Anyone acquainted with Morzine will know that in the summer there is the opportunity for a range of active or relaxing activities, from spa breaks to white water rafting. However, many people do not know these ten things about Morzine, so read on to be ahead of the game for your trip to this incredible resort.
- At 1000m above sea level, Morzine is the most northerly of all the French alpine resorts, with the notable exception of Mont Drouzin and Grand Terche at Saint-Jean-d’Aulps.
- In the 12th century, Morzine was an outlying farming estate of Alps Abbey, a Cistercian monastry situated 7km away. Morzine supplied all of the produce and materials for the monastry in those days.
- Before the white gold rush, the Morzine valley earned its keep quarrying slate, which you will see on the roofs of its chalets. You can visit these quarries still, and they are still in operation, having existed for two centuries.
- Christmas is the perfect time to visit Morzine for a festive break. The town really pulls out all the stops, providing fireworks, shows for kids, music in the streets and much, much more!
- The Ports du Soleil, of which Morzine is a part, comprises twelve resorts, all linked together to provide a total of 650km of high altitude skiing.
- The Ports du Soleil, and specifically Morzine, is famous for some of the absolute best conditions for downhill mountain biking in the world. Morzine itself features over 380 km of marked trails of varying levels of awesomeness.
- Tourism really kicked off in Morzine in 1920, with the opening of Le Grand Hotel.
- Morzine features a grand total of 215 ski lifts!
- Morzine is home to the annual French Mountain Villages football tournament – the ‘Tournoi des Montagnes’ – in which the best junior teams from around the region compete for the much-coveted trophy every June.
- At Bar Robinson in Morzine, they serve a draught beer called Mutzig, which is reputed to have similar effects to hallucinogenic mushrooms. You’ll have to try it yourself to see whether this is true or not, though!
Morzine is most famous for its outstanding skiing and snowboarding conditions. However, there is more to this quaint Alpine resort than meets the eye. With plenty to do and see all year round, Morzine is the perfect resort for a holiday whatever the weather. Families come from all over the world to enjoy the wide range of facilities on offer for kids besides skiing, whilst adrenalin junkies can get their kicks off piste with any number of high velocity outdoor activities and sports. Not only that, but couples often come to Morzine for a romantic break, which is the perfect way to experience the tranquil pleasures of La Ferme du Lac Vert. Along with its nightlife and wealth of history and culture, Morzine is, quite simply, an unforgettable destination you’ll want to visit time and again.