MORZINE-AVORIAZ, INVENTING THE FIFTH-GENERATION RESORT
In a highly competitive environment, mountain resorts must continue to modernize their hospitality infrastructures and offer their clientele new experiences. based on their respective singularities, Morzine and Avoriaz have major advantages for meeting this challenge. by connecting them with a sustainable and effective means of public transportation, the Morzine Avoriaz project opens the way to a new development dynamic that will reinforce the attractiveness of our resorts within the international Portes du Soleil area, while developing and enhancing the heart of our village of Morzine.
In the sixties, Jean Vuarnet had already envisioned the principle of a direct cable car link between our two stations. This is now possible thanks to technological progress. This link is undoubtedly ambitious, but no less so than the great creations of our predecessors were in their time. They made and transformed Morzine and the surrounding area and built the Le Pléney cable car in 1934, the road to Avoriaz, the Avoriaz ski resort itself, the Olympic swimming pool and the Palais de Sports. These types of projects are behind the success of many leading ski resorts. Morzine-Avoriaz is also a leader and aims to maintain the position it merits.
The ski lift is an essential link for skiers at Les Portes du Soleil. Express Morzine Avoriaz is also a “valley elevator”, like the growing number that are currently being designed in the Alps. It will convey tourists, as well as local workers and merchandise.
It will decrease road traffic and make it easier to reach Avoriaz. Express Morzine Avoriaz is the answer to the difficult question of how to reconcile mobility in the mountains with the requirements of sustainable development.
REINFORCING LINKS AND COMPLEMENTARITY: TOWARDS A “SKI RESORTS” HUB
Because of limited accessibility, the exchange between the two resorts has always been limited, except for skiing. Local residents and seasonal workers must use their car to go from one resort to the other when the Prodains cable car is closed. However, both Morzine and Avoriaz schedule very high-quality and entertaining events, offer many stores for shopping and are imbued with specific characters that are also very different.
Express Morzine Avoriaz will provide an opportunity to bring these two entities together in one hub where life can be shared by taking advantage of the best each town has to offer: guaranteed snow, the charm of Haut Savoy, year-round village life, environmental protection, facilities (swimming pools, skating rinks) and a variety of exciting experiences. Express Morzine Avoriaz will also make life easier for seasonal workers.
Concretely, Express Morzine Avoriaz will provide a continuous link between the Le Pléney – Les Gets area with the rest of the area.
The Morzine centre cable car station will thus be connected to six shuttle lines and bus Line 91. This line, which will lose attractiveness with the new cable car, could be redeployed to reinforce the links between Thonon-les-Bains, Morzine and Les Gets.
Current link situation
Currently, you have only 3 ways of reaching Avoriaz from Morzine Le Pleney:
-Ski only Super Morzine: 50 minutes
-By road: 30 minutes excluding arrival and transportation in the resort
-By bus shuttle and then Prodains Express: 25 minutes
EXPRESS MORZINE AVORIAZ AN INNOVATIVE MEANS OF TRANSPORT
THE CHOICE OF 3S TECHNOLOGY
This technology has numerous advantages as compared to monocable technology. Composed of three cables (two load-bearing and one for traction), the disengageable 3S system offers a very high transport capacity and enables installing long-range profiles and/or very high flyover, which limits the number of pylons and their associated visual pollution and impact on the environment.
It is known for wind stability, diminished noise and controlled energy costs. If the operation is stopped, cars may be brought back to the station without having passengers leave the cabins, thereby avoiding a vertical evacuation of the line. This advantage enables nocturnal use. Equipped with large panoramic cabins, it ensures passenger comfort and quick loading and unloading that is accessible to all users. These advantages explain why building a 3S cable car is more expensive than a monocable and requires a larger implantation area
Express Morzine Avoriaz: will offer users an exceptional panoramic journey that highlights the cliffs and forests of the beautiful Vallée des Ardoisières. By changing from shuttles
that evoke daily urban transportation to Express Morzine Avoriaz, tourists will enjoy a comfortable trip with an impressive view that is more in line with the idea of a vacation.
A MULTIMODAL STATION IN THE HEART OF MORZINE
For the most part underground, the future multimodal station will be at the level of the Noyelle building and under the Crusaz traffic circle. This implantation, which has been validated by geotechnical studies, will enable: excellent connections to related facilities (pedestrian tunnel and bus station), making it easy to change from one type of transportation to another clever urban integration thanks to a central location reduced visual impact through underground implantation in an embankment limited flyover constraints in inhabited areas and a reduction in noise pollution in the urban area.
A vast public area, Place du Belvédère, will be developed above Express Morzine Avoriaz.
The departure station for the future Morzine Avoriaz cable car is located on the Crusaz traffic circle. Accessible and close to the town’s main facilities, the multimodal centre also includes a bus station, parking lot and pedestrian tunnel that is directly connected to the Le Pléney cable car. This will be a complete multimodal hub that will enable a global reorganization of traffic in the village and a high-quality development of the Plan district.
The underground pedestrian connection between the Le Pléney cable car and Express Morzine Avoriaz is a major project component and will offer skiers and hikers a quick and easy link between the Les Gets/ Le Pléney area, Avoriaz and Les Portes du Soleil.
LES PRODAINS STATION ARRIVAL POINT FOR EXPRESS MORZINE AVORIAZ
The Express Morzine Avoriaz arrival station will be located behind the existing Les Prodains station and will be integrated architecturally in a way that creates a harmonious whole that is easy to access and use. The two cable cars will operate independently.
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COST AND FINANCING OF THE PROJECT
The budget for creating Express Morzine Avoriaz is estimated at 58 million euros. It includes the infrastructure and the underground pedestrian tunnel and covers complementary studies to be made and project management missions. Express Morzine Avoriaz will be created under project management supervision by the municipality of Morzine and financed with a bank loan. Starting from the design phase and a competitive call for builders, an operator under a leasing contract will be determined and associated to the project. Leasing fees paid by the operator will cover the bank loans.
This arrangement has been validated by government services:
• It enables competitive bidding by separating construction and operation.
• It lets the municipality set precise objectives in terms of service level
expected for operation and establish the leasing contract on a clear basis.
Creation of the multimodal station, parking areas and roadway, along with public area development, represents a cost of 33.6 million euros.
These developments will also be made under project management by the municipality and partially financed with a bank loan. The increase in the regional contribution generated by the various on-going and future projects over the municipal area will enable financing loan instalments without affecting local taxes.
Planned start of operations for Express Morzine Avoriaz and delivery of related structures
is planned for the 2021/2022 season. The technical, administrative and regulatory complexity of the overall project imposes the following deadlines for successful completion: