About Ski Pass Options in Morzine
There are a number of different ski passes available in Morzine. Prices vary according to your age, how many of you there are, what areas you'd like to ski in, how many days you want to ski and the time of year. Planning ahead can help you make the most of your Morzine ski holiday and hopefully save you some money too.
There are two main types of 'Morzine Ski Area' passes:
- Portes du Soleil Ski Pass - covers 12 different ski villages from Les Gets all the way across to the Swiss resorts
- Morzine Ski Pass - just for the local Morzine area and include Les Gets, but excludes the Super Morzine, which is part of the Avoriaz lift system
Full area skipass
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.
Also see: Ski Area Overview in Morzine
Local area skipass
This all depends on how much, how often and how far you want to ski. There is plenty in Morzine & Les Gets 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.
It is possible to buy a lift pass that covers just the Morzine / Les Gets ski area and pistes, this only covers the Pleney & Nyon lifts in Morzine (but not the Super Morzine linking to Avoriaz) and all Les Gets lifts. 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) 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.
If you are holidaying with children, inexperienced skiers, or just fancy taking it easy then the Morzine/Les Gets 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!
If you've bought a Morzine / Les Gets pass you can upgrade at the lift pass offices you bought the pass from, but only in person and you'll need to bring your receipt and passes with you. e.g. If you booked on line via the Morzine lift pass company, you can go to any Ski Pass Offices in Morzine to upgrade and vice versa for Les Gets.
Also see: Ski Area Overview in Morzine
The Park and Stash pass gives access to the Prodains cable car, Stade, Tour and Prolays chairlifts; Surf, Arare 1 and 2, Chapelle, Ecoles 1 and 2 and Trashers draglifts and Ardent gondola. You'll find these up in Avoriaz.
Also see: Snowparks in Morzine
It is 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!
Group Discounts are only available to groups of 13 or more people for the Portes du Soleil ski area. Groups of 4 adults can buy a Tribu pass. Enquire at one of the Ski Pass Offices for a quote.
Beginners can try out their skills on the Pleney piste using the Mas Verjus or Bouchet lifts. You can choose 1 trip for 0.60 euros or a pack of 10 for 5.50 euros. Buy these passes at the Pleney Ski Pass Office.
Also see: Beginner Ski Areas in Morzine
Night skiing is free and takes place on the Pleney piste every Thursday from 20:00 to 22:00. Children under 5 also ski for free - proof of age required.
Early & Late season 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 dates excluding February school holidays (does not apply 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. Discounts vary depending on the date you are booking. Morzine and the Portes du Soleil offer discounts (of 20% and 15% respectively) to anyone using the lifts after the end of March each year. 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.
Students - 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 get discounted ski passes. The 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%. Read more information on skiing for the disabled in Morzine or enquire at one of the Ski Pass Offices for a quote.
Weekend warriors - 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.
Car-Sharers - 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.
Pedestrians can take a single trip or a return trip on the Pleney gondola or the Nyon cable car. Family discounts may be available. In Les Gets you can buy your pedestrian ski pass at the bottom of the Chavannes (north side) or Mont Chery (south side).
Also see: Maps of Morzine
Cross-country passes (Nordic Skiing)
Cross country ski passes are available to buy for access to the Pleney bubble and the Nyon cable car. Children and seniors get a reduced rate.
Also see: Cross-country Skiing in Morzine
Season & annual passes
You can buy separate Morzine / Les Gets season passes or, what most seasonnaires tend to do, is buy the full area Portes du Soleil season pass. After all there's a full 650km of terrain to discover! It pays to buy early, the earlier you do the bigger the discounts.
The Leisure Pass (or Pass Loisirs) gives you access to all the non-skiing activities available in Morzines sports centre, including free access to the swimming pool, indoor & outdoor ice rinks. You can pick up these passes from participating accommodation providers (look for the logo).