SUMMER HOLIDAYS

SUMMER HOLIDAYS IN MORZINE

Summer in Morzine

If you like Morzine in winter, then you’ll love it in summer! It’s the same town but seems so different; bright flower displays spilling from every balcony, green pastures all round, colourful parapentes up in the azure sky, the tinkling of Alpine cow bells amongst the wild flowers up on the slopes. There’s such a variety of activities and sports to try, ranging from the increasingly popular mountain biking and hiking to golf, parapenting, tennis, adventure parks, white water rafting and via ferrata. Many of these activities are suitable for families with children, which means that you can have an active and interesting summer holiday, keeping everyone happy! See below for a full list of summer sports.

25 Portes du Soleil ski lifts are open in the summer (click here for a summer map) enabling you to get up high for spectacular walking or mountain biking – in fact the whole Portes du Soleil circuit can be covered in a day on mountain bikes once you get up to intermediate level.

The summer has a much more laid-back feel; town bars and restaurants have sunny terraces spilling out onto the pavements, people have the time for a refreshing glass or rosé or beer in the warm summer evenings, BBQ scents fill the air, and the whole valley opens up to be discovered – there are wonderful mountain restaurants to try in places that you’ve never been to before!

Our summer programme reflects this laid-back feeling; our self-catered chalets and apartments are available for short stays, long weekends and non-standard change over days. Just contact us with your requirements and we’ll see what we can do. Prices are much lower in the summer than the winter so it’s totally possible to have a family or group holiday at reasonable cost.

Mountain Biking Holidays
About Mountain Biking in Morzine
For information on individual itineraries and bike parks, see our mountain biking routes.
Morzine, Les Gets, Avoriaz, & the whole Portes du Soleil (PDS) area is a mecca for mountain bikers the world over, with thousands of kilometres of down hill and cross contry trails, an extenisive lift system, bike park areas and beautiful mountain scenery to top it off.
Depending on how much lift access you prefer, you’ll want to take a look at our summer lift pass prices page, where you can guage how much a full area PDS pass is, or just individual passes in Morzine or Avoriaz.
And to get a grip on the scale of the area check out these maps for the Portes du Soleil, Morzine & Les Gets and Avoriaz.
Don’t forget that summer in the Alps is very hot, so as well as all your biking clobber pack plenty of sun screen! And if you don’t have all the gear, you can rent it all when you get here either through your accommodation provider or through local sports shops or mountain bike guides.
Lift Access for Mountain Bikes
The lifts are open from mid June until mid September and have specifically adapted racks or hooks for your bikes allowing you spend more of your time riding incredible alpine terrain rather dragging yourself up steep inclines (unless that’s what you like!)
Lift passes can be bought at the lift stations on an individual ascent basis. However if you’re here for a few days and are going up and down many times during your stay, it’s more economical to purchase a Portes du Soleil lift pass which gives you unlimited access to the whole PDS area. You have the option of buying consecutive or non consecutive passes.
Biking routes
The area has been at the forefront of Alpine mountain biking for a considerable number of years and as such has a highly developed network of trails. There is literally something for everyone to enjoy, from family riding, beginniner downhill tracks, north shore tracks, skills practise areas, bike parks and a diverse mix of cross country loops spanning from France into Switzerland and back.
Morzine and the Portes du Soleil has more bike parks and therefore maintained and graded trails than many other alpine resorts; for example Les Gets (Chavannes/Nauchets area), Linderets (express linderets) Chatel (Plaine Dranse) and Les Crosets / Champery although these two areas particularly difficult and should only be tackled by expert level riders.
Walking Holidays

Walking in Morzine, French Alps

Morzine and the Portes du Soleil is the perfect place to visit for your walking holiday in the Alps. There are over 200 km of alpine walking and hiking trails to suit all ages and abilities. Thanks to the Multi Pass, the Portes du Soleil area of the French and Swiss Alps has been truly opened up for alpine walking holidays. The Multi Pass is included in your Simply Morzine holiday if catered or at a subsidised rate if self-catering. This pass gives access to 21 mountain lifts across the Portes du Soleil, making travel across different valleys and resorts (and even 2 countries!) accessible to all. The Multi Pass avoids the need for strenuous ascents and makes a huge variety of terrain easily accessible for your walking holiday in the Alps with Simply Morzine.

Gentle family-friendly Morzine walks

There are plenty of trails starting and finishing in and around Morzine itself for your family walking holiday. The circuit in Parc Dérèches is perfect for young children, taking you around the park with bridges criss-crossing the River Dranse. There is a beautiful lakeside walk around Lac Montriond which you can extend with a little climbing to the spectacular Ardent waterfall. Another trail starting in the heart of Morzine takes you along the river and through the woods to the stunning Nyon waterfall. Using the Pleney cable car gets you right up into the mountains, and numerous walks including one all the way to neighbouring Les Gets across the 18 hole golf course. For stunning views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding French Alps, the walk from Mont Chery to Mont Caly is not to be missed.

Medium walks in the local French Alps

Alpine walks such as the hike to the Col de Cou or Col de Bretolet, following the path used by the French Resistance during World War II to cross into Switzerland, prove to be firm favourites for any walking holiday in the French Alps. Other popular walks close to Morzine include a section of the famous GR5 traverse of the French Alps en route to the picturesque village of Samoëns, or making your way to Chatel with the aide of chairlifts to reach the amazing Fantasticable zip wire which crosses a steep alpine valley.  As with all walks, alpine restaurants provide much needed rest and refreshments along the way.

