Located on a plateau "south" overlooking the valley of Morzine, Avoriaz 1800 is at the heart of the largest international ski area in Europe: Les Portes du Soleil. A package of 12 stations common to the Portes du Soleil, giving access to 650 km of tracks, allows skiers to cross the border freely and give itself a gourmet stop in Switzerland.
At first sight, Avoriaz captivates with its magic. Clinging to the mountain, she shines a thousand lights of the sun plays with red cedar shingles covering the walls. Wood elegantly dressed each home, each cottage.
Completely pedestrian, the sleds glide in the heart of the station and cross skiers, hikers and children sled in a merry jingling of bells. Nestled in its green snow Avoriaz has built its reputation on its bold contemporary architecture and has just received the label "Heritage of the 20th Century" award by the French Ministry of Culture.
Avoriaz been delighting children and adults through activities adapted to each: the little ones 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 becomes green station in the summer and offers a multitude of sports and leisure.
A page of history ... Initiated in the early 60's by Jean Vuarnet, embodied by Gerard Bremond (current CEO of Pierre & Vacances) and conducted by a handful of talented architects and futurists were advised that Jacques Labro, Jean-Marc Roques, Jean-Jacques Orzoni, Avoriaz has, during his youth by more than thirty years to adapt to the aspirations of all.
The boom years ... The management contract of the station (signed December 28, 1962) allows the developer to develop the plateau "of abortions," its ski fields and also to use the lifts. The current access road was a dirt road winding in the cable construction. 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 construction. Volumes are created based on the natural environment, the materials incorporated into the landscape. The architecture leaves dress the red cedar structures without any form of varnish. Then time shape, patina, makes the site unique.
21 years of International Fantastic Film Festival from 1973 to 1993 ... Second Film Festival for its reputation, just after Cannes. From 1973 to 1993, the biggest names in fantasy films or not, but also personalities from all walks of life, the arts, literature, sports, TV and media have been privileged to be part of the festival, guests brand or the jury. The Festival of Fantastic Film Avoriaz will also be remembered for having uncovered and disseminate the authors of films devoted today: from 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 fight. "
Finally in 2011 and 2012, takes on Avoriaz ever seen with many facilities such as new residences, a new rink, new spa, a new cable and a unique concept of site water park in the mountains, the Aquariaz, which will open in July 2012.
The future ... The original planning choices - car-free resort, site built, non-polluting electric heating, skis - are cited as examples and admired other stations. With this early youth, the station is about to enter the height of his era and focuses on supporting its identity on her possessions more precious environment. Avoriaz managed to remain true and original. The ideas that gave birth to evolve in the same thread. Built of wood and stone, the resort is perfectly integrated within the surrounding elements such as cliffs, alpine meadows and forests.
To discover Avoriaz:
The Chapel of Prisoners: At the entrance to the station, the Chapel of the prisoners is shaped like the prow. Designed in 1960 by architect Faublée, this work is dedicated to the memory of deportees from 1940-45. Despite traditional materials, it foreshadows the contemporary style of the resort.
The bell tower of the Tourist Office: Built in 1984 by architect Jacques Labro, the steeple Avoriaz 1800 is contemporary in style. Dressed in red cedar shingles, its volume is integrated into the environment. The building and bell tower just received the Ministry of Culture label architectural heritage of great achievement of the 20th century.
With regard to the activities:
In winter: skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, paragliding, ice diving, mountain biking on snow, night tobogganing, avoriaz spa, fitness, ice skating ...
In summer: hiking areas, biking, golf, mini golf, tennis, beach volleyball, climbing, water sports (rafting, canyoning, white water swimming), paragliding, archery, quad, horseback riding, outdoor heated pool with wading pool, spa (sauna, jacuzzi, steam room), fitness classes, fitness ...
EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS
The events of the winter:
Festival of the slopes and Christmas in December of Avoriaz.
Week Cabaret and dinner shows in January.
Snow Carnival in February.
AvoNight Parties in February.
Rock the Slopes Festival in late March.
Up Jazz Festival Avoriaz early April.
ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND
Activities in the area, in summer:
Swimming, water skiing, wakeboarding and wakesurfing Lake Geneva.