Back in February, some friends and I travelled to Morzine. And what a trip it was! We’d been to Morzine before, so we knew the resort well which I think always helps when going on a skiing holiday, as it allows you to get more in during your stay.
We started with the obligatory trip to the nearest pub/bar and grabbed some beers and omelettes whilst watching England in the six nations. Errr, maybe not quite so typical start of a skiing holiday, but still, it was a good start.
The next day we were out early and on the slopes, getting back to grips with our skiing. It’s like riding a bike, only it takes a little bit longer to get back into the full swing of it, but you still never forget.
So Day 2 of skiing and the blue sunny skies continue. What a start! Unless you asked one of our group, who was a little worse for wear from the apres ski the day before to say the least. Some more great skiing later followed by apres ski and our second day quickly came to a close.
Day 3 of our trip didn’t arrive with quite the same weather, in fact it was so glum that our beginner skier didn’t even want to ski that day. At this point, we’re talking high winds, low visibility and lots of snow! Great, the rest of us thought! Fresh snow!
So we headed out and as we got off our 2nd chair lift, to go onto the third (the longest), all the way to the top, we realised the weather was getting a little stronger. Still, the resort was open, no warning signs or issues from the ski instructors, so we hopped onto our third.
Oh what a mistake that was! We then found ourselves stuck along a 15 minute lift, 5 minutes in and the lift had been stopped. The visibility had reduced, so we could only see 5 chairs in front and the wind was picking up. Still stuck, 2 minutes passed, and the visibility went from 5 to 4 chairs, then suddenly to 3, then 2. Then before we knew it, we couldn’t even see the chair in front of us. That’s about as little as 5 feet! Not only that, but then our chair started swaying from side to side because of the sever wind gusts we were seeing. Then, the last thing any skier wants to hear arrives, and a very heavy and close thunderstorm is on top of us.
At this point, all of us thought it was no longer funny and we needed to get down the mountain rather sharpish! The problem was we’d only just started moving on the lift again, and we knew there was still a long way to go! Still swinging from side to side, with one person on the lift suffering a panic attack, 10 minutes later and 2 stops, we finally get to the end of the lift and realise we were the last people allowed on the lift. Not only that, but we were greeted with a “Quickly quickly, get down the mountain, all slopes are closed”. So we quickly descended down the mountain.
The rest of the holiday was just incredible and with blue skies the majority of the time and plenty of skiing!
The village of Morzine itself is a very charming place with old wooden lodges and buildings, very authentic and great to have just a nice evening walk through.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants with all types of cuisines and drink aperitifs available dependent on your tastes.
I’ve been skiing to a few locations and would always pick Morzine as the closest to my heart. It’s a great place for beginner – advances skiiers with both sides of the mountain Avoriaz and Morzine available giving you twice the amount of slopes and a glorious village to enjoy the apres ski in.
I would strongly suggest this resort. However, my skiing has been limited to just France and would love to try some skiing in Italy to compare!
Let me know if you have any Italian suggestions.