It is of course no secret that many tourists come to the Alps looking for skiing, snowboarding and other sports which focus on the cold and snowy nature of the place. These are major drawing points throughout the year, since enthusiasts can find what they’re looking for right here, regardless of the season in the countries and continents from which they’ve come. There are many other, more unusual outdoor activities here that might also be worth trying, if you’re up for a little experimentation. Now, because they’re unusual, they aren’t going to be for everyone. Consider that as a fair warning.
Getting acquainted with Morzine and the local people when visiting a place can be an enriching and enlightening experience, and there’s no better way to interact with the people of Morzine than to pick up some of their language during your visit. There are various alpine French language courses you can find in the area, and some of these even hold classes outdoors, to keep students on their feet and active while they are instructed. This actually makes learning some things a lot easier than if you were to try to take in the same material while sitting still.
Naturally, a major draw in Morzine is the mountains. Exploring them can be a lot of fun – dangerous, but still plenty of fun. To get to that donkey trekking route up in the mountains, you might want to try meeting an old man in the hills. Someone who has worked and lived in the area for a lifetime would make an excellent guide, and would be an even better resource than this article for other fun things you could find to do in town. Get ready to test your hiking abilities if you do decide to head for the hills. It’s a real wild place and you never know what you might run into.
As beautiful as Morzine and the surrounding wilderness are, you just don’t get to see everything when you’re traveling on foot. The best way of exploring Morzine is to do it from the air – like in the cab of a helicopter flying overhead and providing a bird’s eye view of everything on the world down below. Naturally, this is going to make people with a fear of heights highly uncomfortable, so it’s not something everyone will enjoy. If you’re brave and maybe a bit brazen though, there is no better way to survey the area.
You’ve probably heard of boating or kayaking in the past, but you’ve probably never even seen hydrospeeding before. That’s where you grab hold of a flotation device and send yourself careening down a river, letting the rapids toss you about as they wish while you speed along. Like the helicopter riding above, this is definitely a dangerous activity, and there’s a very real possibility of getting injured if you decide to try it. All I can say is to be sure to wear protective gear. There are few things more exhilarating than the rush of speed and the proximity to danger provided by this.
If you’ve never taken part in a biathlon before, Morzine features several ways for you to feel like a real, Olympic level athlete. Consider trying the Biathlon in Morzine to combine the sports of skiing and shooting into one high-speed, high-enjoyment activity. If you’ve never gone skiing or shot a rifle before, this might not be the right activity for you. Remember to follow any safety rules your instructor gives you and never, ever point your gun at anything unless you’re planning on shooting it. This is basic hunting safety stuff here, but you can expect a little refresher if you decide to participate.
Much like going for a helicopter ride, taking to the skies in a hot air balloon provides an excellent view of all of Morzine while making you feel like you’ve somehow grown wings and are now able to soar above it all. The air can get pretty cold up there and you’ll be out in the open while riding in the balloon basket, so be sure to dress warmly if you decide to take to the skies in this fashion. As long as you make sure to keep yourself from looking down, this is one activity you’re pretty much guaranteed to enjoy, even if it does get boring quickly for some participants.
Even people who live in the middle of deserts have heard or read about skiing before, but have you ever heard about ski joering? This is a special kind of horse-drawn skiing which focuses more on rolling over stretches of flat land at moderate speeds rather than barreling downhill as fast as possible. This is certainly safer than downhill skiing, though it is kind of bland in comparison because most of the danger has been removed. If you’ve never gong skiing before, this is perhaps the best way to get your bearings and learn how to keep upright.
Video games which allow the player to simulate life on a farm are strangely popular; just look at the Harvest Moon or Farm Simulator series for proof of this. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at farming, Morzine has something for you! In Les Gets, it’s possible to become an apprentice farmer for a day and see what it’s like to plant seeds, harvest crops, feed animals and perform a number of other tasks which are perfunctory to running a farm. This is perhaps the most unusual activity on this list as well.
With the wide range of different activities to try and maybe even enjoy in Morzine, nobody who visits should be bored for long. Besides these unusual activities, you have the more normal options to consider too, like traditional skiing, mountain climbing, swimming, snowmobiling and more. When you’re done moving around for the day, there are few things better than taking in a movie at a local theater. It’s quiet, calm, relaxing and pretty comfortable compared to a lot of the other things you could be doing.