There is an array of options to choose from for your winter lift pass; depending on whether you are here for a few days quiet skiing, a week-long family holiday or a season of trying out everything the area has to offer. You may even find that you qualify for a discount - worth finding out about before you part with your €uros! You can buy or recharge your lift pass online here.
This all depends on how much, how often and how far you want to ski. There is plenty in Morzine to keep you occupied but if you wish to explore the wider area - and it is a wide area! - then the Portes du Soleil pass may be more your style.
Local Area Pass - Morzine It is possible to buy a lift pass that covers just the Morzine/Les Gets ski area OR just the Avoriaz lifts and pistes. These passes will suit you if you are a complete or advancing beginner or if you prefer to ski at a more leisurely pace and don’t necessarily want to pound the pistes all day, every day. However, each local pass still covers a significant area: Morzine/Les Gets: 49 lifts and 64 pistes (approx. 120km) Avoriaz : 45 lifts and 49 pistes (approx. 75km)
Much of the Morzine/Les Gets area is tree lined making it a beautifully picturesque area to explore on skis. The highest point is Chamossiere at 2002m and you can ski all the way back down to Morzine at 1000m. Avoriaz, being that bit higher (1800m), is generally above the tree line which can make visibility tricky at times in bad weather. Having said that though, the snow quality is generally better for longer here and you can ski from 2466m all the way down to Les Prodains on the valley floor (1160m). The Avoriaz pass can only be purchased for a maximum of 6 days, after that you will have to renew it.
If you are holidaying with children, inexperienced skiers, or just fancy taking it easy then the Avoriaz pass will probably offer more than enough; there is a nice variety of intermediate pistes on which to cruise from one lunch spot to the next, as well as a few more challenging runs for those who need to work off their tartiflette afterwards!
Full Area Pass - Portes du Soleil Anyone of intermediate skiing ability and above would generally go for the full Portes du Soleil area pass, which incorporates 12 linked resorts and 650km of marked pistes. With this pass you can ski in both France and Switzerland and enjoy the full extent of one of the world’s largest ski areas.
There are 5 resorts on the Swiss side: Champery, Les Crozets, Champoussin, Morgins and Torgon, and 7 in France: Morzine, Les Gets, Avoriaz, Montriond, Abondance, St Jean d’Aulps and Chatel. The Portes du Soleil is an intermediate’s paradise with 100 red and 106 blue runs, as well as a good number of challenging blacks such as the infamous “Swiss Wall” and over 30 cruisy green pistes. Park rats and freestylers will be in their element here as the full area has no less than 10 snow parks, including The Stash in Avoriaz, a 100% natural snow playground in the Lindarets forest.
The Portes du Soleil pass is available from half a day to 30 days duration, or if you are a regular visitor to the area then a season pass is probably your best option. There is also an 8 day non-consecutive option available if you err towards frequent shorter visits that don't quite justify a season pass. Have a look at our Ski Area Guide to help you decide what pass is best for you.
Family Lift Pass Options in Morzine
It is now possible to buy a 6 day family pass for either the Morzine/Les gets ski area, or the whole of the Portes du Soleil area. Various versions are available depending on the make up of your family: 2 adults + 2/3/4 children or 1 adult + 3 children, as long as they are all under 18 years of age (normal child pass rates apply to 5-15 years). The family pass option represents a saving of 10% for the Portes du Soleil pass, and 5% for the local Morzine/Les Gets pass on the total cost of buying the passes individually and it is valid for any 6 day period throughout the season.
Don't forget that children under the age of 5 ski for free! Please see here for the full range of Morzine/Les Gets lift pass prices.
Pedestrian Lift Pass Options in Morzine - Winter
If you fancy a change of pace you can get a 6-day lift pass, which gives walkers and cross-country skiers discounted access to the following cable cars and chair lifts:
Ardent Gondola (return)
Super Morzine Gondola (return)
Prodains Cable Car (return)
Zorre Chair (return)
Léchère Chair (ascent only)
Plateau Chair (ascent only)
Lindarets Chair (ascent only)
You can also purchase a day pass or individual tickets (one-way or return) on the above lifts, so there is no need to miss out on a high-altitude lunch at a mountain restaurant or the stunning views over the Haute Savoie!
Discounted Ski Passes in Morzine
Early Purchase Discounts
If you're organised and buy a Morzine/Les Gets lift pass of 6-14 consecutive days (or a season pass) before the end of October, you can benefit from up to 20% discount off the full price. This offer is valid for all datesexcluding February school holidays (n/a to season pass holders).
If you want the full Portes du Soleil lift pass then there are further offers available on 5-30 consecutive day passes (excluding the Family Pass) if you book on-line between 1st September and 5th December. Visit Skipass-morzine.com for more details and a 10% discount off the normal public rates.
Yep, the good old student discount goes beyond TopShop these days! On production of a valid higher education student ID you can claim 10% discount. (Only available in Morzine/Les Gets)
Disabled skiers can claim special rates of:
Half Day - €8
Full Day - €12
6 Days - €60
Season - €155
This rate also applies to one accompanying person if the disabled person can not ski alone. You may be required to produce a card or certificate proving disability of 80%. For more information on skiing for the disabled in Morzine please click here
Morzine/Les Gets and Avoriaz also offer Weekend or Saturday only passes at a slightly reduced rate. The slopes are also often quieter at weekends as many people are just arriving or leaving so it’s a good time to enjoy shorter lift queues and less piste-traffic! If you have the chance to get away for a cheeky weekend in the snow be sure to check out our Last Minute Offers for a bargain break!
On Wednesdays and Saturdays you can claim a 25% discount on a full or half-day Morzine/Les Gets lift pass if you have 4 people in your car! Effectively meaning that you get 4 lift passes for the price of 3, this initiative is aimed at reducing traffic in resort by encouraging people to car-pool. This discount can only be claimed at the Drive-In ticket office at the entrance to Les Gets.
End of season
Morzine and the Portes du Soleil offer discounts (of 20% and 15% respectively) to anyone using the lifts after 03/04/2010. The snow condition may be slightly past its best, but spring showers can bring regular dumps of fresh powder and nothing beats soaking up the sun on a piste-side terrace! The bonus of waiting until after the peak season is that once all the school holidays have ended you will find quieter pistes, smaller lift queues and less crowded restaurants.