Events calendar for summer 2017
Morzine   is   a   small   market   town   located   at   the   heart   in   the   Haute   Savoie   department   of   France   near   the   border with   Switzerland.   In   contrast   to   many   purpose-built   French   resorts,   Morzine   has   developed   organically   from   it’s origins   as   a   slate   mining   town   and   therefore   retains   a   lovely   traditional   feel   and   has   many   beautiful   old   chalets throughout the town. Although   best-known   in   summer   for   it’s   incredible   biking   terrain   and   it’s   increasing   popularity   with   road-bikers thanks   to   it   being   a   Tour   de   France   stage,   Morzine   is   also   an   amazing   place   to   visit   in   the   summer   for   non-bikers. The   town   offers   a   vast   range   of   other   energetic   activities   such   as   infinite   walking   trails,   white-water   rafting, canyoning,   paddle-boarding,   kayaking,   horse-riding,   climbing,   parapente,   ice-skating   and   tennis   to   name   a   few. There   is   an   Olympic-sized   outdoor   pool   with   a   flume   and   walk-in   pool   for   young   kids   and   a   recently-built   indoor swimming pool complex. It even has a cinema which shows films in English throughout the summer season. Morzine   centre   is   really   attractive   and   has   a   large   selection   of   bars   and   restaurants   that   you   may   wish   to   visit   for lunch   or   dinner   and   plenty   of   shops   selling   sports   clothing and   accessories   and   a   range   of   other   shops   selling   local and   French   specialities   such   as   cheese,   wine   and   saussison! The   tourist   office   organises   events   throughout   the   summer season   and   bands   such   as   Status   Quo   and   Simple   Minds have   performed   at   free   open-air   concerts   here   in   recent years - ask us for more details! Visit
Avoriaz   is   a   purpose-built   resort   which   was   developed   in   the   1960s   as   a   way   of   linking   the   Swiss   resorts   of Morgins,   Champoussin,   Les   Crosets   and   Champery   with   those   on   the   French   side   of   the   border   such   as   Morzine, Les   Gets   and   Chatel.   It   is   architecturally   intersting   as   the   wooden   building   were   designed   to   blend   in   with   the rocks   when   viewed   from   the   valley   below.   Today   it   ranks   as   one   of   the   top   ski   resorts   in   France   and   is   one   of   the top snowboarding destinations in the world! Avoriaz   has   an   indoor   water-park,   Aquariaz   with   a   variety   of   slides, children’s   play   area,   lazy   river,   hot   tub   and   even   a   small   climbing   wall over the pool! Our   chalets   are   only   minutes   from   the   Prodains   express   lift   which   takes you   directly   up   to   Avoriaz   town,   allowing   you   to   reach   the   highest altitudes   very   quickly.      Avoriaz   also   has   a   healthy   number   of   bars   and restaurants to explore.  Visit Les Gets Around   5   minutes   from   Morzine,   Les   Gets   is   a   smaller   but   very   picturesque   Savoyarde   village.   It   has   a   golf course,   lovely   man-made   swimming   lake   and   an   adventure   park.   It’s   also   got   a   pretty   centre   with   shops   and   a market held once a week and even a museum of Mechanical Music!
The   Portes   du   Soleil   offers   an   incredible   biking   and   walking   area   during   the   summer   season,   with   21   lifts   open giving   access   to   12   connected   resorts   across   France   and   Switzerland   (including   50   downhill   biking   slopes!)   and numerous mountain resturants! Morzine   is   at   the   centre   of   the   Portes   du   Soleil   meaning   it’s   the   best   access   point   to   this   incredible   summer playground.   Most   of   the   resorts,   including   Mrzine,   have   grown   around   traditional   valley   villages   -   only   Avoriaz and   the   very   small   Les   Crosets   and   Torgon   were   purposely   built   during   the   mid-1960s   which   means   that   they   are beautiful all-year and a great place to hang-out in the summer months!
