Trail Running

If you’re into running, love fresh air, river trails, single tracks through shaded forests, epic mountain views and literally hundreds of different trails to explore, you’re going to love Morzine!  Plus, if you come out for any our weeks runners get a 20% discount.

We’ll get you going with a great, healthy breakfast, give you some trail maps with elevation profiles and get some lunch together for you to have at the chalet or out on the mountain.  When you get back later on we’ll have freshly baked cake waiting for you and our chef will be busy in the kitchen getting a healthy dinner ready for you.

We’re based in a quiet part of Morzine and just a flat 15 minute walk into town.  The locals are big into trail running, hiking, ski touring and snow-shoeing so there’s some great trails to explore with hidden cheese farms in the mountains, cafes with a view and amazing ice cream!

If you’re coming out as a family you also have the option to buy a multi-pass which covers you for all chair lifts plus:

  • Swimming pools and alpine lakes: Châtel, Morzine, Champéry and Morgins, Les Gets and Montriond
  • Cultural centres: Aulps Abbey Discovery Centre in St Jean d’Aulps (Domaine de Découverte de la Vallée d’Aulps), Les Gets Mechanical Music Museum (Musée de la Musique Mécanique), Abondance’s Maison du Val, Abondance ‘s Abbey and Troistorrents’ Vieux Moulins de la Tine
  • Ice rinks: Châtel, Champéry and Morzine
  • Tennis centres: Abondance, Avoriaz, La Chapelle d’Abondance, Châtel, Morzine, Les Gets, Vallée d’Aulps (2 courts), Champéry and Morgins
  • Mini-golf : Les Gets, Châtel, Morgins and Vallée d’Aulps
  • Tourist road trains: Les Gets, Châtel, Morzine and Avoriaz
  • Inter-resort buses/shuttles: Balad’Aulps Bus, Colombus and TPC

Wake up in our peaceful chalet base and step onto your balcony to a stunning mountain view, full of promise and new places to discover.  Run from our chalet into a network of more than 400km of signposted trails and 48 permanent routes with maps, GPX files and elevation profiles.  Get a lift pass for the Portes du Soleil area and you’ll have access to 12 mountain village resorts and 23 linked chairlifts including trails across the French-Swiss border.  Morzine also has its own dedicated free trail running app and a Portes du Soleil Strava running group.  Check the weather with a network of webcams and if you get really stuck there’s even a rescue function on the app.

Local running trails

With so many local trails to choose from we’ve created a Google Map of some of our favourites, with a mix of grades – green through to black and a tough purple route that we’ve only walked so far!   Just click on the map to find out more and download GPX files:

Local trail running races

Morzine is in the Rhone-Alps province and in this area alone there are some 1,675 listed races throughout the year.  Within this province we’re in the Haute Savoie region, where you’ll find 207 listed trail running races from 5 and 10km, to marathons, ultra marathons, multi day races, vertical and X-hour races.

Join us for a week in Morzine and train, race and get the most out of being in the mountains.

KMV Nantaux 2012 finish lineNantaux KMV is a race like no other.  Running up a vertical 1,000m over a 2.2km course, this is an extremely steep race.  With around 125 runners entering each year, times can vary between 33 minutes and 1hr 32 minutes!  Everyone is encourage along the way and its a great event to take part in.  The race usually takes place on the last Sunday in August.

Creve Coeur which literally translates as ‘heart breaker’ and owes its name to an extremely cold stream on the Ressachaux Plateau.  The aim of this race is to climb 1,172m from Morzine to the Pointe de Ressachaux and then descend 350m to the Creux.  Its a tough run with the focus on climbing.  For details get in touch with the Morzine tourist information office.

Get in touch with us to find out more about a week with us in the mountains.