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Is Morzine a good ski resort for beginners?


This is a question that we often get asked by students coming to study French in France who haven’t done much skiing before.


Morzine is a great place for beginner skiers! The Morzine-Les Gets ski area consists largely of wide gentle pistes which are perfect for people learning to ski. There are nursery slopes at the top of the Pléney bubble which leaves from the centre of Morzine. These green nursery slopes even have a magic carpet so you don’t have to worry about ski-lifts until you find your feet. At the foot of the Pléney bubble are a number of ski-shops where you can hire skis (if you haven’t done so already) and there are several ski-schools where you can book yourself a lesson or two to get you going. You can also buy your liftpass at the foot of the cable-car. If you are taking French lessons with Alpine French School, we can arrange all of this for you before you arrive to give you more time and energy to concentrate on skiing ; and studying French of course! Check out our learn French and ski package for more information.



Once you have found your feet and feel happy to venture away from the nursery slopes, you can try out some of the wide, tree-lined blue runs in the Morzine-Les Gets ski area which are beautiful in terms of their views and scenery as well as in terms of the skiing they offer. If you want to venture further afield and try another ski-area, you can take the Super Morzine cable-car up the other side of the Morzine valley and head for the Avoriaz ski-area. From the top of Super Morzine, gentle blue runs take you up to Avoriaz where you will find a wide range of pistes of all levels. The easiest blues are the ones located between Avoriaz and Super Morzine but there are also nice blue pistes around the Lindarets area although these are a tiny bit steeper than around Super Morzine. Just ask us for advice of pistes suitable for your level if you need guidance or ideas of where to go.


One of the hard things about learning to ski is carrying your skis and poles whilst walking in your ski boots!! Luckily Morzine have thought of this and there is a little tourist train which takes you from the Pléney cable-car to the Super Morzine cable-car and to the Tourist Office stopping just opposite Alpine French School.   Morzine and the Portes du Soleil ski area have worked hard in the past 5 years to improve and modernise their ski-lifts. This means less of the chair lifts that come around too fast when you are trying to get on, and less of the uncomfortable, small, hard seats. The new chair-lifts have soft cushioned seats and slow down for you to get on and off ; very important for beginner skiers ! The new cable-cars are more spacious, modern and comfortable….and much much faster.


If get tired from using all those newly found muscles, then there are several spas and massage companies in Morzine who can relieve those knots. Morzine also has a modern aquatic centre with a spa area including Jacuzzi.


If can’t take any more skiing and decide to take a day off, then you could always learn a little French with one of our workshops or French cultural activities. Or check out our blog post with ideas of activities for non-skiers in Morzine.


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