Carousel by night in Morzine

Visit to the beautiful Portes du Soleil, France

It's only a week since I was skiing in Morzine; one of the resorts comprising the beautiful Portes du Soleil area in the Alps.  After unprecedented high temperatures the week before I arrived, I was blessed to have half a metre of snow fall perfectly on cue to make my week's skiing perfect.  In addition, the village was picture-postcard pretty especially at night.  Not only does the area offer magnificent skiing across two countries, but takes in the well known resorts of Morzine, Avoriaz, Chatel and Les Gets amongst the nine resorts situated on the French side and three Swiss resorts including Champery.  All of this is within 1.5 hours of Geneva airport.

There is plenty to do in Morzine both on and off the slopes.  With its Haute-Savoie culture, the food provides something for everyone and the architecture will not disappoint with pretty traditional wooden chalets enhancing the Alpine experience.  Restaurants and bars abound, whether you're looking for a quiet night or live music until the early hours, there's bound to be a spot for every taste. It is very definitely a village with local people living and working together.  It has a lovely welcoming atmosphere, so you feel instantly at ease.

As for the slopes, any visitor will find gentle greens and blues or challenging reds and blacks or off-piste powder for the more adventurous.  There really is something for everyone and if you're in need of sustenance or a well-deserved vin chaud, there are numerous bars and restaurants tucked away on the upper slopes.  My only regret is that it all went too quickly!

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