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Summer 24 Essentials

Our round-up of holiday essentials from across Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz; digest them before your Summer 24 holiday in the mountains!

Give way to the goats

In response to lots of feedback from visitors over the years, the Montriond town hall have made various efforts to reduce the volume of traffic travelling through the Goat Village during the summer months. In previous summers we’ve seen the road closed to vehicles descending the route, making conditions safer for walkers, road cyclists and the famous goats themselves. This summer town officials have taken further steps to protect the Goat Village by pedestrianising it entirely. Preparatory work – including a resurfacing of the road – is scheduled for spring 2024, with barriers in place to prevent vehicles accessing the Joux-Verte route between the hours of 10am and 5pm during the months of July and August. Parking at the foot of the Ardent Telecabine continues to be free of charge and the telecabine is still the easiest and most sustainable way to visit the goats. It will be open each day between 28th June and 1st September, 9.30am – 6pm. Access to the telecabine is still free of charge for MultiPass holders, or €3 per trip with family and group prices also available. Purchase your telecabine passes at the lift station. You’ll also be delighted to hear that the petit train continues to operate from the top of the telecabine down to the goat village and back each day and is free of charge.

Introducing Chalet Pavot

Available to rent for the first time this summer season, Chalet Pivot by Elevation Alps is a brand new, five-bed chalet with a stack of luxurious facilities, just a 10 minute walk from the Super Morzine telecabine. The chalet sleeps groups of up to 12 people, there’s also a private spa area featuring a sauna, a hot tub and incredible valley views. Chalet Pavot is south-facing, filling the contemporary, open plan living spaces with lots of beautiful light and in the evening. There’s also a wood burning stove in the lounge to create a cosy haven in the evenings. Elsewhere, there’s balconies and terraces to enjoy during the summer months, stacks of storage for all of your kit and plenty of parking too. We love the kids bunk room featuring custom bunks! For more details hear to elevationalps.com

Alta Lumina – Explore the forest at night

Deep in the forests, above the rooftops of Les Gets, a story continues to be told. It’s the tale of a music-making hawker who’s hot air balloon crashes into the treetops during a mountain storm. Using the magic of hologram, light and sound, Alta Lumina is an immersive story that’s suitable for children of all ages. They’ll love the storytelling, the light shows and the musical experience, as will parents too! Alta Lumina is entirely unique in Europe, the self-guided trail through the forest is around 1km long and you’ll likely spend an hour or so exploring the various interactive elements as the story comes to life. Alta Lumina opens at dusk, so times vary during the summer season. Adult visits are priced at €19.50, children at €10.50 and you’ll need to book online in advance at altalumina.com. Access to the forest is via a free bus from Les Gets, a walk up to Lac des Ecoles, or there’s a free car park nearby.

New Trails on Pleney

An entirely new beginners mountain bike zone will be available at the top of the Pleney this summer; it’s been created specifically for families who’d like to take their first turns on a bike and for ease, access will be via the two magic carpets – Nabor and Viking – at the top of the telecabine. The initiation trail includes modules to help beginners get to grips with their bikes and there’ll also be a brand new green trail from the top of Pleney to the Les Mouilles chairlift, from where you can then descend back into the village using the existing tracks. Both new facilities are expected to open in the for the school holidays on 6th July.

Record breaking Avoriaz

If you’re a regular visitor to the Portes du Soleil during the winter season, you’ll likely be familiar with the pistes that run directly through the centre of Avoriaz, a village which remains, to this day, the only entirely pedestrianised ski resort in France. Until 2020, skiing was the main draw to Avoriaz and summer was considered a minority season with an average resort occupancy of just 35%. In recent years however, Avoriaz has experienced three consecutive record-breaking summer seasons with over 307,000 overnight stays during Summer 2023, compared to just 230,000 in 2020 – what’s an impressive increase of 16.7% in just three years. Tourism officials in Avoriaz 1800 explain the village’s growing popularity by highlighting the various new activities and quality events launched during the summer season in recent years and there’s a plan in place to expand these things in the years to come.

The 4-Seasons Luge

This opened last summer and it very quickly became everyone’s favourite way to spend a couple of hours in the mountains. Located in the Perrieres sector of Les Gets, this alpine coaster serves up a six minute adrenaline rush on a 1.1km rail-mounted luge with a 104m elevation drop over an average gradient of 14.5%, with a maximum gradient of a whopping 46%! The bends are sharp, the drops are scary and at max speed, you’ll be travelling at 40 kph. Each sled is equipped with its own hydraulic break, so you determine your speed and up to two passengers can ride each sled at a time. Prices begin at €8 per ride, there’s discounts for MultiPass holders and there’s no need to book in advance – simply turn up and ride! The 4-Seasons Luge is part of Les Gets’ commitment to four seasons tourism and it’s therefore open all year round. Check the opening times HERE.

