Morzine, France: hill climbs in the French Alps

Why go there?

Morzine, part of the Portes du Soleil networks of resorts, is a mecca for off-road riders, with thousands drawn to the French Alps each summer in search of mountain highs. Morzine is one of the most northerly resorts in the Alps and so a popular choice for motorists arriving from the UK.

What to do

The beauty of Morzine is not only in the spectacular Alpine scenery but the variety of off-road riding it offers, from family cycling to downhill mountain biking. And from off-road bike parks to beginner-friendly cross-country loops – there’s something for everyone. What’s more, if you don’t want to ride uphill, Morzine’s ski lift network will do the hard work for you. Road cyclists will find Tour de France climbs on the resort’s doorstep, including the iconic Col de Joux Plane. Morzine also offers a host of off-the-bike activities, including hiking, golf, canyoning, horse riding, climbing and more.


Where to stay and eat

The Riders Retreat in Morzine offers self-catering or bed and breakfast/half-board accommodation specifically for mountain bikers, with a bike storage area, jet wash and workshop facilities. Bike hire is widely available in Morzine. Prices from €600 per week for up to three people.