As the energy crisis sweeps across everyday life, there is concern from some as to how this may impact the upcoming ski season. We have recently received news from Morzine-Avoriaz and Les Gets that their ski season will be going ahead with minimal changes to skiers’ experiences.

For the most part, the measures implemented have already been in place for several years as part of their efforts to reduce energy consumption. In 2021, Morzine-Avoriaz were awarded Flocon Vert (Green Snowflake) status for its commitment to sustainable development. 

Read below for more information on what measures have been put in place for this upcoming ski season. 

Firstly, there will be NO further increase in ski pass prices for the winter season. See lift prices HERE.

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What to Expect on the Slopes

  • 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
  • Staggered start times for some areas, taking into consideration the time it takes to get skiers from the entry points that open at 9am.
  • 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

As you can see, there may be some changes to your experience skiing throughout the day, however, these are minimal, however, there will be no night skiing for 2022/23 season.

the majority of ski lifts will be unaffected

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What to expect in the resorts

  • 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

Changes in town may be more noticeable to the eye, such as Pleney not being lit up at night, but will have minimal effects on activities going on within the resorts. 

Portes du Soleil have also advised that the insurance rates have increased from 3.50 € per day instead of 3.20 €.

Lift Opening Times

Avoriaz opens on 9th December and closes Sunday 23rd April

Morzine Les Gets opens on 17th December and closes 10th April

Check out more information on ski lift opening times and prices HERE.

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