News - Winter

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!

A superb line-up

In previous years, Rock the Pistes has featured a variety of French and other European artists, however this year the organisers have stepped up the International offering, producing an enviable festival line-up at a time of year when there is traditionally great weather and conditions in the Portes du Soleil.

Rock the Pistes avoriazConfirmed artists for this year’s event, running 26th to 30th March 2014 include  BabyshamblesKlaxons, Mad Professor, Ben L’Oncle Mass Hysteria and Horace Andy (the voice of Massive Attack). More artistis are due to be announced as the festival date approaches.

Everyday at 13:00 you can see 2 concerts at different locations around the Portes Du Soleil ski area, then from 17:00 there will be a gig at the foot of the slopes for aprés ski. The program will be finalised nearer the date with new artists to be announced.

Riders Refuge have some great deals in our catered Morzine chalets during the week of Rock the Pistes Festival. Our prices include 6 nights’ accommodation with breakfast, afternoon tea and a 4 course dinner as well as airport transfers to and from Morzine.

To find out more, just contact us.

Christmas In Morzine

January 30th, 2014 by in News, Winter

ChristmasWe 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.

Many of our guests staying in our chalets at Christmas tell us that it is the relaxation that they enjoy the most. Christmas can be a great but stressful time in the UK, with too many extra tasks to mention including cooking the Christmas meal and the dreaded washing up! At Riders Refuge, we aim to relieve the pressure by taking care of the preparations, leaving you free to enjoy a fun and relaxing week skiing in Morzine with family or friends.

It is Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day when the main celebrations in France occur including special carol services and present-giving. However, there are a variety of events taking place throughout the festive period including fireworks, live-music and shows for children.

Christmas Day at Riders Refuge starts with a special breakfast of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon for our chalet guests accompanied by a glass of champagne. For any little ones we can also provide something fizzy but with a little less alcohol content! All our chalets are decked out with trees and other festive decorations to create that proper Christmas feel.

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Chalet Emile

Once our guests are fully-fuelled from breakfast, they can either choose to relax in the chalet, opening presents or to celebrate by hitting the slopes. Skiing and snowboarding on Christmas Day never loses its appeal with a host of brilliant costumes on show and a truly great atmosphere! For those that prefer, why not go sledging or ice skating in Morzine’s main square?

After you’ve finished your activities for the day and returned to your chalet, we will serve you a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. We can even provide those extras that are hard to source in France (such as cranberry sauce and brandy butter). We are also happy to prepare other options for vegans, vegetarians and those who prefer an alternative to Turkey. Equally, we can be flexible on timings on Christmas Day as we understand that different groups will have varying routines. If you prefer to eat a little earlier than normal, just let us know and we will happily bring your mealtime forward.

In the evening, you can either enjoy some festive drinks in the chalet or venture out to the bars of Morzine to enjoy some Christmas cheer. Best of all, if a few drinks leads to a few more that evening, you can wake up on Boxing day rest assured that the only chore that awaits is another day of skiing!

We are now taking bookings for Christmas 2014 contact us for more details.

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.

 What makes the PassPortes Du Soleil event special?passportes du soleil

Over 6500 riders take part in the PDS each year, an event that traditionally marks the opening of the whole Portes Du Soleil area for the summer. Each rider receives a number board, goody bag and a free 1 day lift pass for the Portes Du Soleil for use in summer or winter. You will also be given a wristband giving you access to all 6 free food and drink stations along the way; many of which also offer entertainment for you to enjoy. The event, with its amazing atmosphere and beautiful scenery en-route, is definitely something that all cyclists should tick off their bucket list!



We currently have some availability left for our guests this year and are happy to do the organisation for you. We will even pick up your packs and entries for you on the Sunday morning while you enjoy breakfast and get ready to part in the event.

Please see here for more details of our PassPortes Package.

You can visit the offical Passportes Du Soleil website for more details



Snow in Morzine

October 14th, 2013 by in News, Winter


Snow in Lindarets October ’13

We are well on the way to winter here in Morzine with the locals forecasting a legendary season ahead. There’s an old Savoyard farmer’s saying “Snow before Toussaint, wicked winter to come” – Toussaint falls on November 1st and is the last French bank holiday before Christmas. I am happy to report that there is now snow both at the top of the Pleney and in Avoriaz thanks to the wintery weather over the last weekend. Our chalets in Morzine look set to provide the perfect base for you to enjoy excellent conditions this winter.  (more…)

The New Pleney Ski lift

September 29th, 2013 by in News


Excitement is building as work progresses on the new Pleney lift in Morzine. Riders Refuge brings you the latest news on this impressive project and looks at how skiers, snowboarders and mountain bikers are set to benefit. (more…)


September 17th, 2013 by in News, Special Offers, Winter

At Riders Refuge we want you to have a great holiday with brilliant service all at an affordable price, so we will offer 1 free place when you book Chalet Eterle or Chalet Les Pistes on an Exclusive basis with a party of 12. 2 free places when you book Chalet Carclion on an exclusive basis with a party of 21.

We also offer discounts on Lift passes and ski equipment when you book a chalet holiday with Riders Refuge.

We work with Doorstep skis who offer all our guests between 20% & 30% discount on all equipment hire when you book through our booking page.

We can also offer local area and full area lift passes at a discount when you pre book them through us before your arrival.



September 17th, 2013 by in News, Summer, Winter

Welcome to our new website!

Having opened our doors for the first time in summer 2008 we have had over 3000 guests stay with us to date, many of which return year after year to become friends and a big part of our summer and winter here in Morzine. In the beginning we did everything ourselves and we now have an amazing team that work with us to help make your Chalet Holiday an unforgettable one.

We hope you love our new improved website and it makes booking your winter holiday easy, we work hard to provide an amazing service from start to finish and hope that we can continue to improve our business as we grow.

We look forward to meeting you all soon….