Morzine activities and contact numbers.
There are just so many things to do in Morzine and the nearby area with something for everyone – the challenge will be how to fit everything into your stay!
Below is a list of ideas of things you might be interested and where possible contact numbers and web site for them. They are not official recommendations but in the main are companies that either we or our previous guests have used before and were happy with. Some of them are for quite extreme or dangerous sports and it goes without saying that if you want to engage in these you need to be completely happy with the company and activity you have chosen and make your own judgements on that.
We are on the south side of Morzine, just a couple of minutes walk from the ‘wobbly bridge’ – a suspension footbridge that links the valley sides. On the valley floor (cross over the bridge and go to the far left of the Super Morzine telecabine and take the lift down to the valley floor) You will then find yourself in the Parc Dereches. Within a few hundred metres there is masses to do –
Nine courts , seven hard and 2 clay plus practice walls. You can rent rackets and balls as well as book tennis lessons. If you buy a multipass then you will be able to book the hard courts free of charge and have a large discount on the clay. There is also a gorgeous café here selling great coffee and ice creams. (www.parc-dereches.com / 0033 4 50 79 08 08)
More suited to older children, toddlers on scooters are undeterred and can also happily while away the hours at the recently refurbished skate park which is just on your right as you come out of the list. We have a couple of scooters and skate and kick boards at the chalet which you are welcome to use. We don’t however have helmets or knee/elbow pads so if you think you might be spending time here it would be good to bring your own if you need them. Free entry
An Olympic size swimming pool indoor and outdoor with a play area for toddlers and also an outside water slide and bouncy castle. In summer months they often have a variety of entertainment including games and races. Please note, as it is a public swimming pool it is mandatory for all males to wear tight fitting speedo style swim shorts or jammers. Board shorts not allowed and they simply wont let you in – even small children. They do sell some in a vending machine there if you don’t already own a pair. Note this is for all municipal pools throughout France. Swimming lakes are not part of this so you can wear what you want to them.
We have a couple of large picnic blankets at the chalet which you can borrow to take to the pool with you so you have somewhere to sit outside on the grass. There is a café and a restaurant on site but you can also take a picnic if you want. We have cool bags which you can borrow but as with the picnic blanket, please can you make sure they are clean and ready to hand over to the next guests when you leave. Entry is free with a multipass or 4.25 adult 3.55 child.
The Parc dereches is a beautiful wooded area through which runs a babbling stream. It is a beautiful place to go for a walk, or a run and there is a parcours santé which means that every few hundred metres there is a fitness station – be it monkey bars or steps or ropes, with instructions on what excercises you can do there. Along this path, to the left of the swimming pool and next to the river, you will find a childrens playground, a treetop adventure park with zip wires etc 22 euros adult 16 child(www.indianaventures.com 0033 4 50 74 01 88) and a horse riding school around 18 euros per hour or less for 30 minute baby pony ride (www.parc-dereches.com / 0033 4 50 79 08 08)
A toboggan run down the side of the Pleney slope – you can easily see it from the chalet. Two runs – one slightly slower - there are age and height restrictions for children , who might need to be accompanied by an adult. There is a discount to multipass holders. Over the years we have seen several people take the corners too fast and come off the luge. Its made of molded cement so you can get quite badly grazed so best to wear long sleeved tops and jeans and they provide helmets at the top of the run.
There are several schools in Morzine who offer this. You meet at their offices in the village and they drive you up the mountain to 600m from where you launch yourselves above the valley for a tandem flight which takes about 20 minutes or so and land in the gardens of the L’Aubergade Hotel on the opposite side of the valley, about 15-20 mins walk from the chalet – this is a good place for family members who aren’t parapenting to wait as you can have a drink or food in their lovely garden, which also has table tennis and mini golf, whilst you watch the parapenters and wait for them to land. (www.laubergade.com/ 00 33 4 50 74 71 73)
The cost is around 90 euros per flight
Ecole de Parapente desPortes du Soleil (www.morzinepaparente.com/ 0033 6 12 55 51 31)
Aero-bi – 00 33 6 26 35 48 06
Evolution 2 - 00 33 4 50 74 02 18
Another treetop circuit this one is a little more challenging than the one on the valley floor. It’s a ten minute drive from the chalet or a lovely long walk up from the village up to the Nyaon Cascade, or waterfall. There id a restaurant at the centre, if you haven’t filled yourselves up picking wild strawberries along the way! (www.cascadeadventure.com / 00 33 6 83 19 21 18)
Best to book in summer months as it gets busy
Climbing routes up rock faces and along crevices using ladders, ropes and pegs. We haven’t tried this but its offered through several companies – The Bureau des Guides de Morzine Avoriaz (www.guides-morzine.com / 00 33 4 50 75 96 65) or up in Avoiaz (www.avoriaz.com / 00 33 6 95 02 75 35) and costs around 40 GBP per adult.
