Morzine & Les Gets ski areas combined have 120 kilometres of pistes, accessed by 26 chairlifts, 3 cable cars and 14 draglifts. There are 5 green pistes, 29 blue pistes, 28 red pistes and 9 black pistes.
Morzine has an excellent central position in the Portes du Soleil. The resort pistes of Pleney connect to the larger ski area of Les Gets. First-time skiers will not be disappointed with Morzine's and Les Gets' gentle, tree lines slopes, carvers will love the runs around Le Pleney, whilst powder enthusiasts will revel in the slopes above Nyon and Chamosiere (see the piste maps).
All of Morzine's runs are accessed by Le Pleney telecabine and older chairlifts; TS de la Crusaz, TS des Mouilles, TS d’Atray and TS des Fys. The runs are an even mix of blues and reds, the latter spanning the intermediate ability levels whereby some would maybe constitute black status if they were not running directly into resort. The red Piste R, Piste F and Piste A runs above Morzine town are steep but generally wide and are perfect for the advancing intermediate skier/boarder. All can be repeated multiple times using the telesiege d’Atray after initially reaching the Pleney plateau via the telecabine. Piste J is a black run gaining its status as a function of dropping steeply down the mountain adjacent to the lift line. Piste H does likewise but is more frequently pisted, it runs into the Le Stade floodlit red and onward directly into Morzine at the foot of the Pleney Telecabine.
For less experienced skiers/boarders the better options are the blue runs; Piste B, Piste C, Piste N which wind a less vertiginous route down the face of the Pleney ultimately emerging at the telecabine of the same name. Although an easier grade these runs still offer entertainment for the more accomplished skier with ample opportunity to carve big fast turns and straight line the flatter sections in a racer tuck.
A little further afield are the large ski areas under the Pointe de Nyon and Chamossiere, the former being the highpoint of the Morzine ski domain at 2012 metres. On a clear day this peak offers views over to the Hauts Forts, the Col du Cou and the ridgeline marking the border with Switzerland. The latter shows off Mount Blanc and the Aiguilles and is a truly spectacular view.
Dropping from the Pointe de Nyon the red Aigle Rouge is initially a steep switchback run reminiscent of an Alpine mountain pass. For the more experienced, there is opportunity to shortcut the switchbacks via steep off-piste drops rejoining the piste and your less experienced friends. This run gives way to the bumpy Aigle noir to the skier’s right or for those wishing to preserve their knees the wide fast Combe red both converging at the bottom of the TS de la Pointe. Alternatively, continue on the Chamois red into the trees joining the Lievre blue and follow all the way to the telepherique de Nyon. Rather than access this area via the Pleney and onwards to the Grand Pre ski area and the Troncs telesiege, park at the TPH de Nyon, there is always ample space and the lift accesses the Nyon area directly.
For beginners the Nyon Plateau has a number of wide-open blues from the TK du Lavouet which graduate to slightly more demanding blues (they are narrower) leading to the Troncs telesiege; Lievre and Paquerages.
Chamossiere is a smaller area but has a couple of top quality runs from the summit; Creux and Arbis. The former is a un-pisted bump-strewn steep drop under the TS Chamossiere lift line. The latter an only slightly less demanding red run, super steep and a little narrow at the top giving way to wider less steep gradients perfect for big super G carves lower down the slope, a little bit of everything in one ski run. The latter returns to the Grand Pre and the TS des Tetes which is the lift accessing the higher Chamossiere area.
On the opposite side of the Morzine valley the Super Morzine telecabine and onwards to the Express Zore ultimately lead on to Avoriaz but in the immediate vicinity sport a couple of excellent blue runs namely Zore and Tetras. These two are wide but relatively steep in places, particularly the former and are perfect for advancing beginner/intermediates and those wishing to hone their technique.
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