If you’ve visited Morzine, Les Gets or Avoriaz in the summer before, you’ll know just how good it is. But for those who haven’t, you can expect lush, green mountain vistas, long, sunny days and so many activities you’ll be spoilt for choice. From hardcore mountain bikers to fitness enthusiasts, families to those who want to relax in the sun with a good book, there really is something for everyone. And we’re not just saying that. Here’s our top selection of summer events, activities and spectacles this summer in Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz.
Pass’portes du Soleil 28th – 30th June
Kicking off the summer with a bang, Pass’Portes is always an incredible weekend. Keen mountain bikers turn up in their thousands to take part in this one-of-a-kind mountain bike tour around the Portes du Soleil, complete with fun trails, regional snack stops and awe-inspiring views.
Harley Days 11th – 14th July
Back for another round, Morzine’s biennial Harley Davidson festival is always a highlight of the summer. Leather-clad bikers from across France and their classic motorbikes descend upon the resort in their thousands to ride the local cols. Expect lots of live music, lots of leather and the opportunity to view these finely crafted machines close-up. Make sure you book your accommodation well in advance!
Spartan Race 5th – 7th July
Fast becoming a Morzine institution, and back for its fourth year, the Spartan Race sees keen obstacle racers from all over the world coming to town to battle it out in the mountains. There are four different race lengths ranging from 50km to 6km, as well as a kids race, and even if you’re not competing, it’s really fun to watch!
MTB World Cup 13th – 14th July
Crankworx may have moved on, but Les Gets is still proving itself a force to be reckoned with in the mountain biking world. After a long absence, the resort will be hosting a stage of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup circuit. With both cross country and downhill races taking place across the weekend, the town will be full of the world’s best riders, epic race action and, we imagine, some serious parties!
Find out more HERE.
Morzine-Montriond Triathlon 1st September
After a massively successful first edition of the Morzine-Montriond Triathlon last September, the event is back to close out the summer. Widely touted as ‘the most beautiful triathlon in the world’, it’s a great chance to visit Morzine and compete in a fun and friendly competition! There’s the option to compete alone or as part of a team, and if we do say ourselves, it most definitely is one of the world’s most beautiful triathlons!
Rafting is without a doubt one of our favourite summer activities. Perfect for adventurers of all ages, there’s never a dull day on the river. And you can do it in the rain, too!
check out Frogs Rafting for all your wild water needs.
Another summer activity that’s perfect for a bad weather day, wetsuit up and spend an afternoon scaling down Morzine’s most beautiful waterfalls. Challenging, fun and the opportunity to see parts of the mountain you can’t normally access.
Check out7Aventures for more info.
Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz are packed with incredible cols to climb and descend, offering fresh challenges and incredible views, and there’s something for everyone, from seasoned roadies to first timers.
Of course, Les Portesdu Soleil are a mecca for mountain bikers from all over the world. Whether it’s your first time or you’re seeking out the gnarliest trails, there’s something here for you. And it’s all lift accessed!
Trail Running and hiking
A plethora of hiking trails makes the PDS a great walking and running destination; it’s even got its own trail running app, Trace de Trail. You can make use of the huge lift network to explore the area on foot or take to the surrounding peaks, the choice is yours and the possibilities are endless!
There’s lots of trail running going on this summer in les Portes du Soleil, including new events and races – stay tuned for updates!
Lac Mines d’Or
A beautiful place to hike, relax by the lake or enjoy a delicious meal, Lac Mines d’Or is a great place to sit back and take in some of the best and most unspoiled mountain views in Morzine.
Lac de Montriond
Sunbathe, swim, BBQ, snack, admire the views, hire a stand-up paddle board or kayak, Lac Montriond is one of the best places to spend a day, hands down. It’s stunningly beautiful and there’s loads to do.
Kids and adults alike will love this giant inflatable obstacle course in Les Gets’ swimming lake. Over 30 obstacles and a beautiful setting equals fun for the whole family.
En route to the Lindarets bowl in Avoriaz, you’ll find a charming hamlet that’s home to a whole herd of goats! Kids will love feeding them while adults will love the excellent restaurant selection.
Morzine Outdoor Pool
We couldn’t write about summer without mentioning Morzine’s amazing outdoor pool! Complete with a waterslide, volleyball court, sack bar, spa area, and of course, a huge outdoor swimming pool, it’s a great place to spend a day in the sun.
Find out more HERE.
You can explore the Portes du Soleil’s lift network and enjoy a whole host of other activities for as little as €2 per day with the MultiPass. Find out more HERE.