas
Morzine continues its efforts to develop and improve the fun zones at the Pinguin Park, Chemin des Zouzous and Eagle Park.

Lac-Intrêts chairlift replaced
The new chairlift at Lac-Intrêts will be able to transport 3000 people per hour, this is an improvement of 600 people per hour on the old lift. This new lift features a direct drive motor negating the need for a gearbox thereby reducing the carbon footprint and reducing by at least 5% the lift's electricity consumption.

Respecting the environment
To help reduce the amount of artificial snow produced, the snowpark modules are shaped out of earth, this is part of the Flocon Vert label awarded to Morzine in 2021 to respect the environment.
In addition to this, another sustainability investment in Morzine has been replacing the fleet of nine piste bashers with Snowsat machines. The resort continues to provide training in efficient driving and usage to remain environmentally friendly.

Pas d'Aigle Morzine winter

The Pas de l'Aigle is a 15 metre glass footbridge at an altitude of 2019 metres and with a drop of 350 metres below. Clinging to the mountains and offering unique views and a spectacular 360º panorama of Mont Blanc and Lac Léman. Access to the bridge is via the Pointe de Nyon chairlift.

What's new this winter 2022/23 in Morzine

Kids and Families

Pedestrian Zone
The Place de l’Office de Tourisme will be completely pedestrianised this winter.

An educational trail for children
On foot or on snowshoes families can enjoy the new trail accessible from the top of the Nyon cable car. Learn and discover about the mountain's fauna from the educational panels displayed on the route. There is a dedicated app called "Locafaune" which can be downloaded from the trailhead. Make sure you report any animals that you see. 

Re-integrating White tailed Sea Eagles
Europe's largest eagle has returned to the shores of Lac Léman after an absence of 130 years. The white tailed sea eagles are fishing eagles that live on the shores of the lakes. The Aigles du Léman wildlife park has recently bred several chicks and been reintroducing them since June 2022. For the next few years, a few eagles will be reintroduced each summer.

Four season alpine coaster in Les Gets
This summer in Les Gets the new all season luge was completed. situated in the Perrières sector of Les Gets at the entrance to the village.  This alpine coaster has a journey time of around six minutes, an ascent of 380 metres and a descent of 714 metres, giving an elevation drop of 105 metres. Offering a thrilling ride with speeds up to 40kmh! Fun for all the family from aged 3 with an adult. Open all year round at weekends during the inter-season. Open every day throughout the winter season from 11:00 to 19:00, closed for lunch between 12:30 and 13:30. buy tickets online or at the site.

spa at Alpina Hotel, Les Gets

Hotel news

New spa in Les Gets
The hotel Alpina in Les Gets has a new spa, relaxation and pool area for the winter 2024 season offering a full range of relaxation and pampering experiences. A panoramic sauna, hammam, whirlpool bath, experience shower and ice fountain and a relaxation room and massage treatments.

What's new this winter 2022/23 in Morzine

Restaurants and Cafés

New Café in the centre of Morzine
After 12 years as a chef in Michelin starred restaurants in Paris, Antony Doraland has opened a laid back café in the mountains. Solide Café has a very small menu ensuring that everything is freshly prepared on the day. He is sourcing the best ingredients from small local producers, even the mugs and plates are made by a local potter.

Dine in a bubble
New last winter, discover the Resto des Bulles near Lac Mines d’Or and enjoy lunch in a bubble while taking in the breath taking panoramic views in the mountains.  Dine on Savoyard favourites including fondue, raclette, pierrade chaude, all prepared using local produce. A fun tasty experience. Open for lunch only from December to mid-April.

Crowd at the Rock the Pistes festival, Portes du Soleil


You’ll find many highlights in the winter events calendar for Morzine including the major music festivals; Rock On Snow, Rock The Pistes and Snowboxx.  Well-being weeks, Spartan Races and comedy are just part of the diverse line up. Full event details can be found in our events calendar

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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!