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by Ivan Sache
Morzine is a municipality of ca. 3,000 inhabitants (permanent population).
The village of Morzine was established on the confluency of six torrents, whose confluency constitutes the river Dranse. Located in the Chablais massif in the French Prealps, Morzine remained a relatively isolated mountain village, whose main activities were mountain pasturage and slate extraction.
In the 1930s, the hotel-keeper Francois Baud tranformed the village into a summer and winter mountain resort. Morzine became rapidly the main center of tourism in the Upper-Chablais.
In 1960, Morzine gained world fame when the Morzinois skier Jean Vuarnet won the downhill in the Olympics of Squaw Valley. Vuarnet was one of the first skiers to use metal skis and invented the legendary "egg-position". Jean Vuarnet was later one of the founders of the controversial ski resort of Avoriaz, located on the territory of Morzine, which extended the ski area of Morzine up to 2,500 m a.s.l. Morzine is also the arrival of a classical stage of Tour de France (via the Col de Joux-Plane).
Ivan Sache, 30 December 2000
The municipal flag, a banner of the municipal arms, is vertically divided red-yellow. It can be seen in various places of the village.
Ivan Sache, 30 December 2000Red dog casino