Morzine Snow Forecast 2016

November 17th, 2015 by in News

Snow Forecast for Morzine this weekend is looking like a perfect start to winter. After a very hot summer and a dry autumn with Avoriaz seeing a couple of snow storms back in October this weekend looks like a welcome return to winter!!

What is the Morzine snow forecast? Well the Alps are set for a dramatic snowstorm this weekend. However, as is always the case in the mountains the long range forecast can vary until a few days out. But one thing is for sure for Morzine, snow is forecast even falling down below Morzine to the valley floor.

morzine snow forecast

Check out the ECM pressure chart it is showing unstable arctic air heading southwards to the French Alps. We can expect this weather front later this week. Arriving on a strong westerly wind which will be mild at first then but with temperatures plummeting to below zero on Saturday. The Western Alps will recieve most of the snowfall which is great news for Morzine and the Portes Du Soleil. The Morzine snow forecast looks strong for this winter too.


The snow will firstly fall on the higher areas such as Mont Blanc Massif to the south of the PDS and Swiss Valais slightly to the east. As the weekend goes on and more cold arctic air arrives from the North we will see snow at lower altitudes. shows snow down to as low as 200m on Sunday.

Some weather forecast websites are predicting over 1m of snow falling between Friday and Saturday. This will be above 2200m in the North Western Alps. With less snow and precipitation the further south and east you go. However as always in the Alps there will be exceptions due to the unique micro climates in the mountains.

We definitely know that the temperature drop will allow the Portes Du Soleil ski area get ahead of the game with our snow canons. The PDS will be able to get a good snow base down as we have an extensive snow making system in place.

Morzine Snow Forecast winter 2016

This winter is potentially going to be EPIC! We know the British press has widely reported that this winter will be harsh in the UK. This is due to the fact we are going to experience moderate to strong El Nino weather pattern in Europe. This is great news for the Morzine snow forecast as it means a lot of snowfall and low temperatures to keep the snow in fantastic condition.

El Nino occurs every 3 to 4 years and and we all remember what an awesome season for powder 2011/12  was in the PDS and Morzine.

You can also keep up to date with the weather on our facebook page 

#BringOnWinter #RidersRefuge


Tour De France Route 2016

October 20th, 2015 by in Summer

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2016 Tour De France Morzine

Tour De France Route 2016 – On the 2nd July the 103rd Tour De France will depart from Mont Sainte-Michel, La Manche in the North of France. It will cover a total distance of 3,519 Km before it finishes in Paris on the 24th july.

There are 21 stages which cover four countries France, Spain, Andorra and Switzerland. There are alot of new places for the Tour this year 16 places never visited before. We are delighted that Morzine features in this years tour. Stages 18 & 19 are also a short drive from morzine.

The 21 stages will cover
  • 9 flat stages.
  • 1 hilly stage.
  • 9 mountain stages including 4 summit finishes. (Andorre Arcalis, Mont Ventoux, Finhaut-Emosson et Saint-Gervaix Mont Blanc.)
  • 2 individual time trial stages.
  • 2 rest days.

There are 16 places that have never been seen in the TDF :-tour de france route 2016, tdf, tour de france, tdf morzine, morzine tour de france

Utah Beach. Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. Saint-Lô. Arpajon-sur-Cère. L’Isle-Jourdain. Lac de Payolle. Vielha Val d’Aran. Escaldes-Engordany. Bourg-Saint-Andéol. La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc. Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux. Culoz. Moirans-en-Montagne. Berne. Finhaut-Emosson. Megève and Chantilly.

There will be 2 individual time trials.

Stage 13 37km Bourg-Saint-Andéol and La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc.

Stage 18 17km between Sallanches and Megève on 21st July. This is only 40 minutes by car from Morzine.

 Stage 20 Megeve to Morzine.

Christian Prudhomme’s comment. – “The Grand Final for the climbers and maybe for the Yellow Jersey will once again be played in the Alps. On a short and intense stage for which one will have to keep energy… and cold blood. Indeed after the climbs to the Col de la Ramaz, and then Joux Plane, the Tour could well be decided on a long 12-kilometre downhill portion. A first! “

Megeve has never hosted the tour but has been the start of many stages of the Critérium du Dauphiné. This stage of the Tour will start from Megeve and head through Flumet. The 1st climb of the day Col des Aravis 1487m, then on to Le Grand Bornand. The 2nd climb is Col de la Colombiére 1618m. They will then cross the valley floor and after leaving Mieussy the riders take on the Col De la Ramaz 1619m. Descending to Taninges and along to Samoen where they tackle the biggest climb of the day the Col de Joux plane 1691m. The final descend into Morzine for what we expect will be an exciting finish to the Mountain stages and the end of the penultimate day.

