Our guide to summer in Morzine

With so much to do and see in Morzine and the surrounding areas it can be a little overwhelming trying to organise everything... with this in mind we have created our summer guide to help you plan your stay.

Morzine is the most well-established summer resort in the French Alps, set amidst the freshwater lakes, pristine blue rivers and lush green mountains. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie seeking an extreme adventure, a family holiday maker planning for fun activities outdoors, or a nature enthusiast wanting to reconnect with Mother Nature, Morzine is the ideal summer mountain getaway for all tastes and ages.

With numerous activities on offer, you can go hiking with your family for a mountain adventure, take your partner paragliding for panoramic views of the Alps, slide down a natural toboggan and plunge into deep pools of clear water canyoning, or go rock climbing, mountain/road biking, white water rafting..... the choice is yours!

Don’t just go on holiday this summer. Have a real alpine adventure...

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You'll be spoilt for choice...

Unlimited activities for €2 per day

The Multi Pass

The Multi Pass scheme offers amazing value to summer holidaymakers in Morzine – it’s especially brilliant for families.

The pass is only available through participating accommodation providers, and we are one of them.

For only €2 per day, you get free access to ski lifts for hikers, the swimming pools and lakes, tennis courts, the ice rink, mini-golf, and loads more.

Visit the Multi Pass website

Your pocket mountain guide

Hiking / walking app

The Portes Du Soleil APP: Live hiking & area info - Keep up to date with which lifts and trails are open, local weather, plan your daily hiking route and check how fast you've been walking with the Portes Du Soleil app. It also has information and the locations of the activities below - You'll never again have to rummage around in your pocket for a paper trail map!

Download on iPhone
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Your pocket mountain guide

MTB / Road bike / Hire

The Portes Du Soleil App

Live MTB & area info - Keep up to date with which lifts are open, local weather, plan your daily MTB route and check how fast you've been riding with the Portes Du Soleil app.

It also has information and the locations of the activities below - You'll never again have to rummage around in your pocket for a paper trail map!

Download on iPhone
Download on Android

Road Biking Guide

Morzine is world renowned for having hosted 22 stages of the Tour de France with the latest edition in 2016.

Visit Morzine Mountain Cycling to discover the resort’s entire cycling offer: detailed itineraries (printable road books or downloadable GPX routes), interactive map with all the passes, distances from Morzine and route profiles, a list of “Accueil Vélo” certified accommodations and shops, professional and general public events…

Road bike guide & routes

Caribou Sport - MTB Hire

MTB, Freeride, XC and Electric Bike Hire - Operating in Morzine for over 30 years, Caribou Sport really is the only place you need to go to for anything MTB related.

Owner Seb and his team work with most major brands including Scott and Maxxis, and offer bike hire, repairs, servicing and kit. Fully trained and experienced mechanics ensure that if your bike unfortunately needs to have some TLC, it's in the best hands...

Caribou Sport website

All hire bikes are brand new for this summer and are impeccably maintained - best of all Pure Morzine clients are entitled to a discount!

Torico - Road Bike Hire

Road Bike Hire - The best place in Morzine for your road biking needs! Owner Tim and his fully trained team offer road bike hire, repairs, servicing and kit.

All hire road bikes are brand new for this summer and are maintained to a very high standard - Pure Morzine clients are entitled to a discount!

Torico website

Local events...

Everything that is going on in resort...

There are many free events during the summer season, some being weekly and some being just for one day. Events range from Monday welcome drinks at the tourist office, children's workshops to the European Harley Davidson festival!

Harley Days

The Morzine penguins

Morzine's professional Ice Hockey Team - The Morzine Penguins are one of the top Ice Hockey teams in France having won numerous league titles & cups. They are fabulous to watch and feature a lot of home grown & international players. You can see them play at the Palais du Sport every week.

Match days & times vary - tickets can be bought at the Tourist Office.

The Morzine Penguins

The village market

Weekly Village Market - Visit the Morzine traditional market to buy the the best local produce: meat, fish, fruit & veg, cheese, charcuterie etc.

Located next to the Carrefour supermarket / post office just below Intersport.

Every Wednesday 8am-12.30pm.

Ready for an adventure...

