High in the French Alps is the postcard pretty township of Morzine, the views across the river gorge with its pretty chalets make this destination special. Excellent winter skiing at the resort of Avoriaz with wooded slopes to compensate for any poor conditions gives way to the beauty of summer with its mountain walks, biking and caving.

With borders to both Italy and Switzerland the French Alps have a multicultural feel with influences from all three countries apparent. Ideal for family holidays with its child friendly slopes, it is only a short distance to the more challenging slopes of the neighbouring resorts.

There are plenty of good quality hotels and guesthouses in Morzine but one of the most popular ways to stay is to hire a chalet. Often available with staff that will clean and cook this can be as relaxing as a hotel with far more space and freedom.

Chalets range from entire buildings to apartments within the building, they cover all budgets and some even bill themselves as ‘ski in ski out’ they are that close to the cable cars and slopes. Les Armaillis 2 near to the centre of Morzine is an excellent self catering choice, the fully equipped apartments have access to a communal sauna and games room and all have balconies or a terrace.

High end luxury is offered at Chamois D’or Chalet with six en-suite bedrooms, wood burning stoves and a hot tub, beautiful décor complements this traditional chalet. The chalet is catered and the chef booked to create the menu for your party is always excellent. Located in Nyon this luxury option is just a step away from the ski lifts and slopes making it the perfect base for your skiing holiday.

The food of Morzine is an eclectic mix of French and Italian with an emphasis on meals to warm you up on the very coldest of days. With crepes, pizzas, hot chocolate and good local cheeses being available in abundance the exercise of the ski slopes is an excellent (and necessary) counterbalance.

The Farmhouse restaurant is housed in the oldest building in Morzine and serves excellent local cuisine. Residents fill the dining area quickly so booking is recommended to ensure a place at the giant banqueting table, where everyone enjoys the meal together. This is more than a meal, it is a way to meet new friends and socialise with a entirely diverse group of people.

For excellent quality rustic French food served in friendly informal surroundings dine at La Chamade, serving some great regional specialities; rabbit, duck or suckling pig are often on the menu served in portions to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. The adjoining wine bar offers more than just standard wines and boasts an excellent cellar.

Morzine is all about the outdoor activities especially skiing but even if you visit at the height of the ski season there are plenty of other activities to try out. Husky sledding is an exhilarating experience like no other, but for really exciting sport hire a snowmobile. Morzine allows snowmobiles to use the slopes during the evenings, giving you a whole different perspective of the resort.

The fabulous sports may be why you travel to Morzine but to relax after all the exercise book into one of the many spa sessions that are available. Relax in a heated pool or sauna and then feel the tension leave your body as one of the regions many qualified therapists massages the stress of the day away.

For a change from all the physical activities that Morzine offers, have a look around the old town with its beautiful traditional buildings. Tours are available through the town with fascinating history of how Morzine developed from a small mountainside town to an up market ski resort. Other good tours include a working slate mine with the chance to see a traditional slate workshop or if food is more your thing visit one of the excellent cheese makers of the region, sampling as you go.

February is the busiest month at the resort due to the French system of staggering school holidays throughout the month, travel outside this period is recommended for a quieter experience. Snow will cover the ground for much of the months between November and May although the sheer beauty of the area can make travel at any time worthwhile.

During the summer months the lower altitudes have fabulous sunshine whereas the higher ground can be pleasantly cool, the opposite effect is noted in the winter months when the valleys can become inhospitably cold whilst the mountain villages enjoy the best of the winter sunshine.