A taste of Morzine Haute-Savoie, France

Written by on April 18, 2016 in Courses, Rhône Alpes


As you intrepid skiers head off to the mountains for your last fling of the season, or you early bird hikers strap on your boots for some alpine air, try if you can to visit Morzine, about an hour east of Geneva and a little further north of Chamonix.

There’s lots of reasons to visit which include great skiing in one of the largest ski areas in the world, charismatic wooden chalets, amazing summer walking and trails and an even better French language school that adds a new dimension to your visit. The Alpine French School in the centre of the town is the place to go to give your legs a rest and your mind a stretch and you’ll find they offer a whole selection of different French classes, courses and workshops to add to your holiday on the slopes.


Combining alpine sports and learning a language is a heady and wonderful mix but you’ll need fine food and fettle to keep you up to speed. And as you’d expect from anywhere that until relatively recently used to be a small farming and mining town in the tough mountain terrain, it has some great local dishes.

Breakfast for the slopes – Croix de Savoie

If you’re in France, the chances are you love a croissant but before you start up the slopes why not give this local speciality a try. A croissant style pastry in the shape of a cross, with custard and sprinkled with sugar this is breakfast for the hearty. It’s a particular favourite of my French teacher Lucille at the Alpine French School and is equally good as a pick you up before you head into class in the afternoon.

Lunch and La Raclette

morzine-haute-savoieThe food here is designed for the landscape. In other words, it’s wholesome, earthy fodder inspired by a peasant lifestyle (and budget) and consumed to give you the energy and strength you need for the mountains. And La Raclette is no exception. Raclette is both a Swiss and French cheese. It’s semi hard, made from cow’s milk and tastes smooth and creamy, a bit like Gruyere.

Lots of the restaurants in Morzine (and in fact throughout France) serve La Raclette as a dish and as you collapse at the table after a hard morning’s graft on the slopes, this is the sustenance you need. Recipes vary from chef to chef but expect potatoes, charcuterie, cornichon, peppers and French bread with the round Raclette cheese then grilled and the melted cheese scraped over the plate. Aromatic and reviving, it’s better still with a red wine perhaps from nearby Alsace or a good Pinot Noir.

Finish the day with a Tartiflette

As night falls, along with the temperature and a fresh dump of snow, the lure of cosy, laughter filled restaurants is hard to resist. And why should you? You’ve worked hard on the slopes and harder in class and it’s time to refuel. Think potatoes, lardons, onions and Reblochon cheese all baked in the oven for this local dish. Again recipes vary, but at the end of a long day, as your legs start to ache and your brain slightly fades, pulling up at a table with friends old and new and a dish of Tartiflette to ease you into the evening, has to be the recipe of the wise.

You can find out more about the Alpine French School at www.alpinefrenchschool.com and you can email them or call them at info@alpinefrenchschool.com or on 0033 450 79 08 38. Courses and classes and alpine activities are available all year round.

Related Articles

5 Best Ways to Learn French Online

Learning French can be difficult for many people. In fact, the internet has plenty of ways to learn French online. We’ve done the research and created a list of the 5 best ways to learn French on the internet. While some of these learning styles are obvious, some of the ways you can learn French […]

Continue Reading

5 Brilliant things to do in the Haute-Pyrenees, France

The French Pyrenees are a mountain range unlike any other. Situated along the French-Spanish border, these mountains have a distinct medieval history. Although they are less famous than their eastern sisters the Alps, their relative obscurity gives the Pyrenees a distinct peace. Robynne McTaggart of Le Belvedere, a gorgeous holiday rental home in the lush […]

Continue Reading

Valence Provence the gateway to the south of France

Valence is in the department of Drome, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes (formerly Rhone-Alpes). Just an hour south of Lyon, Valence is a beautiful and surprising city. It’s known as the gateway to the south of France. From Paris, you can be there in a couple of hours on the TGV which steams its way through and on south […]

Continue Reading

Mastering the dreaded French R sound

Mastering the dreaded French R sound

Written by on December 15, 2018 in Courses

The French R is the most notorious of sounds in French pronunciation. There are multitudes of tutorials on the French R and yet it still eludes many non-native speakers. Well, today I’m going to demystify the French R and show you a simple trick that will get you on your way to mastering this infamous […]

Continue Reading

The best kept skiing secret of the French Alps | Skiing in Arêches-Beaufort

Dropping “my last ski trip was a short break in Arêches-Beaufort” into any ski based conversation is a bit of a polarising moment. The enlightened will beam from ear to ear, talk about the charm of the village, the enviable quality – and quantity – of the snow. And, inevitably, the wonderful cheese cooperative in […]

Continue Reading


If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed

Comments are closed.