The energy crisis and your holiday in Morzine-Avoriaz


Despite the current worries concerning the energy crisis, we can confirm that the ski lifts in both Morzine and Avoriaz will be open this winter. The current situation will have no discernable impact on the quality of experience in resort, and the cost of lift passes will not be affected – there will be no increase of the prices confirmed in March 2022.
However, no discernable impact does not mean no action! The Morzine-Avoriaz mairie (town hall) is working in collaboration with the lift companies and both Tourist Offices as well as other local businesses in order to ensure an active reduction of energy consumption without any effect on clients’ experience in resort. Already engaged in sustainable development, bot Morzine & Avoriaz continue to work to reduce their footprint, with efforts in place for several years, and recognised by the Flocon Vert award.
Our commitment to responsibility and to reduce our energy consumption  will not be to the detriment of your holidays! Quite the opposite, we promise fun times, unique experiences, skiing and what’s more, new experiences that will change the daily routine.

What to expect on the ski area?

Since 2020, French ski resorts have committed to put into place 16 eco-engagements to reduce their impact on the environment.
This road map already included a 10% reduction of energy consumption by 2022. The necessary efforts and measures have already begun and will be further reinforced this winter and in the years to come.
Here are a few example measures:
  • Optimisation of lift speeds taking into account the number of skiers
  • Two chairlifts on the Avoriaz ski area are equipped with solar panels  
  • Any superfluous chairlifts will only operate in busy periods
  • Intensification of training for lift operators and snow groomers in eco-friendly driving
  • 100% of piste bashers are equipped with Snowsat. (A software that enables precise measurement of the snow levels in order to optimise the production of snow, planned snow grooming and therefore reduce fossil fuel, electricity and water consumption)
  • Optimisation of grooming of some pistes
  • Insulation and improved heating methods of buildings for lift operators (3-year plan)
  • Replacement of older equipment with more energy efficient models
  • No lighting of the stade or night skiing
  • Training for personnel on eco-friendly actions

This is not an exhaustive list of measures and these are all long-term commitments.

What to expect in the resorts?

Beyond the commitment already made with Flocon Vert, Morzine & Avoriaz are working on a more ambitious energy saving plan.
Here are a few example measures:
  • The town’s buildings in Morzine and in Avoriaz as well as the ski piste on Pleney will no longer be lit up at night
  • Street lighting will be turned off from 11pm to 5am in certain areas
  • Christmas illuminations will be removed as of the 20th of January
  • The temperature of the public pools will be lower by 1 or 2°C
  • The outdoor ice-rink in Morzine will be replaced by a Teflon rink
  • Exciting new activities and entertainment will be organised by the Tourist Offices with this theme in mind
  • Training for personnel on eco-friendly actions
  • Modernisation of lighting and replacement with LED
  • Outside of working hours all lighting, radiators, computers, screens and other electric equipment will be turned off
  • Temperature of 19°C or less in all buildings