Every Thursday through the winter Morzine has floodlit night skiing/boarding on the bottom of the Plenney. It's only one run but if you just can't get enough of the white stuff (snow) then it gives you an extra few hours of the slopes! Its from around 6pm til 9pm (thats a guestimate i can't remember the times!!) and the local tourist info in the centre of town will have all the details.
Morzine has its own ice rink and its own ice hockey team. They are the Penguins! Various games through the winter mostly on Wednesday and Saturday nights, sometimes just friendlies or play offs but you could be lucky enough to catch a big game. Ticket prices depend on the size of the game and range from about 3 euros to about 10 euros.
Awesome atmosphere on the big games.
This is actually more interesting than it sounds, I promise.
To get to the woodland walk, head out of town following the direction of the river. Easiest way is to go into the Champion supermarket, buy a fortifying bar of chocolate, then head straight ahead out the main door, down past the sports centre. On the other side of the sports centre is the start of the woodland walk which follows the river all the way out the other side of Morzine.
It's really quiet, as everyone else is up a mountain wearing funny clothes and throwing themselves down icy slopes. And if you look closely, there's lots to see. I saw (in early April):
One red squirrel
Lots and lots of Great *** (no sniggering in class please)
1 Crested Tit (boys, quiet!)
A large yellow butterfly
Lots of mounds of frog spawn (see also my restaurant tips)
THREE GOLDEN EAGLES.
At the Lac du Mondriond, there's a rescue hut, with lots of dos and donts in official French. There's also the lifeboat. Which is a medium sized rowing boat. So if you do get into trouble, just make sure it's at the rowing boat end of the lake, and you have a fast paddler on duty.
Also, there wasn't anybody around both times I visited when the lake was frozen, so don't even think about trying your luck on the ice because you'll just have to count on those portly Swiss couples at the restaurant to come and fish you out.
It's easy peasy to get to, just take the 'A' navette bus from the centre of town (runs every 20 minutes during the day) and get off at the lake.
Best time to go is just before lunch. Then you can have a gentle stroll round the lake, anti-clockwise from the bus stop, returning to the excellent restaurant just in time for a plate of Savoyard ham and cheese, and a piece of blueberry tart.
The publicity blurb says it looks like a bit of Canada. Well, it's certainly reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest, only with the added bonus of two restaurants and a creperie.
An interesting museum on mecanic music.
300 instruments from the music box to the dance organ, a unique collection.
Maybe it remembers you of your childhood.... or you can show the mecanic music instruments to your children or grandchildren.
A tip for a rainy day.
Mus?e de la Musique M?canique
T?l?phone: +33(0)4 50 79 85 75
74260 Les Gets
Open all year
every day from 2.30 p.m. until 7.30 p.m.
Closed from November 1. until December 20
Plus de 300 instruments, de la boite ? musique ? l'orgue de danse, une collection unique au Monde
There are many magnificent slopes and even if not skiing or snow boarding, you can still enjoy the sun, the views and relaxed holiday atmosphere. Take a grey telecabine lift up to the top.
The Lac de Motriond serves as Morzine's sunbathing beach, with a safe area to let your children swim. Fishing and boating (for rent) are also possible.
Morzine's ski resort is Avoriaz, on top of the mountains in the background. Morzine can host more than 30.000 guests, mostly in Avoriaz.
The Lac d'Avoriaz is the main (drinking-)water reservoir for the resort. The walkaround is very nice.
A découvrir , en faisant le tour du lac en ski de fond.Ce lac se trouve à 1065m d'altitude, entouré de montagnes, c'est un payasage fabuleux.