Morzine: location and accessibility
Morzine is located in the French Alps, 1-hour from Geneva which is easily accessible by air and train from all over the world. From Geneva we can arrange transfers to and from Morzine.
Morzine: the village
Morzine is a picturesque traditional mountain town which is also a ski resort in the winter and a summer holiday resort in the summer months offering a huge array of sports. A true Savoyard town which is kept very traditional through a strict planning regime. The vibrant and charming town offers great facilities including restaurants, cafés and wine-bars, cinemas, an indoor-outdoor swimming pool complex, tennis courts, an ice-rink and too many activities to name! Click here to read about Morzine’s history.
Morzine – the surrounding area
- Lakeside beaches: visit one of the many lakeside beaches, sunbathe and take a dip in the clear turquoise waters of our many beautiful lakes
- Visit Switzerland including Geneva and Lausanne
- The beautiful town of Annecy is 1.5 hours away and a perfect day-trip
- Chamonix and Mont-Blanc are located 1-hour from Morzine, take in the breathtaking scenery and enjoy the picturesque town centre.
- Take a day-trip to Italy, less than 2 hours away
- Another city well worth a visit is Grenoble, a popular university town with a vibrant centre surrounded by stunning mountain scenery.
Winter: Morzine is a ski resort in the winter months (December – April) so it can be as cold as -10° but we get a lot of sunshine too and the mountain sun is very warming! We don’t get a lot of grey drizzly days but it does snow regularly in the winter which makes the town look very pretty.
Summer: in the summer temperatures range from 25°-35°C but it can be colder first thing in the morning and in the evenings, so you will always need a light jacket. We get a lot of sunshine and the occasional thunderstorm!
Spring/autumn (April/May & October/November) : like everywhere in Europe, the weather in the spring and autumn is more changeable. Temperatures range from 0°-20°C. The sun is strong and warm when it is out, but we also have some colder days too.
Morzine is a small town so most places are accessible by foot. However there are free buses around the town plus a bus that links Morzine with the surrounding villages which costs 1€ per journey.
If you plan on driving in France during your stay and live outside of the EU, you should bring an International driving licence with you or a certified translation of your original licence.
What to bring
For your lessons:
You should bring a pen, notebook and a dictionary (optional). All course materials are provided. We offer free wi-fi access and all of our students have unlimited access to our online multimedia centre which you can access from your accommodation via a tablet/ipad or laptop.
In the winter, you need boots with a grip to avoid slipping on snow/ice, a warm coat, gloves, scarf and hat.
In the summer, you need lightweight clothes, a jumper and/or jacket for the evenings, a waterproof.
People in Morzine don’t tend to dress very smartly so casual clothes are fine for all occasions unless you want to wear something smarter to go out in the evening but this is optional. There are many outdoor activities on offer so we advise students to bring a pair of trainers.
For all seasons the sun can be strong so it is advisable to wear sunscreen if you are going to be out in the sun for long periods of time. You should bring swimwear if you wish to use the swimming pool complex and board shorts aren’t allowed for men (speedos or lycra-style swim shorts only as is the French tradition).
Your lessons with Alpine French School
On your first day, or before your arrival if appropriate, you will be asked to carry out an evaluation so that we can place you in the group that is correct for your level. We will also discuss your needs and objectives for the course and advise if necessary on course options. If at any time you feel that you have been placed in the wrong group, please talk to your teacher. At your first lesson you will be given your course materials and your login for our online multimedia centre.
We offer cultural and sporting activities in addition to our French Courses and you will find information about these on our website, Facebook page and on our school noticeboard. Or ask any member of staff!