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Spring conditions continue in Morzine

Lower parts of the ski area are starting to close

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Giles Towler | Morzine Reporter | Published: 31 Mar 2017


Spring conditions continue in Morzine

The warm weather has meant that some of the lower slopes are becoming green in Morzine and Les Gets. 

Temperatures throughout the area have remained in the twenties all week, with Morzine reaching twenty nine degrees on Thursday, and the snow has been affected accordingly.

More lifts will begin closing this weekend, with Mont Chery set to close and the main pistes on Super Morzine already closed. The Zore chairlift is currently allowing people to take the lift down in order to get back via Super Morzine. Keep an eye on which lifts and pistes are open/closed on our lift status page. 


Despite its lower altitude, Pleney is more shaded than Super Morzine and has not suffered quite as badly, although conditions are not great there. The snow on the lower slopes is very slushy and slow, the snow cover is not great with the slopes becoming muddier by the day.

Most of the Nyon area is still open but on Pleney only eight out of eighteen pistes are still open. A great deal of work has gone into maintaining the slopes throughout the season, which has allowed the pistes to remain open while there is now no snow to the side of them.

Things are not great over in Les Gets either, with only twenty three out of fifty pistes open, and Mont Chery set to close this weekend.


The best place to ski, as has been the case throughout the season, is Avoriaz. The higher slopes of Arare and Fornet still have the best conditions, particularly early on in the day before it gets slushy and slow in the afternoon. Most of the Fornet/Arare sector is open except for the black runs, which have barely been open throughout the season. The large kicker in the Arare snowpark usually closes in the afternoon as well, when the run in becomes too slow.

The conditions in Lindarets are also quite good. The runs have become increasingly bumpy and slushy and, once again, things are generally much better first thing in the morning. The red run on Chaux Fleurie is now closed but other than that the majority of the main runs are open.

Over in Chatel thirty eight out of sixty lifts are open and thirty eight out of seventy seven runs. The lower slopes only have a covering of around twenty centimetres, although this gets up to around sixty centimetres on the higher slopes.In Avoriaz this goes up to around one hundred and fifty centimetres on the highest runs.


There are very few options for off piste at the moment. The avalanche risk is currently two out of five. There is some snowfall forecast for the weekend but it is doubtful this will be enough to make the conditions off piste good again. Hopefully it will be enough to top up what is already on the pistes, as with three weeks left to go of the season, a bit more snow would certainly help matters. The final lift closing date is now the twenty second of April which is a Saturday, as opposed to the usual Sunday closing day.

The Stash and the Chapelle park are still open, as well as the Avoriaz half pipe. It’s best to get there early for the best possible conditions before things slow down in the afternoon.

Whilst it has been far from a great winter in the Portes Du Soleil the lift companies have gone to great lengths to ensure that the pistes are in the best condition possible. With various areas set to close it means that they can now concentrate their efforts and snow making (if the temperature drops enough) on the remaining slopes and keep them open with the best snow conditions.

The pistes are now very quiet, although they might get busier for the Easter holidays. This week has seen perfect spring conditions of slush, sun and empty slopes.