17th-18th June 2017 - Morzine - 18th Paris-Nice Cyclo Morzine will be a middle stage of this event which in total covers 1600km with 20,000m of climbing! 18th June 2017 - Morzine-Haut-Chablais Cyclo-Sportive 2   races   of   155km   and   100km   over   the   Joux   Verte,   Corbier,   Grand   Taillet,   Jambaz   and   the   famous   Joux   Plane   cols   to finish.   this   is   a   chance   to   climb   renowned   mountain   cols   which   have   featured   many   times   in   major   cycle   races (including the Tour de France1). Both races leave from Morzine, this year the finish is in St Jean d'Aulps. The main race features a near 4 000 m climb! 23rd-25th June 2017 - Pass’portes du Soleil This   is   a   major   MTB   event   taking   place   in   the   Portes   du   Soleil   resorts   spanning   France   and   Switzerland.   With   80 km   of   traced   routes   and   lots   of   pit-stops   serving   up   local   specialties.   This   year's   bike   show   will   be   held   in   Les   Gets with more than 200 international brands and free bike tests. 1st-2nd July 2017 - Spartan Race Morzine   hosts   the   second   edition   of   the   Summer   weekend   Spartan   Race.   The   world-leader   of   obstacle   courses   is   in town for a weekend of 100% commitment and the chance to push yourself to the limit!! 13th-16th July 2017 - Morzine Harley Days Festival This   is   a   major   HOG   (Harley   Owners   Group)   France   event   with   hundreds   of   bikers   attending   from   across   Europe and loads going on including plenty of live music! 5th August 2017 - Les Feux de Lac - Lake Montriond Each   year   on   the   first   weekend   of   August   a   big   festival   is   organised   at   Lake   Montriond   with   music,   delicious   food, drinks   and   amazing   fireworks.   The   Lac   du   Montriond   is   situated   in   a   picturesque   steep   sided   valley,   ten   minutes drive   out   of   Morzine   and   it   is   this   spectacular   backdrop   that   makes   this   event   so   special.   People   arrive   in   the   late afternoon and relax by the lake or BBQ whilst waiting for the sun to go down. 12th August 2017 - Les Hauts Forts Trail Race This   trail   race   from   Morzine   to   Avoriaz   offers   the   most   beautiful   views   of   the   Portes   du   Soleil   while   you   race around   the   Hauts-Forts,   the   highest   summit   in   the   Chablais   and   the   Portes   du   Soleil.   Starting   in   Morzine,   the   2 races finish in Avoriaz at 1800 metres. 12th-18th August 2017 - Morzine Loves Children Festival Every   day,   in   the   heart   of   Morzine,   free   entertainment   and   shows   will   be   on   offer   (street   shows,   workshops,   games, snacks etc..) 26th-27th August 2017 - Les Alps Haute Route Morzine The   Haute   Route   is   the   first   global   series   of   multi-day   cycling   events   for   amateurs.   Whether   it’s   in   Colorado’s Rockies,   the   French   Alps,   Pyrenees   or   Italian   Dolomites,   these   are   the   highest,   toughest   and   most   prestigious amateur races in the world.
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Day trips
Morzine   is   in   a   brilliant   location   as   you   are   based   in   the   stunning   mountains,   but   within   30   minutes   can   be chilling   out   by   Lake   Geneva   (or   Lac   Leman   as   it’s   known   in   France)   which   feels   like   a   day-out   at   the   seaside!   We are also within easy reach of several attractive towns such as: Annecy:   One   of   the   most   beautiful   towns   in   France,   Annecy   is   well-worth   a   visit.   Situated   on   the   tip   of   Lac   Annecy, the   old   town   is   simply   stunning   with   a   network   of   waterways   running   through   it   and   attractive   old   building habouring   a   range   of   bars,   restaurants   and   gift   shops.   Annecy   is   a   good   place   for   clothes   shopping   too   and   many   of the large French clothing chains have a presence here. Chamonix:   This   world-famous   mountain   resort   is   a   very   popular   summer   destination.   The   town   itself   is   lovely,   but the   main   attraction   is   its’   proximity   to   Mont   Blanc   (Europe’s   highest   mountain   at   4809m)   and   the   ever-present glaciers   snaking   their   way   down   the   mountains   and   which   can   be   accessed   either   by   it’s   rack   and   pinon   railway (up   to   it’s   ice-caves   which   are   carved   out   differently   each   year)   or   by   the   Aiguelle   du   Midi   cable   car   which   takes you up to 3842m with spectacular views! Geneva:   A   beautiful   city   on   the   shores   of   Lake   Geneva   it’s   a   lovely   place   to   wander   around   on   a   nice   day.   You   can take boat trips on the lake and there are plenty of shops and restaurants to enjoy. Montreux: Famous for it’s yearly Jazz Festival Montreux is an attractive town at the far end of Lake Geneva. Thonon-les-Bains:    Situated   only   30   minutes   drive   away   on   the   shores   of   Lake   Geneva,   Thonon   is   the   closest   “proper” town   to   Morzine.   It   has   a   beautiful   marina   (a   fab   spot   for   a   lazy   lunch!)   and   lovely   outdoor   swimming   pool   complex (Thonon Plage) and several lake-side grass/pebble swimming beaches nearby. Yvoire:   This   medieval   village   on   the   banks   of   Lac   Leman   is   a   great   place   for   a   lazy   lunch   and   an   amazing   home- made ice-cream. It’s near a sandy swimming beach as well so makes a great day-trip out!