Morzine isn’t just an amazing place to be when the mountains are covered in snow. It is also fantastic during the summer months. Once the snow has gone, the landscape is transformed in to lush green meadows that become a different kind of alpine playground.
The range of activities available is huge and diverse. There is actually much more to do during summer in Morzine than in the winter. Hence many of our summer guests stay for two weeks, so they can do everything that they want to do. There is something to do for all kinds of people visiting Morzine. Here is our guide on how everyone can enjoy Morzine in Summer.
Families love it here in the Summer. Morzine and its surrounding areas offer a different holiday experience to sitting on a beach all week. The lakes, rivers and mountains are perfect for exploring in many different ways. But, you don’t have to march the kids up a mountain everyday. There is a lot to enjoy in Morzine itself too.
Morzine Village in Summer
All summer, the Morzine Tourist Office puts on activities every week aimed at children and families. You can expect workshops, entertainers, kid’s games and music. They even fill the Tourist Office Square with sand and turn it in to a beach for a week!
Another advantage of bringing your family to Morzine is that is easy to get to. Morzine is less than an hour and a half from Geneva Airport, so it’s much less stressful to travel to with little ones in tow. You can read our blog about Driving vs Flying for your trip to Morzine. The ease of getting here makes an Alpine adventure in Morzine a great alternative to a summer staycation.
The best way to enjoy all the activities on offer, is to buy a Multi-Pass. The Multi-Pass scheme lets you take part in over 50 activities around the Portes du Soleil. These activities are either free or discounted when you buy the Multi-Pass for €2 per day.
The Multi Pass gives you free access to Morzine’s swimming pool and spa, swimming lakes in Les Gets and Montriond, the Morzine ice rink, tennis courts, mini-golf, buses and petit trains.
The main advantage of the Multi-Pass, is that gives you access to the lift system. This means you can cover a lot of distance quickly, making it easier to explore the mountains. You can actually ride the lifts all the way to Switzerland for an unforgetttable day out.
Catered chalets are the choice for families that want to put their feet up a bit more. Our chalet hosts will cook and clean for you and will be able to give you lots of advice on things to do in the local area. We recommend Chalet Jirishanca, due to its location, spacious lounge areas and outdoor hot tub.
Couples and Friends
Couples and friends without kids can have some amazing fun in Morzine in summer too. Aside from all the activities in the mountains, there is always something going on to keep you entertained. Enjoying a fantastic meal or sipping a few drinks alfresco, with mountain views is a wonderful way to spend an evening. Many of the bars and restaurants in Morzine have outside spaces and you can often enjoy barbecues, live bands and DJs. These events usually start around 4pm and are a bit like après ski but instead of ski jackets and ski boots, it’s t-shirts and flip flops.
All summer long, there are lots of organised events to enjoy, many of which are free. There are many sporting events to watch and take part in, but there are some seriously big music events too. Keep an eye on the More Mountain Facebook page for updates of what to expect this summer and take a look at our Guide to Nightlife in Morzine.
Groups of friends will love Chez Noah, which is one of our self catered properties. It is located right in the centre of Morzine in the heart of the action, with all the shops, bars and restaurants on your doorstep.
The main activity in Morzine in the summer is mountain biking. The great thing about mountain biking in Morzine is that the terrain is diverse. You can go for enduro and cross country rides or smash all the downhill trails as fast as you can. To make life easier, you can put your bike on the ski lifts. This means you can spend all day on the downhill trails or explore the Portes du Soleil much easier.
At the start of the summer, you can take part in the Pass’Portes Du Soleil event. This is a mountain bike tour of the Portes du Soleil covering around 80km of trails around France & Switzerland, assisted by the lift system of course! There are refreshment points in each resort to keep you fuelled up. There is also a bike show held in a different resort every year, where manufacturers show off their latest bikes, clothing and equipment. Click here for all the details for joining us on the Pass’Portes Du Soleil.
The mountain bike terrain in the Portes du Soleil is very varied too. The trails are graded from green (the easiest) to black (the most difficult). There are some really easy greens to get you started, especially on the Super Morzine side of the valley. There is also some very challenging terrain, this is why the area hosts lots of competitions. In 2019 the UCI World Cup is being held in Les Gets so you can see the pros in action!
Chalet Robin is our mountain bike chalet (although it is not JUST for mountain bikers), it is in a great location and has a large secure garage, which is perfect for tinkering after a day on the mountain. You can also hire mountain bikes in Morzine. Our choice of bike hire shop is Torico. You will get great service and a fantastic bike, just make sure you book your hire bike in advance to avoid disappointment.
The mountains are a great place to get fit or maintain your fitness while doing something fun because you don’t have to go far before you have to start going up hill!
The road biking around Morzine is pretty impressive. Take on the cols of the Tour de France with views of Mont Blanc, ride to Lake Geneva or one of the neighbouring resorts. There are a number of road bike guiding companies that work from Morzine. Our favourite is Velovation who will take you on supported rides around the area.
For runners there is a huge network of trail running routes all over the Portes du Soleil. You can start your run from the centre of Morzine, or catch one of the lifts to start it further afield. Morzine also hosts the Spartan Race. This is a gruelling assault course, where competitors have to climb scramble nets, carry sandbags up a mountain, wade through the river and swim across a lake with a massive log. It is a huge event that attracts thousands of people. Take part or watch from the comfort of a bar with a beer, it’s up to you.
Less than ten minutes away from Morzine is Lake Montriond. It is very popular in the summer as it is a swimming lake, but you can hire kayaks and stand up paddle boards. It is also the location of the Montirond Triathlon. If you want to set yourself a fitness goal, this is a great event and takes place in a stunning location. However, if a swimming pool is more your thing, you can use Morzine’s Olympic size pool. It is right in the centre of Morzine and has both indoor and outdoor pools. Access is included with your Multi Pass. But remember, it is mandatory for guys to wear Speedos!
For indoor exercise, you can visit Mountain Rehab. Here you can use their gym, take part in fitness classes including, pilates, TRX, yoga amongst others. They also offer a great sports massage and physiotherapy service.
Explorers and Adventurers
The mountains are made for exploring and there is a lot of exploring to do around Morzine in summer. There is a huge amount of hiking to be done for all abilities, from a gentle stroll along the river, to ridge walks with lots of exposure. Whatever type of hiking you want to do, you will be treated to spectacular mountain views and hopefully some wildlife.
During the summer it can get quite warm in the Alps. A great way to cool down is to get wet! White water rafting, hydrospeeding and canyoning are all really fun water activities you can do in and around Morzine. Check out our Guide to Water Sports in Morzine.
The location of Morzine lends itself to visiting other fantastic areas. If you have been to Morzine a few times, you may want to go on a day trip. Have a look at our Guide to Summer Away Days for information about visiting Annecy, Chamonix and the various towns around Lake Geneva.
For the best mountain views, you may want to the to the skies. Paragliding is a stunning way to see the area. Take off from the top of the Super Morzine lift, for a flight over the valley with the local birds of prey before landing outside a pub…what could be more perfect?