Morzine is a popular French ski resort but it is also a great destination for a summer holiday. It offers a wide range of activities and attractions for everyone, from mountain bike riding and hiking to relaxing by the swimming pool or enjoying a round of golf.
Not to mention all the things you can do in the other resorts linked to Morzine in Portes Du Soleil with a multi Pass. Here is a complete guide to a Morzine in summer that includes activities for families and visitors looking for an adventure holiday. As well as lift pass info, accommodation, where to eat, how to get there and practical information.
Overlooking Morzine in Summer from the top of the slopes – Portes du Soleil France
I spent two weeks in the Portes Du Soleil, making my way across France to Switzerland during the summer season. I had been to Morzine in France a few times before but only in winter for skiing, so I was curious to see what else the village had to offer.
Morzine was my second stop during my trip and I was pleasantly surprised at how much there was to do during a summer holiday. Sun and Ski offer a great range of adventure wear at discount prices for both women and men.
Morzine in summer
In the summertime, Morzine transforms into a stunning mountain village surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery. Morzine forms part of the Portes Du Soleil area, interlinking 12 resorts across both France and Switzerland. It is the largest and probably the most convenient in regard to resort hopping.
The French village of Morzine is located at an altitude of 1000 meters. It is only an hour and a half drive from Geneva airport, making it an accessible destination for a summer holiday or weekend trip.
Hiking up near the Golf course – Portes du Soleil France
Morzine summer lift pass
The summer season in Morzine starts early June to early September when the first cable car opens and the last one will close. There are different opening and ending dates for the various cable cars and lifts. However they all roughly open at similar times and days during the Morzine summer holidays.
If you are going for a weekend or a couple of days, you can always check the tourism website for dates and weather. Whether you are hiking, bike riding, or enjoying one of the many other activities, cable cars can be used by everyone.
Lifts open during Summer in Morzine
- Pléney cable car
- Nyon cable car and Pointe de Nyon chairlift: (pedestrians only No Bikes)
- Summer sledge
- Super Morzine gondola
- Zore chairlifts, Serrausaix, Lindarets and Chaux Fleurie
- Prodains 3S
Information point at the top of Morzine – Portes du Soleil France
Things to do in Morzine in the summer
Morzine is ideal for families and friends looking for an adventurous summer holiday. There is a large range of hiking routes, mountain bike park tracks, water sports, plus much more. In Morzine village, there is a swimming pool complex, tennis courts and wellness spa. For the kids, you can summer sledge, high ropes adventure course, mini golf plus much more.
Go Hiking in the Mountains
Hiking in Morzine is one of the top things to do. Morzine-Avoriaz alone offers over 140 km of hiking trails suitable for all levels of hikers. You can explore the mountains, valleys and lakes while enjoying stunning views of the surrounding landscape and of Mont Blanc.
There are 19 operating lifts throughout summer that walkers can use to get up into the high-mountain without breaking a sweat. All you need is your backpack, reusable water bottle, walking shoes and your Portes Du Soleil lift pass. Lifts for hiking are great for people like me with a pacemaker/ICD, as I can walk without overdoing it.
I suggest hiking over to the Goat Village and having lunch. It has some amazing restaurants and you can feed the local goats as they pass through the village. This is one of the best hikes with kids that should only take a couple of hours and you can use the lifts.
Paragliding Photo Provided By Office de Tourisme de Morzine – Crédits Sylvain Cochard
Bike Park Morzine – MTB
Morzine Town definitely has a mountain biking buzz about it, especially with all the people walking around in bike armour. The bike park Morzine is a mountain biking area spread across Morzine, Les Gets, Avoriaz, Les Linderets, Chatel, Les Crosets, Champery & Morgins linked by lifts.
You also have the Portes du Soleil mountain bike area that covers 650 km of marked routes and is the largest bike park in Europe. It also boasts Enduro tracks a kind of cross country type of mountain biking.
All MTB tracks are clearly marked via levels of difficulty by colours. It really depends on your ability and confidence. To get around the different tracks, all you need is your Portes Du Soleil lift pass.
Bike Park Morzine is great for beginners as it has such a large variety of easy tracks. If you haven’t ridden before, there are a large variety of different guides and MTB schools for learning.
