So, you’ve had many great ski holidays in Morzine before but now that you have kids… what to do?
Don’t worry. Morzine and the surrounding ski towns are surprisingly kid-friendly, and you might even be glad to take a bit of time off the slopes to experience a few of these off-the-beaten track attractions that will delight the whole family. Here’s what we recommend for a kid-friendly ski vacation in Morzine:
Skate at the Parc des Dérêches
If you’ve been to Morzine, you’ve probably seen their outdoor skating rink situated in the center of town. From late December to early March the rink is open all day, with a brief mid-day break that gives you time to take off and enjoy lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. Skates can be rented and the vibe is family-friendly, with skaters of all ages and levels welcome on the ice.
Explore Montriond Lake
Winter or summer, a walk along the picturesque trail that circles Montriond Lake is a must, even if you don’t have kids. During the winter months, the frozen lake and surrounding mountains offer excellent photo ops with the soft winter light. While the 3-kilometer trail is flat enough for even the youngest hikers to manage, it can be slippery at times so make sure everyone has the proper gear. In the summertime, plan some extra time for kayaking, paddleboarding, or swimming.
Take A Sleigh Ride
What could be more magical for any kid than a horse-drawn sleigh ride through a snowy winter landscape? In nearby Avoriaz, you can do just that, in a handsome sleigh pulled by one of the stable’s many horses. It’s a great way to get a good tour of this picture-perfect town while keeping the kids entertained (and warm).
See a Movie
Yes, it’s not the first thing that comes to mind when visiting an Alpine ski town, but Morzine has a surprisingly modern movie theater. Located right in the center of the village, Cinema Rex plays new releases in French and English. It probably shouldn’t be first on your list of things to do with kids in Morzine, but it’s a great idea to have in mind for a day that’s too rainy or snowy for anything outdoors.
There’s no shortage of family-friendly restaurants in Morzine. La Petite Ourse (Domaine Skiable du Pleney) is located just at the bottom of Penguin Park, the best ski park for kids in town. They have an inexpensive menu with kid-friendly options including hot dogs served the French way, stuffed into a baguette. The proprietors also offer free sledges for kids to use on the miniature slope out front.
Another great lunch option on the slopes is Le Tremplin (166 Taille de Mas du Pleney) which serves kid-friendly meals in fun Bento boxes, and has great views of some of the steepest slopes. For the best hot chocolate in Morzine, head to Beanie’s Ski Shop & Coffee Bar (116 Rue Du Bourg), where they serve homemade hot chocolate decadently topped with whipped cream, marshmallows and even more chocolate.
Of course, half the fun of any family ski vacation in the French Alps depends on where you stay. Our collection of modern apartments and chalets are great for families of any size, and some even come with extras like private hot tubs, saunas, and extra large kitchens. Get in touch to find your next #Truestay with Emerald.