The Tour de France 1st came to Morzine in 1975 and this will be 19th time the town has been apart of the Tour De France.

Tour De France Route 2016 – 21 Stages

1. On-line. Saturday July 2nd. Mont-Saint-michel / Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. 188 km.
2. On-line. Sunday July 3rd. Saint-Lô / Cherbourg-Octeville. 182 km.
3. On-line. Monday July 4th. Granville / Angers. 222 km.
4. On-line. Tuesday, July 5th Saumur / Limoges 232 km.
5. Hilly. Wednesday July 6th Limoges / Le Lioran. 216 km.
6. On-line. Thursday July 7th. Arpajon-sur-Cère / Montauban. 187 km.
7. Mountain. Friday July 8th. L’Isle-Jourdain / Lac de Payolle. 162 km.
8. Mountain. Saturday July 9th. Pau / Bagnères-de-Luchon. 183 km.
9. Mountain. Sunday July 10th. Vielha Val d’Aran / Andorre Arcalis. 184 km.
Rest day. Monday July 11th. Andorre.
10. Mountain. Tuesday July 12th. Escaldes-Engordany / Revel. 198 km.
11. On-line. Wednesday July 13th. Carcassonne / Montpellier. 164 km.
12. Mountain. Thursday July 14th. Montpellier / Mont Ventoux. 185 km.
13. Individual time trial. Friday July 15th. Bourg-Saint-Andéol / La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc. 37 km.
14. On-line. Saturday July 16th. Montélimar / Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux. 208 km.
15. On-line. Sunday July 17th. Bourg-en-Bresse / Culoz. 159 km.
16. On-line. Monday July 18th. Moirans-en-Montagne / Berne. 206 km.
Rest day. Tuesday July 19th. Berne.
17. Mountain. Wednesday July 20th. Berne / Finhaut-Emosson. 184 km.
18. Individual time trial. Thursday July 21st. Sallanches / Megève. 17 km.
19. Mountain. Friday July 22nd. Albertville / Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc. 146 km.
20. Mountain. Saturday July 23rd. Megève / Morzine. 146 km.
21. On-line. Sunday July 24th. Chantilly / Paris Champs-Élysées. 113 km.

We Now have limited availability for the week the Tour visits Morzine so  Get In Touch Now……

You can see all our chalets here.

Happy New Year from Morzine

December 31st, 2014 by in News, Winter

A very HAPPY NEW YEAR from Morzine, Happy New Year from Morzinewe would like to thank everyone that has stayed with us across 2014, and also to the guys who have worked for us in our catered chalets over the past 12 months, you have all made 2014 a great one.

We have had nearly 1500 people stay with us in 2014 across our 5 chalets (which will shortly become 6 catered chalets) over the last 3 seasons which were 2014 and with the snow arriving just in time we are looking forward to 2015. We have a new chalet this winter Chalet L’Hérens which will be ready for the end of January and we look forward to welcoming back returning guests and meeting all our new guests that are staying with us for the first time in 2015.

Happy New Year From Morzine

New years eve will be celebrated in Morzine in style, the party starts early with free vin chaud and the tourchlit descent down the Pleney at 18:00 followed by the town’s ever impressive firework display. There are alot of parties to choose from tonight, you can see the new year in in the Place de tourism where the party starts from 21:00 till late with DJ Gatuso. Most bars and restaurants in Morzine will be having live music and DJ’s too to see in the New year, some places will operate a ticket system but some bars and restaurants have a free door policy.


We are now taking bookings so you can welcome the New Year in in Morzine next year although a couple of chalets are already taken and we have a small bit of availability still for the next few weeks so get in touch if you would like to get away to the mountains for a catered chalet holiday. – or 0033 682 635 591

So Here’s wishing you a very Happy New Year from Morzine. from all the team at Riders Refuge

All the best for 2015………


New Catered Chalet – Chalet L’Hérens

October 31st, 2014 by in News, Winter

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L’Hérens – New catered chalet

Our New Catered Chalet – Chalet L’Herens will be available for this coming winter. We are very excited to have this beautiful brand new property in our portfolio. Riders Refuge is now entering our 8th winter season with all our catered chalets based in Central Morzine to date. This fabulous brand new chalet we feel will fit in perfectly for our guests due to the high standard of the chalet, its location and the fantastic views not to mention our food and service.