Bike hire in Morzine
Bike hire in Morzine is easy, as it is the top thing to do, there are plenty of speciality and bike rental shops all over. Just like in winter, accommodation in Morzine sometimes offers a discount on bike hire.
One of the coloured marked MTB tracks in the bike park Morzine
Water activities at the Swimming Pool & Lake Montriond
There are many water activities that you can do in the village of Morzine, on the lakes and even on the river. Located near the village is Lake Montriond, where you can enjoy a variety of water sports like swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking and boating. In town, you have the Aquatic Centre which is great for both families and friends with a pool and water slide.
If you are looking for adventure on your own or with a group of friends, then I suggest water rafting in the nearby Dranse River. The Aquatic Center is included in your multi-pass.
Electric mountain bike riding – MTB
Electric mountain bikes can be used on the bike park Morzine tracks. They are great if you want to learn how to mountain bike or don’t have the physical stamina to ride all day.
The tourist office provides a charging station for your e-bike. There are charging stations around the village as well. My guide Baud Laurent took me on an electric mountain bike on the tracks as I was relatively new to the sport.
It was very cloudy up high the day I went mountain biking. So we went up the Super-Morzine lift and we biked through the goat village onto Lac de Montriond.
Selfie while E-Biking on the bike park Morzine
Summer Luge (Toboggan)
Morzine summer luge (toboggan) is the perfect family activity if wanting an adventure. It twists and turns its way down the side of the Pleney slopes. It is easy to get to as it is located just at the top of the La Crusaz chairlift.
The sledge holds one or two people and you can buy 1 sledge ride or more. If you miss it in the summer the luge is open during the winter season too, like the one in Pays de Gex. The best bit is that you get a discount with your Multi-Pass. Make sure to wear sunglasses as you are riding as the wind gets in your eyes.
Compete or watch Spartan Race
Watching or competing in the Spartan race through the forest and village is one of the top things to do in Morzine for everyone. It’s a challenging team race for men and women where you roll around in the mud and climb over and under obstacles in the middle of the French Alps. The score is worked out by the last person to cross the finish line.
There are 3 different distances and obstacle courses, depending on abilities. There is even a separate course for the Morzine kids that want to compete. The obstacles are set up throughout the forest and in various parts of the village.
Spartan Race is held annually during the summer in July or August. Teams have to have 4 or more members. Competitors need to have a good level of fitness to be included in the team ranking.
The winner going over the finish line – Morzine Portes du Soleil France
The Multi-Pass for Les Portes du Soleil activities
The best way to enjoy the Morzine summer activities is to get a multi-pass for your holiday. I used a Multi-Pass for my time spent in the Portes du Soleil and I thought it was a fantastic idea for saving money on a holiday. The multi pass gives you unlimited access to more than 50 activities in the 12 resorts.
As well as a number of discounts on other local businesses and services offered in the area. You will certainly never run out of things to do in Morzine. There are different types of Multi Pass available and they are super flexible. You can get a pass for a day, weekly or even weekends. There is the “holiday multi-pass”, “the day multi-pass” and “the multi-pass Portes du Soleil addict”.
Getting Morzine activities multi pass
It costs only 2€ a day for a Multi-Pass for visitors staying in a “multi pass” accommodation. For children under the age of 5, the Portes du Soleil multi pass is free. Making it ideal for a Morzine family summer holiday or for holidaymakers on a budget. They can be purchased at the Morzine ski lift ticket offices.
What activities are included in your Multi Pass Morzine
Some of the things you can do in Morzine with a multi-pass include the following;
- Swimming at the aqua park,
- Using the cable cars for walking and hiking
- Playing mini golf at the crazy golf course
- Skating at the indoor ice rink,
- Catching the mini train, plus
- Playing tennis on the courts
The Multi-Pass Card – Portes du Soleil France
Where to eat in summer Morzine
There are limited restaurants that are open on the mountain during the summer season. This is because Morzine is more popular in the ski season. However, the restaurants in the village are open all year round. Here are my best picks of restaurants in Morzine Village which are open in summer.
La Dez ‘Alp restaurant
La Dez ‘Alp restaurant is centrally located in Morzine town as it is not directly on the slopes, it’s open all year round. Decorated in a traditional yet modern Savoyard style, it has beautiful views over the village.
