Morzine in summer
Summer in Morzine is one of the most beautiful places in the world to be. Hikers make their way up mountains that stretch up towards bright blue skies, passing mountain goats and fields full of wild flowers. Families swim and play in sparkling Lake Montriond, having barbecues by the shore before heading into the woods to make the most of the playground built among the trees. Cyclists curve around the twisting mountain roads, breathing in the crisp, fresh air and taking in the views over Morzine’s picture-perfect chocolate box chalets below.
Morzine is known for its mountain biking, and events in the area include the Mountain Biking World Cup, as well as Le Tour de France, live music at Harley Days festival, and the chance to watch some of the toughest humans in the world take on the gruelling Spartan event. Our team knows the area inside out and can make the very best suggestions for your summer in Morzine. We’ve also hand-picked the most incredible self-catered chalets for your exclusive use, complete with our 24-hour concierge service. If you’d like it catered, with your own chef, hosts and driver, just ask.
Where to stay this summer in Morzine
Morzine in summer: things to do
The great thing about mountain biking in Morzine is that no matter what your skill level, from complete novice to world champion, you will find a trail that’s fun and allows you to practise and improve. With a total of 22 lifts operating in the summer, the whole mountain can be accessed by bikers and pedestrians, and many mountain restaurants are open so you can spend the whole day at altitude. Mountain bike trails are graded in difficulty, with green being the easiest, getting progressively more difficult through the blue, red and black runs. For beginners and those lacking confidence, it’s recommended you book tuition with a mountain bike guide, so ask the Hunter Chalets team to recommend one for you.
Two fantastic green runs are La piste des Ecureuils (accessed by the Chavannes express chairlift) and La piste des Biquettes (accessed by the Mont-Chery cable car). You’ll need to buy a lift pass to access all of the trails, which our concierge service can arrange in advance. Take the Chavannes chairlift to reach L’Arpette, a sweeping blue run that finishes at the Nauchets chairlift. Take the Nauchets, which will give you access to more blue runs or some red runs if you’re up to the challenge. La Roue libre is a fast, three kilometre red run with many banked turns and jumps. And finally, the Mont-Chery cable car, conveniently located at the end of La Roue Libre, will take you to Dans l’Gaz, a black diamond run, meaning it is very difficult and should be best left to those with plenty of experience!
The region is famous for some amazing mountain biking events. The best competitors from across the world often descend on nearby Les Gets for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, where you can see riders slug it out in the gruelling cross-country event, as well as flying over jumps and making tight turns in the downhill event. Le Tour de France also creates an incredible atmosphere in the region, as riders battle it out for the yellow jersey.
Hiking in Morzine gives you the chance to experience the region’s spectacular scenery, taking trails to explore alpine meadows and soaring mountains. Hikers have access to a glorious 850km of hiking paths in an area that boasts 10 spectacular mountain lakes; and you can choose from easy strolls to challenging hikes in the French Alps. Ask the Hunter Chalets team about the Multipass, which allows you to use the chair lifts and gondolas to reach some of the best viewpoints throughout your summer holiday. We can also tell you where to pick up a free walking guide book, route cards and maps.
Our recommendations for hiking in Morzine include the Dérêches Park, where you can walk alongside the Dranse River. For incredible views of the valley and mountains, take the lifts to the Pléney and Super Morzine Ridges and follow the sign-posted routes. Montriond Lake is also close by and you can enjoy a three kilometre loop around this stunning lake, which has a landscape similar to the Canadian Rockies. There’s also the option to walk through the forest to the Ardent Waterfall. We would also recommend the Fox Trail, a nature walk starting in the centre of Morzine village, taking you along the Dranse River to Nyon Pastures and the Nyon Waterfall.
Due to all the meltwater, the river Dranse flows ferociously from Morzine to Lake Geneva, creating perfect conditions for water sports like white-water rafting. Talk to us and we’ll share our recommended companies with you and arrange a rafting excursion. Some short runs are suitable for kids aged over eight years old, going right up to a two-hour descent with grade four rapids. You can also try the new trend of hydro-speeding. This involves surfing down white-water rapids head first using a small hydrospeeding board and fins on your feet. Not for the faint-hearted!
