Morzine / Les Gets

Morzine and Les Gets are the 2 largest and most important villages in the Vallée d'Aulps, with a large selection of shops and services, leisure facilities and direct access to the slopes of Avoriaz and the rest of the Portes du Soleil.
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Morzine

Morzine is the 'capital' of the Vallée d'Aulps and is situated at the end of the valley, with a transfer time from Geneva of just an hour and 10 minutes. Morzine has three main ski lifts : the Pleney cable car which serves the slopes of Morzine and Les Gets, the Super Morzine gondola which serves the slopes of Super Morzine and Avoriaz and the Prodains cable car, a couple of kilometres from the town centre which gives direct access to Avoriaz.
The town is packed in the winter and although house prices are higher, obviously opportunities to rent out your property are better and rents are higher. New builds are now quite limited in Morzine but there is a great selection of lock up and leave apartments as well as purpose built ski chalets. There are also an abundance of successfully run chalet companies in the town so if you are looking to buy a property to run as a business Morzine is the right place to do this. In the summer there is a great outdoor pool, with children's pools and beach volley ball. There is also a lovely park, horse riding centre and ice rink. Shops and restaurants are open all year round in Morzine and there are even 2 cinemas and 2 night clubs !

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Les Gets

Les Gets is one of the villages in the Portes du Soleil most attractive to people with children. The village has expanded in the past ten years to rival Morzine in its importance. Lots of mountain bike events are held here in the summer making it a mecca for downhill bikers. There is also a great adventure park hidden in the trees above the village just next to a lake which is filtered for swimming. The centre of the village is now often shut off to traffic in the winter to make way for an annual husky dog event and there is an outdoor ice rink. There are loads of new modern chalets mixed with some low rise apartment buildings in the village centre and some now rare farms higher up on the surrounding mountains of Mont Chery and Mont Caly. Although Les Gets is a real village and not just a ski resort it is much quieter in the 'inter season' than Morzine or even the smaller villages like St Jean d'Aulps.

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Montriond

Montriond is situated just outside Morzine on the way to the gondola lift situated in Ardent. It is a pretty village with a traditonal feel. There is a church, town hall, post office, ski shop, tourist office, village shop and a couple of bar/restaurants which are open all year round. Montriond is on the free ski bus route which either takes you into Morzine or to the Ardent ski lift. The village is most famous for its beautiful lake which is a mecca for sun lovers and swimmers in the summer and for cross country skiers and under ice divers in the winter.

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Essert Romand

Essert Romand is a small village on the outskirts of Morzine. It sits on a sunny open plateau facing Montriond and has great panoramic views from most of it's properties. The village does not have a centre as such but there is a town hall, a school, restaurant and bar, takeaway pizza cabin and campsite. The price of property in Essert Romand is nearly as expensive as in Morzine and quite rare to come by. The village consists mainly of newly built chalets and old farms. There are hardly any apartment buildings. A road from the village leads up to La Côte d'Arbroz and the back of the Les Gets ski area of Mont Chery. The drive into Morzine takes approximately 5 minutes.

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La Côte d'Arbroz

La Côte d'Arbroz sits high above the village of Essert Romand. A long winding road goes through it and up to the back of Mont Chery, part of the Les Gets ski area. Its higher altitude means that the road can sometimes be a little 'challenging' but the views make up for any inconvenience this may bring. The Côte is mainly populated with old farm style properties but there has recently been quite a lot of new build chalets constructed. The drive from Essert Romand takes a couple of minutes and Morzine and Les Gets are 10 mintes away. There are no shops or services at La Côte except for the local school. There are a couple of restaurants at the bottom of the Mont Chery ski lift.