If you like hiking, you'll like snowshoe hiking.
Eric Delale (phone 06 70 796980) and Hervé LeSobre (phone 06 86 66 87 68) will be delighted to guide you through the valleys of Aulps, La Manche and many others in winter or in summer (without snowshoes of course)
As graduated alpinist mountaineers, nature guides and first-aid workers, they know every single path, guide you safely and show you the local animals' footprints. Together we made many interesting hikes and discovered local mountain huts. A great experience !!
Equipment: Eric and Hervé provide you the necessary snowshoes. You can also hire them in the many local sportshops.
Morzine has an ice hockey squad that plays in both exhibition matches and league events at the big ice rink in the valley. You'll see posters advertising the fixtures all over town. Matches are split into 3 20 minute periods and last about 3 hours. With unlimited substitutions the action is fast and furious and much easier to follow in real life than on TV. It's a full contact sport, so crashing your opponent into the side hordings is fine - hitting him with the stick sin't allowed though. In most ice hockey matches you're also pretty much guaranteed that a fight will break out at one point, sometimes serious, sometimes just handbags. All in all it makes for a great spectacle.
In the winter skiing and snowboarding dominate Morzine. It's part of the massive Ports du Solei ski Area which comprises a whole series of linked resorts. Morzine's achilles heel is its altitude (1,000m) which measn its the first to suffer if things turn warmer. However I was here in the 2006/07 'heatwave' season when all the alpine resorts were suffering badly and still got a good week's skiing in. The trick is that Morzine is linked to the much higher resort of Avoriaz by both a ski link (Super Morzine) and a bus transfer then a cable car - they both take about 30 mins. Even if the snow is good in Morzine I'd recommend a day out in Avoriaz as it offers some great runs for all levels of experience, including the infamous Swiss Wall.
Equipment: Morzine has plent of shops to rent or buy ski equipment. If you need new boots then I'd highly recommend The Caribou shop - ask for James who's a French Canadian and knows just about anything there is to know about boots. They've got a massive range (upstairs) and are bound to have something to suit your ability, feet and fashion sense.
OK I admit I didn't actually do it. But I did see quite a few madmen who had launched themselves off the top of the ciffs at Avoraiz and were gently floating to earth. The way to do it, if you have no previous experience of strapping a large parachute to your back and jumping off a 700 foot cliff, is to go 'tandem'. This involves strapping yourself to a burly French bloke, who is in turn strapped to the parachute, and who jumps off the cliff with you.
This experience can be yours for a mere 60 euros. Or a course, around 350 euros at the end of which you can jump off a cliff all by yourself. Oh, preferably with your parachute.
Spectacular cleft (aboyt 60 m deep) with a small natural bridge, " the devils gateway"; which was used in the past as a shortcut to reach the nearby village, but which also was very dangerous: if one fell down, it was the shortest way to hell.
Nearby is Lac Montriond, a favourite with tourists and locals alike as a naturally formed lake used for recreational boating and swimming. In a beautiful setting, it has a couple of restaurants overlooking the water.
The place is called like this as many years ago, a farmer pretended having found gold here. Many envied him and tried their chances, but never, any gold ever was digged up.
From the town hall, follow the Fox path (sentier du Renard) along the Dranse river and you'll end up at the Nyon waterfall (+-1h15). Cross the parking an there you go to "les Mines d'Or" (1h30) where you have this beautiful view on the Mines d'Or lake. About 20 to 25 km but it is really worth it.
In summer you can reach les Mines d'Or by car too. Parking is available.
Guides are available at Maison de la Montagne next to the tourist office
Take the cable-car to Super Morzine, from where you have a wonderful view on Morzine. Follow the path at your left hand to La Crète de Zorre. Then the path to the Belvedere through thousands of alpine flowers. At the Belvedere the view on the Montriond Lake is breathtaking. Go back until you cross the path to la route des Crètes, until you arrive again to the cable-car station. Hehe you made a 25 km trip. Nice isn't it ?
Located just a stone’s throw away the centre of the resort, this is a safe signposted itinerary, on the side of the mountain, equipped with a handrail system, steps, and footbridges, allowing one to climb up the rock face to the summit in complete safety. Magnificent view over Avoriaz.
A physical aptitude and suitable equipment are the minimum requirements.
This itinerary is free of charge, however, it is advisable to use the services of a professional high-mountain guide.
• Prices : adult : 32 €, child : 30 €
including supervision and the necessary climbing material.
• Information & Booking :
Maison de la Montagne : +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16
On the Proclou Plateau at an altitude of 1600m is situated the Morzine/ Avoriaz golf course. A challenging 9 hole par 36 course with a total length of 2930m that requires a degree of physical fitness. It has a superb outlook with a view over the summits of the Haut-Chablais and down into the spruce forests. Even more exciting is Les Gets/ Morzine's par 70, 18 hole course in a fantastic setting with views of Mont Blanc. Equipment may be hired. For the more serious golfer there are courses at Evian and Chamonix - prebooking essential.
The cable-cars bring you in a vaste mountain-bike domain of 80 km through an overwhelming surroudings.
What a pity I'm a hiker....
Go to the Tourist Office and ask for a mountain-bike road map and .... go !
If you are a cross-country ski lover, 250 km of well marked out tracks are waiting for you.
Go by car (parking available) or by shuttle to the Montriond lake (5 km from Morzine) and make a very nice lake tour . You can even walk further on to the Albertans village with his old wooden houses and to the Ardent waterfall. With a little luck you cross a chamois or a white hare in this beautiful landscape.
Tracks are prepared and maintained daily. Alpine chalets pepper the loops, inviting skiers to take a break and have a light snack of Savoyard fare.
Follow the path along the Dranse river and you'll end up at the Nyon waterfall. It's really great for a family outing into the quiet woods of the valley where the only sounds are those of the crunching of snow underfoot.
France's national team plays in the covered artificial ice rink in town. Le Palais des Sports is a modern skating rink, which offers spas, a video arcade, and a curling track. Figure skating galas are often put on for the tourists.
Les Portes du Soleil have 650 km ski trials and 204 ski lifts between Leman Lake and Mont Blanc as well in France as across the border from Switzerland, from french Savoie to Swiss Valais.
Equipment: While making a break, the absolutely necessary equipment is a hut, a deckchair, some warm sun and a hot wine with cinnamon and clove. Makes you feel a little warmer :-))