Lovely long skiing days

Resort:  Morzine
Journey:  Eurostar + TGV
By:  Beverley Davies

A fabulous week in Morzine, with lovely long skiing days. If, as was our case, the Paris - Cluses train is full, then Eurostar - TGV – Geneva - Swiss Tours bus transfer worked well.

We booked all our train tickets through  Got the 07.55am Eurostar and then metro to Gare de Lyon for the 12.18pm TGV to Geneva station.  We arrived at Geneva a 15.29pm which meant we did have a bit of a wait before the Swiss Tours transfer bus at 17.15pm.  But that’s what Starbucks is for!

Powder snow in MorzinePowder snow in MorzinePhoto: Beverley Davies

At Geneva station, come out of the station and head down Place Dociere. The bus terminal is on the right and has a basic waiting room.  Booking ahead: we paid £39.80 CHF return for both of us.  I gather the prices can change depending on when you book.  The website is

Swiss Tours leave from the Geneva bus terminal about six-minute walk from the station. Below are a couple of pictures of the bus terminal and transfer bus (which was very comfortable).

Geneva train stationGeneva train stationPhoto: Beverley Davies

Coming back, the timings worked better and we had about an hour between arriving and our train leaving.

For travelling to Morzine, the beauty of this transfer service is that Swiss Tours stop only at Les Gets, Morzine and Prodains.

Swiss Tours transfer to MorzineSwiss Tours transfer to MorzinePhoto: Beverley Davies

We stayed half board at Hotel Chaumiere run by Michelle and Frank Bianchi who look after us well.  We booked with them direct but it is also used by Simply Morzine as their hotel option, so gets business through them. 

Pleney slopesPleney slopesPhoto: Beverley Davies

It’s bit of a walk to Pleney lift in ski boots so the hotel offers a minibus drop off/pick up.  We leave our skis/boots in the hire shop by Pleney, so walk in and out.  Always stopping for an apres at La Ruade a friendly local.  Not heaving, no loud music but just a nice bar!

Photo: Beverley Davies

I cannot believe we have been going to Morzine for so many years and yet never been to L'Atray des Neiges restaurant (down the red piste F and next to the L Atray chairlift).  Do you know it? A lovely small restaurant with terrace looking back up towards Pleney (couple of pics below).  Were the only English there for lunch which made a nice change.  The food is delicious and their Breton cider very good!  So good, we had to go twice!

Photo: Beverley Davies