Morzine-Avoriaz Ski Resort Information
Both resorts have a wide range of activities off the slopes. At Avoriaz there's a cinema, bowling alley, ice rink and fitness centre. Morzine's indoor ice rink stages national league ice hockey matches as well as providing leisure skating, while the resort also has a bowling alley, games arcade and two cinemas.
There are two large swimming complexes, Aquariaz in Avoriaz, a tropical-themed indoor water park, and Morzine’s water sports centre (tel: +33 450 790 169) with family pools and a wellness area.
Outdoors activities are plentiful and include sleigh rides, winter hikes, snowshoeing, sledging, dog sledding, guided snow biking tours and snowmobiling excursions. You can also take to the skies hang-gliding, paragliding or on a helicopter tour. For those with a penchant for underwater activities, try a guided scuba dive beneath Lake Montriond, organised by Caméléon Production (tel: +33 450 759 400; www.cameleon-organisation.com), an unorthodox off-slope offering from your traditional ski resort.
Both resorts are well equipped for families with good nursery provision (from three months of age) and a choice of high-quality children's ski schools. Avoriaz also has the added attraction of its safe, car-free status, whilst Morzine has the traditional resort charm and wide choice of off-slope activities.
Morzine has a programme of free entertainment for children, as well as a special sledging run and a dedicated children’s ski area. A free guide is available from the tourist office with details of the various activities on offer.
Avoriaz has built a strong family-friendly reputation with its Village des Enfants (tel: +33 450 740 446), which offers a host of activities beyond skiing, including skijoring for children, where little ones are towed on skis behind a pony.
Although there are about 25 shops covering all the basics in Avoriaz, Morzine is the better destination for shoppers with 100 or so choices. This is partly due to the fact the area has been a regional market town since well before the arrival of winter sports.
Morzine's wide selection includes stylish boutiques, jewellers and chocolatiers. Visitors also have the option of taking an empty backpack and skiing over to one of the Swiss resorts such as Champéry for Swiss souvenirs and delicacies.
Spend an hour drifting above the slopes aboard a hot-air balloon with Caméléon Production (tel: +33 450 759 400; www.cameleon-organisation.com). As the route depends to some extent on wind direction, the operators cannot guarantee the exact landing point, but they do promise to return customers to the resort.