Morzine village has a unique character. The traditional local architecture of its chalets and homes stands to this day with the village centre buzzing with an array of shops and restaurants. In 1900 Morzine became known for slate mining in the surrounding cliffs where over 200 miners would work mainly over the winter months. As tourism developed this activity fell into decline but three mines are still used today, and we can still see the Morzine slate shining under the sunlight.
At the beginning of the 20th century Morzine was already a summer holiday destination. In 1936, the resort had 15 hotels, 5 pensions, 60 rental chalets, and a mountain refuge. In summer Morzine could accommodate up to 2 500 people and was the best equipped resort in the Chablais. Never one to sit back and rest, Morzine’s accommodation offering has since developed to include over 40 hotels in the village, almost all of which are still managed by local residents, and have been in the same family for several generations. Morzine is proud of its warm welcome and the abundance of independent local businesses gives the village a unique and special character.