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Enriching quality of life through year round mountain activities, especially with life-enhancing snow-sport activities, in the interests of health and well-being.

Assisted Mountain Activities in Morzine

Morzine is a fantastic village and ski resort suitable for regardless of your health needs, special needs, life-threatening and life-changing conditions. It is a "flat" village and therefore, depending on snow conditions good for wheelchair users. The local ESF ski school has instructors who can teach anybody especially those with a physical need, cognitive such as Down's Syndrome and Autism, and they have specialst ski equipment - however, it is not available for rent by independent skiers. It is also home town for one of France's well-known Paralympic skiers Yohann Taberlet.

There are a good selection of places to stay, although not many self-catering or catered chalets with wheelchair access. There are several hotels with adapted bathroom and bedrooms very close to the Pleney Lift. This is being restructured and will be accessible for wheelchair users for the winter 2013-2014.

The village of Morzine has a weatlth of activities and things to do when not skiing and is very much a family resort but seems to cater for all ages! An excellent selection of restauants, bistros, bars and the ever ubiquious pub!

Accessing the mountain restaurants and meeting up with family and friends is easy for non-skier. However there is a walk across the snow, about 10 mins to reach the well-known and charming restaurant called Le Vaffieu. A pedestrian pass is available from the ski lift office and the tourist office will be delighted to help with other activities.

Who Benefits

If you, a friend or family member have any of the following then Morzine might work brilliantly for your ski or summer holiday. This is by no means an exhaustive list (it would be impossible to include every condition) but many have similar or common factors. As often someone may have a condition that we have not yet come across please do ask us if you are interested in the resort and we can try to help.

  • all conditions
  • amputee
  • autism
  • aspergers
  • brain injury
  • cancer
  • cystic fibrosis
  • cognitive
  • cerebral palsy
  • down's syndrome
  • duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • epilepsy
  • hearing impaired
  • hemiplegia
  • quadraplegic
  • orthopaedic
  • paraplegic
  • parkinson's disease
  • motor neuron disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • learning difficulties
  • muscular dystrophy
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • spina Bifida
  • spinal Injury
  • stroke
  • transplant
  • rett Syndrome
  • visually impaired
  • william's syndrome

We do advise that if you have any health issues that might be affected by extreme temperatures; altitude or have had surgery or an on-going physical / neurological condition that might be or could be affected by being moved at speed, over rough or uneven terrain or being on or in a ski lift please do contact us for more advice before going ahead and booking your holiday. Another resort might work better for you.

Click here for more information on specific conditions

Places to Stay in Morzine

Morzine has a great selection of hotels, apartments and chalets suitable for all visitors. Accessible accommodation in Morzine is also available for wheelchair users (dependent on type of wheelchair) and those with limited mobility.

If a place is listed below it will have been visited by Ski 2 Freedom or will be personally known to us. However, any accommodation listed on this page is by no means all that is available in the resort. To have a full list of places, please contact us, and if possible please state your preferred requirements.

Chalet Arthur

www.alptitude.com

Morzine Photos

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Mountain Activities - Sporty and Fun

Mountain based activities, whether sporting or non-sporting, summer or winter, are empowering elements to life but please note that many may not be suitable for your condition or specific need. Activity providers, guides and instructors will often go out of their way to accommodate the needs of everyone but please understand if they are unable to do so for you. Always worth making further enquiries either via the organization responsible, the tourist office or Ski 2 Freedom.

Filter activities by season:

  • air boarding
  • archery and shooting
  • bobsleigh luge and skeleton
  • bowling
  • bouldering
  • canoeing rafting and kayaking
  • climbing - ice
  • climbing - rock
  • climbing - indoor
  • curling
  • cycling
  • donkey trekking
  • e-bikes
  • fat bikes
  • fishing
  • glacier skiing
  • golf
  • horse riding and trekking
  • horse sleigh rides
  • hot air ballooning
  • husky dog rides
  • ice diving
  • ice driving
  • ice fishing
  • ice hockey
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • off road buggies
  • paragliding
  • piste basher driving
  • rafting
  • roller coaster
  • sailing and rowing
  • ski bikes
  • ski jumping
  • skidooing
  • skiing - alpine and downhill
  • skiing - biathlon
  • skiing - cross country
  • skiing - freestyle and boarder x
  • skiing - heli skiing
  • skiing - off-piste and ski touring
  • skiing - ski joering
  • snakeglisse
  • snow park
  • snow shoe walking
  • snowboarding
  • skiing - telemarking
  • tennis
  • tobogganing
  • tubing
  • via ferrata
  • walking and hiking
  • yooner
  • zip line

For more information on mountain activities in Morzine please contact us.

Mountain Activities - Relax and Rejuvenate

Filter activities by season:

  • baroque churches
  • christmas markets
  • clinical and medical treatment
  • family fun time
  • farming and cheese production
  • film location
  • food and gastronomie
  • gentle walks
  • history and local culture
  • hydro therapy
  • literature
  • local markets
  • mountain tramway
  • music festivals - classic and jazz
  • music festivals - rock and pop
  • painting and sketching
  • photography
  • polo
  • spa and wellness
  • wildlife
  • wine tours
  • yoga

For more information on mountain activities in Morzine please contact us.

Ski Schools and Assisted Sport Providers in Morzine

ESF Morzine

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ESF Morzine

The ski school has some exceptional instructors for assisted and adaptive skiing. Although based in Morzine, if there is availability and no one is able to teach from ESF Avoriaz, then they are able to go up to Avoriaz - as shown by our BLOG on Wyn Austin skiing with one leg in Avoriaz further down this page.

