As life takes a slow but steady return to normal here in Morzine, excitement for the summer continues to grow. If you’re planning a trip to Morzine this summer, here are a few essentials and we’ll follow up with Les Gets and Avoriaz in the days to follow! We’re routinely adding new events to our events calendar, which you’ll find HERE!
SUBSCRIPTIONS! Over the last year we’ve posted a tonne of magazines to our readers in the UK. If you’re missing the mountains and you’d like the next two issues of our magazine to land on your doormat (starting with our Summer 21 issue at the end of May), then SUBSCRIBE HERE!
Lift Opening Dates
We’ve dedicated an entire page on our website to summer opening dates and any necessary regulations you need to know about in advance. Morzine’s summer lift system opens for the weekend on 11th June, with continuous opening from 18th June 2021 until 5th September. There’ll then be one final weekend of lifts between 10th and 12th September. The summer luge, accessible via the Crusaz chairlift, will open between Friday 9th July and Sunday 29th August whilst the summer lifts on Nyon will be open between Friday 9th July and Sunday 5th September with an additional weekend from Friday 10th September. Buy your lift passes in advance HERE.
Nyon – Dedicated to You
Because not everyone visits Morzine during the summer to hurtle down mountains, Nyon is now dedicated to those seeking a more relaxed pace during the sunny months. Take the free bus from Morzine or leave your car in the free car park at the base of the mountain, ride the brand new escalator to the gondola lift and enjoy the views as you head up to the Nyon Plateau. Take the Pointe de Nyon chairlift to access the 15 metre, glass-floored viewing platform perched at an altitude of 2019 metres for incredible views between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc. Mountain flora and fauna are also abundant on Nyon, whilst the Pointe de Nyon restaurant is now home to a mini mountain farm with goats, rabbits and chickens, birds of prey and demonstrations by local shepherds. A new environmental trail has also been created next to the restaurant, complete with information boards to help you spot animals, mountains flowers and more. Find out more about Nyon this summer HERE.
A Bike Park for All Levels in Morzine
Vital MTB voted Morzine’s Bike Park 8th best in the world in 2020, yet progress continues to make it more inclusive for beginner riders. With a focus on creating environmentally friendly features by hand, last summer brought us a brand new, free to enjoy, beginners area at the top of Pleney, complete with small berms and jumps for the smallest of riders. This year a new 4.5km long trail named Family has been installed and as the name suggests, it’s a gentle trail with several banked turns. At the other end of the scale, former French downhill champion and Santa Cruz ambassador Romain Paulhan has collaborated with the bike park team to redesign the red trail, now renamed Super 8. Expect a technical run with jumps and tables. There’s also two new bike wash points at the bottom of Pleney and they’re free to use with your lift pass. Read more updates on Morzine’s bike park HERE.
Our Mountains in Your Home
Photographer Jacquie Cutler has been taking stunning pictures of our local landscapes for many years. Inspired during the first lockdown by requests for her images as prints, Jacquie launched Finesse Art, an online gallery featuring almost 200 of her favourite local photos. From a beautifully frozen Lake Montriond to a refreshing sunrise over Avoriaz, Jacquie’s work features some of our most iconic viewpoints and they’re all available in a selection of sizes and finishes to suit your home. In a year when we’ve all had our travel wings clipped, decorating your home with views from your favourite destination is a must. Jacquie even provides a digital in-situ service so you can see her artwork on your wall before you buy. Head to finesse-art.com for more details.
Let Them Eat Cake
If you’ve ever lusted after a slice of delicious, homemade cake mid- mountain-hike, you’ll be very excited about this news. Local hike specialists DayAway Adventures have joined forces with local bakers Apeeling Cakes to launch Cream Tea Hikes. As the name suggests, Vivien and Jason from DaysAway will accompany you on a guided hike in our beautiful mountains and you’ll enjoy freshly made scones, jam and creamy creme fraiche along the way. To book your Cream Tea Hike, head to daysawayadventures.com/half-day-private-hikes for more details.
English Immersion Courses by Alpine French School
This summer Morzine will welcome French children on a quest to improve their English skills. They’ll be hosted by local English families so they can learn to speak English in a relaxed, immersive way, while also enjoying fun, inspiring activities across the valley. If you’re English and living locally and you’re interested in hosting French adults and children as part of this Alpine French School initiative, you’re invited to get in touch! email@example.com or call +33 (0) 4 50 79 08 38.
Adventure Summer Camps for All!
Local activity specialists 7Aventures launch a brand new activity programme during the months of July and August. Designed specifically for children aged 11 and over, the camps include adventures in the water, on the land and in the air with a focus on rediscovering the natural environment and gaining new skills in the company of experienced professionals. There’ll be a maximum of eight children per group and each camp takes place over five days. Activities include high rope courses in the trees, kayaking and swimming, hiking, mountain biking, canyoning and more. For more information head to 7aventures.com or call Gilles on +33 (0) 4 50 72 15 12.
A New Local at Le Local
Sarah and Rich from local chalet catering company Spoony Cooks just made it easier for you to avoid cooking at home this summer. Motivated by the idea of a thriving community pub, Le Local opens in June on the site of the old Sherpa Bar in Morzine. The bar and restaurant have undergone extensive refurbishment in a fresh, bright style and the menu promises to include speciality coffees, gastro pub favourites, brasserie classics, flavours from around the world and fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Le Local will be open all year round and this summer you’ll be able to enjoy breakfast from 8am, brunch, lunch, bar snacks (including those famous gourmet hot dogs) and a full evening menu, either in the restaurant or on the terrace. Families with small children are very welcome, but perhaps more excitingly, Sarah and Rich are aiming to source 90% of all their ingredients locally over the next three years. Follow their progress over on Instagram @lelocalmorzine, call +33 (0) 4 50 74 72 65 to book a table or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cafe Chaud Food Truck Returns
Saving many a hungover soul for the last few seasons, Oscar and his food truck return this summer to the Cafe Chaud beer garden. Expect homemade burgers and Korean fried chicken, everything on the menu is available as a vegan alternative. The food truck is open between 3pm and 9pm, Monday to Friday and 12noon to 9pm on Saturday and Sunday, all dishes are available to enjoy in the Cafe Chaud beer garden with a locally brewed IPA in the sunshine, or for takeaway.