Winter is on its way and people are starting to plan for their holidays, meaning that many are considering a trip to Morzine in the coming months. This is the busiest season for us, as people begin to call and ask questions about their potential holiday. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the majority of questions we get asked are regarding where to go and what to do in the Alps. Of course, when planning a trip to the French Alps, we always recommend Morzine as a great choice because it is known for its charm and its unique approach to life as well as its sense of history and the beauty of the region.
Stay in a Chalet
After deciding on Morzine, the first thing to consider is where to stay. There are many options, including inns, hotels, lodges, and rental chalets. We often recommend trying to stay in a cosy decorated chalet. While there are inns, hotels and ski lodges all over the world, there are only a few places where one can stay in the type of beautiful chalet that is traditional to this region. Many tourists who are vacationing in Morzine choose to stay in a chalet because of the increased privacy and the warmth and atmosphere that it adds to their holiday.
It is no wonder that chalets are known the world over not only both their ability to withstand the Alpine environment, but also for their charm. Some of he chalets usually available are in the proximity of local restaurants and shops, while others are more secluded but with spectacular views. There are many chalets available within the city and its environs for rent with just the minimum of research, which makes finding the right one to rent for a stay very easy.
Ski and Snowboard
Of course, Morzine is a place where you’ll eventually want to go outside. Once in Morzine the opportunities to partake in nature are seemingly endless. First of all, there is world-class snowboarding and skiing available in town and nearby for people at all levels of ability. Often when people first think of Morzine, and the Alps in general, they imagine themselves skiing or snowboarding through the pristine snow. The opening of the skiing season gives them the chance to live out that dream with their friends and family and, indeed, the slopes in Morzine are at the intermediate level and are particularly well-suited to full family fun.
However, there are expert runs nearby for those wanting more of a challenge. In all, this region has literally hundreds of lifts available, meaning that there is something for everyone, whether the prefer downhill, crosscountry or a snowboarding park. There are also skiing and snowboarding schools available for hose just learning, or who want some pro tips to hone their skills. Granted, this area has amazing opportunities for anyone interested in those two sports, but Morzine offers so much more than just one or two activities.
Hunt Mountain Game
For instance, skiing isn’t the only thing that has a season in Morzine. The Alps can be a fantastic place for both bow and rifle hunters to visit. There are many opportunities to do chamois and mouflon hunting in particular throughout the French Alps. While seasons vary according to region and animal, The general season for mountain game, for example is usually September to February. This is the perfect time for winter vacationers.
Hunting is well regulated in France and is confined to specific areas. Anyone looking to hunt in the region will need to be above the age of 15 and have the proper licenses and permits through the Office National de Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage. The exams for licensing are available all year round. There are many expert hunters in the areas that offer packages and can otherwise be contacted for help regarding how to safely and legally hunt in the area. Even for hose who are not hunters, a photo tour of the amazing flora and fauna in the area or a morning spent bird watching or fishing can be a very enjoyable time, and area hunting guides can point tourists in the right direction.
Try Something New
There is so much more to do on holiday here than just one or two things. Besides the activities listed above, there is also snowshoeing, ice skating and sledging. Many of these activities are particularly popular with young children. Animal lovers of all ages may be interested in husky riding and ski joering as they can experience being pulled through the countryside by a graceful horse or a pack of beautiful sled dogs. More adventurous adults have the chance to try to compete in a biathlon, paraglide and heli-ski. Those who find all that too much for them but still want to try something unique, can opt just to take a ride in a helicopter over the mountains to see the amazing scenery from a bird’s perspective.
Stay In Town
Sometimes, even on a vacation in the Alps, we just want to spend a day shopping, dining and hanging out. Morzine There are several indoor activities the often get overlooked in Morzine. There are excellent restaurants available and a decent amount of shopping. The town also offers indoor swimming and a bowling alley for family fun in addition to several area gyms and spas for those who want some time to themselves. Another recommended indoor activity is to catch a show at Cinema Le Rex, which offers both big blockbusters and French art films.
Morzine is great in any season, but it really shines in the winter! These are only some of the options available to those wanting to spend anywhere from a week to a several months of their winter in Morzine. The options are almost unlimited, and there are many more available activities to be found than can belisted in one post. So, anyone considering Morzine who has a particular interest that wasn’t mentioned here can feel free to ask .