Avoriaz Responsible Destination
Revolutionary in its concept of an integrated car-free resort, Avoriaz 1800 was just as revolutionary in its commitment to sustainable development, right from the start, at a time when ecology was in its infancy. Today, Avoriaz 1800 remains committed to sustainable development on a daily basis.
Huge, virtuous and generous, the mountain gives without counting the cost. In return? It only hopes for one thing: mutual respect ?
A dual-energy network
Since 2011, a dual-energy system based on both wood and electricity has supplied heating and domestic hot water to 11 new apartment buildings as well as the Aquariaz facility. Located 1,820 metres above sea level, the 2,000 kW boiler burns wood pellets and can also be boosted electrically during periods of extreme cold.
The tourist office is also focusing on soft mobility with 2 electric snowmobiles for daily activities in Avoriaz in winter. Mountain e-park and the Swiss brand Quantya are the only ones to develop these electric snowmobiles and are testing them in Avoriaz 1800.
The resort has 2 charging stations for electric cars (in the covered parking lot, at the resort reception).
In addition, the commune of Morzine-Avoriaz has chosen to rely on bus transportation to limit the impact of the private car in the valley. This network makes it possible to reach the various ski areas (Morzine, Avoriaz, Montriond…), but it also allows year-round residents to get around easily.
A strategy has been implemented to reduce waste at its source through selective purchasing and by giving priority to recycled products.
Waste is sorted and processed via the appropriate channels. Last but not least, recycling bins can be found across the entire ski area, and the resort also has its own recycling facility.
Every day, a quantity of drinking water in the aquatic centre must be renewed (this is a compulsory process). Instead of throwing it away, it is now stored in water tanks exposed to the sun: the chlorine evaporates in a few hours.
- The recycling of this water now allows Avoriaz :
- Water the resort’s flower beds
- To restart our bike washing station
- Turn on the ventriglide*.
- To allow the resort’s services that need water to function without drawing on the drinking water system.
An additional note: the ventriglide runs in a closed circuit, and the water needed for its operation is also stored so that it does not have to be renewed every day.
Other resort-wide commitments
The reasoned use of salt in winter on the roads (efficient weather service to predict the periods of salting) and no herbicides and pesticides are used for the maintenance of flowers and beds.
The Montagne Verte association organizes an annual waste collection day at the end of the season. Young and old, inhabitants, elected officials and tourists are mobilized to reduce waste!
Many economic actors of the resort are committed to eco-responsible actions and the use of short circuit.
A committed resort
Besides the measures taken on a daily basis, the Avoriaz Tourist Office is becoming increasingly committed.
In order to respect our natural heritage, and because we are aware of the fragility of the environment that surrounds us, we are committed through the label Flocon Vert via the association Mountain Riders.
Flocon Vert is the label that guarantees the sustainable commitment of mountain tourist destinations through 21 criteria on 4 major themes: Governance & Destination; Local Economy; Social & Cultural; Natural Resources & Ecology.
The destination benefits from the Chablais Geopark label. It has a Natura 2000 zone and several wetlands.
The identity of the Chablais has been shaped over the millennia. This exceptional geological, cultural and human heritage has earned the territory recognition from UNESCO through the Geopark World label.
Each territory bearing the UNESCO Global Geopark label is part of a sustainable development approach in favor of the local populations.
The energy consumption of mountain areas is a major economic and ecological issue for ski resorts, housing, equipment and tourist accommodation. Avoriaz has been concerned about its environmental impact for several years
Today, Avoriaz has joined a green energy program with Planète OUI . The resort obtains its wind energy from a nearby wind farm, but also from hydraulic, solar and bioenergy sources.
This 100% local green energy supplies all of the resort’s facilities: the Tourist Office, the Aquariaz, the golf course and the squash & bloc room.
The company in charge of running the Avoriaz ski-lifts, SERMA, has strived for many years to keep the resort at the forefront of environmental protection.
