Lac Montriond is a year-round beauty spot just 15 minutes away from Morzine. After a short flight, and then an easy transfer from Geneva to Morzine, most travellers arrive fairly refreshed and ready to hit the ground running. Exploring Morzine and its surrounding beauty, is one of the most singularly pleasurable elements of this region. |
Lac Montriond is a unique experience that is completely different according to the season in which you visit. The scenery found in the summer is stunningly transformed, almost unrecognisably, once the winter weather sets in. The adventures found in the summer are equally as exciting as the ones found in the winter.
The Origins of Beauty
Lac Montriond’s history is somewhat mysterious. It is agreed that the lake was created after a landslide from the north-west section of the Nantaux Mountain. However, scientists speculate that this could have happened anywhere from 300 to 4500 year ago! The landslide resulted in a natural dam of an existing river and thus Lac Montriond was formed.
The lake’s natural water level was prone to extreme fluctuations until 1990 when man-made interventions helped to stabilize it. Consequently, the region has seen a huge boom in the tourist industry as the lake provides an exciting playground of a variety of different activities all year round.
Lake Montriond is truly a favourite with those seeking tranquillity, serenity and a chance to reconnect with nature. Although the area is popular with families it is a vast landscape that is full of quiet hiking trails, largely private inlets, steep sided cliffs and canopied forests.
Along with the usual array of water sports – such as swimming, pedal boats, fishing, canoeing and kayaking – are some other, unique excursions and activities worth exploring. Lake Montriond is one of 23 iconic geosites of the Chablais UNESCO Global Geopark. Visitors can access a free guide to a hiking trail that explains the valley’s glacial history, the formation of the lake and waterfalls, as well as some local history. Other hiking paths can be explored on horseback or by bike.
One of the enduring attributes of this region is its accessibility. Numerous flights are available from most UK airports and once you arrive it is an easy transfer from Geneva to Morzine. Morzine is also easily explored with many public transportation options as well as the pleasure of navigating the village on foot.
Morzine is perhaps best known as a skiers’ paradise. However, after hitting the slopes and satisfying the need for speed it is fun to explore the other adventures on offer in the area. Visitors taking a break from the slopes have reported that one of the region’s most unique activities can be found at Lake Montriond in the dead of winter.
For the best tales to tell your envious friends back home, pluck up the courage to go Under-Ice Diving in the freezing waters of the lake itself. This is simply a thrill like no other as you explore the beautiful, silent depths under the frozen surface of the lake. The ice formations and beautiful water has an otherworldly essence that cannot be found anywhere else.
How to Get There
Whether you are jetting off for a summer week away or snowy ski-lovers getaway, Morzine is an ideal destination. After a short flight from any UK airport, and then an easy Shuttle Direct transfer from Geneva to Morzine, most visitors arrive ready to explore the region and many highly recommend a daytrip to Lake Montriond. The epic beauty of the lake, in either winter or summer, is a stunning background to a romantic picnic, active day on the lake, fascinating hiking opportunities, or an icy plunge into the deep. Whatever your interests, Lake Montriond can fulfil them and more!
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable transfer from Geneva to Morzine, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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