Not skiing on your winter mountain holiday in Morzine? No problem. We challenged our good friend and local, Damien, to come up with how to spend 7 days in Morzine without getting on a single chair lift.

Tell us a bit about yourself. 

I live near Geneva year-round, but I come to Morzine regularly to ski, cycle, run, hike, snowshoe, do ski de randonée, do ski de fond, and to see my partner who lives here year-round.  

So, given the challenge to not ski a single day in Morzine, how do you spend your week?

Day 1

Head out for a hike. If there’s not too much snow then I would wander up along the river towards Nyon, and then carry on up towards Lac Mine D’Or. There’s the igloo to stop and have a look at along the way, and I could enjoy watching people try out ski de fond on the little track in Erigné. There are some super restaurants that feel a bit off the beaten track up this way, so it feels worlds apart from the town and the pistes of Morzine and Avoriaz. 

Day 2

I’d head back towards Nyon, this time to see the Eagles at the Pointe de Nyon. In the morning you can ski with them, and in the afternoon you can watch them descend from the top to the restaurant terrace, and watch different shows that are put on for free. Having eaten at the restaurant, I would either snowshoe or take the cable car back down and take a dip in the hot tub back at the chalet. 

Day 3

Carrying on with the animal theme, I would head up to Avoriaz for some husky sledding. This is a great way to get some exercise (the dogs don’t do all of it!) and take in the magical winter scenery. Afterwards, I would wander around pedestrianised Avoriaz, watching the skiers come through the village and exploring the architecture of the resort. 

Day 4

Likely in need of a bit of a rest, I would get the bus up to Sources du Chèry in Les Gets for a spa day. This little spa is a perfect retreat with saunas, steam rooms, a plunge pool, and a main swimming pool with jacuzzi loungers. To get my heart beat back up again, in the evening I would head to see a local ice hockey match at the indoor ice rink

Day 5

Take in the local vibe by hanging out for a day in town, browsing the shops and working out if I wanted to take anything home with me. In the evening I would head out on a sunset snow-shoe to admire the views as the sun goes down and experience the mountains as the skiers and workers go home.  

Day 6

I would head down to explore the fitness trail in the Dereches before taking the cable car up to the Pléney to meet the skiers for lunch. In the afternoon I might head back for a swim and a sauna at the pool complex. 

Day 7

As a final good-bye to the resort until next time, I would go out with a mountain guide on a guided morning snow-shoe walk. It’s a great way to see places I wouldn’t necessarily find myself.  

That sounds like an action-packed week!

It does, and there’s lots that I haven’t included. You can do some of it, all of it, or none. The thing is there is absolutely no need to worry if you don’t ski in Morzine, or if the conditions aren’t exactly what you would like.