Avoriaz-Morzine Golf Club has to be one of the prettiest and most scenic nine-hole golf courses in the world. This par-32 course is designed by Hugues Lambert and has incredible views over the Aravis range and Morzine Valley. There’s a great club house terrace with a panoramic view and a golf academy to hone your skills, too. For 18 holes – and 18 panoramic views – you’ll find Golf Les Gets around six miles away from Morzine. Avoriaz, Annecy and Chamonix also have some fantastic golf courses.
This is an amazing activity, which allows those without a background in rock climbing to take on some seriously impressive climbs, all with added safety and assistance. Essentially, Via Ferrata (Italian for ‘iron path’) is an alternative to rock climbing, which involves climbing along a pre-defined course which has many steel ladders, steps and safety cables, to which climbers attach themselves. This greatly reduces the risk and difficulty involved, allowing access to some difficult peaks. Head to the Via Ferrata Saix du Tour, near Avoriaz, for an adventure that will get the heart racing!
Spa and wellness
If you’re not into action sports or want to ease your aching muscles after a day out hiking or biking, ask us to arrange a spa treatment for you. Many of our luxurious chalets have their own spa treatment room and we can arrange for our therapist to come to you. Alternatively, we can arrange a Hunter Chalet driver to take you to her treatment room. If you need a sports massage, we also know the best places to recommend; and we also know the best yoga teachers in the area if you would like a lesson in your chalet grounds, so please ask the Hunter Chalets team for details.
Hunter Chalets also has a partnership with the Sources de Chery day spa in Les Gets, around six miles away from Morzine. We can arrange a day pass for you to experience the relaxation rooms, sensory showers and pools; and book treatments. The spa is unique as it has its own supervised children’s pool area, where they can splash around while you make the most of the day spa facilities.
Wellness is incredibly important and making the most of the great outdoors is important for both your physical and mental wellbeing. Time in the mountains will help you reconnect with nature, giving you time to put things into perspective, and you can take the cable car from the Pleney Gondola and enjoy panoramic views of the stunning Mont Blanc mountain range.
Luging involves travelling down a curved, sloping concrete track in a small sledge. There are two luge tracks in Morzine, winding their way down the Pleney slopes, which vary in length and difficulty. The starting point is reached by taking La Crusaz chairlift, which runs from early July to early September. Children must be at least three years old to take part, and those between three and five must sit between the legs of an adult on the way down.
At Cascades Aventura, you can experience six exhilarating zip lines, with one flying right over Nyon waterfall. Alternatively, if you are up for a day trip, travel to Châtel to visit Fantasticable. Using a zipline, you’ll fly 1200m through the air, head first, at speeds of 62mph while you’re 240 metres off the ground. You’ll be surrounded by some of the most picturesque views the Alps have to offer.
Lake sports and games
During a summer in Morzine, you can swim, kayak or paddleboard in gorgeous Lake Montriond, with equipment available for hire. Meanwhile, the Wibit Inflatable Park at Les Gets lake, around five miles away from Morzine, is guaranteed to keep the kids (and adults) entertained for hours on end with 40 water-top games, including a human catapult!
Paragliding provides the opportunity to see the magnificent Morzine region in all its glory. All paragliding flights are tandem, and most pilots will take some incredible mid-flight pictures for a small extra cost. We can recommend the best companies in Morzine and book a flight that lasts between 15 and 40 minutes. After the initial adrenaline rush subsides, paragliding is a surprisingly relaxing and tranquil experience, and there is absolutely no better way to view the Alps than from 1200m up.
One of the best Morzine summer activities for families is the treetop adventures. These adventure parks involve navigating your way through an obstacle course built high up between the trees. Your balance and courage will be tested on rope bridges, floating ladders and climbing nets. Cascade Aventure’s park is particularly suited to young families, with special one-metre high courses and equipment for children as young as three years old. Also, all of their courses have a continuous safety line, guaranteeing safety at all times. This is a perfect family activity where the adults can join in, too.