New catered chalet – Chalet L’Herens

Chalet L’Hérens is situated on the outskirts of Morzine in Montriond. It is with in walking distance of Morzine town centre it takes 15 minutes to get to Morzine tourist office and less to walk to the nearest lift station the Super Morzine. The Super Morzine lift takes you to Avoriaz there is also the Pleney chairlift another 5 minutes walk away which takes you to the Morzine ski area and across to Les Gets and it is an easy walk on the flat. This chalet will sleep up to 10 people in 5 spacious bedrooms 3 of the bedrooms have their own en suites bathrooms with either a bath or a walk-in shower with the other 2 bedrooms sharing a jack and jill style en suite. This catered chalet will have a large living area downstairs with a log fire, open plan dining room and kitchen. Chalet L’Hérens also boast an equipment store with boot warmers and drying room.

Our service in this catered chalet

Our price includes free return transfers from Geneva airport to your chalet. Chalet L’Hérens is catered on arrival you will be greeted by your chalet hosts and onced you have been showed your bedroom you will be offered a welcome drink. We provide breakfast every morning there is a hot option available which is different everyday from bacon sandwiches to pancakes, the hot option is not available on the staff day off but there is cereal, fresh fruit and fresh bread available.  Afternoon tea is freshly baked everyday and will be waiting for you when you return from your day up the mountain.  Dinner is preceeded by canapés then a three course dinner followed by coffee.

We offer to take you to the slopes after breakfast and there is the offer of a lift back from 16:30 till dinner time. The chalet is very conveniently situated next to a bus stop, the buses in Morzine are free of charge and run throughout the day till early evening.

Healthy Chalet Menu is also available for groups taking exclusive use of this chalet for winter 2015/16. YOu can see more details here


This chalet is sold at a introductory price for this winter starting at as little as £379 per person for the easter holidays, the chalet is still available for February half term so get in quick if you are still looking for this week.





Early Snow for Morzine – 2014

October 27th, 2014 by in News, Winter

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The Pleney has already had snow. October 2014

Early snow for Morzine this autumn. As the temperatures dropped last week to just above freezing level and we saw the first snow of the season fall on higher ground. We are now looking forward to winter which is just over 6 weeks away. Early snow for Morzine and the Portes Du soleil area is not unusual. In the time we have been here (8 years) we have always been delighted to see early snow with the lift companies often opening the lifts on weekends late November for the locals to enjoy the snow before the resort officially opens and gets back to business. Avoriaz opens on the 13th December with Rock on Ultimate a snowboard and music event over the first week.

Snow Conditions in morzine.

Morzine town is at 1000m and it is because of this many people think we would struggle for snow. This is not true we have a fantastic snow record, the highest point in the Portes Du Soleil area reaches 2500m. We are in close proximity to Mont Blanc and because of this we benefit from their weather system, this brings Morzine and the Portes Du Soleil similar snow conditions to that of higher resorts. We are also very close to Lac Leman (Geneva) and as the cold winds arrive from the north east they pick up moisture from the lake and deposit it on the first mountains they meet which is the Portes Du Soleil area.

The average snowfall for Avoriaz over the last ten years shows that it has an outstanding record better that that of Val Thorens. Even when the snowfall across the French alps has been poor the Portes Du Soleil has still been open for the whole season mid December to mid April.

Early snow for Morzine

Snow arrives in Avoriaz park

Our Ski area also boasts a fantastic snow making system with over 694 snow cannons to date. These snow cannons can make natural snow when the temperature drops to below 3° c, and the lift companies strive to keep the Pistes in perfect conditions from early December till late April.

So why not come and join us for some early season skiing or snowboarding we have short breaks available pre Christmas.

Contact us now – 0033 682 635 591 or






Lac Montriond Fireworks – Feux du Lac

August 4th, 2014 by in Summer

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Lake Montriond

Lac Montriond Fireworks – Fete Du Lac. This event happens each summer on the 1st Saturday in August.

Lac Montriond Fireworks,

Fete du Lac

This year it was the 37th year of the fireworks which is a free event hosted by Montriond community to celebrate the Lake. Lac Montriond is one of 23 sites in the Geoparc Chablis which is part of Unesco. Studies have shown that Lac Montriond was formed in the 1550’s when a huge landslide happened off the side of the Nantaux. It was privately owned until the commune of Montriond bought the site in 1992 and have since invested in the site to make the Lake a beautiful place for everyone to enjoy in both summer and winter. Both ends of the Lake have great restaurants and there is path all the way around the lake, the end nearest Montriond villiage has an area for bathing and a small pool for children to swim in this is covered on the multipass. Other acitivites at the lake include kayaking and horse riding. There is also a beautiful waterfall the Cascade d’Ardent that you can walk to and it is well worth the effort.

