Summer

Think the Alps are just for winter? Think again! There are a whole host of activities to keep you entertained for the whole summer in Morzine every year, ranging from relaxing excursions to activities sure to give you a real adrenaline high!

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summer activities include:

Canyoning

Canyoning

A not-so-gentle but extremely refreshing summer activity is one way to describe canyoning! Plunge yourself into the mountain streams via a series of abseil descents, jumps and natural water slides – just make sure you choose a warm day! You will make your way along rivers and rapids, using the river bed as a natural obstacle course. Not suitable for very young children, but anyone over the age of about 8 can take the (very cold) plunge and try canyoning. With the safety of a guide everyone can abseil down cascades, splash into pools and ride the river rapids. You can choose from short beginners’ routes, such as the one in Balme (Cluses) or longer ones for the more adventurous like the route down in Nyon (Morzine) which is not suitable for children under 12.

Cycling

Morzine is great for cyclists as there are 15 mapped itineraries starting from here as well as 25 mountain passes within 50 km. This resort also boasts an international reputation thanks to it hosting 22 stages of the Tour de France. Although the routes are sometimes short they are often quite steep and in some cases, the longer rides are flatter and easier. To gain the most from your riding in the area you need to have a reasonable level of fitness. The most famous cycling route here is the ascent from Morzine to Avoriaz which is a short 14.5 kilometres with 850 metres of altitude gain and an average 6% ascent with peaks of 11%. You can try and measure yourself against Bernard Hinault's record, 33 minutes in 1979.

Cycling
Fishing

Fishing

If you fancy a spot of fishing whilst in Morzine then there are a few local and nearby lakes where you can catch some fish and enjoy the alpine scenery: Lac Mines d’Or, Lac Montriond, Lac Plan du Rocher... You can also fish the River Dranse, which runs from Morzine to Evian, in which the much sought after Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) trout spawn their eggs. You must, however, ensure that you have the correct fishing permit and are aware of the local fishing regulations.

Golf

There is an 18-hole course in Les Gets. This fairly technical golf course offers panoramic views and great facilities. The clubhouse is a welcoming place to enjoy a drink and the restaurant has a lovely terrace on which to enjoy lunch. Coaching, equipment hire and electric buggies are all available. With stunning mountain views and pleasant summer weather, this is a wonderfully relaxing way to spend the day.

Golf
Helicopter tours

Helicopter tours

Sit back and admire the mountains from even higher up! Daily panoramic helicopter flights are available (weather permitting) with a number of local flight companies. Relax and enjoy the stunning views as you fly over the snow-capped mountain tops, glaciers and alpine forests of the Alps.

Horse-riding

The Portes du Soleil offers a wide expanse of spectacular terrain on which you can saddle up and go exploring. There is a wide range of trails and routes waiting to be explored in Morzine and what better way to explore them than on horseback.

In the Parc des Dereches equestrian centre, you can have lessons for all abilities in horse riding from beginner to advanced. They also offer camping tours and rides which will be supervised by a qualified instructor and allow you to experience some of the spectacular mountain views including panoramic views over Mont Blanc. Open during the summer season you can explore the mountains and trails on horseback with family and friends as lessons and classes are accessible from age 3. Ponies are also available to resnt for half hours within the park. A great and exciting activity to do with all the family and a fun way to explore the mountains and scenery.

Alternatively, up to 6 people can have a ride in a horse-drawn carriage around Morzine from a price of 15€. Starting at the Tourist Office, the ride can take you through the whole village showing you the old town, the different hamlets around Morzine or even up to lake Montriond. It’s an afternoon activity, usually starting around midday.

Horse-riding
Mountain-biking

Mountain-biking

Morzine and the wider Portes du Soleil area was the original, and still remains, the best mountain biking (MTB / VTT) area based in a winter ski resort. Its popularity has increased year on year, aided and abetted by the stunning alpine scenery and more than 80 kilometres of world-class enduro trails and 50 kilometres of downhill slopes. The variety of terrain ensures that everyone from beginners to expert and pro-level downhill and freeride riders, can get many days riding on trials suited to their preferences and ability level. Morzine's central position means you can freewheel down to the village from most of the Portes du Soleil ski lifts.

Paragliding / Parapenting

If you’ve never tried paragliding before then Morzine is a great place to learn how to fly. Known as “parapenting” in France & Switzerland, there are a great number of clubs and organisations in the area whose sole purpose is to give you the experience of flying. Flights usually start at the top of the Super Morzine lift and descend down to the Pleney; other popular routes depart from the Chaux Fleurie, the Ardent and the Crete d'Arare. Top tip: go on a sunny, warm day when the thermals will keep your airborne for longer.

