Morzine is located in the region of Eastern France in the Haute-Savoie department of the Rhône-Alpes. Year round temperatures vary from as little as -3°C up to 27°F.
Both Summer and Winter months in Morzine offer endless activities and entertainment, there is more than just skiing! Paragliding, Mountain biking, horse trekking are to name a few, or if you just want to relax in a yurt, there is something for everyone.
Morzine is a traditional working farming village and so because of this it has a healthy year round population. The village continues to develop and improve existing facilities, such as the new Centre Aquatique which opened Winter 2013.
A bit of History…
- The skiing world cup was held in Morzine & Avoriaz in 1974
- In 1090 Monks arrived and took control of St Jean d’Aulp, it was then granted independence from them in 1531.
- The first tourist hotel ‘The Grand Hotel’ opened in 1925, it was owned by François Baud who went on to build one of the first ski jumps behind his hotel and employed Austrian ski instructors.
- 1973 saw the first ‘Fantastic Film Festival’ at Avoriaz.
- The slate mines, some of which go as deep as 350 metres into the cliff face, began their commercial journey back in 1800. Slates were split into sheets and formed into rectangular sized tiles. By the end of the 19th Century some 2 millions slates had been transported by cart to markets in Thonon, Thônes and Taninges.
- 1862 saw the first road open between Morzine and Thonon allowing access to the mountains and slate mines.
- The Ski Club of Morzine was formed back in 1910.
- The first ski lift in France was installed on the Pleney slopes in 1934.
- A native of Morzine, Jean Vuarnet, won the Winter Olympics in 1960. After becoming the director in charge of transforming Avoriaz into a ski resort, he made turned his dream into reality and with the collaboration of Champery and Les Crosets in Switzerland, the Portes du Soleil was formed and gave Morzine its double identity: Morzine Avoriaz.
Today, Morzine has over 650km of ski slopes to enjoy in winter and an abundance of outdoor activities during the summer months. However, if you prefer to take things at a more leisurely pace, there are miles of open spaces offering stunning Alpine scenery for walking.