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Summer here in Morzine is jam-packed full of amazing activities. From local festivals to the world-famous Tour de France, there are so many ways to immerse yourself in the culture and atmosphere of the mountains. We’ve written a guide to the best summer activities in Morzine to help you plan your holiday and take advantage of the huge range of fun to be found for all ages and interests. Our beautiful range of self catered chalets are also the perfect base from which to explore, so the only thing you need to do is work out how to fit it all in!
The Pass’Portes du Soleil is an organised event, designed to encourage people to explore the incredible Porte du Soleil. With a huge range of trails, lifts and refreshment spots, it’s the perfect way for mountain bikers of all abilities to experience the stunning trails and breathtaking landscape. The event isn’t a race, more an invitation to feel the energy of the mountains through the joy of a collective experience. Find out more information here.
The L’Étape du Tour de France is a yearly event, offering you the chance to cycle one of the iconic stages of the Tour de France under the same conditions as the Tour itself. The route is closed to cars; allowing you to push yourself to the limit and focus entirely on your performance. This year, the L’Étape du Tour de France showcases the route between Annemasse and Morzine; a gruelling 157km stretch which includes 4,197m of elevation and the ascents of Col de Saxel, Col de Cou, Col de Feu, Col de la Ramaz and Col de Joux Plane. Find out more information here.
Le Tour de France needs no introduction. Arguably the most popular cycling race in Europe, Le Tour de France showcases some of the finest athletes and cycling routes in the world. In 2023, Morzine has the honour of hosting the end of the 14th stage – the route for which runs from Annemasse to Morzine. Whether you’re a cycling enthusiast or not, the energy of this event is palpable and not something to be missed. Find out more information here.
‘Adopte 1 Col!’ is an organised cycling event, offering you the opportunity to climb the notorious Col de Joux Plane – a challenging route commonly featured in Le Tour de France. The roads are closed to cars, allowing you to tackle this route from either the Samoëns or Morzine side unimpeded. A refreshment station is there to meet you at the top, and rather than a race, the vibe is convivial and supportive; encouraging you to go at your own pace. Find out more information here.
The Spartan Race Morzine is truly not for the faint of heart. Think trail running meets army boot camp meets Takeshi’s Castle, and you’ll be somewhere towards imagining what this gruelling race entails.
There are a variety of distances to choose from which cover the stunning and rugged landscapes of the mountains. These are combined with a series of obstacles aimed to challenge your strength, balance and endurance. This is an incredible race to run, and an impressive event to watch. Find out more information here
The imposing profile of Hauts Forts dominates the landscape around Morzine. At 2,466 metres, it’s one of the highest mountains in the area and makes for a stunning backdrop to an intense trail race. The full Trail des Hauts Forts covers 50km of stunning mountain running, but there are also shorter options if you’re not quite feeling the full one. Find out more information here.
The Morzine Royaume des Marmots is one of those events that’s billed for kids, but is fantastic for all ages. From music to themed workshops; animations to inflatable games, this event set in the heart of Morzine will delight you and your little ones again and again. Find out more information here.
Now I imagine the heart of the French Alps isn’t exactly the first place you’d think of for a day at the beach, but for 2 days in August that’s exactly where it’ll be! Complete with deck chairs, candyfloss and bucket and spades, the Morzine Beach has everything you need for a day in the sunshine. Alongside these you’ll also find creative workshops, games, face painting and more; so there really is something for everyone. Find out more information here.
For those of you keen to push yourselves whilst marvelling at the stunning landscape of the Alps, the Morzine – Montriond Triathlon is the one for you. The organisers are committed to offering an event that is fun and inclusive for everyone; and brings awareness to the preservation of nature and the surrounding environment. The route includes a swim in the breathtaking (literally) Lac Montriond, and finish line in Avoriaz. Find out more information here.
Calling all petrol-heads. For three days at the end of summer, we say goodbye to the tranquillity of hiking and calm focus of road cycling, and say hello to a full-throttle display of expert driving, keen navigation, and adrenaline-fuelled engineering. Even if cars aren’t your thing, this event is an impressive display of skill and design. Find out more information here.
The final event on our list is one of the best on our whole yearly calendar. The Mountain Bike World Cup brings together the absolute best mountain bikers in the world, the competition spans three weeks and all disciplines. From Cross Country to Enduro, this is an event that showcases the incredible skill and dedication of professional mountain biking, and is not to be missed. Find out more information here.
Summer Flourishing: 28th June – 2nd July
Autumn Harvest: 11th – 15th October
If all this hiking, biking and adventuring has tired you out, our Elevated Outlook retreats here at AliKats are the perfect way to take a pause, find some peacefulness and recharge your energy. Guided by a professional life and leadership coach and nourished by our head chef, our four day wellness retreat celebrates everything about nature – from its power to heal and soothe the mind and body, to the incredible food and flavours we can find in the mountains. These are extraordinary retreats in an extraordinary place. Find out more information here.
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