Summer Activities

Here are some of the things you can do in the Summer. Either book direct or just ask and we will sort it for you.

Bungee Jumping
Rather you than me! Still of you want to leap out of the cable car that has stopped half way to the Nyon Plateau, be my guest. I am told that it is a real thrill though and a must for the adrenaline junkies amongst you.
Guide Price: TBA; Age: TBA.

Canyoning
If you have not tried canyoning, it’s a real adventure. It is a unique form of traveling along rock faces, over boulders, though gullies and cracks and in and out of rivers, pools, streams and the Nyon waterfall. You will get wet as you climb, swim, slide, abseil and jump your way along the routes and get a huge sense of satisfaction and a feeling of happy tiredness at the end of the day. You will have earned your sundowner on our fabulous terrace or balcony before a great evening meal.
Guide Price: €50; 13 years and up; 3hrs.

Via Ferrata
Halfway between hiking and climbing, the Via Ferrata is one of the leading mountain activities in summer.
Attached to the safety line at all times, you walk along a rock face, sometimes using the rock itself, sometimes using the equipment in place (bar, footrest, footbridge, monkey bridge, …)
Physically demanding, aerial or a bit easier, it’s up to you to choose, there are routes for every level in the area. Technical instruction, safety equipment and guide are provided.
Guide Price: €45; 12 years and up; Half Day.

High Wire Adventure
Just down the valley from the Chalet Ste. Marie is the “Indiana Adventure”. This is a set of treetop wire and platform walks, pulls and crawls that are categorized as Blue, Red and Black. You get fully kitted out in harnesses and safety gear and are given a safety briefing before  they will let you off on your own to set off up the rope ladders, along swinging wires and steps between tree platforms, before finishing down a really high “zipwire”. Worth booking but always available unless the weather is poor.
Guide Price: €12 to €23; 2 to 100 years; 2hrs.

Zip Wire
Up at Linderets on the top of the Chaux Fleurie lift (on the way to Linga) is a massively high zip wire that seems to be only open in the Summer. We have never accessed it, but will be checking it out soon to see what the MO is. It looks awesome!!
Guide Price: TBA; Age TBA.

ElastiCable
We are advised that as from Summer 2015, there is going to be an “Elasticable” located on the old Prodain cable car cable. In essence, you are doing a bungee whilst attached to the cable. You descend at high speed in a harness and at the end of the stretch, you get pinged back to the top again.
Guide Price: TBA; Age TBA.

Hydro Speed
Grab a wet suite, flippers and a body board and leap into the foamy brine and surf the white water for up to 7km down the Dranse river towards Lake Geneva. It’s a real alternative to rafting for the more active ands most of our rafting partners also have this facility.
Guide Price: €40; Age: 14 and up; 2hrs.

Mountain Biking
Morzine is one of the 3 “Mecca’s” of world mountain biking. It’s Must. The world championships have been held here and whilst the the resort has some of the worlds most challenging route, there is something for everyone. it is incredibly well managed and you can enjoy the phenomenal Alpine panoramas, before whizzing down the well signed tracks.

If cross country is your thing, there are fast  forest sections, technical rocky descents and fields are all there for you to explore and for the young and families there are plenty of “green”  routes and purpose built beginners downhill trails.

Learn Mountain Biking
Learn basic downhill mountain bike techniques with a guide. This will quickly build your confidence and guarantee that you’ll have great fun. Bikes, protective gear and lift pass includes.
Guide Price: €55; Age: 10 and up; 3hrs.

Off Road 3″T”
The 3T is an off-road scooter that’s easy to ride.
With a professional guide, you can head out onto Pleney sector’s slopes. Take the mountain lifts uphill so all you have to do is get downhill! Scooter, protective gear included.
With only 4 people per group, you can ride at your own speed. Your guide will make sure that all levels of rider are catered for.
Guide Price: €30; Age: 14 and up; 2.5hrs.

Paragliding
One of the most popular activities in the French Alps and Morzine has some great schools. These usually take off from the Super Morzine lift and cross the town, looking down on the Dereche and landing near the Pleney lift. You can do solo if you have a license or we recommend that you strap yourself to Laurent or one of his amazing pilots and jump off the side of the mountain and enjoy!!
www.parapente-morzine.com Tel: +33 (0)450 75 76 39; Mobile: +33 (0)612 55 51 31
Guide Price: €80; Age: 10 and up; 30 minutes.

Horse Riding
Again, based in the Dereche is a riding stable with an outdoor school. You can go off on your own or with a guide on a gentle walk or trot down the valley, taking in the river, mountain views and wild life. Not too strenuous, but for the more adventurous, there is the trekking (more info to come)

PaintBalling
In the great outdoors and in two teams, participants are given a choice of scenarios by our event organizers.
Equipped with body armour and paint pistols, each team takes turns to attack or defend.
To ensure that everyone has a good time, you just need to be a good sport!
Minimum 10in a group, armour and masks provided and 200 paintballs per person.
Guide Price: €28; Age: 14 and up; 2 hours.

Swimming
For a small area, we have a fantastic choice of swimming pools and if you get tired of our own private sundeck and plunge pool, why not visit one of our pools, it’s often the only thing the family want to do and they are FREE with the area MultiPass.

The nearest are in the “Dereche” a very short walk down the path from the chalet Ste. Marie, through the trees along the banks of the Dranse. There is a 50m out door pool with outdoor flume and a child play pool, slides and bouncy castle.
If the weather is not so good, there is a 25m indoor complex built in 2012. This has both a child and baby pool with a fitness area, steam baths and saunas.
Further afeild, we have a leisure/fun pool in Avoriaz, with all the bits.

For those of a more adventurous disposition, you can swim in our very own lake Montriond. There is a lifeguarded area and the full 1.5km open water experience. This is where we do our Tri-athlon training and races – watch out for the fishermen!

Walking
The 850 sq km of walking and rambling in the Portes du Soliel is simply second to none. Please see our separate section on walking holidays, where we will sort your itineraries out for you. The flora, fauna, alpine environment, clean air and mountain views are just breathtaking. There is something is something for everyone – gentle strolls along the banks of rivers and streams, through forests to covering real distances above the treeline and along ridges to mountain peaks. Lifts are accessible with the MultiPass for just €1 a day.

White Water Rafting
This may sound pretty dramatic – it is!. The rafts travel with a guide down the Dranse river (the same one that is in the valley under the chalet) towards Lac Leman. There are rapids, fast and slow and you get the opportunity to swim, jump off high rocks, check out the wild life etc. At the end you will generally get a set of photos on a DVD to take away. Its a very popular activity. Usually for 7yr olds and above and definitely need to book in advance.

There are a number of providers scattered around so have a look at the options below.
www.frogsrafting.com: (+33 (0)609 308077. Based in a small village between Morzine and Thonon called La Forclaz
www.7adventure.com: e-mail:[email protected];  (+33 (0)450 721512. Based halfway to Thonon www.an-rafting.com: e-mail:[email protected]; (+33 (0)450 718915