Spend a blissful summer holiday in the Alps

Alpine summer

Though we love a bit of fun in the snow over the winter season, summer is actually our favourite time of year in Morzine. From mountain biking to paragliding, and watersports to festivals, if there’s any activity you want to know more about just ask. There’s a pretty good chance we’ll even be able to organise it for you. We run 2 chalets in the summer:

Summer activities

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking

Morzine is one of the premier mountain biking destinations in the world. Whether you are a mountain biking novice or downhill pro, there is something here for you. From the chalet, it is a 2 minute ride to the lifts where connects you to several different resorts including : Morzine, Les Gets, Avoriaz, Chatel, Champery, Morgins, Torgon & Les Crosets.

Highlights of Mountain Biking in Portes du Soleil

  • 650km of sign posted MTB trails.
  • 10 dedicated official ‘Downhill’ tracks.
  • Gentle cross-country routes for beginners.
  • More difficult cross-country routes for those who want to get away from it all!
  • 5 bike parks.
  • 24 lifts open to Mountain bikers.
  • Qualified mountain biking guides available.

A 6-day MTB adult pass is roughly 90 Euros and the full price list is available here.

Road biking in Morzine

Road biking in Morzine

Without snow on the road, Morzine transforms into a perfect destination for cycling enthusiasts. With dozens of bike shops and a constant stream of riders, Morzine is the perfect hang-out for people looking to put themselves to the Alpine test. We even boast some of the Tour de France’s classic climbs on our doorstep. Here is a selection within a 1 hour ride of the chalet:

  • Col de Joux Plane (regarded by some, even including a drug-fuelled Lance Armstrong, to be the hardest climb in the Alps)
  • Col de Joux Verte (aka ‘Morzine-Avoriaz’ and a climb in the 2010 tour)
  • Col de Ramaz (a climb in the 2010 tour)
  • Col de Colombier (a climb in the 2013 tour)
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Hiking

Given the choice, hiking has to be our favourite activity in Morzine. It’s not only the best was to explore the several 2,000m+ peaks which tower over the chalet, it’s also FREE!

If you simply want a gentle stroll to fill your lungs with fresh mountain air, there are plenty of river walks and routes along the ridge-lines and plateaus which you can get to by chairlift. Having both done a lot of walking here we can recommend any number of walks to meet your needs.

Hiking in Morzine

Though we won’t judge, we much prefer the sense of achievement after a tough mountain walk without the help of a chairlift. Here is a sample of our local favourites:

  • Col de Coux – a beautiful forested ascent for the 1st half and then breaking out into great views back down the valley. From the top, you can descend to Switzerland on one side or France on the other!
  • Roc d’Enfer – This is a big mountain in every sense. It stands out distinctively from all around the area and is not a walk for novices; a knife edge ridge to finish the climb means it is not for the faint-hearted! Sitting at the summit of 2244m is quite a thrill!
  • Ressachaux – Towering over Morzine at 2100m, the view from the top provides a great view of both Morzine and Avoriaz and the walk along the way takes you through a great forest and around charming mountain huts.
  • Pic de la Corne – This pretty walk takes you through a series of mountain hamlets before climbing up through the forest and out into a marshland bowl at over 1500m altitude! The final section takes you up the ridge line and from the top, the dropdown into the Abondance valley feels almost vertical. The views of Lake Geneva in the other direction are pretty special too…

Paragliding

If you look up on a warm summer’s day you’re sure to see a flock of paragliders elegantly circling in the air catching thermals. There’s no feeling on earth quite like being up amongst the clouds floating over the mountains using nothing but a piece of fabric, and the views are unlike anything you’ll see on the ground. If you’re interested in doing a tandem jump, or learning how to over the course of a week or so let us know, we can give you any details you need.

Watersports

Watersports

A grade 3 river and a stunning lake means water, water everywhere – perfect for water sports activities. Here is some of what’s on offer:

  • White water rafting down the River Dranse. Our friends at Frogs Rafting always guarantee a great day out.
  • Swimming or canoeing in Lake Montriond. The breathtaking scenery here means there are few places we’d rather be.
  • Canyoning at Nyon waterfall. Whether abseiling, swinging, swimming or jumping it has everything to put a smile on your face.
Summer activities in Morzine

Other summer activities

Writing a page on everything you can do here would be enough to fill an encyclopaedia. Instead, here is a list of other activities we’ve selected:

  • Climbing: Many routes to choose from, with new ones just opened
  • Tennis: Hard court, clay and grass courts all available
  • Indiana adventure park: A Go-Ape style series of zip-wires and activities
  • Swimming pools: Morzine caters for all weathers with both indoor and outdoor pools.
  • Golf: 2 stunning local courses at an altitude of 1600.
  • Horse-riding: Talk to us for recommendation.
  • Or just hanging out at the incredible Lake Montriond (less thans 5 minutes from your Chalet).