AA in Morzine

Alcoholics Anonymous host a weekly, year-round meeting in Morzine and in recent times the organisers have noted an increase in attendance from local people, season workers and holiday makers too. Meetings are hosted in English each Wednesday between 6pm and 7pm and the venue is the room behind the Ecole Sainte Marie in the centre of Morzine. “Everyone is welcome at these meetings,” organiser May McDougall explains. “AA had been a big part of my life for 18 years before I moved to Morzine, to be honest, it saved my life. We’re a small, friendly group who have grown in number and we’re delighted to be able to offer this service across the community. We welcome anyone who feels that alcohol is becoming a problem for them.” For more information you can email May at morzineaainfo@gmail.com or call her on +33 (0) 6 43 63 59 58.

An Enhanced Avoriaz Bike Park

You’ll discover increased capacity on the lift network in Avoriaz this summer, with the operation of the Prolays chairlift between Saturday 22nd June and Sunday 1st September. This opening brings the number of summer lifts in the Avoriaz bike park to 10 and further enhances the sectors accessible to both mountain bikers and hikers. Prolays will be available for both bikes and pedestrians in an upward direction only, and doubles up with its neighbour the Lindarets chairlift, which will be dedicated to pedestrians for the first time this summer. Each chair on the Prolays lift will be equipped with two bike racks and the ability to transport 650 bikes per hour – an increase of 200 bikes an hour when compared to the previous Lindarets lift; we’re sure many of you will be grateful for this increased capacity.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Avoriaz Bike Park, the Zore chairlift extends its opening until 7pm on Friday evenings between 5th July and 23rd August, giving everyone extra time to practise on the trails of the Super Morzine. There’s no extra cost to access the trails on a Friday evening, head up before the Telecabine closes at 5.15pm to enjoy the trails at dusk then use the road to descend back into Morzine.

As you may have spotted during the autumn months of 2023, the shapers of Avoriaz Bike Park were working hard on the creation of an entirely new red trail for the Summer 24 season. Named Chill Con Carne, there are a whopping 17 different kickers on this trail in the Séraussaix sector, so it’s not for the faint of heart. Chill Con Carne is entirely machine-shaped with a smooth running surface free from tree roots and stones. Obstacles include dirt bumps, whoops and wooden ramps which have been designed for professing riders.

King of the swingers

Opened on an experimental basis last summer, Acro’Park is a at the heart of Shreddie’s playground, in and around the Lil’Stash of the Avoriaz forests. Further enhancements including a new departure platform, a welcome hut and two new routes can be found this summer as you swing between fir trees, high up in the canopy. This is a fantastic, family-friendly activity with beginners routes, a dedicated children’s course, plus more advance blue and red adventures; think monkey bridges, zip lines, nets and more! All safety equipment and a full briefing are provided before you set off. Acro’Park is open between 11am and 5pm, 6th July and 31st August inclusive. Departures on the route are every 1 and 1/2 hours, there’s a maximum of 15 people on the course at any time and prices vary between €12 and €20 depending on the course you choose. There’s a couple of euros discount for MultiPass holders too. For more information head to skipass-avoriaz.com/acropark and note that there’s a minimum height requirement of 130cm.

Introducing Camp Tremplin

James Timpson, the new owner of Hotel Le Tremplin at the bottom of Pleney, gave us a preview of his planned renovation project at Morzine’s iconic hotel inside our Winter 24 magazine. As you’ll surely spot this summer, work is now underway to create a brand new apres-ski terrace, an enhanced restaurant and bar, plus upgraded holiday accommodation too, all reopening in time for the Winter 25/26 season. And as this CGI shows, the famous silhouette of Le Tremplin remains in tact, as does the dance floor, but we’ve heard some spectacular rumours of some wonderful upgrades – watch this space! In the meantime, while the work is underway, you’ll find Camp Tremplin, a pop-up, festival-style venue at the bottom of the Pleney. Expect cold drinks, a delicious, freshly-prepared BBQ and live music every day during the summer season. Stay updated via Le Tremplin’s Instagram page.

The unmissable Avokart

One of the most popular activities introduced in Avoriaz in recent years, Avokart is purely for thrill-seekers. You’re in complete control of a three-wheeled kart equipped with hydraulic breaks and a bucket seat as you descend a 3.2km long course, spanning 600m of altitude difference. The sign-posted route has been specifically design along the Crôt piste, which winter fans are sure to recognise as the homerun down into the hamlet of Prodains. Each Avokart session typically lasts for one hour, 30 minutes and the meeting point is at the top of the Prodains cable car for a safety briefing. Helmets and masks are provided and it’s recommended that you wear long trousers rather than shorts, with good mountain or sports shoes. Discover more and book online at skipass-avoriaz.com/avokart

A night in Shreddie’s playground

Try a holiday from your summer holiday this year with a night at Avo’camp at the heart of the Lil’Stash in Avoriaz. The bivouac site consists of four large canvas tents, available to book individually or as a group and each of them sleep up to 5 people. Inflatable mattresses and camp beds are provided, as is lighting, storage and water. This experience was one of our highlights last summer; walking down to the camp site during dusk before firing up the BBQ while the children played in the treehouses and on the slides of the Lil’Stash made loads of wonderful memories. There’s wooden picnic tables, eco toilets, cleaning kits and you can even hire sleeping bags too. Avo-camp is located just a 10 minute walk from the free parking at Séraussaix and advance reservation is required. Tents are available to book during the weekends of 1st and 2nd June and then 8th and 9th June, then seven days a week from 14th June until 1st September. Rates start at €95 per night, check availability and book by emailing bivouac@serma-avoriaz.com.

