Last winter I visited Morzine for a week of skiing and snowboarding with some friends. We had a vegan in our midst which added a new challenge, as avoiding cheese in the French mountains can be tough. Check out this review of Morzine vegan ski holiday in France to find out how we got on.
Morzine is about 75 minutes from Geneva making it particularly easy to reach. From the UK you can fly, catch the train or take a coach to Geneva. And from Geneva there are plenty of options to make your way to Morzine.
We took a Skiidy Gonzales shared transfer. The collection point is easy to find just after you exit customs at the airport. The wait for all the guests to arrive was less than ten minutes and we were soon on our way. The drive to resort was about as uneventful as they come, which is what you want from a transfer!
The way home was a very early start. Our driver was rather chirpy despite it still essentially being the night before. He got us safely back to Geneva airport with plenty of time to catch our flights.
So I personally am not a vegan or even a vegetarian. But I have been making an effort over the last few years to reduce my meat consumption. So when traveling with a vegan I am more than happy to eat where he can get a good meal. Quite often I join Nathan in meat and animal produce free meals, but not always.
During this review of Morzine vegan ski holiday in France we stayed at a friends apartment with kitchen facilities. So rather than eat out ever day we cooked our own meals a few times. We found Le Mazot and SPAR supermarkets had enough ingredients to whip up a meal but the Carrefour had the best variety for animal free products.
We ate at the following restaurants during this vegan ski holiday in Morzine:
Wild Beets Kitchen focusses on healthier food than your traditional mountain fair. This includes plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. The lovely little restaurant is open for breakfast from ten in the morning and serves lunches until five in the afternoon.
The vegan Buddha Bowl was lovely. It includes falafel (or chicken for non vegans), mixed leaves, roasted chickpeas, white beans, quinoa, beetroot hummus, carrot, red cabbage, broccoli, kimchi, red chilli, pumpkin seeds, coriander and herb tahini dressing. It was really filling and healthy but still left me full of energy.
This is a very cool bar and restaurant with craft ales and Asian street food including extensive vegan and vegetarian options. The sesame broccoli is the best vegetable I have ever eaten anywhere and the tofu/seitan bao buns are delish. On top of this there are veggie spring roles and Gyozas plus the curries and rice dishes all have meat free options.
Located at the foot of the Pleny slopes near the gondola providing access to the Les Gets/Morzine ski area this is a popular après ski spot. They also do a cracking lunch and serve dinner. We were there on a gorgeous day so we sat outside in the sunshine.
By the time we reached Hotel Tremplin it was a very late lunch. Unfortunately they had run out of vegan Thai curry so Nathan enjoyed a burger instead. I went the opposite way and had half a roast chicken and chips which was excellent. As we were finishing our meal the DJ cranked up the volume and the après party began!
A good bar and great pizzas. The vegan pizza unfortunately does not have vegan cheese, it is just pizza minus the fromage… still Nathan really enjoyed it. The veggie pizza was also very nice and our friends enjoyed the meat pizzas they ordered.
Located in the Lindaret’s Valley this is a great lunch stop. Located between the Avoriaz and Chatel ski areas Lindarets is a cool valley with slopes all the way down to Ardent. The cafe is a traditional mountain hut that doesn’t look big enough to cater for the number of people it does!
We sat outside on a lovely sun terrace and had a long leisurely lunch. The restaurant doesn’t have any vegan meals on the menu, but if you contact them in advance through the Mamo’s Facebook page they will prepare a dish especially for you. Nathen enjoyed a vegan shepherds pie – which he loved – while I had a excellent lasagne.
Wild Beets Kitchen also have a cafe in Morzine which is located part way up the road from town towards Prodains. Again it is healthy eating with great vegan and vegetarian options. It is located in The Hive and there is nice outdoor seating on which we enjoyed the March sunshine.
Nathan had a vegan wrap with roasted aubergine and hoisin sauce which he loved. I had a delicious poke bowl with salmon, so still healthy but not vegan. We followed that up with some gorgeous vegan beetroot cake that really hit the spot!
When visiting Mammas last winter they only sold burgers and chips. It seems they now also offer pizza and wraps, but I highly recommend the creative and delicious burgers. There are vegan burgers available which Nathan said is one of the best he’s had. The chips come with toppings, such as cheese and jalapenos or chilli, to crank up your taste buds!
A review of Morzine vegan ski holiday in France would not be complete without talking about the slopes. As part of the massive Portes Du Soleil you can access a whopping 650 km of runs. There are many excellent and varied pistes, lots of freestyle options and epic freeride!
Rising from 1100 to 2466m there is plenty of altitude and lots of variety. The pistes and lifts link together Morzine, Avoriaz, Chatel, Les Gets, Morgins, Les Crosets, Champery, Torgon, La Chapelle d’Abondance, Champoussin, Saint Jean d’Aulps, Montriond, and Val d’Illiez.
Locally Morzine is connected to Les Gets with 120 km of slopes. This is a nice ski area and particularly good for families. It’s simple to get around with plenty of easy slopes. Most is below the treeline so it’s very good when visibility is poor. Mt Cherry in Les Gets has great views and is always quieter than the rest of the ski area.
Although you cannot ski from Avoriaz to Morzine it is still very easy to reach. You can either hop on the Super Morzine gondola in the centre of town or head up to Prodains. Avoriaz has a further 130 km of pistes and has links to Chatel and Switzerland, including the infamous Swiss Wall.
There are 11 excellent snowparks in the Portes Du Soleil. Freestylers will find features in Avoriaz, Châtel, Les Gets, Les Crosets and la Chapelle d’Abondance.
But Avoriaz is where park rats should go. The Stash, voted the best ski run in the world by CNN, has numerous natural obstacles for all levels dotted around trails through the trees. There is also a Super pipe, two other snowparks and the mini stash for younger (or less competent!) freestylers.
The Snowpark in Les Crosets, one of the best Swiss ski resorts, is well worth a visit. There is a great series of six or seven easy/beginner jumps that you can follow. They are perfect for building your confidence at hitting kickers. You’ll find plenty of features for more experienced freestylers too.
Unfortunately during this review of Morzine vegan ski holiday in France we didn’t get conditions to head off-piste. But having visited many times my favourite thing about Portes Du Soleil is the incredible freeride opportunities.
It is not seriously high or steep like Chamonix or places renowned for their freeride. But there are vast amounts of accessible off-piste and backcountry that is fun without being overly difficult or dangerous. And unlike more famous destinations it doesn’t quickly get tracked out. Even a few days after snow a short hike will get you fresh lines.
Of course when heading away from the marked pistes you should have the appropriate avalanche gear and know how to use it. And book a guide if you are new to the area – it’s well worth the money. If you want more detail about the off-piste check out this article about the freeride snowboarding in the Portes Du Soleil.
Morzine is a great resort that delivers both on and off the mountains. There are plenty of places to get involved in some après action and late night bars and clubs in town. Plus the vast ski area offers more pistes, snowparks and freeride opportunities than you can explore in a month let alone during a one week visit.
But this trip was a review of Morzine vegan ski holiday in France. Now while I am not vegan or vegetarian my friend is. I have been away on many ski holidays with him and usually he struggles a bit to get well fed. But in Morzine there were not just token options but high quality vegan food that even I as a meat eater loved.
I think the best summary is from Nathan himself who said the vegan food in Morzine was better than back in the UK and some of the best he has eaten. We’ve already booked to return next winter!
We hope you found this review of Morzine vegan ski holiday in France useful. For more information about the resort go to: www.morzine-avoriaz.com