You need to pay the utility bills, but not now, you’re running late. You haven’t had time to do the laundry, so you have to make due with a pencil skirt and sweater. You can’t find an Uber, so you head down to the hot, humid subway. You miss the first train, and when the second one finally comes, it’s so packed you can barely sneak in. You make a mental list of all the things you need to do – send that report, contact the new client, run errands. You finally get to your Monday morning meeting, heart racing, and makeup melting. It’s only 9 AM. You’re a busy person.
Press Pause! You Need Time Off
Stress is the modern person’s epidemic. We know our lives are too busy, but we don’t know what to do about it. Well, how about a trip to one of the top ski resorts around the world: Morzine? Before you roll your eyes saying that you’re too busy to plan a trip, or that you don’t like skiing, take a second and listen to my pitch.
A growing body of evidence shows that the best way to increase productivity is by taking time off from your busy life. Other studies have shown that skiing can improve your happiness and satisfaction levels, making you more relaxed and, thus, more capable of tackling important tasks. Even if you don’t enjoy skiing, the quiet, snow-covered mountains of Morzine, the cute French chalets, and gourmet restaurants will help you hit your Zen before you can say “report is due tomorrow.”
Why Morzine is the Perfect Place to Decompress
Picture this: you are warming up with an herbal tea in hand, watching as skiers prepare to take the plunge. Your body is aching after a day spent on the slopes, but you are happy. As you watch the snow-covered French Alps in the dim afternoon light, you suddenly realize that you haven’t felt this relaxed in a very long time.
That’s the feel you usually get during a trip to Morzine, a charming small village in the French Alps. Although not as famous as other resorts in the area, Morzine’s accessibility (a quick 75-minute-drive from the Geneva airport) together with its impressive 650 kilometers of pistes in the extensive Portes du Soleil ski region, make it the best winter retreat for those who want to escape the stress of everyday life.
From Morzine, you can ski to the neighboring resorts of Avoriaz, Les Gets, and Chamossiere. There, you can stop to enjoy the mesmerizing view of Mont Blanc. You will find plenty of hidden corners and small chalet restaurants with tasty meals while navigating the vast runs of the Portes du Soleil.
Morzine is, without a doubt, a great destination for your skiing trip, but there’s a downside that I have to mention. Because of its low altitude, the skiing conditions aren’t always great, so you need to pay close attention to the weather when booking an early or late-season trip in Morzine.
The good news is that even if sometimes there isn’t as much snow as you might have wanted, there are still plenty of things to do to pass the time.
6 Relaxing Things to Do in Morzine
There’s something for everyone in Morzine. Dedicated skiers can enjoy more than 650 kilometers of marked pistes, with Morzine being the capital of them. Non-skiers can experience alternative winter sports, or they can spend their days being pampered in spas, enjoying some authentic French cuisine, or relaxing in a charming Morzine chalet.
Here are some of the activities you can enjoy in this picturesque French village.
- Food and Drinks
France is famed for its exquisite cuisine and award-winning wines (and, as studies show, one drink of red wine is good for circulation). So, what better way to decompress after a stressful period at work than by enjoying a glass of wine in a chic chalet restaurant in Morzine, with a breathtaking view of the French Alps?
One of the best ways to decompress in the marvelous Morzine, besides skiing, of course, is through paragliding. This amazing experience allows you to enjoy the stunning view of Mont Blanc, the Dents du Midi, and the Dents Blanches from above. Talk about a change of perception!
Skiing is fun and healthy, but it doesn’t allow you to discover the hidden gems of Morzine. With snowshoeing, on the other hand, you can hike through pristine winter wilderness or climb a mountain peak for a stunning view of the city.
If you don’t feel like venturing out into the wilderness, you can simply take a leisurely stroll along the river Dranse and enjoy the serene alpine scenery that Morzine has to offer. If you are feeling a bit more energetic, you can follow the river out of town and reach the Nyon waterfall, a truly magical place during winter time. If you are lazy, even a quick stroll through the town can be an interesting experience. There are plenty of bridges, chalets, and taverns to discover.
- Husky Dog Sledding
Studies have shown that experiences bring more happiness to people than material possessions. That said, I am more than confident that a husky dog sledding ride will make you forget about your stress and worries in no time. You’ll get plenty of exercise trying to control the sled and keep it upright, and you’ll definitely have a thrilling time hanging on for dear life when you cut corners.
- Retail Therapy
Morzine has an impressive range of shops for a small alpine town. You can find quality mountain style clothing that is hard to find in most big cities. There are also plenty of souvenir shops selling locally made jugs, bowls, wooden toys, or homemade chocolate.
- Pampering and Relaxing
The entire purpose of your trip to Morzine is to forget about your endless to-do list and relax. So how about heading to the swimming pool complex and spending an hour (or two, or three) in the two Turkish baths and three saunas. If you’re lucky enough to have accommodation with a hot tub, that’s even better. Pour yourself a glass of Chardonnay and soak a few hours away.
There are a few spas and wellness centers in Morzine offering a plethora of treatments, such as massages, facials, reflexology, or even Indian head massages. Spend just one hour in one of these facilities, and you’ll feel months of stress melting off of your shoulders.
Maybe a skiing weekend in Morzine won’t make your to-do list shorter, and you’ll still have to finish that report, but you’ll definitely return more relaxed and able to focus better and for longer periods of time. You might also notice that you are less sensitive to the stress in your life. So, don’t let your busy schedule stop you from booking a trip to the amazing Morzine.