View from the top: the Portes du Soleil

Canyoning Waterfall in Morzine

Canyoning down a waterfall in Morzine

The summer season starts here
The summer is season is well underway here at Hôtel La Renardière in Morzine. Guests and staff alike are truly making the most of all that the Portes du Soleil has to offer, with the sun shining and the town coming to life. Whilst Morzine is well known as a Mecca for downhill biking there are many more activities available, which those of us from Hôtel La Renardière and sister hotels The Ridge and Hôtel Christiania have been discovering.

The Team does Canyoning
Tuesday saw six Alpine Elements staff head out with the Evolution 2 adventure school to give Canyoning a whirl. As its name suggests, Canyoning does indeed involve traveling down canyons by walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping and swimming, all of which commences with abseiling from a bridge towards the

Abseiling in the Portes du Soleil

Abseiling in the Portes du Soleil

torrents of the river below! Hurdling gaps over seemingly razor sharp rocks and descending a waterfall are all a part of this venture so as long as you have a head for heights and don’t mind the chill of the water this will be right up your street. Don’t let the fear in the eyes of my colleagues, pictured, fool you – all agreed that the excitement from Canyoning is well worth it!

Seen from the Summit
In other news, the Pleney lift in Morzine and the Chavannes in Les Gets are now open, allowing bikers and walkers speedy passage to the peaks high above the resorts below. I went up the Pleney lift myself on Thursday morning to survey the breathtaking views of the valley. The summit was alive with walkers heading higher and bikers enjoying the descent. Whatever your reason for heading up the mountain, the views are not to be missed. The valley was dotted with paragliders, overlooked by the cliff top resort of Avoriaz with even Lake Geneva clearly visible in the distance.

Canyoning Crew

The Alpine Elements Canyon Crew after the exhillarating waterfall descent

I’m very excited about what this Summer has to offer despite not partaking in downhill biking. The Multipass offers a wealth of pursuits throughout the Portes du Soleil, many of which are within easy access from Morzine, and I definitely have my eye on a few of the activities on the list.

Further afield
Equally, Morzine is well situated to visit the surrounding areas too. Chamonix and Geneva are both only a little over an hour away if you fancy a day’s change of scene. I’m off to Chamonix tomorrow to visit Helen, manager of the Alpine Elements Boule de Neige chalet and hotel. I know from past memory that Chamonix too is a very picturesque resort at the foot of Mont Blanc and I’m looking forward to the visit.

Over the coming weeks we’ll keep you up to date with the lastest from Morzine and Hôtel La Renardière and hopefully give you the inspiration to come and pay us a visit.

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