AVORIAZ 1800 OUR PHILOSOPHY
Revolutionary by its very concept, the integrated, vehicle-free resort of Avoriaz 1800 has always demonstrated a commitment to sustainable development, even at its beginnings when ecological concerns were only just emerging. Today, Avoriaz 1800 pursues that commitment on a day-to-day basis.
The mountains generously offer us their virtuous immensity. Is mutual respect all they are asking for in return ?
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 has also invested in soft mobility, with 2 electric snowmobiles for day-to-day activities around Avoriaz. Mountain e-park and the Swiss Quantya are the only brands developing electric-powered versions of the snowmobile and they’re testing them here in Avoriaz.
The resort boasts 2 charging stations for electric vehicles, one in the indoor car park, the other at the reception area.
In addition, the Morzine-Avoriaz local council has chosen to develop a bus transport network within the valley in order to keep the impact of private cars to a minimum. Services operate between the different ski areas (Morzine, Avoriaz, Montriond, etc.), but are also used all year round by local residents.
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.
Other commitments of the resort
Only moderate quantities of salt are used on the roads thanks to an efficient weather forecasting service that ensures winter maintenance is carried out at optimal times. No weedkillers or pesticides are used on flowerbeds or plantations.
Every year at the end of the holiday season, the association Montagne Verte organises a rubbish picking day during which children and adults, local residents, council members and tourists rally together to reduce littering!
Many of the resort’s stakeholders are committed to eco-friendly measures and the use of local sources.
A committed resort
Besides the measures taken on a daily basis, the Tourist Office of Avoriaz is continually strengthening its commitment.
In the interest of preserving our natural heritage, and because we are aware of the fragility of our surroundings, we have engaged with the Flocon Vert quality approach through the Mountain Riders association.
Flocon Vert is the seal of approval awarded to mountain holiday destinations that make sustainable commitments on the basis of 21 criteria spread across 4 main themes: Destination Management, Local Economy, Social & Cultural Matters, and Natural Resources & Ecology.
The destination boasts the Chablais Geopark label and a Natura 2000 site as well as a number of wetland areas.
The identity of the Chablais region has been forged over thousands of years and reflects an outstanding geological, cultural and human heritage that has been recognised by UNESCO through the World Geopark label.
UNESCO World Geoparks are always regions that have adopted sustainable development approaches that benefit the local population.
The energy consumption of mountain areas is a major economic and ecological issue, for ski areas, housing and equipment, as well as 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 & boulder room.
100 % car-free resort
Avoriaz 1800 was designed from the start to be pedestrian-friendly. This "no cars" concept marked the beginnings of this resort which continues to innovate for the environment.