At Oxford Ski Company, we pride ourselves on having first-hand experience and knowledge of the chalets, hotels, and resorts we feature. We are a close-knit team who are dedicated and passionate about what we do.
Within this series, we’re highlighting each of our specialists across the team as we dive into their knowledge of some of our most popular resorts across the world.
I am very lucky to have explored a range of European ski resorts since the age of five, and to have completed two winter seasons working as a chef in Méribel and Morzine. For me a trip to the mountains is the perfect way to combine my love of food with my passion for sport and travel.
The Portes du Soleil ski area is by far one of the best in the French Alps, and I particularly love the resort of Morzine for its varied slopes and proximity to the Swiss Alps too.
Close to Morzine, is Mont-Chéry, which is the Portes du Soleil’s hidden gem. It’s a small ski area accessed by a short walk through Les Gets town and closely kept secret by a lot of the locals (sorry locals). For advanced skiers trying to avoid the busyness of peak weeks, Mont-Chéry is perfect. There are four black runs, four red runs and one blue, all of which are long and wide and generally quiet.
Key Resort Facts for Morzine
Domaine: Portes du Soleil
Resort Height: 1000m
Skiing Elevation: 1000-2460m
Getting to Morzine
Closest Airport: Geneva (GVA)
Transfer Time: 1h 15m / 80km
Number of chalets in Morzine: 41
Where to Eat
La Paika near the Grand Turche has an outdoor decking area where they set up the most amazing wood-fired barbeques and outdoor grills. Picture fresh gambas, whole grilled fish platters, red meats, and poultry, all enjoyed outside a picturesque alpine farmhouse surrounded by snowy trees and mountains!
Also, if you are skiing with children, stop at Les Aigles du Léman during one of their falconry shows and get a bite to eat whilst the eagles and vultures put on a spectacular show – they will love it!
My Favourite Places to Stay
Ferme de Moudon has my favourite outdoor area in our entire portfolio. With its more remote location you can enjoy the outdoor hot tub and heated plunge pool surrounded by beautiful wintery forest scenery.
Chalet X is elegant and stylish with natural pale colours and lots of big windows. This chalet has a really relaxing atmosphere.
Lodge des Nants spans five floors and has everything needed to ensure a lavish holiday: an indoor pool, hammam, treatment room, cinema, and a really cool rooftop terrace area with a hot tub.
The Best Après Spots
Hotel le Tremplin situated at the foot of the Pleney lift, this is the first stop for après when heading back into Morzine town centre. Expect lights, smoke machines, and lively music!
Cavern Bar and Tibetan Café sit next door to each other on the pedestrianised high street. Both host live music every day of the week so are a perfect stop off during happy hour.
My Top Tip for a Ski Trip
Have each member of your group take a picture of their lift pass when they are handed it, zip it away in a top left-hand jacket pocket and leave it for the duration of the trip - don’t lose valuable ski time by misplacing a lift pass and having to buy a new one.