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Yesterday we told you about BBQ’s today it’s all about bathing and basking in the sun! We’ve made it our job to help you make your visit to the Portes du Soleil one to remember. Our daily guide to everything summery across the region will make sure you don’t miss a trick when planning your stay here. From BBQ’s, to events, bar openings to restaurant specials, we’ll make sure you know about it all. This is the place to be come snow or sun…We’ve got it all!
It’s hot – we’re seeing temperatures of 30 degress in Morzine, but don’t worry, we’re here to help you cool down! We’ve been finding the best bathing spots around Morzine, to help you chill out and also top up that mountain tan. Sadly gentlemen, you’ll have to dig out your speedos for some of our suggestions...
Obviously being in the Alps means we’ve got a wealth of lakes to choose from if we fancy a little outside dip. In this heat it’s often appealing to just run and jump into the sparkling blue alpine water, but remember less than 2 months ago our lakes were completely frozen so the water is still very very cold - you’d have a bit of a shock if you jumped in in your swimming costume. Lac Montriond is a great place to visit if you fancy some lake swimming but do take a wetsuit! There’s also a little splash pool at the lake if the children fancy a quick dip and with plenty of grassy areas to lie on, it’s an ideal place to do some sunbathing.
Similarly a little further away from Morzine, is Lake Vonnes in Chatel. It’s another great place to take the whole family, and much like Lac Montriond, has loads of watersports on offer if lying in the sun just doesn’t tickle your fancy. Les Gets has a great supervised swimming lake as well [just to the side of the Chavannes chair lift]. Again, it’ll still be pretty chilly but as the summer goes on temperatures there will begin to rise. It’s a great pace to go for some summer swimming and with its slides and splash parks it’s a great place for the little ones as well.
If you’d rather watch whilst the kids have a splash in the water head up to the Lindarets bowl which is just above the Goat Village. Sit yourself at a bar, which backs right onto the stream where the children can splash whilst you have a bite to eat and a drink. There are slides to keep them entertained and plenty of shade to keep you all cool - Ideal if you’re not up for getting wet yourself.
If you like to add a little bit of adventure to your bathing frolicks, then there are lots of activity centres around the region, which offer canyoning experiences. It’s a little bit more sheltered than some of our main lakes but will still cool you down if you’re finding the heat a little too much. You’ll climb through waterfalls, slide through rock pools and dunk yourself in icy streams.
If braving the temperatures of wild swimming and canyoning doesn’t really tickle your fancy, don’t worry, there are plenty of places around Morzine offering a similar experience but with the added bonus of heated water! In Morzine itself, the outdoor swimming complex is now open. I’m told it still feels a little chilly when you first jump in but you get used to it pretty quickly. It’s been full ever since it opened at the weekend with families making the most of the sunny, warm weather. Sadly there’s a no shorts rule at the pool, so gentlemen, it’s Speedos or you can’t come in!
A little out of Morzine and a cable car ride or a short drive away is the aquatic centre in Avoriaz. It’s not an outdoor pool but has a very popular hot tub on its terrace, which looks out across the surrounding mountains. Another great place to relax whilst the children play on the indoor slides and in the splash pools. If you’re able to travel even further afield, the beach area in Thonon is very popular when the weather peaks in summer. There are several heated pools, lots of ice cream huts and lots of space to catch some rays. It's well worth a visit if you’ve got wheels to get you there.
Now if all of this feels, well, a little noisy and over exertive in this heat, believe me we understand. Here at Morznet, we like nothing more than sitting down with a glass of chilled fizz and some peace and quiet. So if you’re looking for somewhere to go to relax but still get some precious tanning done and a gentle swim, The Grange a Germaine in Montriond might be the perfect choice for you. Book in for a spa treatment or a sit in one of their mountain view hot tubs. Order a chilled wine, open your book and unwind. You’ll be a calm, serene and bronzed beauty in no time. (You can thank us later!)
So as always, the Portes du Soliel has come up trumps with it’s offering of water fun and sun bathing spots. So what are you waiting for? Sun cream on, swimming cozzie in bag and off you go!!! Tomorrow it’s all about the best places to go if you want to avoid the sun and stay cool…there are activities across the Portes du Soleil with shady spots waiting just for you!!