On a sunny plateau south facing and overlooking the Morzine valley, Avoriaz is located in the heart of the vast alpine Portes du Soleil. Close to the Swiss border, between Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva, the station mimetic architecture is the perfect example of modernism integrated nature. Nestled in lush mountain pastures, Avoriaz is a resort in the enchanting area: pines, lakes, greenery, chalets, varied wildlife... Station without car, symbol of the town environmental protection, Avoriaz is also renowned for its architecture where unusual wooden chalets seem to merge with the rocky back plan.
Pedestrianized, it's a feature that offers a quality of life at the heart of the resort. Tonic, it helps to relax with family while enjoying the beautiful landscape to explore.
Avoriaz comes as a great leisure club with a multitude of activities in the village center: Adventure trail for children, children's village, horseback riding, archery, beach volleyball, mini golf, multi-sports area. In this great area of freedom, children play freely. In July 2012, opened Avoriaz Aquariaz a real aquatic paradise to discover!
Avoriaz 1800 is the heart of the largest ski area International of Europe: Les Portes du Soleil. A common package to 12 Portes du Soleil, giving access to 650 km of slopes allows skiers to cross the border freely and give itself a gourmet stop in Switzerland.
From the first glance, Avoriaz captivates with its magic. Clinging to the mountain, it flickers of thousand fires of the sun which plays with red cedar shingles covering the facades. Wood elegantly dressed each home, each cottage.
Completely pedestrian, the sleds glide in the heart of the station and cross skiers, walkers and children sled in a merry jingling bells. Nestled in lush snow Avoriaz has built its reputation on its bold contemporary architecture and has just obtained the label "Heritage of the twentieth century" awarded by the French Ministry of Culture.
Avoriaz the delight of children and adults through appropriate activities for everyone: smaller learn to ski in the Village of the Children of Annie Famose while the largest discovered the stash, first snowpark ecological Europe.
White winter, it turns into green resort in the summer and offers a multitude of sports and leisure activities.
A page of history... Initiated in the early 60's by Jean Vuarnet, embodied by Gerard Bremond (current CEO of the Pierre & Vacances group) and conducted by a handful of architects with futuristic talents and were advised that Jacques Labro, Jean-Marc Roques, Jean-Jacques Orzoni, Avoriaz knew during his youth more than thirty years to adapt to the aspirations of all.
The boom years... The development agreement station (signed on 28 December 1962) allows the developer to develop the plateau "of Avorea" its ski fields and also operate the lifts. The current access road was a winding dirt road and construction cable. After much effort and perseverance, the Hotel des Dromonts opens December 22, 1966. It is the heart of the resort and this innovative architecture sets the tone for future constructions. Volumes are created depending on the surrounding nature, the materials incorporated into the landscape. The architecture leaves dress the red cedar without further polish structures. Then time shape, patina, makes the single site.
21 years of International Fantastic Film Festival from 1973 to 1993 ... Second Film Festival by its reputation, just after Cannes. From 1973 to 1993, the biggest names in the fantasy film or not, but also personalities from all walks, arts, literature, sport, TV or media were privileged to be part of the festival, guests brand or the jury. The Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival also will be remembered for having uncovered and disseminate the authors of today devoted movies: Steven Spielberg, who won the first Grand Prix in 1973 with "Duel" to David Cronenberg in through David Lynch ( "The Elephant Man", Grand Prix 1980), Brian de Palma ( "Carrie"), George Miller ( "Mad Max") or Luc Besson, who in 1983 presented his first feature film in black and white "The last Stand".
Finally 2011 and 2012, Avoriaz takes a dimension never known with many facilities such as new homes, a new arena, a new spa area, a new cable and a single site concept aqualudic mountain Aquariaz.
The future ... The original planning choices - car free resort, integrated site, non-polluting electric heating, skis - are exemplified and arouse the admiration of other stations. With this early youth, the station is about to enter the peak of his era and focuses on supporting its identity on her possessions more valuable: its environment. Avoriaz has managed to remain true and original. The ideas that gave birth to evolve in the same thread. Built of wood and stone, the resort blends perfectly into the surrounding elements that are cliffs, pastures and forests.