The restaurant serves all your typical French cheese dishes, like Tartiflette and Raclette. It also has a large selection of wines. It is one of my favourite restaurants in Morzine. I suggest asking the restaurant when you arrive if you can have a table near the window, to appreciate the views.
Le Bec Jaune brewery
Le Bec Jaune is a local brewery and restaurant located around 10 minute’s walk from the tourist office. They serve fresh homemade food like burgers, chips and vegetarian meals which you can enjoy with their house-brewed beer.
The restaurant prides itself on using as much as possible from local producers. Their menu changes regularly depending on what’s currently available locally. You are best to make a reservation for dinner as they are popular.
While they are closed this summer for renovations they will be back open again for the winter of 2023/2024
Le Bec Jaune Morzine Portes du Soleil France
Morzine summer accommodation
Morzine is inhabited all year round and offers plenty of summer accommodation in the village. Being the largest of the 12 resorts a lot of holidaymakers use Morzine as a base for the rest of the Portes du Soleil area.
The selection of accommodation available for the summer season varies. There are luxury 5-star chalets, catered chalets to hotels, guesthouses, apartments and even hostels. Best to stay near one of the main chairlifts like the super-Morzine.
Le Samoyede Hotel
I stayed at Le Samoyède Hotel during my time at Morzine in the summer. It is located in the centre of Morzine town across the road from the tourist office. It is within walking distance of most amenities and summer activities in Morzine.
Le Samoyede Hotel is a charming hotel and Spa Chalet that has a nice bar and restaurant on the ground floor. I would sit at the bar in the afternoon and just relax, taking in the surroundings around me.
I had a very spacious corner room with a huge balcony with views over the Morzine and ski slopes. The bed was super comfy and the wifi worked really well in the room too. If you are mountain bike riding the hotel has a locker room for your bikes.
- You will need to let Reception know if you would like to use the Spa 30mins before you go.
Le Samoyede Hotel during the summer season in Morzine
How to get to Morzine in the summer
Getting to Morzine in the summer from the United Kingdom is pretty straightforward. It is why so many visitors go there not just for a week but for a weekend too. You can get direct flights from most UK airports to Geneva and should be about 1hr and 30mins.
I use Easyjet to get to Geneva airport as they offer good deals, plus you have the option of taking additional items like mountain bikes. Then from Geneva airport to Morzine, you can get buses and trains, private or shared transfer or hire a car.
Transfers to Morzine
Taking a transfer private or share is the best way to get to Morzine from Geneva Airport. While there are not as many transfer companies in the summer as in the winter season, you still have a good selection. Try companies like intui transfer who do transfers in summer.
Catch a train to Morzine
Alternatively, you can catch a train to Cluses or Thonon-Les-Bains which is around 30 minutes (30 km). Then you catch a bus from either to Morzine, which is another 1 hour depending on traffic. This is the best option if you are on a budget.
Hiking in the mountains on a summer holiday in Morzine
Top Tips for enjoying summer holidays in Morzine
Free Wifi; The tourism office in the centre of the village offers free wifi inside.
2.50€ Multi-Pass; Check to see if you are staying in a ‘Multi Pass’ accommodation and get a pass for as little as 2.50€ (or 2.5 CHF) a day.
Bus; There is a free shuttle bus within Morzine that serves the town on a few different lines.
The Currency used in Morzine is the Euro, which can also be used on the Swiss side of the Portes du Soliel in Champéry and Morgins.
Morzine summer temperatures can be a little unpredictable, take a lightweight waterproof jacket, especially for hiking.
Morzine Festival; The are a number of events that will be held in Morzine summer 2023, like the Harley Davidson festival. Here is the link to see what’s on.
Lake Geneva; If you are looking for things to do outside Morzine then I suggest Lake Geneva. It is less than an hour’s drive away and offers a variety of activities.
Hiking near the Golf Course on top of the mountains in Morzine
Other summer resorts in the Portes du Soleil
Looking for things to do in the other resorts linked to Morzine Portes Du Soleil during a holiday? Then I suggest the following summer guides for France and Switzerland.
- Morgins Switzerland – Top Things to Do
- Les Gets France – What to do in summer
- Champéry Switzerland – A detailed guide on things to do
- Chatél France – A summer guide of top things to do
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