La Vardaf in Summer

La Vardaf 3

Luxury Accommodation in the Heart of the Portes du Soleil

La Vardaf in Winter
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View From The Balcony

About Morzine...

Morzine is the heart of the Portes du Soleil, a playground on an epic scale that you can choose to use or choose to watch. The fabulous mountain scenery cycles through the seasons from spring flowers to summer greens, on to autumnal reds and finishes the year under a blanket of winter white snow. Minute by minute the sunlight shifts, making even the most familiar view different each time you look.

The ski area is one of the largest in the world, offering 201 ski lifts servicing 650km of piste and countless possibilities for off-piste adventure. The pistes and terrain are varied in their difficulty, offering ideal routes for everybody from absolute beginner to extreme powder hound. The layout of the area means that it is possible to ski from one village to the next and with some prior planning some huge loops are possible. La Vardaf 3 offers very easy access to a number of the main entry points to the ski area so it is possible to select a different area to ski every day for a week. There are a number of excellent ski and snowboarding schools that we can recommend from personal experience. We will be very happy to assist you with recommendations on ski and snowboard schools, ski and snowboard hire, lift passes and even some thoughts on ski routes to try.

In the summer the action doesn't stop - it just changes to biking, rafting, parascending, rock climbing, walking, sun-bathing and sampling the excellent local food and wines. With some of the most spectacular scenery and challenging hill-climbs in France, the Tour de France rides through the area every year, sometimes right through Morzine itself. Both road and mountain biking are very popular and there are numerous places where you can hire bicycles and the other kit that you need. If that sounds too energetic, Lac Montriond is an ideal place to chill out just a few minutes away from La Vardaf 3. The kids are safe to play in the lifeguarded swimming areas and it is a pleasant stroll along a buggy-friendly track round the lake. There are several restaurants to stop at to refill or take your picnic and lie on the grass whilst the Red Kites whirl in the sky above.

The centre of Morzine has a large sports complex with swimming pools, an ice rink, tennis courts, skateboard park and other facilities. There are dozens of companies scattered along the valley that cater for all tastes - have a look on the links page for some suggestions.

The Haute Savoie region of France is well known for its mountain cuisine, based on hams, salamis and particularly cheeses with the famous Reblochon and local goat's cheese being must have meals. Local wines are well worth tasting with the Gamay grape variety producing a light, fruity wine which complements the cheese dishes perfectly. The restaurants in Les Lindarettes are well known for the quality of their fare and in many places in Morzine you have to arrive early or book in advance to get a table.

Slightly further afield lie the spa towns of Thonon and Evian-les-Bains, on the banks of Lake Geneva. Montreux, with its Christmas markets and summer Music Festival (first half of July) is an hour away at the east end of Lake Geneva and classy Geneva itself an hour away at the west end. Chamonix is an hour to the south and you could be dipping your toes in the Mediterranean Sea in under four hours. With so much to see in the area you will need to visit more than once!

At a glance...

-Portes du Soleil ski area
-201 lifts
-650km of piste
-unlimited off-piste
-summer fun too:
-mountain biking
-hiking
-eating & drinking

Mont Blanc on a Summer Evening

Les Gets

La Vallee Des Aulpes

Rafting on the River Dranse

Tree Top Fun