Choosing when to go on your skiing holiday can be tricky, since you have to assess what time of year has the best snow to ski on, along with when is most cost-effective. Skiing holidays can be expensive but they don’t always have to be. The different times of the ski or boarding season have both pros and cons, with it being completely dependent on what’s most important to you.
Choosing to go in late December has the buzz of the festive season, whereas January is a lot quieter with A LOT of snow for sure. Flirting on spring’s borders, April provides a warmer feel with higher temperatures, longer days and more settled weather. Take a peek at our guide where we will unpack each of these months further.
The best month to ski or snowboard
Different times of year suits different people. Even though we can’t predict what the weather beholds for Morzine, we can, however, give you a list of advantages and disadvantages to think about before you embark on your skiing holiday in Morzine.
December – Embracing the festive spirit
A brilliant winter holiday packed full of snow is often synonymous with the festive season. But why do we love it so much? Morzine is packed full of winter wonder and the festive period wraps the holiday in jolly spirits with its magical aura. Crowds of jubilant people, cosy winter chalets accompanied with loved ones, epic apres and days packed full of events that will live long in the memory. Booking the right type of accommodation can really take your skiing holiday to the next level! If you’re looking to wrap it in a golden luxury experience, then Hunter Chalets will not disappoint due to their lavish furnishings, sumptuous bedroom suites and stellar customer services. You won’t get bored here in December. Catch a glimpse of Father Christmas on the slopes and witness Morzine’s fantastic firework display on New Year.
Celebrating Christmas in Morzine provides a different and unique festive experience. You can open your Christmas presents anywhere, but the option to spending your afternoon on Morzine’s snowy slopes, to then come back to a delicious and completely stuffed Christmas turkey in a cosy ski chalet isn’t a luxury that often presents itself.
And let’s not forget about New Year. The events leading up to New Year are endless and on the day itself, be prepared to be involved in countless activities. Enjoy a sensational Gala dinner on New Year’s eve in the chalet, consume all of your favorite bottles of fizz and take the party to the slopes where you can dance all night! The secret hangover cure on Morzine, is getting on the slopes and kicking off the new year in style.
Things worth mentioning
Morzine during the festive period can be very busy. So if you’re looking for a ski holiday that is purely about the skiing experience, then perhaps it would be best to delay your visit until January.
Also, the prices at this time of year are quite expensive, so it may not be the best time to go if you’re on a tight budget. January or March would be better.
January – Cheaper prices with better snow
If you’re looking to ski on optimal snowy conditions with less traffic on the slopes, then January is your best bet. With most people returning to their homes to recover from the festive period and kids returning to schools, you have a great opportunity here to ski in serenity. This is also an ideal time for beginners to come to Morzine, since they’re able to learn the ropes stress-free as the pistes are empty.
And of course, with it being on the other side of the festive period, January is by far a cheaper alternative to December.
Things worth mentioning
There isn’t much to be concerned about apart from the freezing temperatures, so wearing the appropriate ski clothing is a must! The mountain weather can also be a bit more unpredictable, which will perhaps force you to take refuge somewhere by a roaring fire with your loved ones. This of-course is by no means a bad thing. To many, there’s nothing better than spending your day surfing on the fresh powder to then bury yourself in a cosy Alpine restaurant to warm up with some delicious foods and drinks.
April – Sunshine and Snow
Alas, spring has arrived. Prepare yourself for longer days skiing in sunnier skies and returning to your chalet with a sun-kissed healthy glow. Although prices are similar to those in January, the snowy conditions are not quite as optimal as they’re at the start of the year. However, there is still much to do in Morzine’s playground, only requiring you to adapt your day accordingly with later lunches.
The Portes du Soleil have a fantastic offer for kids by offering them a FREE lift pass during the Easter period! So if you’ve got kids and want them to learn how to ski in a convivial environment, then Morzine in April is your answer.
Things worth mentioning
The warm weather can make some of the south runs more challenging, so check your piste map and try to avoid the ones that are going to be more slushy. A full day of skiing might be more difficult since the snow tends to get wet and heavier in the afternoon.
Also, since it’s the school holidays, the pistes are going to be pretty busy, making it a bit of a hindrance for those speed demons keen for quieter slopes to pick up speed on. If you like to learn more about Morzine then why not read Hunter Chalets ultimate guide to Morzine in winter.