Guide to Morgins

Morgins is a cosy and pleasant ski resort in Valais, about one hour drive from Lausanne or Sion, right next to the French border. I particularly like the station since it is quite low key, neither very party focused nor very touristy – there are actually quite a lot inhabitants that live there all year round.

Morgins is part of the Portes du Soleil ski resort, which claims to be the largest ski resort in Europe with 600 km of piste and 12 stations. However also in summer Morgins is beautiful and offers lots of activities like hiking, cycling and more.

Morgins in Winter

Here are my top culinary tips in and around Morgins.

Le Divins ( great wine bar with a very nice selection of (mainly) Swiss wines, located in the heart of Morgins. They also have a restaurant with good brasserie type cuisine on one side and cheese specialities of the other side (raclette, fondue).

Savolaire ( alpine restaurant with great croûte au fromage (Valaisian speciality, bread covered with alpine cheese and other toppings then grilled), fondue, raclette and local charcuterie. The restaurant does not have electricity so all meals are prepared by wood fire. The view at sunset is beautiful! Access from Morgins: 1 hour walk or 15 minutes by car (open during summer only).

View from Savolaire

Le Ferrage ( cosy alpine restaurant with a gorgeous view on the local mountain chain Les Dents du Midi. Their speciality is brochettes (grilled meat skewers) but they also serve very good salads and the typical cheese dishes. Very good wine menu! Access from Morgins: 1¼ hour walk or 15 minutes by car (open during summer only).

View from Le Ferrage onto les Dents du Midi

Chalet Chanso ( very cosy alpine restaurant with a modern touch. Again, lots of great cheese dishes but also salads and quiches. Chalet Chanso lies a little bit above Le Ferrage and offers the same breathtaking view onto les Dents du Midi. Access from Morgins: 1½ hour walk or 15 minutes by car in summer and 45 minutes walk after 10 minutes by car (until Champérene) in winter.

Tovassière ( this rustic restaurant lies directly on the ski piste (Didier Défago) and serves cheese dishes, but also rösti, soup and other typical ski food. If you are a fan of traditional Swiss music, you’ll be pleased. Access from Morgins: 1½ hour walk or 15 minutes by car in summer, walking, snowshoeing or skiing in winter.

Corbeau ( another restaurant on the piste (downhill from Le Corbeau) again with cheese specialities. Access from Morgins: 1¼ hour walk or 30 minutes walk after 10 minutes by car (until Les Têtes) in winter or 15 minutes by car in summer.

Boulangerie au Beau-Réveil ( very good bakery in the centre of Morgins. Both the bread and the patisserie are very good. They also serve yummy sandwiches as well as salads and soups. Perfect for breakfast before hitting the slopes or for afternoon tea once back from the mountain. My favourite are the fruit tarts, le Japonais (a Swiss dessert made of meringue and praliné butter cream), salée de la vallée (a local speciality from Val d’Illiez, a brioche dough tarte with a butter, sugar and cinnamon topping, perfect for a hungry skier) black forest, and their nut tarte.

Boulangerie au Beau-Réveil

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