Summer is officially in full swing, which means it’s time for one thing: luging! While it may not be Morzine’s main summer attraction, the Pleney luge track has bucket loads of charm and character, and is loads of fun. If you’re not familiar with the concept of luging, it’s basically a big dry waterslide that you slide down in a cart. The cart has its own brake so you get to control your speed; it’s great. We’ve heard that it could be getting swapped out for a newer, more modern luge in a few years so now’s the time to make the most of the Morzine luge we know and love.
Here at Source, we like to think we’ve got a decent amount of luge experience under our belts, and we feel it’s our duty to pass that experience on. It’s a great activity to do after a morning hiking or biking and one that definitely shouldn’t be overlooked! So, without further ado, if you really want to maximise your time on the luge, read our handy guide:
Do go luging with your kids, your friends, your grumpy teenagers. It’s impossible not to have a good time, regardless of age or gender.
Don’t try and do a head-to-head race on the two tracks. One is a kids’ track and one is an adults’ track so whoever picks the kids’ track will be at a significant disadvantage! Plus, the adult track is way more fun!
Do go in the afternoon, the lift ticket queue will be shorter.
Don’t buy just one ride – one is just a warm up!
Do go at your own pace; you’ll have multiple runs to hone your technique, don’t rush it.
Don’t worry about the luge closing for lunch as it has done in previous years. It’s open all day!
Do make sure you’re fully aware of which way you need to pull the lever to brake.
Don’t go luging when it’s raining. The chairlift will close if it’s stormy. Besides, luging in the rain is no fun.
Do leave lots of space behind the person in front of you – catching people up is the worst (if you’re fast enough!).
Do wear long sleeves – plastic burn is not nice.
Do use the helmets provided – they’re even pretty cool.
Don’t wear a hat, for obvious reasons.
Do be careful when mounting your luge, they can get away from you and go rogue.
Do slow down when you see a sign that says slow down. It’s there for a reason, trust us!
Don’t drink and luge. Ever. Not even a demi.
Do keep your arms and legs inside the luge at all times (going back to plastic burn).
Don’t forget to have fun!
The Pleney luge track is open every day from 10:30am until 6:00pm via La Crusaz chairlift. Tickets are available from the Pleney lift pass office and cost €5.20 for one ride, €28.10 for six rides or €43.70 for ten rides. Kids aged between three and eight must be accompanied by an adult.