Morzine-Avoriaz resort information & après-ski
Both resorts can become lively after the ski day is over, perhaps more notably in Avoriaz, as French purpose-built resorts are rarely so animated.
There is an ever improving selection of après-ski bars in Avoriaz, which has grown in to one of the livelier of the French purpose-built resorts. Popular choices include Le Yéti (tel: +33 450 741 278) and Le Shooters (tel: +33 450 740 722). The sole nightclub in Avoriaz is Le Yak (tel: +33 450 495 166), where the music keeps pumping until the early hours.
The vibrant après-ski scene in Morzine has also developed massively over the last few years, with popular venues including Chaudanne wine bar (tel: +33 450 791 268) for electro-jazz. Another favourite is Le Robinson (tel: +33 450 790 978), a Morzine institution that’s owned by Rosine and Jean-Marc, who are both over 70 years old. Their clientele includes trendy snowboarders and skiers who appreciate the relaxed atmosphere and the famous Mutzig beer. The Bec Jaune Brewery (tel: +33 450 790 844; www.becjaunebrewery.com) is another popular option, a microbrewery serving quality home-cooked grub.
There are more options for late clubbing in Morzine than at its neighbour, with L’Opera Discoteque (tel: +33 450 791 665) open until 0500, as well as the bustling Le Laurys (tel: +33 450 790 610) and The Cavern (tel: +33 450 742 279) bars.
Morzine (and the Portes du Soleil area as a whole) hosts the annual Rock the Pistes (www.rockthepistes.com) après-ski music festival, which puts on pop and rock concerts at various sections of the ski area every March. Attendance is free for those with a ski pass.
There are around 30 restaurants in Avoriaz, predominantly serving French mountain staples or pizza. Among these is the popular Wild Horse Saloon (Centre Commercial du Snow) which is a lively, modern restaurant with good music and a menu including both traditional dishes and tapas, and La Table du Marché (tel: +33 450 740 811; www.christophe-leroy.com) in Hôtel des Dromonts, which has set high standards for its innovative gourmet cuisine thanks to the efforts of award-winning owner/chef Christophe Leroy.
There is a much bigger selection of restaurants in Morzine, with over 100 restauirants and cafes to choose from, , including a wide choice of traditional French establishments. Among the options for local specialities is the cosy La Grange (tel: +33 450 759 640; www.lagrangemorzine.com), and La Ferme de l’Alpage (tel: +33 450 791 239), which is owned and run by the local fruitière (cheesemaker) – guaranteeing excellent cheese dishes.
For gourmet fare, L'Atelier d'Alexandre (tel: +33 450 790 079; www.hotel-lesamoyede.com) in the Samoyède Hotel is run by the son of the owners and has been awarded two Chef’s Hats – a high grade from the famous Michelin gourmet guide – for his efforts.
If it’s a quick bite you’re searching for, a pizza from Le Schuss (tel: +33 611 919 404) really hits the spot after a long day on the slopes.