Alps : Portes du Soleil : Morzine
Morzine is a city in Portes du Soleil.
The nearest train station is in Cluses, a 30min drive away, around 35km. Cluses Station is served by a TGV line and connections to France, Switzerland, the Eurostar and the rest of Europe are available here. A bus service runs from Cluses train station to Morzine.
The nearest major airport is at Geneva (GVA). If you arrive in to the Geneva Airport, www.MorzExpress.com provide shared transfers direct to Morzine for a very reasonable €25 per person with no minimum numbers required.
In the Summer
Morzine and the surrounding region, including Les Gets, is an excellent place to go mountain biking (in the summer, of course) with loads of great trails, some scary downhill courses and, of course, ski lifts to take the effort out of getting to the top. Of particular interest is the Kona Bike Park in the near-by town of Les Gets. This is a custom constructed area with drops, berms and jump including plenty to challenge all but the bravest of cyclists.
Being a skiing village, there are several places to get a drink at here are two safe bets where this author had his fill.
First, Bar Robinson, you will find the selection a little slim and the owners slightly perturbed by all of the Anglos but they have Mutzig - also the only beer on draught. Some locals claim that the beer has similar affects as hallucinogenic mushrooms but this has neither been proven or disproven. The varied in age and be sure to get there early because last orders are at 7:30 and they shut at 8:00.
For some action a little later into the evening a generally younger crowd, heads to the Buddha Bar, here you will find a relaxed atmosphere and the small space completely filled to the rafters with treasures from Asia. It is amazing to see some of the carved items that have, presumably, been brought to France including entire doors with framing and all. Music will suit most, from Dolly Parton to U2 to Rocky Horror Picture Show, to, well you see my point. There is no dance floor but plenty of seats if you legs are done from skiing or biking all day. If you must dance, there is a dance club adjacent to the Buddha.
Like all ski resorts, Morzine is packed with chalets and other small units to rent. Prices can be extremely reasonable and present specially good value when shared with members of a group.