Winter in Morzine: More Than Just Skiing
Ski holidays aren’t just about skiing, or even just for skiers. There are lots of things going on in Morzine this winter so whether you have a non-skier in your group, are looking for something to do on a ‘rest’ day, or when the lifts have closed for the day, here is what's happening around town during the winter season.
The square by the Tourist Office in the centre of Morzine always has something going on and is a good place to soak up the atmosphere of the town.
Kicking off the winter season with a sprinkling of festive magic, is the Village Enchanté, two weeks of illuminations, shows and entertainment starting on December 23rd 2023, including a visit from Santa and New Year celebrations.
When spring comes along, the square is transformed into a kids village with shows, workshops and games for Royaume des Marmots (Kingdom of the Marmots) from 30th March - 1st April 2023.
Just off the square you’ll find Le Room, Morzine’s own Escape Room. Perfect for families with teenagers (or grownup kids!); you’ll need to work together to solve the clues and see if you can make your escape before the timer runs out!
Away from the centre of town, there are plenty of non-skiing activities to try in Morzine.
Give your legs a break and try an alternative way of getting down the mountain with Indian Aventures. They run snowmobiling, night sledging, and Yooner sessions (a cross between a sledge and a ski) that will have you laughing all the way down the piste.
If you’ve always dreamt of building your own igloo, then make it a reality this winter with Igloo Morzine. They will find the best spot around and show you how to build a proper igloo. If that sounds too much like hard work, head up to Village Igloo in Avoriaz where you can grab a drink and marvel at the amazing ice rooms and sculptures. You can even stay overnight if you’re brave enough!
For something totally different, head to Alta Lumina in Les Gets. This is a spectacular light and sound show set in the woods that will take you on a magical, immersive journey. Although it’s open year round, winter is the perfect time to visit, especially when there’s snow on the ground adding to the magic.
Alta Lumina is just a fifteen minute drive from Morzine. If you don't have a car you can take the Balad'Aulps Ligne 1 or 2 bus into Les Gets centre and then the free Ligne B navette up to Le Lac / Ecoles stop, or give Taxi Morzine a call for a door to door service. Remember to wrap up warm and wear some good walking shoes!
Morzine plays host to some amazing events throughout the winter, and they’re not all ski related!
For trail runners, the Spartan Winter Trail Run is an opportunity to experience trail running in a winter alpine environment. Taking place on the 10th December 2023, the 10K and 21K courses will take you up and around the pistes and forests for an unforgettable race experience. There’s also a Spartan Winter Kids race on 9th December for the budding trail runners in your family. What a way to kick off your winter holiday!
If you want to enjoy the mountains at a slightly slower pace, DaysAway Adventures run regular snowshoe walks throughout the winter suitable for all abilities. This is a perfect way to stretch those muscles and give your legs a brief rest from skiing (there’s usually cake or vin chaud involved too - yum!).
Morzine’s Prend Soin de Vous (Take Care of Yourself) week is an oasis of calm running 11th - 15th March 2024 where you can join yoga sessions, wellness workshops and various other sessions to help you relax and unwind.
Think Winter in the Alps and you probably think: snow, sunshine and après. Well, what could capture this more than a music festival on the mountain?! In Morzine-Avoriaz, we are lucky enough to have not one, but two music festivals! Rock the Pistes, 17th - 23rd March 2024, and Snowboxx, 16th - 23rd March. Both are amazing fun and definitely worth checking out while you’re here.
Ski Racing is big news in the Alps, with some of the world’s best skiers coming from France. Every year several competitions take place attracting some of the big names in alpine skiing and bringing an amazing atmosphere to the slopes and town.
Key races to look out for during 2024 are:
Junior World Alpine Skiing Championships, 27 January – 3 February 2024
Course des Champions, 1st April
Morzine is part of the Portes du Soleil, the biggest cross-border ski area in Europe, so there are a lot of pistes to explore but, as you can see, also finding some time for non-skiing activities will make your next ski holiday in Morzine one to truly remember!
If you want some help, here is all the information you need to plan your perfect winter holiday.