Last spring Avoriaz started on the long upgrade to it's mountain top site with three new residencies and the exciting new Aquariaz aqua centre to be built. This summer the work continues so much so that the resort itself will be entirely closed. The lifts in the Portes du Soleil region will not be affected except for the area surrounding the new gondola linking Morzine and Avoriaz. The new developments are set to help celebrate the resorts' 50th anniversary for the winter 2011-2012 season.
The resort dates back to the 60's when French Olympic champion Jean Vuarnet dreamt of creating a new resort perched above Morzine and so teamed up with Robert Brémond to transform the area into a contemporary, traffic free ski resort.
Two new districts; Quartier des Crozats and Quartier de L’Amara will add several thousand new beds to the resort.
Quartier des Crozats will feature new residences by Pierre & Vacances and by Maeva. The Quartier de L’Amara will have 5 Pierre et Vacances Premium residences, underground parking, a spa with swimming pool, a childcare nursery and a number of bars, restaurants and shops.
A new state of the art indoor water park, the Aquariaz aqua centre will feature large tropical swimming pools, a lazy river, water slides and a climbing wall. It will cover 2000m² and will be inside a conservatory-style structure, allowing visitors to enjoy mountain views from inside a tropical paradise. The project is due to be completed by July 2012.
Other improvements include a new underground car-park and a new welcome centre to help maintain the car-free aspect of the resort.