Discover the best activities and things to do in summer in Morzine with this handy guide, put together by us.
Think the Alps are just for winter? Think again! There are a whole host of activities to keep you entertained for the whole summer in Morzine every year, ranging from relaxing excursions to activities sure to give you a real adrenaline high! Check out these top picks below for some inspiration next time you book a holiday in the summer.
Canoeing / Kayaking
During summer in Morzine, canoes and kayaks are available to hire for a fun-filled day spent getting wet! You can easily spend the whole day having picnics by the shores and mucking around in rock pools.
Kayaking is a great watersport than can be enjoyed by the whole family as a team sport. Unlike canoeing, the paddlers face forward and each have a double bladed paddle. This versatile activity is suitable for the sea and small lakes and rivers, and you can even use an inflatable or plastic variant. You’re sure to see fantastic scenery whilst you’re paddling around as summer in Morzine is breathtaking.
Not so relaxing, but a very exhilarating way to spend a summer in Morzine. Take the plunge into mountain streams through water slides, jumps, and abseil descents. A wild ride, you’ll want to make sure you go on a warm day! As this activity is a little rough and ready, it’s not suitable for younger children, but most children over the age of 8 are generally welcome to brave the rapids. There are shorter routes available for beginners and longer ones for the more adventurous holidaymakers. A basic level of swimming ability is required, and most companies will offer guides.
Pot-holing / Caving
Pot-holing/caving is a great way to get to know the mountain caves and their elaborate tunnels, formed by rocks over time. You can find caves with tunnels varying in difficulty depending on where you decide to visit. The majority of them will be cloaked in darkness so appropriate clothing and hard hats with torches are a must. Many companies will provide all the safety equipment you’ll need. Due to the slightly dangerous nature, the minimum age is usually about 13 years old but you should make sure before you book.
For die-hard cycling enthusiasts only! You’ll find the Alps more than a step up from the trails back at home in the UK. The roads Morzine is known for, play host to some of the most gruelling parts of the Tour de France, but can be attempted by both cycling enthusiasts and seasoned professionals. To do so, however, you should have a reasonable level of fitness. The ability to ride a bike comfortably for around 3 to 4 hours back in the UK is a good indicator that you’ll enjoy the mountain routes in Morzine.
There are plenty of scenic walks and treks in Morzine, so why take them in with the company of a donkey? Your family will love trekking alongside these intelligent, happy animals, and they can easily carry small children, and your picnic if you decide to take one with you. The sweet natured donkeys make perfect companions and really help young children to enjoy the trails that the mountain has to offer without complaining that their feet hurt too much!
For a uniquely breathtaking experience, try a glacier walk. The stunning views make this activity the perfect chance to take some enviable photos to show your friends back home. If you’re quiet, you may even be able to hear the creaking of shifting ice. There are many glacial hikes in varying difficulties in Morzine, and it’s strongly advised you hire a guide to accompany you for any glacier activities.
Hockey / Ice-skating
Head to the ice rinks in Morzine for some frosty fun with your friends and family. Not too far from La Ferme du Lac Vert is an indoor ice skating rink at Parc des Dereches which is open every season with both day and night sessions, with groovy music and lighting shows to set the mood. It’s our advice to check ahead though as these sessions can be postponed due to special events or hockey matches.
Morzine is a great location for rock climbing for both experienced pros and people who are just starting out. If you’re a confident climber, the mountainside rock is a good place to start and a fantastic way to take in the views. If you’re a beginner, there are many mountain guides and companies who would be happy to come with you on your first climb and give you a lesson. A great activity for the whole family, make sure you check what the minimum age required is first.
When you’re all tired out from these summer activities, the best place to get some rest for the night is La Ferme du Lac Vert, offering luxury ski chalet accommodation throughout the winter and summer months in Morzine.