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The Morzine of today

Whilst being a bustling modern lively ski resort, with one of the largest international ski domains in the world, the true appeal of Morzine is that it has still kept the appearance of a village from another time; wooden facades, carved balconies and slate-covered roofs. This true Alpine charm and real traditional French village ambiance is what sets Morzine apart from other man-made ski resorts and keeps visitors returning time and time again.

Family Resort

Family ski holiday

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Having attained the national tourist label ‘family plus’, Morzine in winter really does meet all the critieria to ensure a really easy family ski holiday. Find out more why Morzine-Avoriaz is a fantastic child friendly winter holiday destination.

What Morzine offers

Winter activities

Great ski area with snow sure Avoriaz!

Daytime

Evening

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History of Morzine

The main pleney cable car was first opened in 1934 and the resort of Avoriaz, (created by Jean Vuarnet, a local Olympic gold ski champion) was developed in 1963. Up until then, it was quite a different story.

Slate mining

Up until this point, the income of the village depended largely upon farming and slate mining, the local ‘grey gold’. 1734 was the official year of commercial exploitation of slate, but it was probably extracted from the cliff face as far back as the 15th century to cover roofs and lofts. Machinery and mining techniques have remained practically unchanged since then, with five mines still open today, supplying materials for roof covering, tiling and for souvenirs.

“If you want to take a break from your skiing holiday one afternoon, you can accompany Franck Buet, a slate worker, who offers weekly guided tours explaining the history of each process and demonstrating the techniques used in working with slate.”

A few historical dates

Yearly improvements since then have gone on to make Morzine-Avoriaz one of the most popular winter ski and summer destinations in the French Alps.