Lac Montriond Fireworks – Feux Du Lac

Lac Montriond Fireworks - Fete Du Lac

Lac Montriond Fireworks

On the evening of the 1st saturday of August this spectacular firework display takes place. Many people go to the Lake with picnics and barbecues in the afternoon and enjoy the surroundings before the Fireworks begin at about 21:30 when it is dark. Before Lac Montriond Firworks or the Feux Du Lac begin there is other entertainment like Parapenters, firejugglers, fire eaters, clowns and other street performers. The Fireworks last for around 1 hr and there is a different theme each year. After the fireworks there is a band and a bar so you can stay and enjoy.


If you are staying with us at the time of the Lac Montriond fireworks then we are happy to organise transport to the event which is not to be missed. Please ask us about this at the time of booking 


Morzine Mountain Bike Survey

July 29th, 2014 by in Summer

The Tourist office in Morzine have put together a Mountain bike survey for anyone who has biked in Morzine for one or more days. It allows you to give your opinion on what they can improve and develop in the area. At the end of the summer they will take the Morzine mountain bike survey and look at what economic effects mountain biking has on Morzine as a town, ie the shops, bars, restaurants etc.. and what your opinion is of the infrastructure that is in place now for mountain bikers, plus what your thoughts are on what improvements can be made.  You can find it here on our Facebook Page please feel free to share the post and spread the word the more people who fill it in the better. Don’t forget to like our page too while you are there ;-).

Or simply scan the image below with your mobile phone.

morzine mountain bike survey

mtb survey

Morzine Mountain bike Survey

This is your chance to have your say about the trails and facilities for mountain bikers in Morzine and help the tourist office improve and develop this town better to cope with the needs of those of us who ride bikes. More bike washes? better maintained trails? more trails? what sort of trails? In the past 7 summers we have seen many changes, lots more trails, new lifts, better signage of the trails and this year it is more noticeable that there are maintenance teams on the mountain repairing and trying keep the trails in shape throughout the summer.


We want Morzine to keep improving and it is great that the tourist office are now realising that with your feedback they can make Morzine bigger and better.

So put the kettle on and fill in the survey only takes 5 minutes to have your say plus you can win entry to the PassPortes Du Soleil event and a free day pass for summer 2015.

Rock The Pistes

February 3rd, 2014 by in News, Winter

Rock Les Pistes MorzineMarch 26th -30th sees Rock The Pistes return for another year.

The Portes du Soleil runs many special events throughout the year, including a variety of sporting events and concerts. However, the Rock the Pistes festival, taking place each March, is one stand-out event on the annual calendar. The week-long music festival offers visitors the opportunity to ski or snowboard to different areas to watch a series of performances by artists and bands on stages all over the mountain. And the best part of all? The festival is completely free, you just need to have a lift-pass in order to get around! (more…)

Morzine Christmas

January 30th, 2014 by in News, Winter

ChristmasA Morzine Christmas! We can scarely believe that it’s almost a month since Christmas, the winter seems to be flying by! Here at Riders Refuge we enjoyed a fantastic festive week with our chalet guests. We thought we would share an account of our Christmas here in snowy Morzine along with a few pictures. (more…)

Le PassPortes Du Soleil 2014

January 22nd, 2014 by in News, Summer

We now have secured entries for Sunday 29th June for the 11th edition of the PassPortes du Soleil.

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 About the PPDS Event

Le PassPortes Du Soleil 2014 is a mountain bike event like no other it will take place over 3 days from Friday 27th June. This year, Les Gets is playing host to the PDS event that spans across 2 countries and covers 80km’s of marked trails using 20 ski lifts. Some of the trails are only accessible by lift for this weekend and the lifts will be opening for longer than normal from 7:30 – 18:00 to allow you to complete the tour in one day. There are two Mavic assistant points to provide you with help for any mechanical issues you may have and motorbikes travel the circuit throughout the day to provide assistance en route. The PassPortes caters for all abilities of mountain biker and if you don’t want to take part in the classic 80km route, there is an intermediate route of 50km as well as a beginner route of 30km. For those of you taking part in the full 80km you will be rewarded with 6500m of decent. (more…)