Mountain Activities

Morzine Ete

Whatever you choose to do on your holiday with us, you are sure to find a huge range of activities across the Morzine area. From relaxing to full on adrenaline there is something for everyone, every ability and every age in Morzine. Our recommended activities are: summer luge / toboggan, tree top / forest adventure, canyoning, white water rafting / hydrospeeding, paragliding & the fantasticable zip wire...

There is a designated 'kids guide' to Morzine detailing all the events, activities and pop-up workshops - view the guide here.

Summer Luge / Toboggan

The Morzine summer luge winds it's way down the left hand side of the Pleney. Take the La Crusaz chairlift up with your sledge and make your way down the track...

There are two trails of different lengths and difficulty levels.

Children must be a minimum of 3 years old and those under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets can be bought from the Pleney lift pass office.

Tree Top / Forest Adventure

Morzine's 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.

Located at the Nyon waterfall, Parc des Dereches and behind the sports centre.

Indiana Adventures
Cascade Adventure

For the daredevils amongst you try the L'eXtreme course perched underneath the Morzine suspension bridge 35 meters above the ground!

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. With the safety of a guide everyone can abseil down cascades, splash into pools and ride the river rapids...

Located at the Nyon waterfall.

Bureau des Guides

White water rafting / Hydrospeeding

If you haven't experienced white water sports 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!

Frogs Rafting

Located a 30 minutes drive from Morzine on the Dranse & Giffre rivers.

Paragliding

Morzine is a great place to discover what its like to soar like an eagle! Known as “parapenting” in France & Switzerland, you'll enjoy a magical and unforgettable moment with the most amazing views of the mountains and valleys below. Top tip: go on a sunny, warm day when the thermals will keep your airborne for longer.

Flights start from the top of the Super Morzine lift and descend down to the Pleney with transport provided.

Aréole

Fantasticable Zip Wire

The Fantasticable in the Portes du Soleil is the only one of its kind in the Alps and 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...

Located a the top of the Chaux Fleurie chairlift in the Lindarets area of Avoriaz.

Châtel Activités

ESF presents

Mountain Experience - Activity Discovery Courses

The ESF Morzine have launched a new activity discovery program this summer for children and teens ages 8-16 years old. Participants will be able to enjoy a range of mountain sport activities whilst learning about local history, tradition, mountain geology and the local eco-system.

Activities include mountain biking, electric trial biking, climbing, canyoning, rafting, treetop adventure, orienteering, via ferrata etc. and can be booked for the full week, a day or half day (Monday to Friday).

View the weekly program

Pure Morzine Summer ESF3 640

Still hungry for more?

Other Activities & Day Trips...

There's simply too much to do!

Rock climbing, via ferrata and hiking are popular but you can choose to fish, canoe, swim or just chill by lake Montriond, enjoy the swimming pool complex of Morzine or the Aquariaz water park of Avoriaz.

Discover Morzine's heritage

For those who want to know a little more about our heritage and our know-how ...

Discover Morzine from a different perspective with a visit to the old town, during which you will be exposed to the development of the village over the centuries (information from the Tourist Office).

Follow the fascinating tour of the slate-making workshop, Ardoisière des 7 Pieds, to learn about the two-century history of Morzine slate mining.

In the same valley, we strongly recommend that you stop at the Chèvrerie des ardoisières to visit the goats and their 'keepers', the imposing yaks, and to watch the milking at the stable at the end of the day.

Cheese lovers can also take part in a visit to a traditional village fruit farm, the Fruitière de l'Alpage, to learn about the stages of cheese making and discover the maturing cellars.

Lac Leman / Lake Geneva (45 minutes from Morzine)

Relax on the majestic lake Geneva...

Take a day trip to the beautiful walled Medieval village of Yvoire or visit the world famous Evian (where the water comes from!).

There are plenty of grassed beaches and local restaurants (we specially recommend to go to the beaches of Anthy-Sur-Léman, Corzent, or Thonon’s swimming pool). If you are looking for a white sand beach take a look at Excenevex.

If you fancy some water sports - wake-boarding, water-skiing, paddle boarding and diving are all on offer.

Chamonix (75 minutes from Morzine)

Chamonix is perhaps best known for the world famous Mont-Blanc, Europe's highest mountain.

It however offers far more... boutique shopping, secluded mountain walks, mountain train rides, glacier visits and the Aiguille du midi téléphérique which takes you to the peaks of the surrounding mountain range at 3,842 meters - the panoramic views will make your heart skip a beat!

