9 Activities for Non-Skiers in Morzine
Whether you want a rest day, have non-skiers in your group or just fancy trying something else, there are plenty of non-skiing activities in Morzine to keep you occupied.
Here's our top 9 things to do in Morzine for non-skiers beyond exploring the town or relaxing on a sunny terrasse!
1 : Night Sledging
This is HILARIOUS! When the slopes are closed to skiers and snowboarders, Morzine's Piste B is reserved by Indiana Adventures for organised sledging groups. Armed with your sledge, the Pleney gondola opens late, exclusively for Indiana sledge goers, where it will whisk you up the mountain as daylight falls.
Your guide will run through a quick safety briefing at the top and you'll be given a head torch. After that, you and your group are unleashed on Piste B, and emerge, after the thrills and spills, at the Tremplin, perfect for a celebratory (or nerve-steadying) drink!
During the January months, you’re whizzing along in the dark, only guided by a head torch for an additional adrenaline fix... come February as the nights get lighter, it is more about the sunsets!
Either way, if you’re staying in one of our catered properties, this is a great thing to do on your hosts' night off.
2 : Go Ice Skating - Indoor and Outdoor
Ice Skating Outdoors
Morzine's outdoor ice rink is in the main town square, next to the Tourist Office. Skate under the lights and music before warming up with a vin chaud or hot chocolate in one of the nearby bars. Open daily throughout the winter season, check the outdoor ice rink website for up to date opening hours and prices.
Indoor Ice Rink
Located in the Palais du Sports complex underneath the Super Morzine bridge, Morzine's large indoor ice rink is open daily during the week. You can find the up to date opening times for the indoor ice rink here.
3 : Watch an Ice Hockey Match
Watching Les Pingouins, Morzine’s ice hockey team is a must!
The Penguins have a top class reputation and finished last season top of their division. Have an early dinner then head down to the Palais des Sport for an evening of fast-paced face-offs and nail-biting action!
Wrap up warm, get a drink from the bar and take a seat for an action packed evening.
Buy tickets on the door, from the tourist office, the local Carrefour Supermarket in town or direct on Les Pingouins website.
4 : Snowshoeing and Winter Nordic Walking
A great way to experience the snow for non-skiers, snowshoes allow you to float over the deepest of snow, giving you access to the mountains around Morzine like never before.
Jason and Vivien at Days Away Adventures are highly qualified mountain guides who know all the best spots for epic views and a touch of marmot spotting! They do group walks or private walks and are doggy friendly so great if you have your pooch with you. All walks include tea and cake too.
Simone at Magical Snow Treks also has a weekly programme of group walks aiming for nonskiers to be able to join a group at the beginning of the week and have a sociable time enjoying the mountain with no stress.
General Winter Walks
Whilst there’s plenty to see pottering around Morzine itself, riding the lifts as a pedestrian gives you access to a great network of prepared trails and paths, perfect for all levels. You can buy a "Pedestrian ONLY" lift pass or just grab a simple "Aller et Retour" from the Telecabine at Pleney.
Sprinkled with a variety of mountain restaurants, these itineraries are a great way to work up an appetite, before you sit back and enjoy the view. You can pick up trail maps for free from the Morzine Tourist Office or take a look at their Nordic Guide for walking, snowshoeing and cross country routes for all levels including family friendly walks that can be accessed from the centre of town.
5 : Ice Diving in Lake Montriond
Plunge under the ice of the stunning alpine lake, Lac de Montriond with Plongee sous Glace for this unique winter experience then warm up afterwards in one of the lakeside restaurants. Bordered by cliffs on one side and the magnificent Nantaux on the other, this is sure to be a holiday highlight to remember!
6 : Paragliding
Taking off from near the top of the Super Morzine lift, paragliding with Morzine Parapente is available for all ages.
Flying in tandem with a skilled pilot you'll get amazing views of Morzine and the flight can be as gentle or extreme as you like. Once you take off, you just have to sit back in the armchair-like harness and enjoy the mountains, before landing in town near the Pleney lift station.
Top tip: if you want to go upside down, spin and do other gravity defying moves book the "sensation" flight.
7 : Snowmobiling
Petrol heads will love this! Once the slopes have closed, and the sun goes down, take an Avoscoot tour of the slopes on a snowmobile! Available for groups and individuals, this is a great way to see the mountains and the stars like never before.
8 : Swimming
Morzine Indoor Pool
Morzine’s indoor pool complex has a 25m pool, a teaching pool, a plunge pool and a kiddies splash area. Opening times vary during the season so check their website for the most up to date information on hours and pricing
Inside the swimming pool complex you'll also find the Wellness and Relaxation centre with saunas and Turkish baths to ease away any aches and pains.
For a day with the family, why not head up to Aquariaz- a tropical paradise on the side of a mountain!
With indoor rivers, an aquatic halfpipe, a climbing wall and an outdoor jacuzzi with a panoramic view of the valley, this is a great option for visitors with kids. Easily accessible from Morzine via the A Bus and Prodains gondola.
9 : Les Aigles de Leman - The Eagles of Leman
Sit with wild birds of prey and enjoy a coffee whilst owls, buzzards and condors fly freely around you.
Les Aigles du Leman is an amazing, unique experience at the Point de Nyon restaurant on the Nyon Plateau at the top of the Nyon telecabine.
The man behind it is renowned ornithologist and falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers who moves his prize birds of prey from his bird park, Les Aigles du Léman near Thonon-les-Bains to the mountains.
You can ski with the eagles or simply watch the birds fly freely around the diners. A must-see for any bird lovers!