There is lots to do in summer round Morzine, whether you want to give downhill biking a try, fancy exploring the rivers on a raft, hang from the trees like a monkey, or shoot across the valley on a zipline, one thing is guaranteed, you won’t be bored in Morzine this summer.
If you can’t imagine visiting the Alps and not hurtling down a mountain over various drops as fast as you can, then downhill biking is for you! Morzine opens its lifts in summer to allow you to skip the effort of pedalling your bike up the hill. If you don’t fancy speeding downhill but want to explore the mountains cross country style, there are plenty of trails in the area which are relatively flat to allow you to enjoy the environment without getting out of breath. There’s plenty of road biking on offer and if that’s more your cup of tea, don’t miss the “1 jour 1 col” days held across the Alps which allows you to cycle up a variety of cols throughout the summer season which are closed to cars for the day.
If you visit the Alps to hike then Morzine should definitely be on your lifts; the town is surrounded by peaks and the walking trails are abundant; whether you want to climb to the top of a mountain each day, or wander along the river in the valley bottom, there are lots of places to explore and we can advise you on the best trail suitable for you.
In the Morzine area there are two lakes you can visit if you fancy a dip; Lake Montriond or Les Gets. With stunning views, you’ll never swim anywhere so beautiful; they are a perfect place to spend the day. With the climate in the Alps usually reaching an average of 27 degrees during the summer months, a cooling dip is often incredibly tempting. Lake Montriond is also home to a paddle boarding and canoe centre; so if you want to circle the lake a few times then this is definitely the way to go.
Morzine and its and surrounding areas are home to a range of golf courses; from the world renowned greens in Evian and Chamonix to the lesser known gems in Avoriaz and Flaine, a golf break is perfect here. The nearby courses of Avoriaz and Les Gets are a great place for a tee off, and if you fancy going further afield the golf courses of Evian, Chamonix and Annecy are within driving distance.
If you’re an adrenalin junkie then these zip wires should definitely not be missed! Strung between two sides of a valley in the Portes du Soleil, it is the only ride of it’s kind in the world and encompasses two zip wires at lengths of up to 1325m, 240m above the ground. Reaching speeds of 100kmph, this experience is definitely worth a visit!
If flying across a valley at a ridiculous speed isn’t your cup of tea, but you’re still a fan of seeing the mountains by air, then parapenting is ideal. Floating around the mountains enjoying the stunning vistas is a great way to spend an hour or so, and it is incredibly peaceful. If you go from Les Gets on a good day you’ll be able to see Mont Blanc- definitely a view to remember.
If you’ve got a head for heights then there are plenty of cliffs and caves to explore across the Alps. Why not try Via Ferrata where you’re exploring the cliffs on a variety of metal ladders, steps and bridges, all the while clipped to the rock. Canyoning and caving are also very common, although not for the claustrophobic or for the faint hearted, why not give it a go next time you fancy an activity break to remember.
Flying down white waters whilst clinging to a raft provides an incredible adrenalin rush. With the most famous white water rivers in the Alps as the Dranse in Morzine and the Giffre in Samoens, white water rafting is very common in the summer throughout many resorts. It’s the perfect activity to cool down in the hot summer months and is likely to be an experience you won’t forget. If you want to go canyoning then this is also the place to be; sliding down the Nyon waterfall is not for the faint hearted!
Morzine is home to the Parc des Dereches; there are plenty of activities to do with the kids here; aerial adventure parks for all ages, pony trekking, the Aquatic Centre, donkey walking, frisbee golf, tennis courts, there is so much to do you won’t get bored!
Chalet Andu is part of a multipass offer which means for just 2 euros a day you can partake in a huge variety of activities; from taking a dip in one of the aquatic centres, to exploring the mountain lakes or making use of the lift operations in summer to really get some great photos without making your feet ache! On top of that entry to the ice rink and tennis courts is also included, as well as entry to the many cultural sites in the area. This pass really is a bargain and is well worth a purchase!