Morzine is a city in the Portes du Soleil ski area of the Rhone-Alpes region in eastern France. It is one of the most northerly ski resorts in the French Alps and is at an elevation of 1000m. Once a traditional market town scattered along a river gorge, its main industry today is winter sports and tourism.
Morzine was established in the 12th century to service nearby Aulps Abbey, a Cistercian monastery. It also acted as an agricultural outlet or market for the monks’ produce. It is now a long-established French resort with tall tree-lined slopes and a friendly atmosphere.
Winter sports in Morzine include skiing and snowboarding with ideal terrain for beginners and intermediates. Nearby Les Gets and Avoriaz have more challenging slopes. In summer visitors enjoy mountain biking, golf, hiking, caving and swimming in the beautifully maintained Olympic size swimming pool. It frequently hosts stages of the tough Tour de France and is home to the French Mountain Villages Football Tournament. Downhill mountain biking takes advantage of the ski lifts to do the steep uphill climbs with plenty of scary descents on two wheels. The Kona bike park is ideal for more challenging stunts.
Morzine holiday rentals are served by Geneva Airport, just 90km away and there are regular transfers to Morzine for those not wanting to self-drive. The TGV train runs to Cluses and a local bus service connects with Morzine.