What can I do during January 2021 in Morzine?

Presentation

Following the government announcements, the ski area is currently closed, but Morzine is a beautiful village resort that has a lot to offer as well as skiing. The village is a winter wonderland with pretty lights and decorations, and the perfect place to spend a weekend away.
 
We understand that you have a lot of questions about what a holiday here will be like, and are doing our best to answer. Some elements remained unconfirmed by the government, so the information below will be updated regularly as we learn more.
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Ski area

 

Can I go skiing?

The lifts and ski area will be closed for alpine skiing. Ski touring and cross-country skiing are both authorized as individual activities and the cross-country ski area will be groomed and open, as long as conditions allow.

Ski touring

Pistes open for ski touring:
Avoriaz : bleu du Lac – bleu d’Arare – le Crot
Alpine skiing on these slopes is prohibited.
Access to Les Prodains on the free bus line A from the center of Morzine.
​• Morzine : Piste B on Plénéy every day except Wednesday and Saturday.
From Montriond> Ascent and descent via the Parchets and Combe slopes in Floret.
The ascent route will take you through the village of Lindarets and the Lindarets plateau.
On these routes, ski touring will be authorized from 9.00 a.m to 4.00p.m.
Outside these hours, access to ski touring routes is prohibited, in particular due to the danger caused by ski area preparation and maintenance activities (grooming, machine circulation, preventive triggering of avalanches, etc.)
The remainder of the ski area will not open and therefore will not be signed and groomed, and there will not be the usual safety and rescue service. Work will be underway to prepare for the opening so these pistes are off-limits until the area is able to open.
If you are touring off-piste don’t forget the necessary safety equipment (transceiver, shovel & probe) for venturing off-piste.
 

Nordic skiing

• Vallée de la Manche, from the Nyon or Erigné car park
Access on the free bus line E from the Tourist Office
• Chavannes sector in Les Gets
Access by car from Morzine to Les Gets then direction Les Chavannes to the summit
• Red slope between the end of Lake Montriond and the Albertans; green trail to Albertans (three possible loops)
• Proclou sector in Avoriaz and Super-Morzine loop - Access on the free bus line A then the Prodains cable car
• Fun area in Ardent: possibility of skating; ski-joering and tobogganing

Can I hire material?

Yes you can! Find a list of shops offering material hire here.
Find a list of shops with ski touring, cross-country skiing and snowshoes here.
 

Will any lifts be open?

The Avoriaz 3S gondola is open as public transport for pedestrians. It provides access between Morzine and Avoriaz and can only be used for "normal" trips between these 2 resorts.
The Crôt slope served by the Prodains cable car is prohibited for downhill skiing and tobogganing.
The ski lift staff are entitled to refuse access to the Prodains cable car to anyone who does not comply with the above conditions.

The Prodains cable car is open to the public with a rotation every 20 minutes:
-From Monday to Friday from 8:40 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
-Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For the convenience of users, the toilets located at the bottom and at the top of the lift will be open while the cable car is open.
 
Free shuttles are in circulation on line A to serve the cable car from Morzine (every 30 min).
 
However, no lifts will be open for skiers and the ski pistes will be closed.
 

Will any guides be offering ski or snowshoe outings?

The following ski schools and guiding companies are offering outings:
 

Guiding companies

Alpi’rando: weekly programme of snowshoe outings and « Apéros Flambeaux ».
Bureau des Guides: ski touring and snowshoe outings, hikes and learning to ice-climb. Offering private and group classes, for beginners and experienced.
Morzine Mountain Coopérative: full or half day snowshoe outings, available privately or for this programme.
Aireole : ski touring.
Bureau des Activités de Montagne: snowshoeing
 

Ski schools

ESF: snowshoe, cross-country skiing, ski touring, biathlon initiation.  
The ESF jardin d’enfants is open with the carpet. For 3/5 year old beginners only. Private 1h lesson: 40 € per hour (for 1 or 2 children).
Easy2Ride:  snowshoe, cross-country skiing, and ski touring. Plus beginner ski & snowboard.
Mint: Ski touring and splitboard. 
Bski school: Outings half day (3h) and full day (9h-17h) on snowshoes, ski touring or snowboard. 
 

Snow activities maps

Morzine - Pleney (Ski touring and snowshoeing)
Avoriaz (Ski touring, fun areas, cross-country skiing, Alpine skiing reserved for ski-clubs, Ski lifts)
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Activities

 

What possibilities are there for walking and snowshoeing?

