Summer in Morzine
Once the snow gives way to rising temperatures there are endless activities to keep you entertained. The town is as busy in August as it is in the winter so often June and July are better times to visit. The range of facilities and sports suit both families and specialists. For more information the Morzine Tourist Office is very helpful (www.morzine-avoriaz.com)
Take in the clean mountain air of the many alpine trails which offer you some breathtaking views and unforgettable experiences. You can choose from an afternoon stroll through to a more serious trek involving overnight stays in mountain huts
The Portes du Soleil area has 380 kilometres of marked tracks and 24 lifts that are open all summer. Every year Morzine holds the Mountain Biking championships attracting some of the world’s best mountain biking descent riders.
There are adrenaline filled down hill tracks through trees as well as more gentle routes for the family. Either bring your own bike or hire from one of the shops in town.
Within an hour’s drive of Morzine are four towns worth a visit: Annecy; Evian, Yvoire and Chamonix. Annecy is a beautiful medieval town steeped in history with cobbled side streets and canals meandering through the town. There is a real cafe culture and plenty of shops to explore or boat rides along the lake. Yvoire, by Lake Geneva, has been voted one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Have lunch by the lake before exploring the ancient streets. Evian, further along the lake, is famous for its natural spring water. It is a busier town with lots of cafes and shops to explore or you can visit the famous casino. A boat ride from Evian or Yvoire provides some breathtaking views of the Alps. For steep, dramatic alpine scenery Chamonix and the Mont Blanc massif is worth a visit. A cable car will take you to the high Aiguille du Midi where you have a stunning view of Mont Blanc.
Morzine has a water park with an Olympic sized, outdoor swimming pool, two fun pools for children and a giant water slide. There are also three volley ball courts. Life guards are always on duty. There are also swimming lakes in nearby Les Gets and Montriond.
In Les Gets and Nyon there are outdoor adventure courses. Whether you want to test your skills on the high ropes course or try other obstacles, you can spend an afternoon having lots of fun. All safety equipment is provided.
There are several good fishing sites in the Morzine area. The lakes at Montriond and Les Mines d’Or are two of the most idyllic settings to wile away the hours. For trout fishermen the River Dranse runs from Morzine to Evian. You can get a fishing licence for a day or longer.
You can take a tandem ride with a fully qualified instructor or take a parapente course for a whole week.
Rafting / Kayaking / Canyoning
Just outside Morzine you can experience the thrill of white water rafting and kayaking. The Dranse River, which flows from Morzine to Lac Léman, offers fast flowing rapids. Descents are exciting but undertaken with a qualified instructor. Canyoning is a mix of abseiling, scrambling and swimming along the river and down waterfalls.
There are a variety of different climbs. A local climbing school will take you on a beginner’s course or more advanced climbs. If you are not an experienced climber but would still like to try climbing, then try the Via Ferrata at Les Gets.
There are two local alpine courses in Morzine and Les Gets. Tennis.
Both Morzine and Les Gets have tennis centres. Morzine has 10 courts of various surfaces that can be booked on an hourly basis. Courses are also available for all levels.
Horse Riding and Pony Trekking
The local stables have horses and treks able to cater for all levels of riders: a relaxed walk or hack through the mountain pastures.