Via Ferrata and Rock Climbing
Via Ferrata began life as a method of transporting troops and equipment through difficult terrain and involves scrambling or climbing up rock faces and crossing aerial walks while attached to a fixed cable using a harness. There are 6 levels of difficulty, easy to extremely difficult. Its best to go with a qualified high mountain guide and you must have a head for highs and be over 10 years old. There is a great route in Avoriaz which is about 2 and a half hours long and two more challenging routes in the village of Saint Jean D’Aulps.
There’s a good of choice of rock climbing routes in Morzine and Les Gets and The Rocher de la Chaux is really close and has around 80 routes for all levels of difficulty. For experienced climbers with their own equipment wanting to get out on their own, you can go down to the tourist office of Saint Jean D’Aulps and buy a guide of the routes. Otherwise there are a few options for beginners and climbers seeking guided climbs including the Bureau Des Guides and Evolution 2. There’s also an indoor climbing wall at the Palais du sport in Morzine.
Paragliding, or parepenting as it is called in France, is one of the best ways to see the outstanding views of Morzine. It’s a really popular activity and in the summer when the weather is good the sky above the village can be filled with multi-coloured parachutes. We would recommend Aero-Bi who operate just next to the main landing site on the Pleney road. You are taken up to the top of the Super Morzine lift via a mini bus and then launched off the side if the mountain and catch the thermals which take you higher and higher with views of Mont Blanc. On clear days it’s an incredible experience and children 12 years and up can do it too. You can also complete a 4 or 5 day course and learn to fly on your own.
An extreme version of a zip line at the top of the Chaux Fleurie chair lift, two massive lines going from one side of the valley to the other. You’re strapped in a harness in the superman position, hooked onto the cable and released flying at speeds of up to 100km (60 mph), 240m above the ground. The second cable takes you to the Plaine Dranse side of the valley where you can take the Rossachons chair lift back to the top. There is no age restriction but you have to be between 35kg and 120kg or you can do a tandem flight as long as the combined weight is less than 150kg. The price is around 36€ per person (20% discount with the Multipass) and is open from 22nd June to the beginning of September. To access the Fantasticable the easiest way is to park in Lindarets just above the goat village and use the Multipass to go up the Chaux Fleurie chair lift. Or you can make a hike out of it using the lift system and walking the in between bits. Take a pack lunch or have lunch at one of the mountain restaurants.
Brand new in July 2018, the bold new attraction of the Parc des Dérèches is the first of its kind in the world. It uses an existing land mark of Morzine and participants must use a course of nets, beams, cables and pendulums to cross the underside of the bridge 35m above the ground, clipped to a safety wire. Once complete it’s a short zip wire back to the start. L’extreme is open every day in the summer 10am-12pm and 2pm-5pm it costs 35€ per person, but you have to be at least 150cm tall.
There are three treetop adventure centres in and around Morzine.
Indian Aventures next to the Parc des Dérèches is aimed at children 2 -10 years with gangways, bridges, ladders and Tarzan. It’s a safe way for kids to explore the forest taking around 2 hours. The minimum height for Indiana Park is 1.35m, for Indiana Kid it's 1.05m-1.35m and for Indiana Petit Kid ages 2+ below 1.05m who must be accompanied by an adult the entire way around.
Cascade Aventures is located at the bottom of the Nyon waterdfall 2.1km from the centre of Morzine. Similar to Indian Aventures but for slightly older children of 8 years and above (or more than 1.35m), with its high rope course and 130m zip line its lots of fun. They also have a smaller course for children aged 2 years or older accompanied by an adult.
Aventure Park Les Gets for older children and teenagers, set high up in the trees overlooking Mont Chery. It’s completely safe as you are given a suit and harness to wear as you make you way around the course of ladders, swing bridges and ‘death slides’ clipped into the steel cable the entire time.