Fox Valley 
Snowdrifters Ski Club

Morzine, France

with a side trip to Nice, France

January 12 - January 23, 2018 (ten days)

Price:  $2,175

Trip Includes:

  • Round trip air on Lufthansa:  Chicago to Geneva, Nice to Chicago
  • Ground transfer from Geneva to Morzine
  • 7 nights lodging at Hotel Fleur des Neiges (double occupancy)
    • Daily breakfast and dinner included
  •  Ground transfer from Morzine to Nice
  • 3 nights with breakfast  4-star Westminster Hotel & Spa (double occupancy)  
    • Option:  nice sea view room $70/person extra

Come join the Snowdrifters on January 12, 2018.  We will follow the sun and snow to the winter wonderland in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, Morzine, France. It is the largest town of all the “Portes du Soleil” resorts. On January 20th we will follow the sun for a three night extension to Nice, the heart and soul of the French Riviera. This is our crème-de-la-crème trip for 2018.

This unique ski area interconnects 12 resorts in France and Switzerland, passing from villages of Savoir to the landscapes of the Valais.  One lift ticket does it all - no supplements for cross-border skiing and riding. Loosely translated, “Portes du Soleil” means “gateway to the sun”, and the vibrant Rhone Alps town of Morzine is the main portal to this incredibly large ski circus. Via its state of the art modern lift and piste connection with adjacent Avoriaz, Morzine accesses 214 lifts and 435 miles of pistes linking over a dozen villages in two countries. It just doesn’t get much grander than that!

Variety is the spice of skiing and the choices are many on the slopes of the Portes du Soleil. Skiers and riders wake up in the morning to difficult choices. Head west and you’ll find yourself in the stylish part of the Portes du Soleil resort, Morzine-Les Gets.  Head east, and you’ll find yourself skiing across the border to the Swiss part of the resort, Champery, Les Crosets and Champoussin. Take the ski lifts from the center of Morzine to the adjacent valley of Ardent and Les Lindarets. This section, also accessible by shuttle bus, is aptly named “Super” Morzine-Avoriaz. There, you can break for lunch at “La Chalande,” an old converted farmhouse where the cuisine is matched only by the charm of the décor. Your lunch choices on the mountain are abundant. Frankly, it’s impossible to make a bad ski decision in Morzine.

All the Portes du Soleil resorts share the marvelous terrain. Beginners (30%) can stick close to the resorts and intermediates (30%) won’t have a problem if they stay on the trails, while both the extensive off-piste skiing and the exhausting expanse will stretch experts (40%). The terrain at Portes du Soleil stretches over an area so wide that it defies simple definition. Busy beginner slopes drape down the mountainsides on the fringes of Morzine and other nearby villages. Long boulevards wind through shaded forests as they drop thousands of vertical feet from high ridges into deep valleys. Piste markers define groomed routes down vast snowfields above the timberline. And from the mountaintops, the panorama starring the Mont Blanc massif, western Europe’s highest peak, is displayed like a rack of postcards—each a little different from the others, and all unique.

While in Morzine, our hotel is Hotel Fleur des Neiges located in the heart of the village and is family owned. The hotel is located 300 meters away from the Super Morzine lift and allows you to be on the Morzine-Avoriaz ski slopes quickly. Hotel Fleur des Neiges features a cozy lounge, a charming restaurant featuring a menu combining local traditions and culture, as well as spa, sauna, gym, heated swimming-pool and game room. Of course, there is the hotel bar with music.

Morzine Après ski is exciting with many tropical bars and discos to choose from, or you may enjoy a hockey game or figure skating exhibition at the Ice Palace. There is also cross-country skiing, dog sledding and ice climbing. Ski Morzine and discover an authentic alpine Savoyard village offering many activities for non-skiers also: skating, hiking, shopping, guided tours of historical Morzine, guided tours with snowshoes around Morzine, and sleigh rides. Morzine is close to Geneve, Annecey, Montreux, Lake Geneva and many other points of interest for day trips and activities.

Three night extension to Nice, the heart and soul of the French Riviera