Trails in Morzine – hit the mountains running
In addition to offering a natural environment that lends itself perfectly to the most beautiful mountain trail runs, Morzine has also dreamt up a comprehensive offer to get all trail runners on their marks and finding their feet!
Morzine Mountain Running
On their website dedicated to trail running in Morzine the Morzine-Avoriaz Tourist Office lays out all that is available specifically for mountain trail running. Landing on the page Morzine Mountain Running you will find full details of all the dedicated trails for every level (with a map of the route, a profile and a meticulously-detailed description), the lowdown on the specific permanent trail markers, multi-media topographies, ideas for journeys of discovery, a calendar with all the important race and event dates coming up around the resort…In short, no stone is left unturned!
To chat with other trail runners you can also join the Facebook group dedicated to Trail Running in Morzine
Enduro Trail: Get further into the mountains using the lift system
With departure points from the very centre of the village, Morzine offers routes which also use connections on the lifts and bubbles to skip the steepest inclines and get you straight up to the ridge crests and their 360 degree panoramic views.
Enduro Trail of the Crests of Super Morzine (14km with 280m altitude gain)
From the centre of the resort, jump on the Super Morzine bubble and then the Zore chairlift. A magnificent trail along the ridge crests awaits you with breath-taking views of the Dents du Midi. The trail continues towards Avoriaz before descending gently back to your start point.
Enduro Trail of Avoriaz – Morzinette (9km with 275m altitude gain)
Hop on a shuttle bus to take you to Prodains then grab the cable car to Avoriaz. The downhill trail snakes first of all through pastures with an exceptional view of the culmination point of the Portes du Soleil before descending Morzinette through a pretty wooded stage and bringing you back to the Church Square.
Glorious landscapes and a wide variety of terrain
Having exhausted the paths and forestry tracks through woods and pastures and over mountain peaks, if you want to take it further still you can try conquering the Portes du Soleil, a circuit of 400km of paths and 54 marked trails straddling France and Switzerland. And to make the trail runner’s life that bit easier there’s a dedicated mobile app called « Trail Running Portes du Soleil » with geolocation of the runner on the trails, export of the route to GPS, route profiles, comments from other runners etc. It is free and available from the Appstore and Google Play.