Forget the Snow : What Is Summer in the Alps Like?

Forget the Snow : What Is Summer in the Alps Like?

All skiers and boarders know that the Alps offer a truly magical destination in winter. That’s why so many flock here to enjoy the snow and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Then once the trip is over, they return home and don’t think about the Alps again until the following winter.

Does that sound familiar?

Well, you’re really missing out on one of the best times of year to visit the Alps… summer!

Forget the Snow : What Is Summer in the Alps Like?
As the snow melts, the white winter blanket is lifted to show lush green meadows beneath. A natural summer playground is revealed, just waiting to be explored by those ‘in the know’. It is truly mind-blowing the see the same mountains you skied in winter, covered in wildflowers rather than snow!

There are few destinations that offer an enticing combination of chilling out and thrilling activities to satisfy the most active of visitors. We are so lucky that Morzine is one of those very places.

Luxurious accommodation is transformed into summer retreats. The spacious interiors seem lighter and brighter and their balconies, terraces and outdoor hot tubs provide the perfect vantage points to enjoy the ever-changing mountain views.

The alpine towns get ‘summer ready’ with their flower filled window boxes and come alive as tables and chairs spill onto pavements for alfresco drinking, dining and live music.

Warm air fills the valley and the temperatures start to rise. A sea of wild mountain flowers slowly appear amongst the lush grass and the distant sound of cow bells can be heard… summer has arrived.

Summer In the Alps – the Facts and the Fiction

Isn’t it cold in summer?

No, definitely not. Once the snow melts, the temperatures warm up and by the height of summer it can be in the mid to high twenties, with over 10 hours of sunshine per day. Great for enjoying the outdoors, without the heat sapping your energy.

Will there be enough to keep me occupied?

Yes, yes, yes! You will be spoilt for choice. There is so much more going on in summer than in winter, you will be impressed by all the awesome things to do.

If mountain biking is your thing, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the excellent trails and bike parks throughout the Portes du Soleil.

But if you prefer two feet to two wheels, there’s still a dizzying array of activities to choose from. From walking to white water rafting, from horse riding to hydro-speeding, luging to lazing by a mountain lake…. There’s also the excellent MultiPass which for the bargain price €2 per person per day gives you access to the lifts, lakes, swimming pools, mini golf, public transport and more…

Not to mention the excellent events organised in Morzine throughout the summer, including sports events and live music.

Don’t the winter resorts close down in summer?

Some winter resorts do close down, but if you pick places where there is a year round community, such as Morzine, you will be able to enjoy the summer vibe of an alpine resort.

Forget the Snow : What Is Summer in the Alps Like?

Isn’t alpine accommodation expensive?

In winter, the accommodation is at its most expensive but these prices reduce substantially in the summer. Enjoy the luxury of sumptuous accommodation with a central location for a fraction of the cost. Guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone’s face, as they look at the stunning views from their own outdoor hot tub!

What about the food – isn’t it all fondue and tartiflette?

No absolutely not. Of course the Alps wouldn’t be the Alps if they didn’t offer traditional mountain food, but in addition there are great salads and lots of grilled foods with a contemporary twist. Grilled Goats Cheese Salad is always a popular choice of the locals! As well as fresh local trout caught from the river Dranse which runs through Morzine.

Forget the Snow : What Is Summer in the Alps Like?
Try La Grange Restaurant, La Chaudanne and La Chamade for fresh, local specialities.

Many of the refreshing summer recipes use locally sourced ingredients which you can buy and then head off somewhere peaceful – think picnics with beautiful views in unspoilt locations.

If you like the idea of a catered chalet, don’t worry, as this isn’t just on offer in winter but also in summer as well with a more relaxed timetable and lighter meal options.

The Activity Map of Morzine in Summer

Forget the Snow : What Is Summer in the Alps Like?
Morzine in summer is an absolute joy and there is no way I can list everything there is to experience. To give you an idea, here’s a selection of some amazing activities to try:

You can also head to our recent post all about the incredible experiences Morzine has to offer: 14 Alpine Activities for an Exciting Summer Holiday

Challenging Blacks

Whether it’s heights or rapids that get your blood pumping, you’ll want to try a few of these adrenaline-filled activities:

  • Paragliding
  • Road Biking
  • Hydrospeeding
  • Trail Running
  • Via Ferrata

Fun Reds

Break up your holiday with a couple of these alpine experiences:

Relaxing Blues

Or if all that sounds a bit much, how about these chilled out activities:

Holidays are a great time for trying those activities that you have been meaning to do all year. Why not take relaxation to a whole new level by booking a yoga class in the mountains? There’s even outdoor yoga next to Lake Montriond.

Lake Montriond
When you see this lake for the first time, you’ll not only be impressed by its setting, but by the vibrant green colour of its glacial water. It’s a great place for swimming, canoeing, paddle boarding or simply sunbathing!

Gentle Mountain Walks
Make walking easy in the mountains by using the gondolas and chairlifts, to take the strain out of the steep uphill sections. There are some great walks from Morzine Village listed here in this Mountain Walks blog post.

The swimming pool complex in Morzine is fantastic – there’s an Olympic length outdoor pool, a 25m indoor pool, smaller pools and waterslides for the kids, and there’s even a hammam so you can truly relax.

The essence of the Alps is always present, whether in winter or summer. If you love the alpine winter experience, you’re sure to fall in love with summer as well, so see what happens when the snow goes and find out more about a summer break.

If you’re interested in trying out Morzine for an action-packed holiday, just get in touch and we’ll start planning your next summer adventure.