Morzine is a historical town. With a history stretching back 1000 years, there is a lot to discover. The history is all around in the architecture and the layout of the town. But it is also a town that has adapted with the times and looks to the future, which is also evident all around.
The main projects planned for the town show the forward thinking attitude towards tourism. A large part of the planning for the future has involved looking at ways to improve the infrastructure of town. This Includes improving the traffic flow to ensure that traffic jams and pollution are reduced. It also includes plans for the new ski lift linking Morzine with Avoriaz.
From the inception of the first ski lift at the Pleney in 1934 there have been a number of key dates that have contributed to the development of Morzine as a ski resort, from the construction of new lifts to the unification of the local resorts into the Portes Du Soleil.
Looking further back into the heritage of Morzine shows the development from a small agricultural settlement to a major centre for the slate industry. These helped to bring money into the area which put Morzine in a perfect position financially when the ski industry began to take off, allowing the town to develop the ski area. The modern history of Morzine is inextricably linked with this era of Morzine history and all contributed to the development of the modern town.
As Morzine has developed into a well known tourist destination the town has hosted various events to help promote local businesses and tourism in the area. Over the years these have included FIS World Cup ski races in the winter, the Passportes Du Soleil mountain bike event to get the summer mountain bike season under way, the Harley Days Harley Davidson bike festival every two years and probably the biggest event of them all, the Tour de France which has visited Morzine on a few occasions in its history, with some huge climbs in the area providing a real challenge for the riders and an epic backdrop for the spectators.