Difficult alpine walking and treking

There are plenty of trails to challenge serious hikers looking to trek high into the French Alps for stunning mountain scenery.  The long ridge ascent in the Dents Blanches offers great scrambling with stunning alpine views of the magnificent Mont Blanc. The classic Roc d’Enfer, a dramatic ridge route with chains for support on some scrambling sections, rewards your walking efforts with breathtaking views. There are also the famous three peaks dominating the scenery in Morzine: Ressachaux, Nyon and Nantaux. Each challenging “vertical kilometre” hike gives you amazing views of the Portes du Soleil and the surrounding Alps. These trails are demanding for even the most experienced walkers, offering a true sense of achievement in conquering even one. Hiring a local French mountain guide is a safe and enjoyable way to enjoy all of the more extreme routes on offer for walking in Morzine and the neighbouring French Alps.

Each of our resort representatives has experience of walking in Morzine and will be a valuable source of knowledge during your alpine walking holiday in France.

Golfing Holidays

Golfing holidays in Morzine, French Alps

The French Alps offers a fantastic diversity of golf courses, each with different technical features, yet all with magnificent scenery, uncrowded fairways and panoramic views of the lakes and mountains of the Haute Savoie area. Morzine-Avoriaz is a great place to base yourself for a golfing holiday, with two fantastic golf courses in resort and many just under an hour’s drive away. A great activity for any young budding golfer too, with lessons for children in English at most of the golf courses.

IN RESORT GOLF COURSES

Les Gets Golf Course

  • 18 holes
  • 5,264m
  • Par 70
  • 10 minutes drive from the chalet

In the heart of the Portes du Soleil, in fantastic mountain surroundings, the Les Gets Golf Course is really impressive. It’s a fairly technical golf course and has many holes named after the nearby peaks; Mont Blanc being the most impressive of this line up. If you think you might like golf, but not sure where to start, then the club offers excellent packages for beginners, including children. There are plenty of golf buggies to help you get around the course and there is a great club house too. Enjoy a delicious meal on the terrace and admire the stunning Alpine scenery.

Les Gets Golf Course website
Tel: 00 33 450 758763

Avoriaz-Morzine Golf Course

  • 9 holes
  • 5,846m
  • Par 72
  • 10 minutes drive from the chalet

This golf course is in a beautiful setting on the edge of the Proclou forest and commands an exceptional view of the Aravis mountain range. Situated at the entrance of the Avoriaz resort, this beautiful golf course offers 25 practice blocks (10 of which are covered), a putting green, practice bunkers and 2 practice holes. The golf academy at Avoriaz offers instruction for beginners and more advanced players alike in one of the most spectacular courses in France. A good clubhouse and golf shop ensures you have everything you need for an excellent golfing day out.

Avoriaz-Morzine Golf Course website
Tel: 00 33 450 741708

A BIT FURTHER AFIELD…

Evian Masters Golf Club

  • 18 holes
  • 6,054m
  • Par 72
  • 40 minutes drive from the chalet

Evian Masters Golf Club has gradually been enhanced, to become one of the top courses in the world. An integral part of the Evian Royal Park, it is a magnificent resort and rated by many as one of the most beautiful courses in Europe. A top championship course, Evian offers lovely parkland golf in a tranquil setting with majestic trees, impeccable fairways and Lake Geneva making up the exceptional scenery.

Evian Masters Golf Club website
Tel: 00 33 450 754666

Golf Club de Lac d’Annecy

  • 18 holes
  • 5,008m
  • Par 69
  • 75 minutes drive from the chalet

Accessible to players of all levels, the Golf Club du Lac d’Annecy ranges over the listed site of Roc de Chère, a protected nature reserve. This hilly and wooded course, which calls for skill and accuracy, will surprise you with some lofty tees and magnificent views of the mountains, the lake and Château de Menthon St. Bernard.

Golf Club de Lac d’Annecy website
Tel: 00 33 450 601289

Golf Club de Chamonix

  • 18 holes
  • 6,076m
  • Par 72
  • 70 minutes drive from the chalet

This 18 hole golf course at Chamonix was designed by the world famous Robert Trent Jones Senior in a magnificent setting between the stunning Mont Blanc range and the massif of the Aiguilles Rouges. A wonderful club house and excellent golf shop on site.

Golf Club de Chamonix website
Tel: 00 33 450 530628

Flaine Les Carroz Golf Course

  • 18 holes
  • 3,693m
  • Par 63

At an altitude of 1,900 metres, it is one of the highest in Europe with a breathtaking panorama over the surrounding massifs (Mont-Blanc, Aravis, Jura). 4 hours 30 minutes of fun climbs and descents with variable difficulty levels. There is also a putting green, driving range, approach area, club-house and restaurant.

Flaine Les Carroz Golf Course website
Tel: 00 33 450 908544

Mont d’Arbois Golf Course

  • 18 holes
  • 6,100m
  • Par 72

This challenging course is situated on the plateau of Mont d’Arbois and is an enjoyable challenge to all golfers due to the one or two difficulties linked to its high altitude. Situated at an average altitude of 1,320m, it is today the oldest mountain stylised golf course. For the ladies who would like a day out too, but not at the golf course, there is a wonderful spa there too.

Mont d’Arbois Golf Course website
Tel: 00 33 450 212979

Summer Activities
  • Mountain Biking
  • Walking
  • Adventure Park
  • Trail Running
  • Canyoning
  • Cinema
  • Climbing
  • Disc-golf
  • Golf
  • Helicopter flights
  • Horse riding
  • Fantastic Cable
  • Luge
  • White Water Rafting
  • Mountain Lakes
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
GALLERY
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Snowboarding in Les Carroz

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