The Multipass scheme run in Morzine and the rest of the Portes du Soleil means that guests of companies who have paid to join the scheme can use many of the local facilities including the Morzine swimming pool, large indoor ice rink, tennis courts in Morzine and Les Gets, 25 chair lifts and telecabins for walkers, all in resort busses and trains and discounted prices at many independent paying activities. This wonderful scheme means you can make the most of your time in Morzine, exploring the mountains using the lift system to go further or avoid the more challenging sections. Let the kids play in the swimming pool or lakes all afternoon and have a game of tennis before dinner or after, it doesn’t get dark until 2130 in the middle of the summer - all for €2 a day or €8 for 6 days. We really enjoy the Multipass and always get season passes for ourselves. When we welcome you to the chalet we will give you a voucher so you can go to the Pleney ticket office and purchase your pass.
Mountain Biking VVT
Bikers come from all over the world to take advantage of the VVT area of Morzine, Les Gets and the rest of the Portes du Soleil. The area is made up of around 650km marked VVT trails, 24 lifts, 50 downhill tracks and 10 bike parks/Northshore areas. With fast technical singles tracks to Scenic valley traverses there is something for all abilities. Also, the resort annually hosts major events like Crankworks and the Pass’Portes competition so no wonder the village has become a hub for riders.
Morzine has a wealth of road cycling routes. The Tour de France normally passes nearby and Morzine has hosted many stages. There are tour companies like Velovation in the village offering guided and supported rides, also some great rental opportunities if you don’t want to bring your own bike. The tourist office produces a free guide yearly with 12 great routes/circuits graded form green to black. This enables anyone to find their way around all the fantastic mountain passes. There are 2 major climbs departing from Morzine, the Col del la Joux Verte going up to Avoriaz and the Col de la Joux Plane heading toward Samoens (although the hardest way to do it is from Samoens). There are lots of shorter but equally steep climbs like La Ramaz and L’encrenaz which are a great morning or pre-dinner ride. Further down the Vallee Verte there are lots of loops to enjoy. There is also the option of cycling around Lake Geneva. Drive down for and early start and the 180km is achievable in a day.
Velovation offer day trips out from Morzine, to some beautiful locations. You can embark on trips to Annecy, Yvoire, Chamonix and Evian, via some infamous Cols. You get a hassle-free bike ride as one of the Velovation team rides with you, keeping the group going in the right direction and offering advice on technique and pace, while the other drives all your spare kit in the support van. Lunch, water, protein bars, energy and soft drinks (basically everything you could wish for from Wiggle) is all included. They also carry spares such as inner tubes and cables, in case of an emergency. The driver takes pictures throughout the day, which are shared with you via a google folder. The trips cost €75 per person.
If you’re looking for a catered or self-catered MTB or Road Biking holiday, la Desmeuniere can accommodate you and your bike.
This is probably the best way to explore the mountains and one of the most popular activities after mountain biking. Walking in the Portes du Soleil is great for keen hikers and families looking for a walking holiday with some extra activities thrown in. There are more than 200km of sign-posted hiking trails in the Portes du Soleil giving you many options. You can choose between gentle walks around a lake or down the river, take one of the pedestrian lifts up and walk along the higher plateaus or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can take on one of the three large peaks around Morzine. Pointe de Nyon is a good one to start with and takes around 6 hours with panoramic views of the valley and Mont Blanc. The Nautaux and the Ressachaux are both more challenging but the effort is worth it. The next step is a hike with an overnight stop in a mountain refuge.
Hiking holidays can be catered or self-catered, please get in touch with us to talk about the options we can offer.
There are also a few family friendly activities that can fill an afternoon or a few hours. One of the most popular being the goat village just down from the Linderets ski lift station. Accessible by car (free parking at Linderets) or you can use the lift system from Super Morzine or Prodains. The village is full of great restaurants and souvenir shops (selling goat feed) and is overrun by mischievous (tame) goats getting in the way of cars and cyclist and generally being goat like. It’s great fun to go and feed the goats, watch the antics and pet them, they are quite friendly.
Just down from the pool complex there is an equestrian centre where donkey, pony and horse rides are available. The alpine equivalent of Shetland ponies are very popular with younger children. Donkey rides are also available at the Lac De mine D’or with a guide or you can hire your own donkey for a half day.
On the slope of the Pleney the Summer Luge is open during the summer months at around €5 a go with price reductions during certain periods with the Mulitpass. You take the chair lift up and descend the 900m track as fast or as slow as you like. It does go pretty fast so using the brakes in the corners is advisable otherwise a few scrapes and bruises could be on the cards. Children aged 8 years or older (or at least 1.25m tall) can go on their own and children aged 3 years and up can go with an adult. It’s a lot of fun and the kids will want another go (multiple rides also get discounted).
There are two fantastic golf courses within a 10 minutes’ drive of Morzine and a hand full of courses between an hour and an hour and a half’s drive away. The green Proclous slope in Avoriaz is the start of the Morzine-Avoriaz course (with rounds costing €30 for 9 holes or €50 for 18) placed next to the pine forest and has some spectacular views of the Aravis mountains. The Les Gets course located on the Chavannes ridge has great panoramic views of the region. A round costs €60 and the Vaffieu restaurant is situated half way round and is a great lunch stop. Other courses in the region are Annecy (90 minute drive), Chamonix (80 minute drive), Megeve (75 minute drive) and Evian (50 minute drive).