How do you maximise time on the slopes over a ski weekend or short break?

This might sound strange advice but…you could stay outside Morzine!

Now don’t get me wrong, we love Morzine.  It’s full of bars, restaurants, shops…and skiers!  Over 30,000 of them at peak times.

That’s 30,000+ skiers trying to get to the slopes in the morning and returning in the afternoon.  And that takes them about 45 minutes in the morning to reach the slopes of Les Gets, or Avoriaz from arriving at either the Super Morzine or Pleney lifts (aside from the bus journey/walk to get there from their chalet). And the same if not longer to get back in the afternoon, allowing for queues and traffic.  Even longer during the February school holidays!!!

Which is why we at Chalet Margaritka take our ski weekend guests straight to the slopes at Ardent for immediate access to Les Lindarets (Avoriaz) and the huge Portes du Soleil area or in Les Gets (our favourite ski hideaway is the back of Mont Chery if you love empty slopes and awesome views of the Mont Blanc Massif).  There’s also the telecabine at Nyon which has a huge car park and gives direct access into the Morzine/ Les Gets area, avoiding all the queues/ traffic that occurs on the Pleney lift and the bottleneck at the Belvedere chair.

We’ll also accompany you on your ski travels during the day if you wish – we know many of the best routes in the Portes du Soleil, hot chocolate/ vin chaud stops and great traditional restaurants with fab food, plus some hidden back country secrets as well if you’d like to be tempted. And, in the evening we also know a lively Apres ski bar or two to stop off at on the way back to the chalet, again avoiding the high people traffic points back down the mountain or through the village.

Et voila! An extra 1½ hours skiing a day!  Pretty useful when you’re maximising your slope time on a Ski Weekend.  If you think about it, over 4 days, that’s almost an extra days skiing!  Just by choosing to stay at Chalet Margaritka.

And if you want or prefer to sample the busy bars of Morzine for some Apres.…well, we might just join you 🙂


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