On this page we have some suggestions if you fancy getting out of Morzine for a day. These are some of our favorite things to do but if you have any suggestions please let us know and we will put them up:

Lac de MontriondLac de Montriond – 7.5km*
On the back road up to Avoriaz, across the valley from the chalet, is the hamlet of Montriond. The village itself is nice but more of a thoroughfare for traffic to and from Morzine. But take a trip up to the nearby lake and you won’t be disappointed. Lac de Montriond is a large mountain lake hemmed in on all sides by vast cliffs. In summer it really comes into its own and is great for swimming. There is even a small kids pool built in to the end of the lake. It is a welcome end to many a summers bike ride or walk and on sunny day it’s worth the trip. There are footpaths all around and a number of cafe’s dotted around it’s edge. If you venture round the lake and a bit further up the valley you will find lovely mountain waterfall. It is also worth a visit in winter when the lake is frozen solid and everywhere is covered in ice and snow. They also offer ice diving – if you are brave enough!

AVORIAZAvoriaz – 10km*
Avoriaz is the Partner town to Morzine and if you intend to ski the Portes du Soleil you will inevitably find yourself up there. It is 10km by the winding road up the valley or a short bus ride from the centre of town to the Prodains cable car. There is also the well used link via the Super Morzine lift that is open in both Winter and Summer. Avoriaz is a purpose built resort with interesting wood clad architecture. In it’s hay day it was know as the “Saint Tropez de Neige” but now it is less exclusive. Unless you are staying up there Avoriaz can feel a little soul-less with Morzine offering a more cultural Savoir experience but there are, however, activities that may tempt you there. Snowmobile hire and horse drawn sleighs in the car free resort would be good for those not skiing. In the summer there are some fantastic walks and views as well as a golf course. And don’t forget that in Summer the resort opens for mountain bikers and walkers with most of the lifts in the PDS open.

LindaretsLes Lindarets – 13km*
If you carry on up the valley from Montriond you will arrive at Les Lindarets, or as we, and many of our guests, know it “Goat Village”. This moniker is for one simple and probably quite obvious reason – There are goats, everywhere! In summer bike or walk through this village and there is a good chance your path will be blocked by tens, if not hundreds, of goats. With all the cafes and restaurants it is worth making this a lunch stop. You can also buy bags of goat feed and have a laugh at how cheeky some of the beasts can be. They are still there in winter although many people whizz past Lindarets on their way down to the Ardent car park and Telecabin.

AnnecyAnnecy – 88km*
Annecy is a hour or so from Morzine on the Autoroute but can be a nice daytrip if you are done with the mountain charm and fancy a bit more bustle. On the shores of the Lac d’Annecy this busy little town has many of the diversions you would expect including shops, restaurants and bars. In summer it is nice to while away a few hours in the sun on the shores of the lake or even venture out on a small boat available to hire. In winter it is nice to get away from the skiing crowd and wander around the shopping streets and canals browsing the shops.

ChamonixChamonix – 68km*
Chamonix is a legend in it’s own right. As the birth place of extreme skiing there is plenty to entertain even the most hardcore of skiers and a trip to Chamonix is always a possibility if you feel like you have explored the PDS to death. Even if you are not going to ski there is plenty to do with shops, cafes and restaurants. It’s always worth a trip up the aiguille du midi cable car on a clear day with the views across 3 countries of the high Alps and glaciers always sure to take your breath away – literally in this case as you emerge from the cable car at 3800m. The town itself is nice enough with historic streets in the centre that are worth having a wander around.

GenevaGeneva – 59km*
Most of our guests will arrive into Geneva with their flight and, if they are lucky, will catch a glimpse of the city as they are whisked through by the transfer drivers. That said most busses head straight for the autoroute. This is a real shame as Geneva is definitely worth a visit. Geneva has several different faces from the area around the lake with the tallest fountain in the world and boating trips, the modern shopping areas through to the historic quarter up on the hill. If you have time before your flight or are passing by on the long drive to Calais pop into Geneva for a few hours and soak up the Swiss-ness.

*All distances approx. by car