Ski Season Anyone? Try Morzine.
Are you a Freelance or Telecommuting Professional and a winter season in the French Alps sounds appealing? Well Morzine has the infrastructure to be perfect for any Digital Nomad. Located just a 45 minute drive from Geneva Airport and in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area, Morzine is ideally located to provide easy access to transport links and one of the biggest ski areas on the planet! The town of Avoriaz, just a few short ski-lifts away comes in at number 6 most snowiest resorts in Europe and number 1 in all of France.
Why is it so suited to the Digital Nomad?
- Internet Access – Nearly all winter rentals provide access to broadband that offers 25Mb rates from companies such as Orange telecom, SFR or Bouygues telecom. If you fancy a change of location for an hour or two there is a wealth of Bars and Café‘s that offer free WiFi within the town centre. Excellent 3g and 4g from the major mobile providers not only covers the entire town but also covers nearly all of the skiable area. So if working off a chairlift on the Mountain is your thing, you cant choose anywhere better!
- Winter rental’s – whether you are looking for a bed in a shared apartment or a huge ski chalet that sleeps 12, there is always something available to suit if you plan in advance. I would always try and find something at least 6 months in advance to ensure you have the location and size of property required. Good places to start your search are Beds N Board, Morznet, Mountain lets or the local estate agents (immobilier)
- Ski area – The Portes du Soleil ski area offers 12 interconnected resorts with 1 ski-pass, over 600 km of skiing in 2 countries, making the Portes du Soleil the biggest international ski area in the world. The skiable area has 330 slopes and freestyle zones broken down into 37 green, 123 blue, 110 red and 30 black runs suited for beginners and experts alike. There is a vast off-piste area easily accessible from the ski lifts for the less faint hearted. Morzine has gondolas from either side of town to access Les gets to the South, or Avoriaz to the north and a regular free land train between the two.
- Large Expat Community – Morzine has always attracted people from the UK and many have decided to make a life out here. You will find many working in the Leisure industry, tradesmen and Digital Nomads. There is a diverse age range from 18 year old’s doing there first ski season to retired permanent residents.
- English Spoken – Because Morzine has been a popular UK holiday destination for many years nearly all bars, restaurants and shops will either speak English or have employees who are native speakers.
- Transport Links – During the winter Morzine offers a free bus service that runs all over town up until 7pm every day. If you want to get to the Airport the bus runs 3 times a day and costs €36 each way from Geneva Airport to Morzine. With the local proximity to Geneva airport its possible to get an airport transfer for as little as €34 each way (€68 return) with Getaway Vans.
Don’t wait any longer, start planning for winter 2016/17 now.