Our guide to winter in Morzine › Morzine piste maps
So, you’re looking for a Morzine piste map?
Well, you’ve found it – you can view and download the three different piste maps you might need in the first section of this article.
But in this guide, we’ve also provided loads of other information about Morzine and Portes Du Soleil pistes maps so you can make the most out of your next ski trip.
Below are links to the latest versions of all the different Morzine piste maps.
There are three maps to consider because Morzine is one of the towns that make up the huge Portes du Soleil ski area.
So, there is a piste map for:
The local area piste maps show more detail than the Portes Du Soleil map which provides more of an overview of the whole ski area.
The best places to pick up piste maps in Morzine are the lift pass offices and the tourist office.
However, you can also pick up piste maps from the following locations:
This lift pass office is located at the bottom of the Pléney bubble (the most obvious ski lift in Morzine).
This office will have the Morzine-Les Gets edition of the piste maps which has a map of Morzine-Les Gets on one side and map of the Portes Du Soleil on the other side. You may also be able to pick up Avoriaz editions of the map but they don’t always have them.
The tourist information office is right in the middle of Morzine, adjacent to the town square. Inside you can find Morzine-Les Gets and Avoriaz editions of the piste map. Both have the local area map on one side and the whole Portes Du Soleil map on the reserve.
This office is located next door to the Super Morzine suspension bridge and is connected to the Super Morzine bubble.
The lift gives you access to Avoriaz and the rest of the Portes Du Soleil and therefore stocks the Avoriaz edition of the piste map – Avoriaz map on one site, Portes du Soleil map on the back. You may also be able to pick up Morzine-Les Gets editions of the map but they don’t always have them.
You can also get piste maps from the lift pass offices at Prodains Telecabine, Nyon Telecabine and Ardent Telecabine which are all located further out of Morzine.
If you haven’t got hold of a paper piste map, or always find they become screwed up in a ball in your pocket then there is another option – access the piste map on your phone!
At the time of writing this, the app doesn’t have very good reviews. This is because some of its other features are a little hard to use but we’ve found the map feature works well.
Once in the app, you’ll see a map on the start screen. Tap the map to show the full Portes Du Soleil piste map.
In the map you can:
The app also provides other information that will help you make the most of your ski holiday such as lift status (open or closed), weather and snow conditions, the current avalanche risk and more.
Another feature we like about this app is the easy access to the dozens of webcams that are located around Morzine and the Portes Du Soleil ski area. These allow you to have a sneak peek at the weather conditions on the mountain whilst you’re still having breakfast in your chalet each morning.
When you first look at any piste map it can be hard to understand. There are lots of coloured lines going in different directions and icons everywhere!
The Portes Du Soleil piste map can be especially hard to understand because the ski area is so big. The PDS is the biggest international ski area in the world so there is a lot crammed onto one piste map!
To help you quickly get to grips with the map, we’ve put together a quick guide.
The pistes (or ski runs) are represented on the map by the wiggly lines. These lines have a small arrow on them that tells you the direction you ski down them.
They come in 4 colours which signify the difficulty of the piste:
Additionally, there are Free Zones which are shown in orange. These are ski runs which are off-piste and therefore not groomed and flattened by piste bashers each night. The difficulty of these runs depends on the snow conditions.
Snow parks are shown by a snowboarder icon and the name of the park in black and yellow. Most snow parks have some easy and some difficult features so no difficulty rating is given on the piste map.
There are over 30 snow parks shown on the Portes Du Soleil piste map and many of the best are in the areas around Morzine.
Ski lifts are shown on the Morzine piste map and Portes Du Soleil piste map as black straight or curved lines. They have a small arrow with two tails to show you the direction of travel and a small icon to tell you what type of lift they are.
A téléski is a drag lift – these tend to cover short distances and be in areas with few skiers.
There aren’t very many of these lifts in the Portes Du Soleil compared to some other ski areas which is great news. Drag lifts are slower and more difficult to ride for beginner skiers and snowboarders.
A télésiège is a chair lift – these are either 2, 3, 4, 6 or 8 person lifts and make up the vast majority of the ski lifts around Morzine and throughout the Portes Du Soleil. Chair lifts are fast and easy to ride.
A télécabine is a gondola – these are bigger lifts which require you to take your skis or snowboard off in order to use. They are very fast and carry a lot of people. In the Portes Du Soleil, télécabines are only used for access from towns to the ski area.
For example, Morzine has the Super Morzine, Pleney and Nyon télécabines that lead to both the Avoriaz and Morzine-Les Gets ski areas.
Toilet stops on the mountain are essential, especially if you’re skiing with kids. Toilets are marked on the map with a WC icon.
To catch some of the most spectacular mountain vistas around Morzine you can visit the recommended viewing points that are marked on the map with a black icon that looks like a sunrise.
Meeting points can be useful for organising to meet with friends and family on the mountain. They are marked on the piste map with a green and white icon.
Stopping for lunch? You’ll either want a restaurant or picnic spot. Restaurants are marked on the piste map with a knife and fork icon, picnic spots with a green picnic bench icon.
There is more to the Morzine piste maps than just ski runs, lifts and mountain restaurants. They also give you some interesting information about the geography of the region.
The Portes Du Soleil ski area is in both France and Switzerland and therefore the border is represented on the piste map with a yellow and green dotted line.
Don’t worry, you don’t need your passport to cross the border and ski into a new country! :)
The 12 towns of the Portes Du Soleil are fairly obvious on the piste map. Each town has a flag next to it so you know if it is in France or Switzerland and the height range of the surrounding ski area.
Each major mountain peak is marked on the map with its name and its height in meters. This helps you to put a name to the majestic mountain you’re taking in as you sip your mid-morning coffee.
The Pléney télécabine is the main lift from Morzine that takes you into the Morzine-Les Gets ski area.
At the top of the lift are some green nursery slopes as well as a choice of steep and challenging red runs or tree-lined, meandering blue pistes. All these pistes eventually end up at the bottom of the télécabine allowing you to ski lots of different runs all within the same small area. This is a great area of the mountain for families and beginner skiers.
You can find the Pléney by looking slightly to the right of the town of Morzine on the piste map.
This bowl is a skier’s dream! It has dozens of rolling red pistes and fun blue runs all served by five chair lifts. These means you can spend a whole day in this area of the mountain without skiing the same run twice.
The views of Mont Blanc from the viewpoint at the top of Le Ranfoilly are spectacular and there are some lovely mountain restaurants to choose from.
To find Le Ranfoilly on the Portes Du Soleil piste map: Find Morzine and then look up towards the top of the map.
The Grandes Combes lift is a chairlift that sits above Avoriaz and takes skiers towards Les Hauts-Forts peak (2466m). The ski area below features steep and fast red & black runs as well as technical, moguled black pistes. It’s a lot of fun if you’ve got the skills – experts only! :)
To find Grand Combes on the piste map, find Morzine town and look left and slightly up. Alternatively, it is diagonally up and right from Avoriaz.
Morzine and its neighbouring towns of Avoriaz and Les Gets offer dozens of cross country skiing tracks.
The Super Morzine plateau offers six different tracks which can be accessed from Morzine and Avoriaz easily. They vary from easy (green) up to very difficult (black).
In the Morzine-Les Gets ski area there are 12 tracks to choose from. They can be cross-country skied, snow-shoed or, if the snow conditions are right, walked on foot.
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