Where to stay
There’s nothing better than a last-minute ski weekend or short break to get your ski fix before the end of the season. It takes just one hour and 20 minutes to transfer from Geneva to flexiski’s chalet The Retreat, making it an ideal option for a short ski break.
The Retreat is based near Morzine in Le Lavanchy, a village just outside the town towards Lac de Montriond. It’s a charming, peaceful location with easy access to the slopes of the whole of Portes du Soleil (the largest internationally connected skiing region in the world) via the quieter Ardent lift. From here it takes just five minutes to reach the Lindarets bowl, which is faster than if you were staying in central Morzine.
Where to ski
Head over to Les Gets and Morzine
Start the morning by going up TC Mont Chery from Les Gets and taking in the empty pistes, wide long red runs and spectacular views of Mont Blanc. After that head to Perrieres for fantastic tree runs.
Chatel is a personal favourite of the team in resort. Go up the Chaux des Rosees and turn right to head down the long wide red run (half in, half out of the trees) all the way down to Pré-la-Joux.
The photo opportunities
There are many beautiful spots across the Portes du Soleil to spy Mont Blanc and capture the area at its finest. Any of the runs on Mont Chery offer a picture-perfect panorama of Mont Blanc and Chamonix. Alternatively, head to the top of the Grains d’Or or La Rosta chair lifts to soak up the view.
Or mix it up with the Village Igloo…
Turn right at the top of the Stade lift in Avoriaz and ski half the way down the run where you’ll find the ‘igloo’ - a great spot for a photo opportunity and a drink surrounded by incredible ice carvings.
Where to eat
With breakfast, afternoon tea and a four-course evening meal included at the chalet you might not feel like a big lunch, but if you’re keen to discover the area’s eateries, flexiski recommend Chez Gaby in Champoussin for local French dishes and quality service. Cookie Café at the top of the Mossettes chair lift offers unbeatable views of Switzerland, gourmet burgers and fresh milkshakes. For apres, Happy Hours at the bottom of the Ardent gondola is a lively spot to end the day with a snack and an ice cold beer.
Where to apres
There’s no better way to round off a day on the slopes than with an après ski beer and in Morzine you’re spoilt for choice. Enjoy home-brewed craft beers at the Bec Jaune Brewery and make the most of happy hour (4-7pm) in Bar Robinsons, Beanies, the Cavern or Dixies.
The Narnia-esque landscape around Lac du Montriond is ideal for a romantic snow-shoeing excursion or sleigh ride. To really escape the bustle it’s also possible to go ice diving in the lake, exploring beautiful ice formations and wildlife from the freezing depths. Lac Montriond is an easy walk from The Retreat and is a beautiful alternative to traditional après.