Fishing with Jimmy

Relaxing on the shaded shores of Morzine’s river Dranse is a lovely way to spend a hot afternoon in the mountains and you’ll likely spot the fisherman perched on rocks as the river rushes by. In fact, fishing as a hobby has become increasingly popular in Morzine and in Montriond in recent times, with Lac de Montriond and Lac des Mines d’Or also providing pristine waters. Brand new for this summer season, Morzine local Jimmy Roos now offers fishing courses for both beginner and amateur anglers and he specialises in a range of different angling techniques. Jimmy introduces keen fishermen to our local waterways to help you improve your skills and lessons cost €90 for two hours in either the morning or the evening. Discover more at guidagepechehautesavoie.fr.

The Wine & Dine Club

This summer the team at The Chef’s Cellar launch a brand new monthly dining concept in Morzine  and the surrounding valley for groups of between 10 and 12 people. Showcasing extra special wines paired with carefully constructed menus, each course will be demonstrated by a chef and the objective is to show that food and wine pairing doesn’t need to be complicated! It’s something that everyone can enjoy. The venue will change each month and the menus will focus on seasonality while showcasing wines that Joe and Bella from The Chef’s Cellar have discovered. The price per person will be around €95 to include a cookery demonstration, recipe sheets and dinner plus wine tasting with tasting notes and a bottle of each tasting wine to take away at the end of the evening. For more information email chef@thechefscellar.com for details or click HERE.

Join the dream team

Elsewhere in this magazine you’ll discover how you can create your dream mountain lifestyle, despite the chaos of Brexit. If you’re inspired but wondering where you’ll work, here’s an introduction to the team at Trust & Dust who are already recruiting housekeepers and laundry assistants for the next next winter season. These are fun, varied roles within a dynamic, organised team and ideally you’ll have previous experience of cleaning and housekeeping to join. It goes without staying that having an eye for detail is key, you’ll need to be self-organised and motivated and at the same time social, approachable and friendly. The roles are full time (35 hours per week, weighted between peak and off peak times) and include weekend work too. Of course you’ll need an EU passport or a Carte de Séjour to apply for the positions, more on those on page 64! In the meantime, contact Holly at Trust & Dust for more information – info@trustanddust.com.

Just Eat on Lac de Montriond

During the months of July and August, the team at Hotel du Lac on the shores of Lac de Montriond will be delivering freshly cooked pizzas and drinks to various spots around the lake for you to enjoy. Ordering is simple; head to the hotel’s website – lacdemontriond.com, view the menu, place your order and pay online. Alternatively, scan one of three QR codes positioned around the lake to place your order, which will be delivered by e-bike in super quick time. Delivery is free for orders over €20, there’s a long list of accompanying drinks too. A day out at the lake has never been easier!

Deep Breaths with Carrie

From her mountain sanctuary on the sunny side of the valley, with views overlooking the rooftops of Morzine, Carrie practises a long list of holistic beauty and energy treatments that really do compliment your mountain holiday. You’ll feel the tension leave your body, connect with the earth beneath your feet and become more aware of your breath during each session. Carrie offers reflexology rituals to build a connection between your mind and body, supercharged skincare sessions and unique facial experiences plus reiki energy healing and crystal therapy too. The handy Little Wild online booking calendar helps you find the most convenient time for your treatments, and you can even buy gift vouchers online too! Head to littlewildspace.com for details.

All New at La Cendrée

It’s one of the most popular, family friendly venues in Morzine, with an enclosed garden that’s packed with trampolines, play equipment and a big bouncy castle. You’ll soon discover that Restaurant La Cendrée and the adjoining apartments of the Résidence Frond’Neige are closed for refurbishment this summer. Major renovation work is underway to increase both the capacity and quality of the venue this summer, with reopening scheduled for December this year.

 

Introducing Apartment Domino

The team at Mountain Xtra will add a number of new properties to their list this summer, as they focus on providing high quality, well-located apartments to their website for your next holiday. Their latest addition is a brand new, three-bed, two-bath luxury apartment in the centre of Morzine with bright, fresh interiors and plenty of space for your summer or winter holiday group. The Super Morzine lift station is just a few steps away from this property, as are the bars, shops and restaurants of the village. There’s also a garage, parking and secure bike storage too. Head to MountainXtra.com for more details.

 

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