Paragliding / Parapenting
Rock-climbing

Rock-climbing

Morzine is a great place rock climbing for both beginners and experienced climbers. Experienced climbers can tackle the mountain side rock and enjoy the fantastic views (just make sure you have all the right gear and safety equipment). There are a number of adventure companies or mountain guides who can take you out on your first climb and show you the 'ropes'.

Running

If you’ve never tried paragliding before then Morzine is a great place to learn how to fly. Known as “parapenting” in France & Switzerland, there are a great number of clubs and organisations in the area whose sole purpose is to give you the experience of flying. Flights usually start at the top of the Super Morzine lift and descend down to the Pleney; other popular routes depart from the Chaux Fleurie, the Ardent and the Crete d'Arare. Top tip: go on a sunny, warm day when the thermals will keep your airborne for longer.

Running
Summer Luge

Summer Luge

Sledging or luge takes place on the hillside close to the Pleney gondola in Morzine centre. Take the lift up and sledge down 150 metres to the bottom. There are two trails of different lengths and difficulty levels, starting from the Crusaz chairlift. The lift runs from early July to early September each year, from 10:30 to 18:00, non-stop. Children must be 3 years old and all those under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Swimming

In the Parc des Dereches you can enjoy a whole outdoor swimming complex including a heated Olympic pool, a teaching pool, a paddling pool with water games and an 80m waterslide. In the same area, there is a bouncy castle, a beach volleyball court and sun loungers. The indoor facilities include two heated pools and a paddling pool, as well as a spa with saunas and Turkish baths. Open from late July to late August until 19:00. Free for children under 5 years old and seniors.

Swimming
Tennis

Tennis

The tennis club at the Parc des Dereches offers 7 hard courts and 2 clay courts, available to rent from early June to the end of September. They also have tennis training and lessons, while balls and rackets are available for rent.

Tree-top / Forest adventures

Adventure parks are designed for children and adults to play, explore, exercise and have fun in the natural mountain surroundings. The ropes, swings, tunnels, trees and activities will be a great day for children and adults alike. Qualified guides will be around the course throughout to make sure you are safe and having as much fun as possible. There are treetop adventure routes in Morzine, you can find them near the Nyon waterfall, at the Parc des Dereches and behind the sports centre.

Regarding zip wires, the Fantasticable in the Portes du Soleil is the only one of its kind in the Alps. Located in Chatel at the top of the Chaux Fleurie lift, this zip wire covers over three kilometres in two stages and reaches speeds of up to 100km/h. Strapped into a harness you fly face first across the valley, taking in the views in unique style. All safety equipment is provided - Superman outfit optional...

Tree-top / Forest adventures
Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata

If climbing up sheer rock on the end of a piece of rope sounds a bit scary, then Via Ferrata climbing offers an element of security that still allows beginners to enjoy the achievement of having scaled a mountain! This form of climbing was invented by Italian soldiers in the Dolomites who used it to enable them to scale vertiginous faces easily and quickly. Following marked routes through the mountains, you are helped along by steps, bridges and ladders whilst being roped up for extra safety.

The main Via Ferrata site in Morzine is the Saix du Tour; it is 600m in length and affords some beautiful views over the valley. It features footbridges, monkey bridges and ladders and should take around 2 or 2 and a half hours to complete. It is accessible from May to October if there is no snow. Suitable for adults and children over the age of 8.

Walking & Hiking

In the summer months Morzine is a mecca for walking and hiking in the beautiful alpine mountains. The Portes du Soleil offer 800 kilometres of marked trails that go across a wide variety of mountain landscapes, from ridges to forests, farms and, of course, views of Mont Blanc and the Dents du Midi. From Morzine, you can embark on short walks to lakes like the Chavanette or the Lac de Montriond, farmlands like the Alpage de Morzinette or waterfalls like the Cascade de Ardent. Longer hikes will take you across the border into Switzerland or down the surrounding valleys.

Also see: Walking Routes in Morzine, France

Walking & Hiking
Waterparks

Waterparks

The Wibit Waterpark in Les Gets is a large inflatable obstacle course open from June to the end of August. With around 30 different modules to play on, including a human catapult, rock climbing, trampolines, a giant slide and monkey cage to name a few, it's a great plan for the whole family. You'll need to be 6 years and older and able to swim to have a go. Tickets can be bought on site and there are discounts with a summer multi-pass.

Watersports

If you haven't experienced white water rafting before then this is a definite 'must try' on your list of activities to do! From the middle of May until September, the Dranse river flows furiously as it is fed from the melt waters running off the glaciers high above the town. There are various options available from a three-hour adrenaline rush to a full days excursion - this activity is guaranteed not to disappoint.

Watersports