Morzine is at the heart of the Portes du Soleil, a vast ski area with statistics to dwarf other resorts. There are 650km of groomed runs – the largest linked ski area in the world – taking in 12 traditional towns and villages across both France and Switzerland. The unique selling point of the Portes du Soleil is the on-snow experience.
Les Gets is one of the prettiest villages in the Alps — chic and stylish — both in the town and on the mountain. This is a fantastic place; not just to ski, but to relax with family and friends. The pistes run right back to the heart of the village where bars and restaurants meet the slopes, making this an ideal location for family ski holidays.
Méribel lies at the heart of The Three Valleys ski resort and is an extremely popular village, not only because of its excellent location and access to snow-sure skiing, but also it’s lively yet laid-back atmosphere. Ideal for families, friends or corporate groups alike, the variety of pistes suits beginners through to experts.
You could conceivably arrive in resort empty-handed and kit yourself out in-shop. From thermals and socks, to outerwear and goggles, to evening wear and street shoes – Slopestyle is a cornucopia of mountain style and street fashion with big brands for on and off the mountain. Their sister store, The Woods, on the opposite side of the street stocks more technical brands such as Patagonia and AK. You can also hire snowboard equipment from here, wrigglet boards for under 5s, and book snowboard lessons with Mint Snowboard School, who has an office in the corner in a little wooden hut. Both shops are also great for gift purchases. Open winter and summer.
Route du Téléphérique
If you are looking for a shopping fix that is not mountain or ski related, Rouge Chili is your destination. It offers an authentic French shopping experience and is genuinely the shop of choice for the glamorous French local population who you will occasionally spot enjoying a coffee or aperitif around town. Located at the top of the Rue du Bourg it is open year round offering womenswear and menswear as well as great accessories and shoes.
Route de la Plagne
L’Alpage is the perfect end-of-holiday stop off to buy presents for loved ones and stock up on supplies for your own kitchen. It is filled with local produce from dried meats, jams, preserves and digestifs, to locally made cheeses and wines. Much of the cheese is made in-house in the fromagerie underneath the shop, where you can also enjoy free weekly tours to watch the cheese making process. A glass floor allows you to view some of the ageing cheeses, and a wine stores offers a selection of different regional wines.
EDELWEISS & COQUELICOT
Rue du Bourg
Edelweiss & Coquelicot on the Rue du Bourg is a beautiful home interiors shop with alpine interior essentials. With interior decorations such as luxury throws, cushions, candles and rugs, to larger pieces of furniture, treat yourself and recreate your luxury mountain experience back at home. If you are buying gifts their table decorations and customised lamps are gorgeous although we’ve always got our eyes on their sheepskin and cowhide rugs!