White water rafting is great fun and anyone from the age of 6 upwards can join in. Traverse your way down grade 3 and 4 rapids with a maximum of 8 people in the boat. The guide will take you down the river and through the gorges, suggesting different ways of getting down, showing you cliffs to jump off and normally capsizing the boat for a laugh. There are a few different routes the guides can take you down, ranging from 1 hour 15minutes to 2 hours. The longer the duration the tougher the route. If you’re up for the challenge.
You can also do the same in a Hotdog raft, like an inflatable canoe which seats 2 people and you control the raft yourself. You join a group of Hotdogs and tackle the rapids accompanied by a guide in his own canoe who helps you navigate a fun, safe trip down.
If you’re seeking an adventure and an adrenalin rush take a look at canyoning. The waterfall at Nyon is a perfect place for the sport, with natural water slides, rock pools and a series of drops taking you into areas most people never get to see. Starting with a 42m abseil of a bridge you follow the natural course of the river jumping into rock pools and sliding down the natural slides, lowered down a rope into a waterfall and then finally abseiling your way down the last waterfall. The water is pretty cold even in the warmer months, you are given a padded wetsuit, helmet and harness. You’ll need to take a pair of trainers you don’t mind getting wet. It takes about 3 hours and is generally recommended for children 12 years and older.
We are happy to book any of these activities for our guests at Woodlands Chalets (additional charges may apply).
The swimming complex in Morzine has a 25m indoor pool and two smaller pools for children and an Olympic outdoor pool (50m x 21m), a shallow pool for children and a baby pool for toddlers with slides and water jets. There is a large outdoor water slide for bigger kids. At the complex, the is also a bar and restaurant, grassy area for sunbathing and picnics, bouncy castle, table tennis, children’s climbing frame, a multi-activity area with mini football, basketball, hand ball and a beach volley ball pitch. It’s a great complex that’s included with the Multipass.
Aquariaz in Avoriaz is an aquatic paradise with real tropical plant life, built in the centre of the village. The huge indoor water park features a gently flowing river where you can climb up the walls to jump off or swing on the Tarzan rope. A Water Playhouse, a colourful space aimed at younger children with geysers and water play equipment including slides water guns and a tipping bucket. This area extends into a larger paddling pool. There is a water slide called The Sidewinder, a sort of aquatic half pipe where you sit in a rubber ring and slide down from more than 10m up. A chill out space with bubble massage seats and an outdoor hot tub with beautiful views of the valley.
If you’re looking for a wild swim or some family time by the lake there is a choice of lakes in the local area or you can take a pleasant drive down the valley to Lake Geneva where you can enjoy the beaches of Evian or the lido at Thonon which has 3 pools and a life guarded lake area.
Les Gets lake is staffed with life guards from the end of June to the end of August and is FREE with the Mulitpass. The lake averages a temperature of 22 degrees during the summer. There is a paddling area for babies and toddlers, a swimming only area and a area for inflatable and paddle boards. Last summer saw the introduction of the “Wibit Les Gets” a large floating obstacle course with about 30 different modules including a human catapult, monkey cage and a giant slide. Prices start from 10€ or 8€ with the Multipass.
Lake Montriond is a huge lake great for swimming and water sports with a handful of café/bar/restaurants around it. You can take your own inflatables or paddle boards. Alternatively, you can hire equipment from the adventure centre at the end of the lake for 8€ for half an hour. At one end, there is a smaller lake manned with life guards in July and August, with a grassy beach and waterfalls ideal for kids. At the other end there are 4 purpose built BBQ pits, great for a summer afternoon chill out.
There are some beautiful places to fish in the Morzine area. Lac Des Mines D’ Or is a popular spot, 8km up the Vallee de la Manche. Lake Montriond and the Plan du Rocher lake are also great, but you can also try to catch the trout in the Dranse, the river that runs through Morzine. Day permits or 15-day holiday permits are available from 1st April to 30th September.