About the lift system in Morzine
Morzine and the Portes du Soleil are linked by a variety of different lifts. With such a huge area to ski, 650km of pistes across the whole of the Portes du Soliel it is the largest connected ski area in Europe.
With 197 lifts accross the whole of the Portes du Soleil 49 of these are loacted in Morzine and Les Gets. There are 64 slopes to ski in total (5 green, 23 blues, 27 reds and 9 blacks).
The lifts marked on the piste map using straight black lines are of four types; button tow/drag, chair, telecabine and telepherique. They have the corresponding abbreviations:
- TK - téléski (drag)
- TS - télésiege (chair)
- TC - télécabine (gondola)
- TPH - téléphérique (cable car)
For télécabine think bubble car and for téléphérique think cable car. Anything prefixed/suffixed with “Express” means a 6 person modern fast chair lift.
There are four main lift stations available from Morzine that connect to the wider Portes du Soleil; Super Morzine, Pleney, Linderets and Prodains.
In the winter the Morzine lifts usually start to open from the second week of December onwards. Normally only a few lifts are open for the first week, with progressively more lifts opening as snow permits. You may find that the higher resorts of the Portes du Soleil have the most lifts open towards the start and end of the season, as they have more dependable snow coverage than those resorts lower down. Getting up the first and last lifts of the season often means you won't experience the best snow ever, but you may find that you have the pistes to yourself, no lift queues and sometimes there are low-season discounts to be had. Spring skiing can be pleasant with warmer weather and more precipitation can mean more snow! The season usually ends towards the end of April.
In the summer the lift system is open and you can enjoy the Morzine and Portes du Soleil area. The whole Portes du Soleil region has 24 lifts open throughout the summer season; they are used by mountain bikers, walkers, climbers, paragliders and those who wish to enjoy the fantastic views.