White water rafting
One option is to do this in the Morzine valley with Frogs Rafting (www.fragsrafting.com / 00 33 6 09 30 80 77)
Alternatively you could make a day out and go to Samoens where Nunayak run rafts out of the tiny hamlet of Sixt fer Cheval
(www.nunayak.com /00 33 4 50 74 71 73)
If you decide to go to Samoens its easy to make a day out of it - you can take the incredibly picturesque Summer Route from Morzine which takes you up over the Col de Joux plane – made famous by its regular appearance in the Tour de France. Once you have wound your way up the hairpins to the top of the mountain you can stop to drink in the views of Mont Blanc to your right. There is a restaurant here and a lake to walk around which is often populated by mountain cattle and their accompanying cacophonous cow bells! Wind down into the village of Samoens which is a beautiful French village – different to Morzine as it is more lovely old French town houses than wooden chalets. There are several restaurants here too, and also a lovely park with a lake and an Indiana Venture treetop park. A few minutes drive out of the village is the hamlet of Sixt fer Cheval where the white water rafting goes from. Once you have finished you can continue to drive up the valley away from Samoens to a beautiful waterfall and woodland walks – ask the guys at nunayak for directions.
Not for the faint hearted – a zipline which can reach speeds of up to 120kmh suspended 200m from the ground above the valley down towards Chatel in Switzerland. This can be combined with a trip to the crazy goats in the village of Les Lindarets which you will pass through on the way. From the chalet drive to Montriond and then right up past Lake Montriond. Follow the road up to Lindarets, past the goats and then you will find yourself in Lindarets bowl, and will see several chair lifts and a car park. The chair lift up to the fantasticable is on the left hand side. If you have a multipass the chairlift up to the Fantasticable is free, the ride itself being 34 euros (and you must be between 35 and 120kg) If you have people in your party who don’t want to do the Fantasticable then they can take the chair lift down the other side of the mountain to the bottom and meet you at a restaurant near to where the Fantasticable ends.
A good hour and a quarter away in Switzerland there are masses of sldes here plus unflabble climbing frames in the lake next door. Its expensive – 47 chf for adults and 37 for ages 5-16. Be aware that you have to pay in CHF not Euros. Its easy to get to – head down the valley towards Thonon and then right along the N1005 road that hugs lake Geneva, through Evian and then across the border into Switzerland (you wont notice!) 4km further you reach Le Bouveret and its very well signed. There are park and ride car parks near to the park but you have to pay in swiss francs so either need change or you can use your card.
On the drive home you can stop for supper at one of the lovely shoreline restaurants on Lake Geneva just by Evian (take a peek on your way there to see which ones you fancy stopping past later). We have tried a few and not been disappointed. The food is simple, decent French and the sunset is stunning and views to Lausanne are stunning.
A good wet weather option its an indoor water park up the maintain at Avoriaz.
(www.avoriaz.com /00 33 4 50 74 24 42)
Two great courses nearby – a 9 hole in Avoriaz (par 36) and and 18 hole in Les Gets, both with sensational views. (9 holes 28 euro, 18 holes 35-51)
A favourite past time of people coming to Morzine, although again, its not a cheap one. You can hire everything in resort but best to pre book if you know which days you might want to try it to make sure they have availability especially with childrens bike sizes and helmets. Full face helmets and body armour definitely recommended.
We have used MCF in nearby Les Gets and they have a Scottish instructor called Stephen so no language/comprehension issues with younger children.
Its more of a faff than going from Morzine as you need to drive up to Les Gets and park and pick up the bikes and helmets and then go along to the MCF office , however all are very centrally located so its not difficult.
