Introduction to Off Piste in Morzine / Avoriaz

Hofnar > Introduction to Off Piste in Morzine / Avoriaz

21 January 2023

You’ve been skiing or snowboarding for quite a while now and you feel you are ready. You’ve dabbled a bit in going off the piste but feel it’s time to do it properly!

You should be a confident skier or snowboarder and black runs shouldn’t be any real worry to you.

Anybody can get down a black run, but you need to be actually able to ski or snowboard down it”

There are 2 half days and 3 full days booked with our instructors / guides.

They will take us through basic techniques, take us to the ‘side country’ and as the week progresses we’ll get further and further away from the crowds.

A brilliant, confidence building week for those wanting to progress, heading away from the pistes is what everybody should aspire to and this is your chance…

– Shared accommodation in Chalet Armaillis
– Safety equipment (beacon, probe, shovel) If you have your own, do bring it!
– 1 afternoon mountain safety / avalanche training
– 2 half days & 3 full days guiding
– Breakfast every morning (think porridge, cereal, baguettes, jams, toast, fruit, eggs) and full fry up on one morning.
– Guests are encouraged to make sandwiches from the chalet supplies and take packed lunches
– Raid the fridge policy. There are always snacks, biscuits, crisps, cakes available. In the afternoons enjoy fresh waffles.
– For 5 evenings the chalet staff will prepare a simple but wholesome & tasty 3 course dinner and there will be loads of it!
– Unlimited tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soft drinks, beer, cider & wine (alcohol just with meals)
– Live-in HOFNAR hosts who do everything from cooking breakfast and keeping the chalet clean to  preparing dinner and leading the all important aprés ski! 
– Benefit of staying with a small group of like minded people, in a really laid back chalet where you can raid the fridge, wander around in your pyjamas, really make yourself at home and there are no kids! 

Not included in the price

  • Flights are not included – just need to get yourself to Geneva airport
  • Transfers from/to the airport. We can easily arrange this for you at a cost of £110pp return
  • Ski/board hire. We have a deal with a local shop for 20% off. There are different grades of kit you can rent but you should expect to pay about £135
  • Lift pass. Most people opt for the all-area pass which gives access to the vast Portes du Soleil region. This is aprox £295. You can also get local passes and beginner options. Get in touch for more information, or to let us know which you want – we can have them waiting for you in the chalet so you don’t have to queue!
  • Lessons. We can arrange these for you, from around £150 for a week’s worth of group lessons. We can also arrange private lessons and guides.
  • Insurance. Essential! Do make sure it has ‘winter sports’ cover and if you’re hoping for some extreme action, check it covers you for the parks and off-piste
  • Two evening meals per week. Usually we go out as a group to local restaurants on the first and last evenings. Everything is a little flexi, and we’ll find somewhere to suit everyone’s budget.

The beautiful small town of Morzine is located in a valley in the French Alps, at the very heart of one of the largest ski resorts in the world – the Portes du Soleil. (Check out the pistes maps here)

Just 1hr and 20 minutes from Geneva it one of the easiest and quickest ski resorts to get to from the UK.

This historic mining and farming town has avoided the ugly tower blocks that blight many of the French resorts and remains a ‘real’ French town with a market on a Wednesday morning and a year-round population.

There are loads of shops and quite a few bars. It’s not exactly Ibiza but there is definitely a good aprés scene with loads of live music and new for winter 2019 the famous Folie Douce is opening up in neighbouring Avoriaz.