Trail Running in Morzine: An Alpine Adventure


With its breathtaking landscapes, well-marked trails, and varying degrees of difficulty, Morzine has become an excellent destination for runners seeking both challenge and beauty. Whether you’re a seasoned trail runner or a beginner looking to explore the sport, Morzine provides the ultimate trail running playground.

Extensive lift system

Morzine is part of the Portes du Soleil, one of the largest ski areas in the world, which transforms into a lush green paradise during the summer months. The options of taking lifts to the higher alpine allows you to start your run immediately with breath taking views at altitude. Additionally, you can combine running and lifts to allow you to connect easily to Switzerland for a truly unique running experience.

 Options for All Levels

One of the great advantages of trail running in Morzine is the variety of routes available. Whether you prefer short, gentle runs or challenging, technical ascents, there’s a trail for everyone which are marked by easy to spot numbered signs.

Beginners can start with an easy loop around Lake Montriond, a relatively flat trail that offers stunning reflections of the surrounding mountains in the water and an option to cool off after!

For a more moderate challenge, the Col de Cou route provides a gradual climb with the reward of reaching the Swiss border at the summit. Runners can finish the trail at Chalet les mines D’or where you can have lunch with a view!

Experienced runners looking for a test of endurance can tackle the Vertical Kilometre of Nantaux, a demanding ascent that gains 1,000 meters in elevation over just a few kilometers. The challenge is not only physical but also mental, as you push yourself to conquer the steep terrain.

If you are looking for route inspiration you can go to https://espacestrail.run/en/morzineavoriaztrailrunning/parcours/222346 which provides an interactive map of the trails in the area.

Embracing Nature

Maple the trail dog enjoying the summer Lupines.

Trail running in Morzine is not just about the physical challenge; it’s also about immersing yourself in nature. The region is rich in biodiversity, and as you run through the forests and meadows, you may encounter a variety of wildlife, including marmots, chamois, and birds of prey. The trails are lined with vibrant wildflowers in the summer, adding beautiful colours to your run. And with so much to explore, you can easily find moments of quiet and serenity to get your breath back!

 

Community and Events

Morzine has a large trail running community, and there are several events throughout the year that attract runners from all over the world. One of the most notable is the Trail des Hauts-Forts which is held the first weekend of August. A challenging race that takes participants through some of the most stunning and rugged terrain in the area. There are three different courses to choose from and you can register by following this link https://www.avoriaz.com/en/fiche/trail-des-hauts-forts-morzine-avoriaz/
Our neighbours in Les Gets also host a trail running event with multiple distance options. You can peek at the courses by following this link https://www.lesgets.com/traildesgets/les-courses/

 

Views of the magnificant Mont Blanc!

Practical Tips

When planning a trail running adventure in Morzine, it’s important to be correctly prepared. The weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, so bring appropriate clothing and gear. A good pair of trail running shoes with excellent grip is essential for navigating the varied terrain. Hydration and nutrition are also crucial, especially on longer runs, so carry enough water and energy snacks. Even better is to combine a run with a lunch stop at a mountain refuge!

Respect for the environment is paramount. Stick to the marked trails, avoid disturbing wildlife, and carry out all litter. By practicing responsible trail running, you help preserve the beauty of Morzine for future generations to enjoy.

Time to book your next trail running escape?

Whether you’re seeking solitude on a quiet trail or the excitement of a competitive race, Morzine has something to offer every trail runner. So lace up your shoes, hit the trails, and discover the magic of running in the Portes du Soleil.

Get in touch to discuss short break options around trail running events!