In the heart of the enormous Portes du Soleil ski area, which straddles the border between France and Switzerland in the Alps, Morzine is a resort that offers a great deal to a variety of different skiers and snowboarders. With miles after mile of fairly gentle slopes, many of which are flanked by trees (excellent shelter and improved visibility in bad weather), Morzine is a wonderful place for beginners to make their first turns and build confidence in a picturesque and friendly environment.
The Portes du Soleil area comprises 12 villages - including Les Gets, Avoriaz and Châtel- and 650km of pistes, making it a dream destination for piste skiers that want to get serious distance under their skis. Morzine is also something of a paradise for freestyle skiers and snowboarders, who have no fewer than 11 snowparks (including Avoriaz' infamous "Stash") and 4 boardercross runs to feast on! Despite Morzine's relatively low altitude, neighbouring Avoriaz - which is linked by lift - frequently records the highest annual snowfall in France, so powder-hounds and off-piste enthusiasts are well catered for too!
How do I know what level I am?
Our skiing ability levels for private and group lessons are as follows, although for group lessons some ski schools also have their own names and definitions for the various experience levels. You will find this extra information under the MORE INFO section of that ski school’s packages to make sure you pick the right level.
You’ve never been skiing before but are excited to give it your all! Lessons will begin in dedicated areas where you will learn the basics of sliding downhill, in control, with skis strapped your feet for the first time! The quest begins!
You’ve skied once or twice before and mastered the basics, including the snowplough. It’s time to explore more of the mountain and master green and perhaps even blue slopes. You’ll move away from the snowplough technique towards parallel turns. The mountain is your oyster!
You can zip around comfortably enough on blue slopes and the occasional red. Steeper reds and variable snow still cause you problems. You tend to “skid” your turns and want to learn to carve, springing from one turn to the next like a gazelle, and you will!
You’re a seasoned skier comfortable in most conditions. You can lay a solid carve, provided it’s not super steep. You want to push on and get to grips with the most challenging conditions on the mountain. Steep blacks, moguls the size of a hippopotamus and perhaps even a little adventure away from the groomers and into the off-piste. Superhero status is within reach!
Activities available in Morzine:
We offer a variety of private and group lessons for all ability levels from first-timers to pros and all ages from 3 to 103 years old.
Skiing, snowboarding and unforgettable mountain experiences to put an exclamation mark on any holiday and we're proud to feature a wide variety including, but not limited to:
For the vast majority of us on a winter holiday, skiing is the cornerstone of the whole holiday. Whatever your experience level and whether you’re new to a resort or have been returning to an old favourite for years, everyone can get huge value from booking a ski lesson or two with a private ski instructor or joining a group course.
If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago!
Telemark skiing is a technique that involves skiing on regular skis fitted with special bindings which are fixed only at the toe but free at the heel. More challenging than alpine skiing, telemarking gives the thighs a real workout. The learning curve is steeper than alpine skiing and for this reason, telemarking often appeals to those that that have been skiing for years and are in search of a new approach and a fresh challenge.
Freeride / off-piste skiing
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions. A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes.
Freeride / off-piste snowboarding
Snowboarding has its roots in surfing, and freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) snowboarding – the thrilling pursuit of riding beyond the boundaries of the marked pistes – is the closest form of snowboarding to surfing and, many would argue, the most fun you can have on a snowboard.
Ski touring is the fastest-growing discipline in skiing and with good reason! If you are a keen off piste skier but lament the frenzy on lift-accessed a powder day or find yourself peering into the distance wondering what it would be like to ski that distant peak, then read on -ski touring could be for you! Ski touring involves the use of specially designed equipment that enables you to walk uphill with your skis on your feet, covering long distances and climbing considerable altitudes to get to slopes which would ordinarily be out of reach. Climbing skins are applied to the base of the ski, whose directional fibres enable the ski to glide uphill but not slide backwards downhill. Ski touring bindings have detachable heels to facilitate easy walking. Normal alpine ski boots can be used, but ideally lighter ski touring boots which have a greater range of movement in “walk mode” are best.
Just as ski touring has taken the ski world by storm, so too splitboarding is becoming the hottest trend in snowboarding. If you love nothing more than riding untracked powder and lament the frenzy of a lift accessed powder day in resort then keep reading amigo- splitboarding is more than likely for you! A splitboard is a regular snowboard that separates in half to enable you to walk uphill and is reassembled for the ride down. When separated, specially designed pivoting bindings attached only at the toe, combined with climbing skins attached to the base of the divided board allow you to walk uphill, covering long distances and gaining considerable altitude with relatively little effort. Those distant peaks you would otherwise stare at and mind-surf are now within reach!