Who says holidays in the mountains does not necessarily mean winter sports ! Nothing forces you to hit the slopes from morning to night, throughout your whole stay in Morzine. Sometimes, you just need to put your everyday life behind, take your time and enjoy it. This is also the holidays !
This is why we have gathered multitude ideas to enjoy Morzine this winter even when you are not planning to ski. Follow the guide !
Relax in the sun, on the terrace of the many mountain restaurants
Imagine yourself facing a sumptuous mountain backdrop, the surrounding peaks are covered in snow, the sun is shining and warming your face and you are having a coffee, a hot chocolate or why not a good mulled wine on the terrace of the many mountain restaurants in the Morzine ski area. So, how does it feel ? If it feels just fine, don't forget two essential accessories for your holiday in the mountains: your sunscreen and your sunglasses !
Enjoy the jacuzzi in your chaletAnother moment of relaxation particularly appreciated by holidaymakers and we understand completely why, is a cozy break without even having to leave your holiday accommodation. Many chalets with jacuzzi are available in Morzine. You just have to take be courageous enough to face the winter temperatures before entering the hot and bubbling water but once inside the jacuzzi, this will be full happiness ! All you need to do is plan it at the end of the day and have a glass of champagne in hand so that the decor is perfect !
Go swimming at the Aquatic Center
If your holiday accommodation does not have a jacuzzi, other solutions are available. If you are staying at a hotel or in a tourist residence in Morzine, it is more than likely that you will have access to a heated swimming pool, even in winter. And honnestly, starting or ending the day at the pool, with the view of the snow-capped mountains is a must ! If your accommodation does not have a swimming pool, you can go to the Morzine aquatic area located at the entrance to the Parc de Dérêches. For a sports session, a playful moment or a simple moment of relaxation, you will find a 25-meter pool, a 12.50-meter learning pool, a 50 m2 paddling pool but also and above all a well-being area of 160 m2 with saunas and hammams !
Tour the village in a horse-drawn carriage
There is nothing better to discover the centre of Morzine than to go around in a horse-drawn carriage. As a couple, it's a romantic outing to plan, nestled under the soft blankets of the sled. With children, meeting horses dressed in their finery can only be a hit !
The departure is from the tourist office square. Do not hesitate to inquire with the coachmen. They will be able to offer you different formulas and routes .
Learn more about the local heritage and visit the old town
If you have chosen Morzine as your holiday destination, it is because you are sensitive to the charm of typical mountain villages, so why don’t you take the opportunity to discover its streets, alleys and its rich heritage ? Every week, heritage tours are organised by professional guides who will be happy to share with you all the secrets of the old town, the Morzinois chalets or the neoclassical Sainte-Marie-Madeleine church built in 1805.
Go ice skating
In almost any “ good ” Christmas movie, there is a sequence in which the main characters skate hand in hand on the ice. So if you have always dreamt of doing it too, you will be served in Morzine since you can put on the skates either indoors at the Skoda arena or on the outdoor ice rink located on the tourist office square. At the end of the day, under the soft lights of the square, you will feel the magic of Christmas.
Fill up on sports activities
Snowshoeing, Nordic walking, Helicopter flights, paragliding, yooner and night tobogganing are only a handful of outdoor activities ideas that you can participate in during your stay in Morzine. You will then stay active while enjoying the snow and the mountain environment. We remind you, no need to ski to enjoy your holidays in the mountains ! You will be spoilt for choice when determining which activity/ies to try. The local professionals will be happy to share with you their daily life and their love for their discipline !
Offer an escape game to your family or friends
Morzine has not escaped the trend for escape games and the idea of spending time with family or friends trying to escape a room in a limited time by looking for clues and using the savvy of everyone can be really nice. Do not hesitate to offer this type of activity to your skier friends at the end of the day or if the weather does not allow good skiing conditions. For sure, they will be happy to see that you have found an original activity for them to do together with you !
Participate in activities and workshops organised in the resort
Throughout the season, the team from the Morzine-Avoriaz tourist office offer tourists a multitude of activities, workshops and events to brighten up their stay in the resort. Regardless of when you stay in Morzine this winter, you will find a rich entertainment program open to all. Do not hesitate to take a look at the event section of our website to find out what awaits you during your next vacation.
Go to a hockey game to cheer on the Penguins at Skoda Arena
This season, the players of the Morzine Hockey club, better known under the sweet name of " Penguins " will play in the French 2nd league championship. Throughout the winter, they will therefore host high-level matches at the Skoda Arena in Morzine. On game nights, the audience knows how to heat up the atmosphere. The players are tirelessly supported by the locals and the supporters' club members who put on a show in the stands. For an original evening with friends or with children, there's nothing like going to watch a hockey match in Morzine !
Stock up on regional products
Fondues, raclettes, tartiflettes, hams and sausages of all kinds ... Welcome to Haute-Savoie, a region where eating well is an art ! It will be difficult if not impossible for you to ignore regional specialties during your stay in our region. You can of course taste regional dishes in the restaurants of Morzine but also stock up on provisions in its regional products shops! A sausage for you, a tomme cheese for grandma, a good wine bottle for your uncle ... You will be sure to make people happy!
Do not hesitate to go to the market either. It is one of the favorite weekly meetings for the locals and by going there, you will understand why. Local producers and merchants await you on the Poste office square every Wednesday morning.
And finally, why not take ski lessons ?
You may never have put on skis before, but why not give it a try ? There is no age to learn, especially since many ski schools have developed programs for beginner adults. Come on, admit it, you would still be proud to be able to tell your friends and colleagues that you skied during the holidays !