For centuries, Morzine’s appeal remains almost unchanged, which is what gives it its charm. Tucked in the Aulps Valley, Morzine covers its roofs with slate and its balconies with ornamental wood. A typical Savoyard village, Morzine distinguishes itself by its warm welcome and an incomparable art of living in the mountains. Located in a preserved nature area, covered with forests and mountain pastures, Morzine offers wide open spaces dedicated to escape and relaxation. Ideally situated between Lake Leman in the North, Mt Blanc in the South and near to Switzerland, Morzine is counted as one of the Portes du Soleil (“Doors to the sun”) resorts, with a magnificent winter play area of 650 kilometres of ski slopes. In the summer, there are as many kilometres of marked paths for mountain biking and hiking.
Morzine counts as one of the very first ski resorts created in France. The construction of Francois Baud’s Grand Hotel in 1925 brought Morzine into the Tourism era, but it was the opening of the Pléney Cable Car in 1934, that really launched Morzine’s vocation as a winter ski resort. It enlarged its horizons to the bold pioneers who had been trying to ski on skis made from wooden barrels since the beginning of the 20th Century. Before the Second World War, Morzine was among the top few of the French ski resorts, just behind Chamonix and Megève.
"Morzine still looks just like it always has"
Morzine still looks just like it always has; it has kept its traditional character, all the while opening up to a reasonable tourist industry. Its warm and long lasting welcome has been carried on for generations. Morzine has equally known how to conserve its art of living, delightful in every sense of the term. A living heritage, that of an agro-pastoral society, made up of mountain traditions, typically Haut-Savoyard recipes, the local dialect still spoken by the village elders… Come and have a taste of this art of living that goes on every day.