When the first snowflakes come to cover the peaks of the Alps, it is usually for the delight of ski enthusiasts ! But when the practice of sliding sports is not innate, there are many other activities to enjoy the joys of the mountain in winter.
1. Snowshoe walks
Land of hiking and trail, when snow falls, the Alps transform into a vast domain accessible to snowshoes, the ideal to discover natural, calm and enchanting places.
Generally, the first snowshoes outings start in december and can continue until april. Morzine is really the ideal place for discovering snowshoes. Morzine's guides offers group outings during the day or ½ day. But if you wish, there is nothing to prevent you from renting a good pair of snowshoes and going independently to discover the snowy landscapes, while being of course always careful.
2. Dive into the icy waters
Watching the Great Blue, who never dreamed of playing Jacques Mayol and going out to conquer the great deep blue under a thcik layer of ice ? It is now possible... in the lake of Montriond !
Magical experience, you can dive under the ice a few kilometers from Morzine. In addition, each dive is totally unique since the glacial formations vary according to the temperatures and currents and can sometines reach up to a meter thick !
3. Snowmobile ride
Let's come back to earth or rather to snow with our third activity outside ski : Snowmobiling !
In Avoriaz, snowmobile tours with a guide are offered, ranging from 15 to 90 minutes. Driver or passenger, you choose ! Day or night, you will be taken away from a sense of freedom amidst landscapes all more magical than each other. Don't forget to dress warmly ! We would recommend wearing mittens and a warm hat too much.
4. Sled dog ride
The idea of discovering the region by sled dogs would certainly not come to mind... And yet ! Morzine offers this activity.
5. Hiking on foot
Some trails remain accessible to hikers throughout the year. This is the case, for example, with trails along the Dranse. A beautiful way to enjoy the winter sun in Morzine.
6. Ski touring
A must-see trend this winter 2019/2020, ski touring allows you to enjoy the pristine slopes of ski lifts. Unlike cross-country skiing, the activity allows you to climb the peaks, thanks to "sealskins" fixed under the ski to avoid slipping. For the descent, just remove the skins and fix its heels and to you the wide spaces.
7. Massage, spa & wellness
Hotel Le Dahu has a space reserved for relaxation and well-being. This space is also accessible to outsiders (every day from 10am to 4pm and by reservation only). So, after having followed the activities all day long, you can enjoy the wellness area with panoramic swimming pool facing south, hot tub, sauna & hammam. Not to mention our wide range of massages and treatments, whether solo or in a duo cabin.
8. The zip line
From Châtel and comfortably installed in a harness, you fly almost 100km/h and up to 240m high the hamlet of Plaine-Dranse. This winter, take some height with a zipline. Between the sky and earth, this activity provides strong sensations while safe. A way to enjoy the mountain landscapes while full of strong emotions. The experience does not last long but it leaves a lasting impression of absolute freedom.
9. Night Hiking
Nothing very original, or very new... But the offer is diversifying and the programs are becoming more and more attractive. Among the best ideas for this winter are the night hikes. On the program : sunset, sounds of the mountain at night, amazing clarity of the snow... And the highlight : a traditional dinner (fondu, raclette..) in an igloo. After the effort, comfort !
10. Enjoy mountain specialities
Can you really go to the mountains in winter without enjoying real mountain specialities prepared with good local products ? It is always a real pleasure to taste different cheese specialities accompanied by a good Savoy wine.
In the end...
Like those who go to the sun only to practice lazing by the sea, it would be a shame to go to the mountains in winter only to ski from morning to night 7 days a week without discovering other activities.
There are so many activities or outings to diversify the pleasures of snow... And for those who do not ski at all, we hope that this small panel of activities will make you want to try a stay at the Dahu.
This can only be beneficial to the mind and health. There is nothing like a good breath of fresh air in beautiful snowy landscapes !