Learn to ski in Morzine
Situated close to the Swiss border in the Haute Savoie region of south-eastern France and just over an hour’s drive from Geneva, Morzine is a pretty and traditional town with wood & slate chalets. The resort lies at an altitude of 1000m, directly within the heart of the Portes du Soleil skiing region. With its neighbour Avoriaz, Morzine is one of the most northerly French Alpine resorts, both resorts benefitting from the glacial snow conditions of the nearby Mont Blanc.
The Portes du Soleil skiing region encompasses 12 resorts and offers a total of 650km of slopes. Within the region are three different sectors: Pleney, which, thanks to the numerous blue slopes, is the destination of all ski schools in Morzine for their beginner lessons; Nyon, the sector that offers the best runs for experienced skiers, and Chamossières.
Ski lessons for beginners in Morzine
Ski schools in Morzine welcome beginner skiers from 5yrs upwards, lessons lasting for 2-2,5hrs. Lesson groups have a maximum of 8 skiers and are divided according to age and experience level.
Ski novices are taught their very first technique basics on the two beginner slopes by the Pléney, which is higher up in Morzine. Many beginners use the higher green Plény run to practice the snowplough after lessons, this being accessed by the TS du Belvedere lift.
Beginners who have mastered the first moves graduate onto the blue pistes within the resort. Here, the Pléney is also ideal, having various excellent blue runs such as the Piste B, Piste C and Piste D, all of which head down towards the bottom of the Pléney télécabine. Ski schools in Morzine recommend Piste B as the ideal confidence builder, as the run is long, leisurely and doesn’t have any steep sections.
Advancing beginners head to Piste C and Piste G, which are accessed by the TS des Fys and TS d’Atray lifts. These runs have steeper gradients and are ideal for working on technique.
Kids’ ski lessons in Morzine
Kids’ ski lessons in Morzine are available from the age of 5yrs. Ski schools in Morzine offer beginner lesson packages with equipment and a ski pass for the Morzine Les Gets beginner slopes included, so young skiers really have the best prerequisites for a successful first skiing holiday.
Group lessons have a maximum 8 participants, the groups being arranged according to the children’s ages and skiing experience. Lessons can be taken in the morning or afternoon and generally last for 2-2,5hrs, although some ski schools in Morzine offer full-day lessons.
First-timer skiers are taken to the beginner slopes up at the Pléney, which has two green slopes, plus a children's zone where the very young skiers can practise. Ski schools in Morzine meet for their beginners’ lessons at the Pléney gondola, either directly at the base station or at the top station.
Ski novices start with the basic moves of glide and snowplough. Once these have been well-established, the group moves onto green and blue slopes that are more challenging and have a slight gradient.
Lessons for young intermediate skiers focus on parallel turns and improving posture. Whether the children are first-time skiers or have already advanced onto red or even black runs, the instructor takes the students to slopes according to their level to ensure further progress. Ski schools in Morzine have a medal presentation at the end of the week, so no matter whatever the level, every young skier finishes the week with a sense of achievement.
Ski lesson prices in Morzine
Ski schools in Morzine offer group and private ski and snowboard lessons. The prices quoted are the lowest price per lesson within the season and do not include extras, such as ski pass or equipment:
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Morzine ski pass
Visitors to Morzine can buy the Morzine-Les Gets ski pass, which covers all lifts within the two areas. Prices vary according to the skier’s age, additionally, a family or group pass can be purchased.
Skiers wanting to explore slopes outside the Morzine-Les Gets area can buy the Portes du Soleil pass, which gives access to 12 ski resorts across France and Switzerland, including Les Gets, Morzine, Avoriaz and Champéry & Morgins.
Ski hire in Morzine
Some kids' lessons come with included ski hire. For families who need to hire their equipment, there are 19 ski hire centres within Morzine. Some ski schools in Morzine may offer special deals with specific ski hire centres.
The best ski schools in Morzine
Founded in 1999 and now with a team of 30 state-certified ski instructors, Easy2Ride offers skiing, snowboarding and freestyle lessons for all ages. Lessons are given in English and French.
The Pléney gondola base station.
CheckYeti customers reviews:
experienced, patient, beginner friendly
Evolution 2 Morzine
Professionalism, dynamism and experience are the main values of this school, which offers ski and snowboard lessons in English and French.
The Pléney gondola top station.
CheckYeti customers reviews:
beginner friendly, experienced, local
What makes learning to ski in Morzine so special
Situated at the very heart of the huge Portes du Soleil ski region, visitors to Morzine have easy access to a multitude of slopes of all levels, whether for skiing or snowboarding. The town itself is pretty and buzzing, with a wide assortment of shops & restaurants for all tastes and budgets.
Morzine has the prestigious Famille Plus label, meaning it is ideal for families and kids of all ages are very welcome. Childcare services are flexible, ski schools are known for their particularly child-friendly lessons and on top, the resort is only a 75 minute drive from Geneva.