We have hired kit and bikes from Nevada Sports in Les Gets who have the best prices. There are others that MCF can recommend and all the ones we have tried have been good. (www.lesgetsbikeschool.com / 0033 6 19 09 50 53)
Bikes from www.nevada-lesgets.com / 00 33 4 50 79 71 84)
In Morzine there is an instructor called Jo at Ride Ability (www.ride-ability.com )
They offer a half day/3 hours private session for up to 8 people which costs 120 euros for 2 people plus 10 euros for each extra rider . Then you need to hire bikes. Joseph recommends Alan’s shop in Morzine (www.alanbike-morzine.com) who rent out childrens 24 inch bikes from 25 euros for half a day. You can contact them for a full list of their bikes and prices but adult bikes tend to be double. Then on top of that is the lift passes. A half day Portes du Soleil pass is 17 euros, or you can buy a card of 8 trips for one area (such as the Super Morzine) which are more flexible as you can use them over several days and for different people so good for a group. If you contact Jo directly and tell him you are staying at the chalet he will happily talk you through it all and help organize. Jo is French and has perfect English and is an ESF instructor in the Winter season.
Two stunners within easy reach. The lake at Montriond is stunning and around a ten minute drive from the chalet. Take picnic blankets and badminton and pif paf. (all available to borrow from the chalet) The walk around the lakes takes around 30 mins and is fairly shaded which is a cool respite on a hot mountain day. There are a couple of good restaurants around the lakeside and also kayaks and paddle boards available to hire. Entrance to the lake is free, hire of kayaks and paddle boards extra
Les Gets also boasts a beautiful swimming lake if you fancy a change of scene, although there is a charge to get in, free if you have a multipass. You can either drive through the village of Les Gets and follow the signs to the swimming lake or if its easier, park in the village and take the little white tourist train up there as parking can be very busy in the summer. The train goes from the road that runs along the bottom of the piste, close to the Bureau de Tourisme. Its smaller than Montriond so swimming only, but it has a water slide and the swimming area is bigger. It also has a large children’s playground, restaurant/café and a horse riding school next door.
There are loads of places within easy reach, depending on what you fancy. Evian and its local thermal baths are about 30 minutes away. The gorgeous medieval town of Yvoire is around an hour’s drive and a good option for lunch, as is Annecy which is about 1hr 20 mins back towards Geneva.
Lausanne is a fun place to visit for the day as you get there by boat from Thonon. There is a fast boat or a slow boat so check out the boat timetable to see which one works for you. (www.thononlesbains.com/en/equipment/1/152023-cgn-cruise-thonon-lausanne.html / 00 33 4 50 71 55 55)
There is a beach at Excenevex on the south shore of Lake Geneva. Its fun for the children and can be a good way to break up the day if sightseeing in Yvoire and Sciez as it is situated between the two. You can hire peddaloes and there is a café serving basic food.
There are several companies in Morzine who offer in chalet catering, either whole weeks or individual days when you want a total break. One that we have used in the past is (www.cheztoi.biz)
In chalet beauty treatments
Indulge beauty come well recommended. Call in advance and they can arrange to send therapists to the chalet. (www.indulgemorzine.com / 00 33 6 17 91 75 84)
Alternatively there is a boutique hotel a few minutes walk/v quick drive away at Le Dahu and they have a spa there, as yet un tried but I have heard good things about it. (www.ledahu.com / 00 33 4 50 75 92 92)
Bev at Morzine is great for sports massages (www.morzinemassage.co.uk )
There are several companies and instructors offering Yoga
Is Wednesday. Its meant to last all morning but you are best to get there early to get the best choice escpecially if the weather is not good. Not a cheap option for stocking up on fruit and veg but the quality is great, and it local. They have stalls selling lovely rotisserie chickens and potatoes. Grab a couple of baguette, some amazing local cheeses and saucisson with a bag or two of fruit and you are all set for a picnic!
Charlotte Clay is a local nanny who offers babysitting and daycare (www.charlotteclaychildcare.com / 0044 7477286 971)
Or two other local companies are
So many – its hard to know where to start. L’Etale is a favourite with an extensive menu. Le Coup de Coeur is a bar/restaurant on the main square next to the tourist office and is a great place to enjoy a bottle of wine in the sunshine. For cheese lovers the Ferme de la Fruiterie on the Chemin de La Plagne is a must. For something a little different try the Bec Jaune micro bewery. Our all time favourite is Le Chaudanne, a little further down the Chemin de la Plagne but still only 10-15 mins walk from the chalet. Funky glass ceilinged wine cellar below and lovely restaurant with great food and friendly staff above. For a quick hit to feed tired kids (and big kids) La Flamme is just over the wobbly bridge, next to the Super Morzine telecabine and you can order pizzas to take away.
If you don’t mind hopping in the car then the Lac Mines D’Or can be found up the Vallee de la Manche and outdoor tables under low tress strewn with twinkly lights and stunning valley views make for a special supper out.