Via Ferrata Morzine
If you have a head for heights and want to do some climbing then the local area around Morzine is the perfect place to start.
Via ferrata, if you have never heard of it, is Italian for “iron road” which is a protected climbing route. It is essentially a steel cable which runs along a route and is fixed to the rockface roughly every 3 to 10 metres. Along the route you can find different climbing aids and grips such as iron rungs, pegs, carved steps and even bridges. You will need to hire the correct climbing equipment for this (kits cost 16 euros/day or 11 euros/half a day) from Ardent-Sports in Montriond and consists of a helmet, harness and sling.
If you head down the valley (towards Thonon) to the small village of St Jean D’Alp (about 10mins drive), you will find ‘Elephant rock’. This rock is the local crag which has both sports climbing and via ferrata routes on it. It is popular for beginner to intermediate climbers as the routes are moderate to easy, and because of the ease of access.
On the Elephant you can find 3 Via Ferrata routes, ideal for beginner up to advanced levels. Starting at the bottom of the route you make your way up the rock tackling the various grips and admiring the view. Then at the top sit back and admire the spectacular view up the valley towards Morzine and Mt Blanc’s snowy top.
Talk to our Resort Managers Jack & Wendy for more info on Via Ferrata routes in & around Morzine when you arrive in resort.
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