A group of mates getting together to enjoy a ski holiday is always a lovely idea. But if some of you are struggling beginners and others just want to shred the back runs or head off piste, finding a resort which suits you all can be a struggle.
This is where skiing in Morzine comes into its own. Not only is the resort a lively, vibrant town with a frankly excellent aprÃ¨s scene, it has access to a range of runs wide enough to serve all different levels of skiers.
Beginners neednâ€™t feel that theyâ€™re holding intermediate or advanced practitioners back as, once theyâ€™ve progressed off the nursery slopes, the network of blue runs intermingles with the resortâ€™s more challenging reds and blacks. This way, each group can take on the runs they want while meeting up regularly on the mountain.
From Beginner to Winner
The skiing in Morzine is perfect for moving novices quickly through the beginner stage into intermediate. Start off on the gentle slopes above the resort, or the equally sedate blues and greens at Pleney, or head over to the neighbouring resort of Les Gets for its excellent beginner runs.
Once youâ€™ve mastered these youâ€™ll discover that you are at the gateway of the vast Portes du Soleil skiing area with a good network of blues and some easier reds to try.
Speed up the Learning Process with Classes
If youâ€™re trying it for the first time, youâ€™ll want to shed your beginner status as quickly as possible. The best way to do this is to book yourself some lessons. French ESF ski and snowboarding classes are always excellent, as well as a lot of fun, and you can book and pay for them online before you arrive.
One of the major benefits of being with an instructor is that they will always take you to the best snow in the resort, so ski with them in the morning and then impress your friends with your local knowledge in the afternoon.
Snow Boarding Novices
This isnâ€™t just a great place to learn to ski; Avoriaz â€“ above Morzine â€“ was one of the birth places of snowboarding and has a fantastic range of freestyle parks for beginner boarders to try out.
Those who arenâ€™t quite up to tricks yet will love the quieter wide slopes of Morzine where boarders can hone their skills before taking on the challenges of the rest of the Portes du Soleil area.
If you feel confident by the end of the week, venture up to The Chapelle park in Avoriaz for a good range of beginner kickers, rails and boxes. There are two drag lifts in the park so you wonâ€™t spend too much time waiting between runs.
How to Get There
Morzine is actually one of the most accessible resorts in the Alps with flights into Geneva, ChambÃ©ry, Lyon and Turin. Fly to Geneva and the transfer to the resort takes just 75 minutes.
If you and your mates are keen to get on the slopes as quickly as possible, book a group transfer with Shuttle Direct and weâ€™ll be waiting at the airport when you land. Just let us know how many of you will be travelling and what equipment you will have with you, and weâ€™ll ensure thereâ€™s a vehicle tailored to your groupâ€™s size and needs.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re planning a holiday to go skiing in Morzine, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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