With so many exciting new developments in Morzine for the Winter 20/21 season, we’ve divided them into two posts! The second will follow tomorrow.
But full disclosure before we get started. There’s much speculation with regards to when your favourite ski resorts across the French Alps will open this winter and as always, we’ll continue to answer your questions and be as helpful as we possibly can be as we hurtle towards a new winter season. However, we truly believe that no definitive decision has been taken with regards to resort openings this winter. The official line from our three local lift operators is that they’ll open as planned, on schedule, unless they’re told not to by the French government. You can stay up to date with all official announcements on our ‘How Will We Ski?‘ article.
In the meantime, here’s a load of exciting developments to whet your appetite.
Le Colibri – from the ashes
We’ve made no secret of the fact that Le Colibri in Morzine is one of our all-time favourite family friendly bistrot. Manon and Pauline welcome each and every diner with a warm smile and an outstanding menu. We won’t revisit how heartbreaking it was to watch the restaurant in flames in August 2019, just 18 months after opening (a horrible accident, thankfully no one was hurt in case you don’t know the back story…). Instead we’ll say a massive felicitations to the team for bringing Le Colibri back from the ashes. We’ll be front of the queue on re-opening day. Check out the menu, opening times and more at lecolibri-morzine.com.
The eagles return
Last winter we saw a world first on Nyon; ski falconry. Restaurant la Pointe de Nyon, at an altitude of 1413m, became home to several birds of pray including eagles, buzzards and owls. They spend their summers at the Aigles du Leman park further down the valley and they’ll make their return to Morzine this winter for a truly unique experience. Dine in the restaurant as they swoop above your head, or watch them in their huts during feeding time. By prior arrangement, you can even ski with the birds soaring above you on the pistes of Nyon. For more information and booking conditions head to lesaiglesduleman.com
Elsewhere on Nyon…
Accessing the pistes of Nyon just got a whole load easier. A covered escalator now connects the free car park at the base of the mountain with the lift station further up, making those clunky metal staircases a thing of the past!
As our Instagram followers already know, a brand new viewing platform was erected on Nyon during the summer months in preparation for this winter season. Oh how we loved teasing you with those construction pics! Set at an altitude of 2019 metres, you’ll step out on a 10 metre walkway made of… glass. And once you’ve got your head around that, take in the 360-degree views from Lake Geneva to Mont Blanc. Access to the viewing platform is free; you just need your lift pass to ski from the Pointe de Nyon chairlift.
Nyon fans will also remember that l’Aigle Rouge piste enjoyed a partial reconfiguration last winter. The remodelling has been finished for this season and now includes a slope that is three times wider than previously, while below on the Nyon plateau, you can have your own moment of flight in Eagle Park. There’s a new extra large boarder cross course to test and new modules to conquer in this eco snowpark.
Learn to love the outdoors
Vivien and Jason Day have a mission; they want everyone to learn to love the outdoors as much as they do. They offer tranquil, awe-inspiring snowshoe treks around Morzine and the surrounding valley each winter, either as half day or full day private trips. With walks for all abilities, there’s even an evening show shoe trip that takes in dinner at a traditional mountain alpage along the way. Transport is provided from wherever you’re staying in our valley and we promise you; this is the very best way to get off the beaten track and out into the wilderness this winter. Find out more and contact Vivien and Jason at daysawayadventures.com
For the love of sandwiches
On the site of the old Odlo shop at the top of the rue du Bourg, Pauline Roguet launches a brand new gourmet sandwich shop this winter. Serving freshly ground coffee, loose-leaf tea and homemade cakes in addition to breakfast bowls of museli, yoghurt and fruits, the treats on offer at Au P’tit Casse Croûte adapt to your hunger levels throughout the day. At lunchtime there’ll be a large selection of homemade sandwiches including traditional favourites and Piadina (Italian flatbreads), luxury treats, child-friendly options and vegetarian options too. With 10 seats inside the café and a focus on take-away options, packaging has been designed so you can enjoy your food on the street, on the ski lift or at work. Pauline has sourced all of her ingredients locally, working with butchers, dairy farms and bakers to deliver a truly authentic Morzine lunch to go. Keep up to date by following Au P’tit Casse Crôute on Facebook.
Save our Front de Neige
In many French ski resorts, the Front de Neige (the snow front, where the mountains meet the village) is a big deal. It’s the site of entertainment, après parties, sledging, live music and much more; it showcases everything that’s amazing about a particular resort, bringing joy to holiday makers and families in particular. In an effort to bring this magic back to Morzine, a not-for-profit association has formed to sustain and reimagine our Front de Neige by enhancing snow coverage and introducing an entertainment programme. You’ll discover more about this project on page 138, but it the meantime, follow the group’s progress on their Facebook page – facebook.com/associationdufrontdeneigedemorzine
Join the Gorilla Gang
Billski have launched a dedicated kids club this winter season with the aim of inspiring your children to love the mountains as much as you do. The Gorilla Gang is a fun, progressive ski club for local children who will meet each week in small groups. Sessions will include mountain safety awareness, beginner park skills and more with the aim of creating an enjoyable, encouraging environment for little ones on the mountain. Prices start from €450 per child for the whole season, group will have a maximum of eight children and you can find out more by emailing email@example.com.