The weather across most of the northern hemisphere has been uncharacteristically mild throughout December 2015. It is likely to be the warmest December on record. Whilst we are quite happy with the mild temperatures in the UK, it’s not the same for those heading off on a winter sports holiday where many Alpine resorts, across France, Switzerland and Austria, are simply lacking in the good old white stuff. But there is good news: Morzine opened the weekend before Christmas! Whilst the picturesque wooden chalet town lies at only 1000m altitude and is still quite green, it is situated within the enormous Portes de Soleil ski area in the Northern Alps, which offers some 650km of ski terrain, crossing both France and Switzerland, rivaling the area of Les Trois Vallées. In addition, Morzine also has several snow-making machines, so whilst natural snow may be scarce on the lower slopes, the machines are busy making up the difference. The sheer size of the Portes de Soleil area means that you have one of the best opportunities in the Alps of finding some decent ‘pistes’. In particular, from Morzine, it is easy to access the higher ski domains of Les Gets and Avoriaz where improved snow coverage is likely. However, you may be wondering how to navigate such a vast area? Don’t worry. All you need is the Skiplan interactive map. Not only will it show you which slopes and lifts are open (the status button) and where the nearest facilities are, but, by selecting the “Itineraries” option, you can fill in your skiing level (beginner – expert), how long you want to ski for, and start time and it will find a route for you! Given its size, whatever your ability, there is definitely something for everyone. The only downside to the map is the scaling, which makes it difficult to read, but the route finder is really neat and easy to follow on a mobile phone. If, however, the search for beautiful white slopes is not your cup of tea, there are plenty of other things to do in Morzine, which makes it such a great location for everyone, skiers and non-skiers. The town has an indoor swimming pool and sauna, indoor ice rink, bowling alley and cinema and plenty of shops. Relax in a hot tub, or alternatively, you could also try horse or husky-drawn sledging, ice diving in a lake, or simply enjoy the après –ski!