White water rafting
The River Dranse offers invigorating white water activities in grade 3 and 4 rapids along a 12 mile stretch. First the timers should try a 6 to 8 person larger raft to navigate the river with experienced river guides. The more experienced should try ‘hot dogging’ – inflatable Canadian Canoes which you control yourself. There is a river guide on hand to show you the way down in the safety of his kayak.
Hydro-speedingis an exhilarating alternative; you swim down the river with the help of a bogey board (large 2ft float) a 6 mm thick wetsuit, a life vest and a pair of flippers!!! Great fun!! All safety equipment and guides are available.
This is a mix of rock climbing and swimming. You start up near the waterfall at Nyon (Morzine) and abseil down into the river. For 3 hours you follow the course of the river back to Morzine using ropes, trees and rocks, jumping into deep pools in the river. All safety equipment and fully experienced guides are provided.
The most beautiful place to swim and spend the day locally is Lake Montriond. This turquoise lake has a 3.3km track at it’s circumference, a kids shallow pool with large sand pit and mini water fall, pony trekking, kayaking, mini quad biking, paddle boarding and the most picturesque views. There are 4 restaurants at intervals around the edge serving great ‘Plat du jour’ each day.
In Morzine there is an open air Olympic sized swimming pool (50 x 21 metre) offering a lawn terrace with deck chairs and parasols, a water slide and paddling pool for the younger ones. Other equipment at the pool include a giant toboggan (80m)and play areas (beach volley, mini football, handball, ping-pong and a bouncy castle). The pool is open everyday from 08.00 – 18.45 in July and August.
New to Morzine last winter is a fantastic indoor swimming pool – it has an adult, kids and baby pool along with a steam and sauna option. If you fancy something tropical then head to the new indoor AQUARIAZ.
Fly like a bird! Attached to a zip wire at the top of the mountain you go almost 1250m at a speed of about 80 km/h head first!!!!
There are 2 horse riding centres in Morzine which offer instruction as well as 1 to 3 hour treks ranging from 15 to 40 euros (£10 – £25). For the little ones they offer leading-rein pony rides.
Morzine has 9 all-weather courts and 2 clay courts which are available for hire by the hour. Tennis rackets and balls can be hired. Open from 8am – 8pm everyday.
www.morzineparapent.com offers you tandem flights through to courses aimed at getting your pilot’s license. Flights are approx 70 euros (£65) and enable you to see Morzine and the surrounding areas from an amazing position! Take your camera with you and enjoy the ride!!
5 minutes drive from Morzine, Les Gets offers ‘Devil Karting’ where you get dragged up the Boule de Gomme ski slope and then released from the top!! Fun for all ages! Grass skiing and ‘no snow snowboarding’ are also available there. There is an Adventure Park with rope walk ways, death slides etc…
There are 3 cliffs in Le Biot (15 minutes drive away) and for experts the Col du Corbiere at Arblay (7B) is a great challenge. The Pas de l’Ours cliff has routes up to 80 metres (8A, 8B) and the Touviere is a good one for beginners (5 – 6B). There is also an artificial climbing wall at the Palais des Sports in Morzine.
Summer sledge run
There is also summer sledging (Le Luge) on Mozine’s Pleney piste, take the chair lift up with a sledge and whiz round the specially made track right down to the bottom!!
Other activties include: Mountain Hiking, Trekking, Nordic Walking, River trekking, Orienteering, Via Ferrata, Skateboard park, Fitness circuit, Iceskating, Cycling, Adventure parks, Quad bikes, Hot air ballooning, paint balling