The Alpine village of Morzine, France, is nestled in the Chablais mountain range, sandwiched between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc. The beloved Morzine is one of the closest major French ski resorts to the Swiss city of Geneva.
The charming ski resort sits lower than most at 900m, but the resort’s insane ski lift network reaches the heights of Chamossière at 1800m and Avoriaz at 2100m, allowing you to soak up views that you wouldn't believe.
The village itself boasts a wealth of mountain views. The village's position in the heart of the Alps most extensive ski region, Portes du Soleil, grants you access to a 15-strong connection of ski resorts across France and Switzerland, allowing you to spend your ski holiday soaking up some of the most stunning and varied panoramic views in Europe - maybe even the world!
If you plan to vacation to Morzine and are scoping out the finer details or you're interested in luxury property for sale in Morzine, our guide consists of all the important information that you need to know.
Property in Morzine France
Families who visit the slopes many times of the year with their children and family friends in tow, it's often a dream to make an Alpine village a home away from home, and what better way to do that than buying a slice of the Alps.
Morzine is packed with a stunning selection of luxury ski property, whether your preference is traditional ski chalet or modern ski in ski out apartment, Morzine satisfies all tastes.
How to Buy Alpine Property in Morzine
There's so much to consider when buying a new home. Whether you're buying a main lodging in the UK, or an investment property in the French Alps, it can feel like a never-ending to-do list of documents, applications, surveys, fees, taxes... Do we need to carry on?
With this in mind, buying abroad can seem overwhelming, but if you purchase from a developer, agent and management company all-in-one, the process can almost feel easy!
The process to buy a ski apartment in Morzine or at French Alps ski resorts in general, has a multi-step process that could take anywhere from two months to two years to complete. The biggest factor on the length of completion is what stage your soon-to-be luxury Alpine development is at in its progress.
Step one of buying a property in Morzine is paying your deposit. Buying in France can see buyers paying anywhere between 20% and 30% of the total property value, which is a little more than the UK. However, if you really fall in love with a chalet that you can't risk losing, you are typically allowed to secure the property with a 2% deposit before you sign the contract.
Step two is signing your VFEA Contract, also known as Contract of Reservation. After signing your VFEA, you will need to find the funding - or secure a mortgage approval - and then you will be able to sign your Signature of the Deed of Sale.
Full payment of taxes and fees are due at different stages of the development if you are purchasing a new-build Alpine property that is not yet completed. Once your luxury home is finished and the move-in date has arrived, your agent will 'deliver' the property and hand the keys to you, the now rightful owner.
Getting Your Finances in Check
Mortgage or Cash Buyer?
If you're buying an investment property in the French Alps, it might be sweet music to your ears that French banks offer fantastic interest rates to international applicants. However, they are a lot more stringent than most UK lenders and require a lot more documentation, so it's worth having it all ready prior to your application.
On the other hand, cash buyers of Morzine property will reap the benefits of our amazing transfer rates. Despite buying a property with cash or via a mortgage, payments are required at manageable and staggered stages during the development.
You've found it. You've found the dream luxury ski property that you want to make your home, so it's time to secure it with a deposit.
Deposits in France are around 2% to 5% of the total value of the property, but if you want to land a deposit from a French bank or mortgage broker, expect this to rise significantly to 20% to 30% of the property value.
Investment Property & Management in the French Alps
Aside from being a luxury property developer in France, we're also a hands-on property manager for all of our prestigious Alpine properties. If you choose to utilise our management programme, you will still have full freedom to visit your home in Morzine as and when you please. However, when you're in the UK, you don't need to spend time and money worrying about the management of renting the property or general management - Terresens will take care of it.
Putting the management of your Morzine ski property in our capable hands means you will benefit from the ease of our rental package and you will also receive a 20% discount on the purchase price of your ski property and other tax advantages.
Morzine Ski Resort
Morzine ski resort is one of France's most popular, due to its appeal to skiers of all abilities, the connection to Portes Du Soleil resorts, an impressive number of ski lifts and its unique gateway to Geneva.
The resort is particularly favourable with families or groups of first-time skiers as just over the half of the slopes are rated beginner and intermediate. Combine this with a great choice of activities, amenities and entertainment OFF the slopes, it's clear to see why it's one of the Alps' most family-oriented ski resorts.
A skiing holiday in Morzine and the wider Portes du Soleil area with grant you access to:
- 278 pistes, totalling 650km
- 1km of night skiing
- 196 ski lifts; 46 ski lifts for Les Gets passes only and 36 ski lifts for Avoriaz passes
- 1000-2350m snow range
- Dual-country ski circuit of 15 resorts;
- French resorts of Avoriaz, Les Gets, Montriond, St.-Jean d'Aulps, Abondance and La Chapelle
- Swiss resorts of Planachaux, Champery, Les Crosets, Val-d'Illiez, Champoussin, Morgins, Chatel and Torgon
Map of Morzine Ski Resort
Whether you prefer to take each day as it comes, or plan your days far in advance, having access to a map of Morzine is still handy and helpful when it comes to navigating around your resort - especially one as vast as the Portes du Soleil area.
Here you can find a map of the Portes du Soleil ski area and its 15 resorts. If you’re intending to stay ‘local’, here’s a more detailed look at Morzine with a map of Morzine Les Gets.
Morzine Ski Passes
There are two main ski passes available when holidaying in Morzine; the Morzine Les Gets pass and the Portes du Soleil pass.
Morzine Les Gets Ski Pass
The Morzine les Gets ski pass may be more beneficial for families or groups of beginners. It is the cheaper of the two passes as it covers a much smaller area, but you will still have access to 120km of pistes.
For adults aged 20 to 64, a 6-day Morzine Les Gets ski pass is €216 (approximately).
Portes du Soleil Ski Pass
If you’re an adventurous skier and want to explore all 650km of pistes across 15 resorts (or as much as possible during your time in the Alps) then you’ll find the Portes du Soleil ski pass is the best investment.
For adults ages 20 to 64, a 6-day Portes du Soleil ski pass is €278 (approximately).
Best Time to Visit Morzine Ski Resort
Snow Report and Weather in Morzine
Much like many of the ski resorts in the French Alps, Morzine village can be enjoyed any time of year due to its distinct seasons, with perfect ski weather throughout the winter season, mild spring and autumn, and a lovely, warm summer season.
For the best skiing conditions, Morzine’s coldest months are December to February. The temperature often sits at its lowest of 2°C in January, and December and February the mercury often hovers at 2/3°C. The month with the highest snowfall per week in January, with 31cm of snowfall per week, on average, and 3.2 snow days per week.
The average snowfall each week in Morzine is:
- December: 27 cm across 2.9 days per week
- January: 31 cm across 3.2 days per week
- February: 27 cm across 3.7 days per week
- March: 26 cm across 3.2 days per week
- April: 14 cm across 2.0 days per week
In contrast, are you looking to travel to Morzine during perfect hiking or mountain biking conditions? Pleasant spring temperatures occur between March and May with an average temperature of 12°C, little rainfall and blue skies.
For sun-worshippers chasing the rays, Morzine’s hottest months of the year are July and August at 21°C.
Morzine Ski Season and Opening Dates
Morzine's ski season and ski resort opening dates are slightly different each year and are always subject to change due to weather and snowfall.
Of course, this year has been slightly different than most, but typically the opening dates for Morzine ski resorts are around the 16th to 20th December, running straight through to the close of the season, which is historically anywhere between the 15th to 20th April.