Morzine-Avoriaz

A lift between Morzine and Avoriaz

Morzine is a tourist town with a hotel and rental capacity of 40,000, whose main activities are linked to winter sports from December to April and to mountain biking from June to September. The other tourist assets are open-air activities such as trekking, rafting or road cycling. The commune invested to strengthen its offer to visiting tourists. In 2011, the swimming pool was enlarged and in 2012 was launched the water complex Aquariaz replicating the atmosphere of tropical forest with its luxurious vegetation, stream and bubble baths... The main project of the current municipal team is to build a panoramic lift linking the centre of Morzine with the Avoriaz resort in 15 minutes. This lift would reduce the traffic in town, already enhanced by a service of free shuttles in the tourist season. 

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Les cyclistes sont nombreux sur les routes vallonnées de la région © Jean-Baptiste Bieuville
Stage town for the 20th time
Mountain resort in Haute-Savoie (74)
3,000 inhabitants (Morzinois)

Economy: Winter and summer tourism. 40,000 visitor beds and more than three million visitor nights per year

Culture: Sainte-Marie-Madeleine Church (19th century, organ classified as historical monument), Vieux Pont bridge (18th century).

Festivals: Rock the Pistes Festival (music on the ski slopes of the Portes du Soleil), Avoriaz Jazz Up, Festival Lind'Art (classical music)

Sport: Pingouins de Morzine-Avoriaz-Les Gets (ice hockey, Ligue Magnus), Ski-Club Morzine-Avoriaz, Sporting club Morzine Vallée d'Aulps (football).

Events: Mont-Blanc-Morzine Rally (round of the French Rally Championship), international skiing competition for customs officers, Spartan race (obstacle race), Ice Cross Downhill World Championship (downhill skating)

Specialities: Berthoud (fondue using Abondance cheese), fondue, raclette, tartiflette, diots (sausages), merveilles (fritters), rissoles (turnover filled with stewed pears or apples). Extraction and cutting of slate from the Ardoisières Valley

Sustainable development: Free shuttles in summer and winter seasons, hire mountain bikes and electric mountain bikes, 155km of marked routes for electric mountain bikes, wood boiler heating for municipal buildings

Distinctions: Famille Plus green tourism award, Qualité Tourism award, three-star floral town

A Colombian resort

The Tour discovered Morzine in 1975 and climbers like Marco Pantani and Richard Virenque feature among the stage winners in town. But the ski resort also brings back nice memories for Colombian riders. In 1982, Luis Herrera had shown the way by winning a stage in Tour de l'Avenir. Three years later, it is in Avoriaz that Lucho had clinched a Tour de France stage while his compatriot Fabio Parra had made it two in succession for Colombia by winning the next day's stage to Lans-en-Vercors. Inspired by the place, Parra had won a stage in Morizine three years later after a long solo to become the first Colombian on the Tour podium. In 2012, Nairo Quintana collected some of his first laurels by winning a Dauphine stage in Morzine. To this must be added a stage win by Santiago Botero on the Dauphine in 2005.

En 2012, Nairo Quintana s’était imposé à Morzine © Presse Sports
Stage town for the 20th time
Mountain resort in Haute-Savoie (74)
3,000 inhabitants (Morzinois)

Economy: Winter and summer tourism. 40,000 visitor beds and more than three million visitor nights per year

Culture: Sainte-Marie-Madeleine Church (19th century, organ classified as historical monument), Vieux Pont bridge (18th century).

Festivals: Rock the Pistes Festival (music on the ski slopes of the Portes du Soleil), Avoriaz Jazz Up, Festival Lind'Art (classical music)

Sport: Pingouins de Morzine-Avoriaz-Les Gets (ice hockey, Ligue Magnus), Ski-Club Morzine-Avoriaz, Sporting club Morzine Vallée d'Aulps (football).

Events: Mont-Blanc-Morzine Rally (round of the French Rally Championship), international skiing competition for customs officers, Spartan race (obstacle race), Ice Cross Downhill World Championship (downhill skating)

Specialities: Berthoud (fondue using Abondance cheese), fondue, raclette, tartiflette, diots (sausages), merveilles (fritters), rissoles (turnover filled with stewed pears or apples). Extraction and cutting of slate from the Ardoisières Valley

Sustainable development: Free shuttles in summer and winter seasons, hire mountain bikes and electric mountain bikes, 155km of marked routes for electric mountain bikes, wood boiler heating for municipal buildings

Distinctions: Famille Plus green tourism award, Qualité Tourism award, three-star floral town

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Places to see

Les Portes du Soleil (The Gates of the Sun)
12 resorts between France and Switzerland linked by ski lifts compose the largest cross-border skiing domain in the world. With 600 km of pistes in the winter and 1,000 km of footpaths in the summer, the domain is an extraordinary playground for the practice of skiing, mountain biking or trekking in the grandiose panoramas between the Lake of Geneva and the Mont-Blanc massif.

Geopark of Haut Chablais
Stretching from the Lake of Geneva to the top of the Hauts-Forts in Morzine-Avoziaz, the Geopark of the Chablais, labelised by UNESCO in 2012, tells a 250-million-old tale: the formation of the Alps.

Morzine village
The historical centre is a must-see with its 1803 baroque church, the first building in town to have been covered with local slate, with its undulating façades and its old organ. The old bridge across the Dranse leads to Rue Bidon and its traditional houses.

The church organ
The instrument is unique of his kind as only two models of the same Swiss-made organs exist in France. It was listed as a historical monument in October 1977. The organ was repaired in 2014 and 2015 to regain its old sound splendour

Avoriaz, a fantastic place
In the 60's Morzine-born Jean Vuarnet, the Olympic downhill champion, launched the crazy idea of building a ski resort from scratch on the summits overlooking Morzine. Opened in 1966, Avoriaz immediately stood apart thanks to its architecture and its entirely pedestrian concept. It was highly popular between 1973 and 1993 thanks to the Fantastic Film Festival held in the resort.

Maisons traditionnelles savoyardes © Jean-Baptiste BieuvilleL’église de Morzine héberge un orgue classé © Valérie PoretLa station d’Avoriaz en hiver © Look Sharp !
Stage town for the 20th time
Mountain resort in Haute-Savoie (74)
3,000 inhabitants (Morzinois)

Economy: Winter and summer tourism. 40,000 visitor beds and more than three million visitor nights per year

Culture: Sainte-Marie-Madeleine Church (19th century, organ classified as historical monument), Vieux Pont bridge (18th century).

Festivals: Rock the Pistes Festival (music on the ski slopes of the Portes du Soleil), Avoriaz Jazz Up, Festival Lind'Art (classical music)

Sport: Pingouins de Morzine-Avoriaz-Les Gets (ice hockey, Ligue Magnus), Ski-Club Morzine-Avoriaz, Sporting club Morzine Vallée d'Aulps (football).

Events: Mont-Blanc-Morzine Rally (round of the French Rally Championship), international skiing competition for customs officers, Spartan race (obstacle race), Ice Cross Downhill World Championship (downhill skating)

Specialities: Berthoud (fondue using Abondance cheese), fondue, raclette, tartiflette, diots (sausages), merveilles (fritters), rissoles (turnover filled with stewed pears or apples). Extraction and cutting of slate from the Ardoisières Valley

Sustainable development: Free shuttles in summer and winter seasons, hire mountain bikes and electric mountain bikes, 155km of marked routes for electric mountain bikes, wood boiler heating for municipal buildings

Distinctions: Famille Plus green tourism award, Qualité Tourism award, three-star floral town

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