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Top 10 things to do in Morzine for non-skiers winter 2017/18

Some suggestion for non-skiers or for bad weather days

Featured in: | Alice Gregr, Morzine Reporter | Published

Sometimes your legs feel tired and you need a break from your skis or your snowboard, or maybe you don't ski at all. 

That’s fair enough but it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! There’s a wealth of amazing activities in Morzine to keep the adrenaline pumping and the heart racing- we’ve had a look at the top ten we think are worth giving a try.


Swimming Centre at Parc des Dereches

The main swimming complex in Morzine is fantastic. It offers a 25 meter swimming pool alongside a plunge pool and a kids splash area. If you’re looking for a serious swim then there are lanes cordoned off for just that at all times. There’s also a large swimming area for the more leisurely swimmer. The pool is part of the Palais des Sports complex in the centre of Morzine. If you’re looking for some extra relaxation, you can also buy a pass to the pool’s sauna. This is a firm favourite on bad weather days so pick your time cleverly if you want to avoid swimming with lots of people. 

There’s also a fantastic pool in Avoriaz. This is more geared to families and isn’t really for serious swimming. Aquariaz has rapids, a hot tub overlooking the mountains and a very popular slide. This is open most afternoons throughout the season and has loads for the children to do. Again it’s very popular on bad weather days and can get very busy.

Spa and Gym

The spa area

If what you really want is relaxation and complete luxury then you’ll be pleased to hear that there are a number of spas to choose from in and around Morzine. The Dahu hotel with its indoor pool and pamper centre offers packages for the non-skier that include massages and a day pass for all of their facilities. It focuses on clean living with a smoothie bar and delicious food menu. 

Mountain Rehab is a great place to head if your way of relaxing involves something a little more physical. Based at the Aiglon hotel in Morzine, Mountain Rehab has Morzine’s only fully equipped gym, has on-site masseuses and runs a busy timetable of fitness classes including Yoga, Spinning and Pilates. 

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The interior of the shop

Morzine’s offering of shops and cafes has really increased over the last few years. You can easily spend the day mooching around the souvenir and clothes shops whilst enjoying delicious coffee and cakes in one of the many cafes and bars in the centre of town. Most shops shut around 12:00 and reopen again after 14:00 giving you the ideal opportunity to enjoy a long lunch with a glass of wine in one of the town’s restaurants. Don’t miss a trip to the huge bakery in town, the Bon Bonnerie has one of the most impressive cake displays in the alps. Don’t miss a visit to the specialist chocolate shops either; perfect for some gifts to take home with you.

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Sledging (including night sledging)

Night sledging

If you don’t fancy skiing but still love the snow then why not give sledging a go? There are loads of places around Morzine for you to head if you fancy a bit of snowy fun. The Aubergade hotel at the base of the Pleney is the perfect base for a family sledge. It has a vast outside area backing onto a fantastic sledging slope. You can enjoy a drink or two whilst having some free fun! If you don’t have access to a sledge then most of the ski hire shops will lend you one for very little money. 

The adrenaline seekers amongst you might be looking for something a little more daring. Who said sledging couldn’t be daring?! Why not sign up for a night sledging experience down the Pleney? These sessions run several times a week depending on take up and are hugely fun! You are taken to the top of the Pleney, given a sledge and a head torch and guided down the slope as dusk falls over the mountains. It’s effectively bumper cars on the snow and not for the faint-hearted! Night sledging costs around €25 per person depending on the size of your group.

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Snow shoeing

Out and about enjoying the November snow

Not skiing doesn’t mean you can’t experience the amazing snowy countryside of the Portes du Soleil. Why not hire some snowshoes and explore some of the amazing walking routes around Morzine and Les Gets. Plan your route first to ensure it’s safe and not avalanche prone. Stick to pisted and safe routes especially if you’re unsure of where you’re going. If you want to go a little further afield then there are also walking guides who will take you out to explore some of the hidden gems of the region. If you contact a French guide, they traditionally bring a bottle or two of wine along with them for a traditional mid-morning break on the mountain. 

Ice Skating

Ice skating

Morzine and Les Gets both have amazing outdoor ice rinks right in the centre of the two resorts. They’re open most afternoons and both boast stunning views of the surrounding mountains. It’s a perfect activity for the whole family, including the youngsters, as both rinks have stability aids in the form of penguins for the smaller children. If the weather is bad and you don’t fancy skating in outside, then Morzine is also home to a huge indoor rink. This is open to the public most afternoons and is a perfect bad weather activity.


Pub nights - open mics, quizzes, pizza nights

Pub Quiz at Spitting Feathers, Plagne Bellecote

Morzine and Les Gets are full of fantastic pubs and evening venues. If you’ve had a busy day exploring all the amazing outdoor activities in Morzine and Les Gets then there’s nothing better than snuggling down in a fantastic pub with a beer or two and reminiscing about the adventures you’ve just had. As well as these great pubs, lots of companies are now throwing themed evenings to make the nights even more special. For instance, look out for quiz nights and open mic evenings. They’re great fun if you’re looking for something a little different to do with your night. If you’re looking to do your holiday on a budget as well, keep your eyes open for pubs offering 2 for 1 on their menus. Keep an eye on our events calendar for the latest goings on in Morzine 


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Inside the cinema

Morzine is lucky enough to have it’s own cinema. Cinema Rex on the Rue du Bourg in the centre of town and a perfect option if you’re looking to relax and take a day off the slopes. In the day there are plenty of films on offer for children and in the evening, there’s a great adult offering too. There are English and French showings each week so keep an eye on the cinemas Facebook page for more details. It’s a great venue and is quick to show the latest films as well. 

Ice Hockey

Goalie down!....MEDIC!

If you like an evening out with a difference then get yourself to a Morzine ice hockey match. There are games each week and you’ll have a fantastic time. This is something great to do when you’re in Morzine as there’s a real buzz at the matches. Most games take place mid-week from about 19:00. It’s exhilarating, full of fun and you’ll find yourself an avid fan of Morzine before you know it! Top tip: wrap up… it gets chilly in there! 

Ice Diving and climbing

Ice diving in Montriond

If you’re beyond brave and really want to test yourself whilst you’re out here why not consider a session of ice climbing or (for the complete adrenaline junkies) ice diving. Plunge deep below the surface of lake Montriond and explore the world below the ice. It’s not for everyone but certainly provides an adventure off the snow that you won’t forget. 

If climbing is a favourite pastime of yours then why not take it to the next level and try ice climbing. Hire a local guide to show you the ropes (quite literally) and also the best spots for this intense and thrilling activity. Similarly to ice diving, it’s not for the faint-hearted.

As you can see, from our top 10 non-skiing activities, Morzine is much more than just a ski holiday resort. You can fill weeks and weeks in this pretty alpine town with activities that take place off the pistes. And, even if you’re here to ski, there’s no harm in spreading your wings and giving any one of the things above a go! 

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