The Resort: Morzine (France) is brilliantly located for skiing in the extensive Portes du Soleil region that boasts 650 kms of ski pistes and it is just an hour’s drive to Geneva Airport.
The Morzine valley is a snow heaven surrounded by forest; it offers lots everyone from tree-lined runs and some amazing terrain parks. The most famous or rather fearsome run has to be the ‘Swiss Wall’, a challenging mogul run that straddles the border of France and Switzerland. The quality of off-pistes is challenging for both skiers and the wilder snowboarders. There are also plenty of options catering for all skill levels from total novice upwards. If you want to find a relatively quiet skiing area then head over to the other side of Les Gets to the Mont Chéry area.
The ‘Portes du Soleil’ have two main resorts; Avoriaz which is a modern purpose built development and the old picturesque town of Morzine which is mainly built of stone. There is plenty of things to do and see in Morzine; a riverside promenade and a good selection of restaurants and bars; the resort centre has an excellent après scene and is one of the most vibrant in the region’s smaller resort towns it also has some good shops and boutiques.
The chalet: chalet Chardon has been nominated for an award in the 2015 International Design Awards in London. It is built with traditional materials externally and includes a blend of contemporary with traditional style in the interior. It nestles at the foot of the main Pleney pistes - so conveniently located for ski-in ski-out with a mere five minutes’ walk into the centre of Morzine.
The chalet comprises six demi-levels surrounding a generous central stairwell (showcased by a seven metres’ tall chandelier). As you move upwards through the levels the chalet opens up ever more space to the two large open plan living areas at the top of the building with their uninterrupted views of the resort. The centrepiece is a large log fireplace.
On the way up there are two floors comprising five en-suite bedrooms including one master suite, along with access to the hot tub deck and garden terrace. The ground and basement floors lead you to the sauna, home cinema, bar and games suite.