Morzine manages to maintain a rare balance of picturesque and pracitcal - a large year round town rather than a village, and the centre of the expansive Portes du Soliel area, yet maintaining its charming Savoyard charm and architectural feel.
The resort is the gateway to the 650km of slopes that make up the intermediates paradise of the Portes due Soliel, comprising a massive 12 resorts including Avoriaz, Chatel, Les Gets, and Champéry among others with a whopping 207 lifts between them. Despite the beginner and intermediate focus, with that much terrain there truly is something for everyone - boarders paradise in Avoriaz, and heli skiing in Switzerland being just a couple of the options. For those after a serious challenge, La Chavanette, more commonly known as the Swiss Wall, is known as one of the more difficult runs in the world, and is a must do for any adventurous skier.
It shares with Les Gets a fairly extensive local network of gentle wooded slopes, so is a good place to be in a snowstorm. However, due to its low altitude its not unheard of to rain in the town while snowing at higher altitudes.. At times it's not possible to ski back to resort, and start or end of season trips should be booked with some caution.
Morzine is as popular in summer as in winter and sprawls along both sides of a river gorge - though with the centre emphatically on the west side, at the foot of the local slopes. These are shared with slightly higher Les Gets. Across town is a gondola forming the link with a chain of lifts leading to Avoriaz on the Portes du Soleil circuit. Thanks to it's size it has all the requisite mod-cons including plenty of shops, bars, restaurants and off slope activities. These include a wide range of children activities and childcare, something which has resulted in the resort being awarded the prestigous Famille Plus label by the French Ministry of Tourism. This, coupled with the beginner and intermediate friendly makeup of the slopes as well as the brief 75 minute transfer from Geneva make it one of the best, and most popular family friendly resorts in the Alps.Car trips to Flaine and Chamonix are feasible.