Both walking and snowshoeing are allowed, with many easy to find walks. You can get information at the Tourist Office and find the free guide here.
The paths next to the river, the “Dereches” and the “Chemin de Renard” will be groomed and safety will be ensured by the Town services (Mairie). These offer easy walks at village level. A list of guides offering a variety of outings is above.
 

Will the pool and ice rink be open?

The outdoor icerink on the Tourist Office square is open: 2pm-5.30pm 7 days a week.
Prices: Adult € 4 - Child € 2.30 + skate rentals € 3.70.
Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m to 6 p.m : Ice party, our animators will liven up the dance floor with music!

The carousel will be open from from 10am to 7pm.
The swimming pool and indoor ice rink will be closed as mandated by the government.
 

What outdoor activities will be available?

The sledging piste on base of Pleney will be open and groomed.
 
Parapente dual flights will be offered by the following providers:
ABC de l’Ecole de Parapente des Portes du Soleil 
Aéro-bi 
Aireole 
 
The horse riding centre, Alpes equitation will be open for pony rides and pony activities in the snow. The equestrian centre also offers a ski joëring + horse ride of 1 hour.
 
Horse drawn sleigh rides: Rachel Marullaz offers rides every afternoon from the Tourist Office Square – please reserve.
 
Local heritage guides also offer tours of the village on Thursday at 10am reservation on 06 42 75 55 12 – information is available at the Tourist Office.
 

What other activities are available?

Fitness well-being and yoga will be available with the following providers:
-Alpes bien être: Beautician
-Mobile Mountain Massage:  Massage in your home.
-Strength & Serenity Yoga: Private or online yoga classes.
-Gym Altitude: online fitness classes, yoga and pilates. Plus private classes for up to 3 people in your home or holiday accommodation if permitted. 
-Flora Richard: individual or small group sessions of yoga, meditation, relaxation, hypnosis and life coaching. Outdoors Nomad yoga.
-Zen’Art: Beautician
-Morzine Massage: Massage in your accommodation.
 
Alpine French School are also offering language courses: Individual classes, to prepare an exam, online classes and courses for children and adolescents.
 
The local trout fish farm will be open for visits on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (registrations before Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at a price of € 2) and for the purchase of trout.
 
The cheesemaker, l'Alpage Morzine, will open the production centre and ripening cellars every afternoon for visits from 3 p.m to 7 p.m (limited to 5 people at a time), but unfortunately the cheesemaking demonstration is not possible.

The farm, Ferme de Serrausaix will be open every day from 10am to 5pm with the sale of cheese, hot drinks and crêpes to take away. Free access to the stable during the day and the milking (4-5pm) and guided visits on Tuesday mornings.

La Chèvrerie des Ardoisières opens its doors every evening at 4 p.m. to allow you to see the goats.

A permanent virtual treasure hunt is offered free of charge to discover the village and have fun with the family: go to the "Géodyssée" app and find the "Sur les trâces du yéti" and "Le trésor perdu" routes.
 

What entertainment (animation) will be available?

The Entertainment Programme has been adapted to take into account the restrictions of the sanitary situation and the change in activity in Morzine. However visits and activities are on offer throughout the week.
Find this week's programme here.
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Village and practical info

 

What buses and transport will be running?

The free local bus services are running, but with a service adapted to the current sanitary situation. Find details of lines running and timetable.
You can find the Bus map or check out Real time tracking for Morzine Navettes 

Will the car parks be open?

All covered parking lots are chargeable. In both the Joux Plane and Office de Tourisme car parks, the first three hours is free of charge, in the Parking du Bourg the first 30 minutes is free of charge. In On-street parking is free, but overnight parking is prohibited in order not to interfere with snow removal.

Are the shops open?

Morzine has a wide range of shops that will be open.
For food, you will find lovely local producers and shops selling regional specialties as well as the supermarket. Plus, Morzine has a weekly market on Wednesday mornings with plenty of local produce.
There are also numerous boutiques as well as sports shops.
You can find details of all the shops here.
A Terroir et savoir-faire card with the different local producers is available at the reception of the Tourist Office or by clicking here.

Will I be able to eat in restaurants?

While restaurants and bars cannot open to clients, many of Morzine’s restaurants are offering take away dishes.

How can I reserve a place to stay?

Morzine Reservation is on hand to help you find a hotel or apartment. You’ll find information on accommodation here.
A number of Morzine’s hotels are open for guests. Please note breakfasts and dinners will be served in bedrooms in order to comply with rules.
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