Summertime in Morzine is a breeding ground for fun and memorable experiences.
With activities and events encompassing a wide variety of sports, waterparks, cycling, markets, as well as various kid-centric events, there’s no wonder this particular ski resort is in high demand.
Below we’ve compiled a list of noteworthy summer events and activities in Morzine to get you into the spirit! These are sure to make your holiday an unforgettable one.
Summer Activities to Add Adventure to Your Holiday
Got a taste for adventure?
Luckily for you, Morzine is home to a range of exciting summer activities to keep you entertained throughout your holiday.
You might think the Alps are only for winter sports. But, you’d be wrong! Here are just some of your options:
On the Beach
Fancy heading to a man-made beach nestled in the heart of the Alps?
This may seem like the weirdest activity to start with, as the words “beach” and “French Alps” may not seem to go together.
For a few selected dates, however, Morzine will transform its tourist office space into a fully functioning beach, equipped with inflatables, deckchairs and games that everyone can get involved in.
The best part about it? It’s all free!
In the Water
Apart from your regular beach activities, Morzine also offers a wide variety of water-based activities, ranging from various water sports to a full-blown waterpark.
Other ways to literally “jump in the deep end” are to get stuck in with activities such as scuba diving and snorkelling; don’t worry if you’re a beginner, lessons are on offer for those who have yet to take the plunge.
If you prefer to stay above water, then there’s plenty on offer. Jump in a boat and go kayaking, either as a team or a solo act.
Alternatively, take it a step further and go canyoning, where you’ll be thrown into the mountain streams with the natural river bed acting as your obstacle course. It’s intense, but refreshing, involving an array of abseil descents and natural water slides. Just make sure it’s a warm day, and you’re all set.
Want to take it even further? Try out hydro-speeding, where you’ll be given a large boat and dive right into the rapids, letting the waves take you at high speeds as you hold on for your life! Want something less intense? There are several lakes around the area where you can go fishing, and take in the beautiful surroundings while you do so.
Morzine offers a wide range of sports for any and every one to partake in.
Take up archery, improve your basketball skills at the multisport court at the Parc des Dereches or play tennis at one of the many hard and clay courts (free to use, with training and lessons on offer to those looking to sharpen their skills).
For the golfers out there, Les Gets houses an 18-hole course, with excellent facilities, and some of the best mountain views possible while you play. The entire golf complex is both welcoming and relaxing; there’s a restaurant (with a beautiful terrace area) and bar situated in the clubhouse to further enhance your experience.
As with everything else on offer in Morzine, lessons and equipment hire are all available.
Up the Mountains
For those in awe of the mountain views and looking to embrace that part of nature further, the gentle terrain of the Chablais region makes it the perfect area to traverse.
Make your way up the mountain by embarking on a rock climbing adventure, structured for both beginners and experts, with mountain guides and adventure companies on hand to assist and direct you.
Once you’ve traversed the terrain, go deeper into the mountains through an activity known as caving (or pot-holing) where you can explore the mountain caves and their tunnel systems, with a professional guide on hand and all the necessary safety equipment provided for you.
In the Air
If being on land isn’t your thing, Morzine has you covered.
Learn how to fly by embarking on a paragliding adventure, starting at the top of the Super Morzine lift and moving down to the Pleney. Schools for further training are also available for those who want to permanently overlook the beautiful scenes of Morzine from the clouds.
Events You Don’t Want to Miss
Alongside all the amazing summer activities on offer throughout Morzine, there are several equally amazing events coming up right in time for the sun-soaked period.
Biking / Cycling
Morzine has a huge culture revolving around cycling, with the official opening weekend for the Les Gets bike park opening on the 10th June. Below are some key events coming up:
Haut Chablais Cyclosportive (17th June onwards)
A friendly but intense road bike event comprised of 2 races, beginning at Taninges, moving towards Samoens, then Col de Joux Plane, before finally arriving at Montriond.
Crankworx Pump Track Challenge, Les Gets (20th June onwards)
A duel race wherein bike riders compete on identical tracks, and are knocked out one by one until only one rider remains.
Crankworx, Les Gets (20th June onwards)
A grand mountain festival spanning over 5 days, hosting around 30,000 pro mountain bikers, all of whom are competing against each other in a variety of challenges. Not one to be missed!
Morzine also hosts events geared towards the avid motor head.
Savoie Cup - Gathering Porsches (22nd June onwards)
An exhibition dedicated solely to the Porshe. Not only will more than 400 Porsche cars be at the venue, around 200 of them will be partaking in a mountain rally around the resort for all to view!
70th Mont-Blanc Rally (7th – 8th September)
As the summer season comes to a close, Morzine plays host to the Mont Blanc Rally, showcasing a demonstration of superb mountain rallying around the resort.
Keep any younger travellers occupied and happy with these kid-centric events.
Kid’s Kingdom (16th – 20th July, 13th – 17th August)
One incredible week of activities planned for young kids, ranging from sporting activities to face painting.
Royaume des Marmots (6th – 20th July, 13th – 17th August)
Free workshops, shows, sports and other great activities for kids (aimed at those between 18 months and 12 years old), spanning over the course of 3 fun filled weeks!
Morzine plays host to a variety of more social-based and relaxing events, including market days, festivals and barbeques.
Running throughout the summer period from June to August, the centre of Morzine hosts a traditional local market, every Wednesday morning from 8am to midday.
Everything you could want from a traditional market is here, from butchers to fishmongers to other local produce.
The market isn’t limited to just produce however, offering other products such as clothing, jewellery and gifts for the family and friends back home.
There are a number of music festivals to keep on your radar when making the most of out of your summer in Morzine.
Across France, the summer solstice welcomes the Fete de la Musique, which comes completely free to the public, covering a wide and eclectic range of music for all to enjoy. 21st June marks the day of celebration so keep the date and be prepared to jump in and get involved! No matter your taste or preference, there is sure to be something on offer for even the hardest music critic.
For something a little bit different, head over to the Mechanical Music Festival, held over one weekend in July (21st – 22nd). Situated in the streets (you can notice a theme here) of Les Gets, enjoy a host of mechanical music pieces, marvel at the instruments themselves, and be in awe of the amazing people and costumes on show throughout the parade.
For two weeks, beginning the 6th August, a series of free concerts are held in Les Gets under the name of The Lounge Music Festival. Over 40 different concerts will be held over the two-week period, showcasing a variety of different styles and genres, with a variety of musical workshops available for the younger visitors, and a stage set for upcoming and unknown talents to show off their abilities.
Bastille Day is a national holiday celebrated across the entirety of France, and Morzine is no exception!
With fireworks aplenty in the evening (between 10pm – 11pm), the day of the 14th of July has many activities running throughout to celebrate the memory of the historic storming of Bastille back in 1789.
As is the pattern here in Morzine, many of those activities are free for all to enjoy!
Every Saturday until the beginning of September,a BBQ is held in the beautiful mountain area of La Paika.
More than simply an offering of good food and sunshine, a full summer’s day is prepared, with a walk from the Hotel La Marmotte up towards the mountainous areas of La Paika, where a BBQ at the La Paika restaurant is held, offering a variety of different food.
It’s sure to be a fun event the entire family will enjoy!
Tempted to head to Morzine to enjoy what it has to offer? Make sure you book your transfer from the airport well in advance!