Avoriaz was designed to offer a unique nature experience in a mountain environment. Its singularity resides as much in the snow-covered, vehicle-free, pedestrian walkways as in the architectural design, with shapes and materials that blend harmoniously into the setting. Ever since the resort’s beginnings in 1967, Avoriaz has aimed to make wintersports more widely accessible and to viably sustain the local population, through winter tourism.
It is up to us to fulfil these tasks, through our public service commission for the ski area’s development and operations. Today, we are at the start of a transition. The signs of climate change are even more visible in the mountains and a source of concern for our future activity. In this increasingly urbanised world, never has the need to be closer to nature been more strongly felt. Our high-altitude regions and our installations make it easier to reconnect with the natural elements, both in winter and summer. And more than ever before, we are here to put that revitalising breath of fresh air within your reach and to make it possible for you to boost your energy in the heart of our mountains.
SERMA promises to preserve this magnificent playground and to make it accessible to everyone:
Preserving our natural resources
Snow and water
How do we manage our snow reserves and save water ?
- By protecting our natural snow as much as possible in order to reduce our needs in artificial snow,
- By grassing the ski slopes to make them easier to cover with minimum amounts of snow
- By installing wooden snow barriers to keep the snow in place in spite of the wind,
- By using new technologies to gauge snow cover, optimise the way snow is spread, and streamline artificial snow production.
How do we keep the visual impact of our installations to a minimum?
- By dismantling any obsolete equipment,
- By ensuring our installations blend into the landscape.
- By systematically revegetalising our slopes, using local species whenever possible,
- By restoring natural landscapes and habitats
How do we protect our ecosystem?
Since 2018, we have set up a fauna and flora observatory in order to:
- List and monitor species,
- Identify sensitive areas,
- Draw up our action plans accordingly.
Reducing our impact
Decreasing power consumption
Electricity is our highest expenditure item. Our areas of development are aimed at:
- Investing in equipment that is less energy-intensive
- Reducing the speed of our ski lifts when there is less demand, while closely monitoring our electricity consumption,
- Producing clean energy, with the installation of solar panels, the funding of a micro power station, and an ongoing study on wind energy.
Reducing our carbon footprint
We keep the CO2 emissions of our snow groomers to a minimum by:
- Optimising schedules in order to achieve high-quality slopes with fewer visits by the snow groomers,
- Training our drivers in eco-driving techniques,
- Computerising our monitoring of energy use,
- Participating in research projects on alternative energies.
Improving our waste management
Besides the recycling bins at your disposal around the ski area, we also use other ways of encouraging eco-responsible behaviour…
- Ski-area cleaning days,
- Recycling of waste to revegetalise the slopes (horse manure from the Avoriaz stables, mud from the mountain reservoirs, etc.)
- Paperless procedures throughout our organisation.
The Tourist Office, the Aquariaz, the golf course and the squash & boulder have switched to 100% green electricity.
They support the production of electricity from wind, water, solar and bioenergy sources….
Experience unspoilt mountains
SERMA, a local employer brand
We help to maintain employment in our regions by:
- Offering jobs that cannot be relocated
- Giving priority to local suppliers whenever possible
- Also participating in community life by offering skiing possibilities for school groups, and supporting sports activities and local associations.
Immersion in a preserved natural environment
We have our hearts set on keeping our ski area as nature designed it, and making the most of the exceptional views of our mountains. This is why we create:
- ungroomed but safe snowcross ski areas
- snowparks with wooden modules (Stash and Lil’Stash)
- tree huts and picnic areas in the forest
- cross-country skiing trails
Access to the mountains for as many people as possible
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SnowsatWHAT IS IT?
Snowsat is a GPS-based management software. It has been installed in all our snow groomers to take various snow readings and measure energy consumption, in order to optimise schedules for the snow groomers and snow cannons.
Explore the resort's snow-covered streets or visit the ski area for a taste of what's to come. While waiting for your holiday, take a quick virtual tour of Avoriaz 1800.