Peak summer season in Morzine and August has it all, with events to suit all ages and abilities. From cultural festivals of music and dance, to adrenaline fuelled motorsports, take a look at some of the best the month has to offer.
Summer is heating up in Morzine, and so is the calendar of events for the area.
There is a whole host of events planned for this month, read on for a look at what we like to do in resort throughout August.
What's the weather like in Morzine in August?
Whilst average August temperatures sit at a low of 11°C and a high of 21°C, we have seen temperatures can really vary in the mountains in the summer with occasional downpours that roll in and heatwaves that bring a searing heat.
What's on in Morzine in August?
Lounge Music Festival
For two weeks in August, Les Gets will be hosting the Lounge Music Festival. The village streets will be filled with the sounds of jazz, funk and soul from local and international artists. Les Gets will be transformed into a giant music venue, hosting a huge variety of artists. There will be over 10 days of concerts, five ticket-only open air concerts and over 40 free concerts performed in different locations in the bars and restaurants of the village, creating a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. It's free for children.
Let's off road!!! Head to the Perrières car park in Les Gets for a weekend of trials 4x4. Watch the drivers and their helpers manhandle their vehicles over an incredibly tough off-road course. Trial enthusiasts flock to the event to demonstrate agility, coolness and great mastery in piloting these four-wheel drive vehicles. This is a free event.
Avoriaz Dance Festival
After hugely successful years, the dance festival returns for a week of more than 130 hours of Cuban and Puerto Rican Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, West Coast Swing, Rock, Lindy Hop, Tapas, Zumba and many other dances scheduled. The classes are given in pairs by professional, international teachers.
Trail des Hauts Forts
Trail running is getting more and more popular and this is a well known route with some beautiful views and summits. The Trail des Hauts Forts are all natural trail runners races, with a short 23km race, a medium 40km race and a long 51km race, as well as a relay race. From Morzine, at 1,000m high, to reach Avoriaz at 1,800m high, the track crosses one of the most beautiful trails of the fabulous Portes du Soleil domain.
Things to Do
Morzine Avoriaz Road Bike Climb
Try out your road biking skills to see if you can beat Bernard Hinault's record of 33 minutes set during the Tour de France in 1979, up the 14.6 kilometres and 860 metres of height gain of the Morzine-Avoriaz climb. The course comprises 19 turns and an average steepness of 6%, with a maximum of 10%.
One Day One Col
The One Day One Col is a great cycle initiative by the Savoie Mont Blanc tourism board which will see a mountain col closed to all motor traffic to make way for road bikers on specific dates throughout the summer. Here it's the col de Ramaz and col de Joux Plane.
Morzine Kids Kingdom
A week of events for kids, mainly held in the Tourist Office square and all for free. Something different is set up every day and it is very inclusive and fun for all ages - from free shows and workshops, juggling, painting, music, rhymes and traditional games and themed activities. All activities are aimed at children from 18 months to 12 years old.
Take to the skies
Paragliding, or parapenting as the French say, is a good way to escape the packed pavements and busy mountain trails and to head up, literally, into the sky with a tandem flight. There are lots of companies who offer the service and it's a good opportunity to take a bird's eye view of the town and surrounding valley from the peace and tranquility of the skies above it.