Ski 2 Freedom has been working with the ESF here for many years and both François and Laurent (Tigrou) along with the other instructors are highly recommended for all types of adaptive and assisted skiing

*Cher Michel,

Nous voudrions vous remercier beaucoup pour l'occasion fantastique de skier avec vous, Jacob et votre handiski. Comme vous le savez déjà, Jacob s'est réjoui de l'expérience et adore regarder les photos, dont j'attache quelques-unes.

Nous aimerions certainement le refaire l'année prochaine et nous prendrons contacte avec vous bien à l'avance pour être sûrs d'avoir des réservations. Dans l'entretemps, je vais passer vos détails à Catherine Cosby de www.ski2freedom.com, une organisation qui cherche à encourager les activités dans les montagnes pour les adultes et enfants handicapés.

Merci encore une fois, cela nous a fait tous énormément de plaisir.

Cordialement et à l'année prochaine, Tracey Howes Fév 2013 mother of son with Down's Syndrome (Jacob)*

Ski Schools and Assisted Sport Providers in Morzine

ESF Morzine

www.esf-morzine.com/

The ski school has some exceptional instructors for assisted and adaptive skiing. Although based in Morzine, if there is availability and no one is able to teach from ESF Avoriaz, then they are able to go up to Avoriaz - as shown by our BLOG on Wyn Austin skiing with one leg in Avoriaz further down this page.

Equipment Available

Please contact the ski school for more information on booking lessons and equipment hire.

Please contact the ski school for more information on booking lessons and equipment hire.

  • Dual Ski
  • Dual Ski Piloted
  • Stabilisers - 3 track and 4 track
  • Tempo Uniski
  • Tandemski
  • Tandemflex
Learn more about adaptive equipment

Tourist Office and Places of Interest in the Resort and Surrounding Area

To get a better idea and understanding of the ski resort of Morzine and what else they can offer you for your holiday, we suggest you look up their website as every Tourist Office offers a fascinating and exciting insight into what they and the surrounding area can offer visitors. In addition many have a dedicated website or page for those who are in need of assistance, disabled, with young children and babies and those of us just getting on a bit in life!

www.morzine-avoriaz.com/

Adaptive Tourism:
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Savoie Mont Blanc Adaptive Tourism

What People Say about Morzine and Ski 2 Freedom Foundation

The following are delighted to share their experiences with you on how Morzine was able to assist and empower them to have a life enhancing winter and ski holiday. If you would like to speak directly with one of our beneficiaries please contact us so we can put you in touch – sometimes sharing a similar condition can be most reassuring especially for first timers!

The Howes family say thank you to the ESF for providing over 5 years of adaptive skiing for their son Jacob (Down's Syndrome)

Cher Michel,

Nous voudrions vous remercier beaucoup pour l'occasion fantastique de skier avec vous, Jacob et votre handiski. Comme vous le savez déjà, Jacob s'est réjoui de l'expérience et adore regarder les photos, dont j'attache quelques-unes.

Nous aimerions certainement le refaire l'année prochaine et nous prendrons contacte avec vous bien à l'avance pour être sûrs d'avoir des réservations. Dans l'entretemps, je vais passer vos détails à Catherine Cosby de www.ski2freedom.com, une organisation qui cherche à encourager les activités dans les montagnes pour les adultes et enfants handicapés.

Merci encore une fois, cela nous a fait tous énormément de plaisir.

Cordialement et à l'année prochaine, Tracey Howes

Wyn Austin, in Avoriaz, first time skiing after his amputation and this is what he told us:

*When I arrived I Avoriaz and was waiting for my instructor I was fairly nervous. However my instructor Francois (ESF Morzine) was brilliant from the offset. I had a two hour lesson with him which resulted with me stable, turning, stopping and having the confidence to go off on my own! Over the 3 days I was skiing my confidence grew and I was flying down the slopes with as much speed and control as my friends I had gone with.

Not only was I over the moon that I had been able to learn skiing again, but the excitement that continued throughout the time away was amazing. It was amazing experience that I want to carry on. I couldn’t suggest it more to anyone.”*

News and Blog Articles

All the news, feedback articles and press releases illustrate how Morzine helps to enhance people’s lives. Also, in many cases, showing how Ski 2 Freedom works in close association with Morzine to help raise awareness of the empowering benefits of mountain activities such as skiing and promoting accessible, social and inclusive tourism.

If on reading our Morzine page, you have your own experiences and feedback of the resort (winter or summer) that you would like to share or feel would be encouraging to others, please do not hesitate to send them to us for inclusion on both our website and social media – photos and film clips also welcome.

News about Morzine

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Ski and Travel Companies

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Fraser Wilkin
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Access to Our Full Comprehensive Portfolio

Ski 2 Freedom Foundation would like to make it clear that we regard everyone as an individual and that no two people will have the same needs and requirements. Therefore please note that what you see on this page regarding assisted or adaptive skiing and accommodation, may not be suitable for you, or someone you know. However, if you think this destination would be a good ski resort for you, then please contact us to discuss your personal requirements and we will endeavour to see if the resort will meet these.

We hope that you have found the information on this page helpful and a chance to make a decision on where to go for your winter holiday. However, we know that often much more discussion is required and therefore we invite you to contact us as we hold extensive information on all our ski resorts – please contact us.

Our information has and is obtained by means of extensive personal research at a cost, often to the Foundation, we only give this out to those that request it and is not for general public use. For our beneficiaries this information is free but for a company or organisation we make a nominal charge via donation.

Ski 2 Freedom provides specific information on the activities for skiers with a disability, additional need or life-challenging illness, etc. plus useful extras such as wheelchair accessible places to stay; so we are not going to also reproduce amazing information and advice on ski resorts which has been collected by ski journalists, skiers and ski companies which are dedicated to this service - what we can do is to link you to these sites which may well give you some extra background information on a specific ski resort and help you make up your mind as to where you might go!

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