Chamonix tourist office

Annecy (90 minutes from Morzine)

Another option for a day is Annecy with its beautiful old town and lake, one of the purest in Europe. You can hire a bike and cycle around the lake stopping for lunch in one of the many lake side restaurants.

We can highly recommend hiring a boat for a couple of hours and circumnavigating the lake, the views are amazing!

Annecy tourist office

View all of the activities and events Morzine has to offer

Morzine resort guide

Hungry in the mountains?

Try our favourite chalet restaurants

Super Morzine area

L'passage

L'passage is our lovely family restaurant located on the slopes of Super Morzine. Run by Charlotte's cousin, Pascaline offers superb home made dishes with the most amazing view of the valley and Mont Blanc on the sunny terrace.

It is located at the top of Super Morzine telecabine on the Tetras piste/MTB trail (Turn left and walk around the corner and you will see Bar/Restaurant L’Passage). Be sure to order the "maxi burger" - the best burger in Morzine!

L'Passage on google maps
L'Passage on Facebook

Vallée de la Manche area

La Frasse

A typical old mountain chalet hidden off the beaten track. You'll receive a warm welcome from Sylvie who offers local specialties from our mountains.

La Frasse on google maps
La Frasse on Facebook

Fréterolles

About fifteen minutes from the Lac des Mine d´or, you will find the Fréterolles pasture where you can taste the cheeses of this working farm and the homemade charcuterie. Fréterolles is also typical mountain restaurant offering a variety of local dishes.

Fréterolles on google maps
Fréterolles on Facebook

Pleney area

Le Vaffieu

Located at the top of Pleney (access by cable car), on the edge of Les Gets golf course, the Gravier family will welcome you in a cozy chalet with a large sunny terrace with a beautiful view of Mont-Blanc.

La Vaffieu on google maps
La Vaffieu on Facebook

L’Atray des neiges

A charming chalet nestled on the slopes of Pleney (access by car from the Nants), a warm welcome and typical dishes will await you.

L’Atray des neiges on google maps
L’Atray des neiges on Facebook

Nyon area

Restaurant de la Cascade De Nyon

Just above the Nyon waterfall and at the start of the “Cascade Aventure”, in a typical chalet, you can taste good local dishes.

Restaurant de la Cascade De Nyon on google maps
Restaurant de la Cascade De Nyon on Facebook

Le Refuge Nyon-Gérin

On the shores of Lake Nyon-Guérin, a 30-minute walk from the Nyon plateau (access via the cable car or the road), in a pretty stone chalet, the Refuge will offer you regional dishes and in particular the trout from the lake.

Le Refuge Nyon-Gérin on google maps
Le Refuge Nyon-Gérin on Facebook

Lindaret / Chatel area

La Haute Bise-Bassachaux

If you are planning a walk in the Lindarets sector or a Fantasticable descent, do not hesitate to stop by the Auberge de la Haute Bise for lunch where the view of Lake Montriond is splendid.

La Haute Bise-Bassachaux on google maps
La Haute Bise-Bassachaux on Facebook

Need some essentials?

Your nearest supermarkets

There are two main supermarkets in Morzine with Carrefour being the biggest and easiest to get to. Spar is the local convenience store that's right in the centre of resort - usual opening times are 8.30 - 20.00 seven days a week:

> Directions/Opening hours Carrefour SuperMarket

> Directions/Opening hours Casino SuperMarket

> Directions/Opening hours Spar SuperMarket

Leave the car at home...

The free resort shuttle bus

There are regular free shuttle bus services that run around resort should you need them.

They pass the Pleney, Nyon and Avoriaz (Prodains) Télécabines every hour in addition to servicing the lac des mines d'or, lac des Montriond and Les Gets.

View Bus Timetable/Routes

Travel

How to get to Morzine: An expert's guide

So, you're thinking about visiting Morzine and are currently wondering about the best way to get there...

We're experts on this subject so we thought we'd share our knowledge. In this guide you’ll learn:

  • The easiest way to get to Morzine
  • The nearest airport to Morzine
  • How to get from the airport to Morzine

Please don't hesitate to contact us on should you have any questions about your stay here in beautiful Morzine, we would be more than happy to help.

For those of you who ski or snowboard

Our guide to winter in Morzine