Morzine Winter Activities
Winter Indoor Activities
Indoor Swimming Pool and Spa
Opened in 2012 and situated in the centre of Morzine, this fantastic swimming and spa complex has the following on offer:
25m x 15m fitness pool
125m2 learners pool
50m2 baby pool
Large hydro-fitness area with 3 saunas and 3 steam rooms
There are 2 large ice rinks in Morzine – one outdoor rink in the town square and one indoor rink in the Morzine Sports Hall. You can hire skates at both ice rinks. The outdoor rink in Morzine is very central meaning that it’s a great way to pass the time before dinner before heading back to your ski chalet.
Massage and Pampering
We can organise in-chalet massage and treatments while there are also Spas and Treatment Rooms available in the centre of Morzine. For more details please see our section on Morzine Massage and Pampering.
Morzine Ice Hockey Team
Morzine-Avoriaz has a semi-professional ice hockey team that competes in the top level league in France. They play home games in the Morzine Sports Hall throughout the winter season. Tickets are very cheap and the evening matches make for a fantastic apres ski activity in the evening away from your ski chalet.
Mountain Rehab Gym
Just a 5 minute walk from the centre of town is the small but excellent Mountain Rehab Gym. There are various cardio machines here (treadmills, bikes and rowing) as well as a range of free weights, benches and weight lifting machines. The gym also has 4 separate treatments rooms and a fitness class room that offers pilates, yoga, boxfit and spinning classes during the week. For more details go to the Mountain Rehab website.
Alpine French School
Alpine French School offers a wide range of courses for you for during your holidays in Morzine:
- Intensive courses (3 – 4.5 hours per day, Monday – Friday)
- Conversation workshops
- French skills workshops: eg email and letter writing, pronunciation, targeted vocabulary, listening skills and many more.
- Private French lessons
- GCSE and A-level tutoring
- French social and cultural activities: French cinema evenings, French wine tasting, French conversation après-ski, French multi-media evening……
La Fruitiere L’Alpage Cheese Tours
Morzine is a traditional farming town and has a rich history in dairy production and cheese making. Tours of La Fruitiere (local artisan cheese factory) are available on both Wednesday and Thursday mornings. The quick tour offers a great incite into the local history and culture along with the fascinating details that go into the production of local Tomme de Savoie and Reblochon cheeses. La Fruitiere also has a very nice restaurant onsite. For more details please see La Fruitiere L’Alpage website.
Winter Outdoor Activities Morzine
Husky Sledding in Morzine
Take control of your own team of huskies and head out into the forests surrounding Morzine! There are a couple of companies in Morzine that offer instruction for this brilliant winter activity.
For more information on husky sledding in Morzine please click here. The organisers of the Morzine sledding are notoriously difficult to get hold of so please let us know if you need any help help – we will chase them down for you in resort!
Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides
A great activity for families or besotted couples. Starting from the tourist office in the centre of Morzine ski resort, there are a number of trips available around Morzine and through the old quarter of town.
Take the Pleney cable car up to the mountain and head down the closed ski-slopes in the evening us just your head lamp as a guide. Completely crazy and a lot of fun!
Weekly Wednesday Morning Market
One of the big advantages of Morzine being a year round town rather than a purpose built concrete jungle ski resort is that there is demand for fabulous local produce throughout the year. The thriving Morzine market takes place between 8am – 12pm every Wednesday in the large car park next to the Carrefour supermarket. This is a local artisanal affair with lots of meats, cheeses, fresh fruit + veg along with various arts and crafts stalls. A personal favourite has to be the Rotisserie Chicken: full chickens spit roasted over a long period of time until the skin is golden and crispy and the meat super succulent. Be sure to ask for potatoes that are left at the bottom of the rotisserie to soak up the roasting juices!
Snowshoeing in Morzine
Snowshoeing offers a fantastic way to explore the surrounding scenery of Morzine away from the crowds. It is possible to hire snowshoeing equipment from most of the local ski hire shops. An excellent option is to head up the Vallee de la Manche from the bottom of the Nyon car park up towards the Col de Cou. The scenery just gets better and better as you head up the valley – so good in fact that we have included the Col de Cou walk as part of our self-guided walking holidays during the summer. For a full list of available options and guiding we suggest contacting either The Snow Shoe Company and the Bureau des Guides.
Snowmobiling in Morzine
Snowmobiling is available throughout the winter in the early evening. Each session starts with a 15 minute briefing followed by a 45 minute ride taking you through the Super Morzine forest. Please note that in order to drive the snowmobiles you must be over 18 with a valid driving license. For more details please click here.
Ice Climbing in Morzine
If you fancy yourself as the Alex Honnold on ice (although we advise using a rope) then ice climbing is available in Ardent which is a 15 drive from the centre of Morzine. Contrary to popular belief you do not need to be a hard core alpinist to give ice climbing a try. Beginner sessions are available for 6 people per guide with the Bureau des Guides in Morzine. If you actually are a hard core alpinist then advanced climbing spots are available at the Gorge des Albertans and Cascade du Nant de la Lapiaz both close to Morzine.
Paragliding in Morzine
Known as ‘parapenting’ in France, there are a number of companies in Morzine ski resort that offer flights and lessons. For beginners, a flight involves being harnessed to your instructor then taking off (with or without skis) at the top of the mountain, and then landing back in the Morzine valley. Flights tend to last between 15-30 minutes, and offer the best views in Morzine.
We recommend the Ecole de Parapente des Portes du Soleil. For more information please click here.
So we hope our little guide to indoor and outdoor winter activities in Morzine has given a taste for what this wonderful little town has to offer away from the ski slopes. Morzine for nonskiers fantastic is whether you want to take advantage of the outdoor winter sports available or just enjoy our little chocolate box town while sitting in the spa and enjoying a massage. We are very lucky in Morzine that it is a year round town that is a mix of French Morzinoise and a large expat community rather than a purpose built resort like many of the other French ski resorts. The winter activities in Morzine are endless and we look forward to showing you everything it has to offer!
Morzine and the Portes du Soleil’s proximity to both Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc assures that the ski area has an outstanding snow record. Ski passes can be bought separately for the Morzine/Les Gets ski area, or for the whole Portes du Soleil ski area.
We recommend that ski hire be organised in advance before you arrive in Morzine. This is particularly important during the school holidays when the best Morzine ski hire companies book out all of their equipment before the week has started.
It is possible to purchase a Morzine / Les Gets ski pass (beginners and intermediates) or a full Portes du Soleil ski pass (intermediates and above). We are able to organise ski passes in advance for you, meaning they will be waiting in your ski chalets in Morzine on your arrival in resort.
Having attained the national tourist label ‘family plus,’ Morzine is very much a family friendly ski resort. There is a huge amount of choice for ski schools for children, and also a good local creche and several British nanny companies.
Skiing and snowboarding aside, Morzine ski resort has a huge amount to offer during your ski chalet holiday. Please see the below list of activities for a few ideas of how to spend your time when you are not on the slopes.
Whether a skier or non-skier, your ski chalet holiday in Morzine would not be complete without a bit of pampering and a massage.
During your stay at one of our catered ski chalets in Morzine your chef has one evening off a week on a Wednesday. This means that you will eat out one day of the week during your ski chalet holiday with us.
A ski chalet holiday would not be complete without the apres ski experience and Morzine has more to offer than most. A vibrant alpine town both in and out of season, there are lots of options to cater for various atmospheres and wallet sizes.
Morzine, in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area, is one of the most accessible ski resorts in the Alps. Situated in the Northern Alps, Morzine is just a 70 minute flight from southern UK airports, and the airport transfer from Geneva is just 80 minutes.