Project Morzine-Avoriaz 2020
The level of investment promised in the Morzine-Avoriaz 2020 project is almost unprecedented in European ski resorts. It will create a link between Morzine Village and Avoriaz 1800 creating a super resort in the middle of the Portes du Soliel, the largest ski area in the world.
€147.9 million on lift and piste development over the next 20 years
While this ski connection has been rumored for close to a decade, approvals have finally be granted, investment secured and plans released. Morzine Source Magazine attended the recent council meeting and shared their notes in a recent article. Here is a summary of their findings.
So, let us introduce you to the new Express Morzine-Avoriaz.
The Express Morzine-Avoriaz - the location
The Express Morzine-Avoriaz will have its base at the top of Morzine's Rue du Bourg. If you are familiar with Morzine village, this equates to just right of the current Odlo shop and opposite the opticians.
The Express Morzine-Avoriaz (EMA) gondola will run from here, over the rooftops of Morzine, towards the existing Prodains Express base at the foot of the Avoriaz cliffs, before continuing on to Avoriaz.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019 with completion anticipated in 2021.
The Village - From The Pleney to the EMA base station
To better connect the new lift station with The Pleney a tunnel and escalator will be built beneath Morzine village. This connection, between the Morzine-Les Gets side of the valley and the wider Portes du Soleil, will then be easier, and faster, than ever before. Skiers and snowboarders will no longer need to walk across the resort, enjoying covered and direct access, with little walking in ski boots carrying heavy ski equipment (sparing all of our backs, ankles, knees and toes!) The budget for this new development is a staggering €35 million with a further €11.6 million to be spent on surrounding infrastructure.
Additionally, a new bus station will be created beneath the new lift station in the area known as Le Plan - the site of the current carpark in front of Carrefour.