Center parcs Morzine

A summer activity holiday in the mountains is absolutely perfect for all the family.   As a change for our family this year, we went to a Center Parcs in Normandy.  Whilst we had a great time,  it took me to go there to realise that we had everything and much much more in Morzine…..  I’ll keep Center Parcs for the autumn months, when things close down in Morzine.

To help recap for families who may choose a Center Parcs holiday….  have a read through these activities, which are in age order, so you can see how fantastic an alpine family summer holiday in Morzine can be.  With the option of taking the chalet on a self catering basis or fully catered, you really do have all family holiday options.  With activities to suit all ages from babies to grandparents….you won’t be disappointed.  As Chalet Morzine is part of the multi pass scheme too, means you can take advantage of many of the activities below from as little as one euro per day….

For all ages

Morzine outdoor swimming poolOutdoor swimming pool complex

  • Free with Multi Pass Premium
  • 50 metre Olympic size pool
  • Children’s pool
  • Toddlers’ paddling pool with slides
  • Toddlers’ playground
  • Waterslide
  • Bouncy castle

Indoor pool complex

  • Free with Multi Pass Premium
  • 25m indoor pool
  • 125m2 learners pool
  • 50m2 baby pool
  • fitness area with 3 saunas & 2 steam baths

Mountain bike on ski liftChairlifts and cablecars

  • Free with Multi Pass

Over 25 chairlifts and cablecar rides. A great way for all the family to take in the views of the mountains and to enjoy the ride.

Walking in MorzineWalking

  • Free with Multi Pass

A walk, ramble or hike in the mountains taking in the local fauna and flora and breathtaking views.

Tourist train

  • Free with Multi Pass

A trip around Morzine on the free train, from the Tourist Office down to the pool and around again.

Horse-drawn carriage tours

A chance for up to 6 people to see Morzine from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. Trips around the old town, the different hamlets and a ride up to Lake Montriond. Start from the Tourist Office.

Children at Lake MontriondLake Montriond

  • Free

The smaller lake to swim in and paddle at the edge with plenty of grassy verges for picnics. You can swim in the larger lake, great for triathlon training.

Play area at Chalet MorzineAt Chalet Morzine

A huge trampoline, slide and lots of outdoor toys. The large indoor games room equipped with Wii, PS3, Sky TV, DVD, table football and many games.

For the little ones – under 3

Childcare

A great English speaking nursery with flexible day care options or British nanny companies.

Merry-go-roundMerry-go-round

Antique merry-go-round outside the Tourist Office in the square. €2 a go. Cheaper if you buy tickets in bulk.

Playgrounds

  • Free

Outdoor playground in the Dereches Park and small farm.

Indiana sign-postIndiana Kid adventure park and Cascade Aventure Petit Kid

  • Discount with Multi Pass

Aerial adventures in the trees for small children. From 2 years old, minimum height 3ft 6 inches. Special toddler harnesses.

From 3 years old and upwards

Ice-skating

  • Free with Multi Pass

Huge indoor ice-skating rink at the sports hall next to the swimming pool complex. Ice-skate rental possible.

Donkey rides

Tour the mountain with a donkey. Tours possible from ½ day to several days.

Riding centre at the Dereches Park

Pony rides for beginners and tots up to courses for advanced riders.

High ropesHigh ropes adventure at the Dereches Park

  • Discount with Multi Pass

For all ages from 2 years upwards; an acrobatic aerial adventure in the trees with rope-bridges, zip-wires and rope ladders. Four levels of difficulty (blue, red, black and long zip-wires). For further details, please visit the Indian Aventures website.

Cascade Aventure at Nyon Waterfall

Adventure park with aerial circuits and 8 zip wires. A specific trail for 8-12 years and a thrilling new section in the big adventure area. Dedicated park area for small children. For further details, please visit the Cascade Aventure website.

Crazy golf

At the Hotel L’Aubergade in the village centre.

Mountain bikingMountain biking

With a guide; initiation from 5 years old. Proper outings from 7-8 years old. Ensure the children have all the proper protective clothing.

Climbing

Learn to climb a mountain rock face or have a go on one of the climbing walls.

Summer sledging

  • Discount with Multi Pass

Sledges on wheels with 2 runs and 2 levels of difficulty. On the Pleney piste at the top of La Crusaz chairlift.

Canoeing/kayaking

At Lake Montriond a small boating school for canoeing and kayaking on the lake.

Quad 4×4

At Lake Montriond, a 4×4 circuit for the younger ones.

White water activities

In Samoens on the River Giffre. Gentle outings for 6+ year olds (decent swimming level required). For further details, please visit the Frogs Rafting website.

Tennis

  • Free with Multi Pass
  • 9 great tennis courts

ParaglidingParagliding

  • Discount with Multi Pass

Tandem paraglide over the fantastic mountain scenery as a family. For further details, please visit the L’Ecole de Parapente website.

Quad biking

2 circuits; one for adults and one for children.

Fishing

At Lake Montriond, Mines d’Or, Plan du Rocher and the River Dranse.

Skate park

  • Free

Big skate park next to the sports hall. Specially adapted with ramps and jumps (no access for bikes or BMX).

Golf

Children’s courses and lessons at the 18 hole golf course in Les Gets and at the 9 hole golf course in Avoriaz.

Bike riding

Lots of great areas to have family bike rides around lakes and rivers.

Cinema

English films at least once a week.

From 8 years old and upwards

Multi-activity camps

Day or week long activities. Sport: mountain biking, climbing, via ferrata, canoeing, whitewater rafting and archery. Discovery: nature trails, farm visits and chocolate making. Crafts: painting, plastering, pottery, slate mining, fresco making and salt sculpting.

Potholing

Exploration of underground caves.

River-trekking

Track the river with the help of a guide.

From 10 years old and upwards

Orienteering

With a map and a compass, you will search for points individually or in a group.

White water raftingWhite water activities

White water rafting, hot dogging, hydro speed, kayaking and canoeing. For further details, please visit the Frogs Rafting website.

Paintball

  • Discount with Multi Pass

Where 2 teams face each other in battle fatigues equipped with paintball guns.

Canyoning

Swimming down mountain rivers, gullies, abseiling and jumping off cliffs.

Via Ferrata

Climb/scramble around a specially equipped cliff (ladders, steps, cables and abseiling).

Teenage disco

Opera Discotheque has special teenager nights with no alcohol.

For booking and advice on all of the summer activities for children and teenagers please contact Chalet Morzine in the first instance. Our recommended mountain chalet guide Guillaume Rosset can also advise; please visit Guillaume’s website

Download the Morzine Children’s Guide for summer (7.1 MB)