For the Better part of one hundred years the recent history of Morzine has been closely linked with winter sports, beginning with skiing and more recently snowboarding.
1934 — First Cable Car
In 1934 the town of Morzine borrowed funds to build what would be only the second lift of its kind to be built in France, following on from the example set by Chamonix. This lift was the Pleney. This led to a huge increase in skiing and the resort continued to grow. Increased income from tourism led to the next major development in the area.
1952 — The Francois Baud Footbridge
Completed in 1952 the Francois Baud footbridge, or passerelle, is a suspension bridge that links the Pleney side of Morzine with the Montriond side of the valley. It is one of the dominant features of the town, rising up from the Dérêches.
1960 — Jean Vuarnet gold medal
In 1960 local skier Jean Vuarnet travelled to the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics where he won the gold medal in downhill skiing. Vuarnet returned to Morzine with a dream of creating the “Aspen of the Alps” He was asked by the town to help develop skiing in the area.
1963 — Avoriaz
Vuarnet had long seen the potential for skiing in the Chavanettes and Hauts Forts areas. This led to his desire to build Avoriaz. Vuarnet began construction in 1963 with the construction of the Prodains cable car. After running into financial problems Vuarnet contacted a builder from Paris by the name of Robert Bremond. Bremond assembled a group of young architects - Jean-Jaques Orzoni, Jean-Marc Roques and Jaques Labro. Their plan for the resort was to go against the fashion of constructing concrete blocks and instead build somewhere that would blend in with the surrounding mountains.
2012 — The indoor Swimming Pool
In the summer of 2012 the new swimming pool complex opened in the Dérêches. The outdoor facilities include a 50 x 21 metre olympic swimming pool heated to 27 degrees, a paddling pool, a teaching pool and sun loungers. The inside area includes a heated swimming pool, a teaching pool, a paddling pool and a spa area including Turkish baths.