Back in April 2009 I first wrote about the proposed lift linking Morzine to Prodains (and then Avoriaz)...AKA "l'Express Morzine-Avoriaz". It was part of a clutch of integrated projects the Mairie was proposing. The Department's application for the Winter Olympics failed and it was suggested the l'Express Morzine-Avoriaz would fall by the wayside with that.
In that earlier blog I listed the projects.
1. The current Prodains lift is due to be replaced, it is old, inefficient and some say it is condemned thanks to the fact it sits (just) within a rockfall zone. NOW DONE.
2. The whole of the Prodains area need redeveloping, it was too busy for the current infrastructure. SOME OF THIS WAS DONE AS PART OF #1.
3. The county (Haute Savoie) has just won the opportunity to bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. WE LOST OUT TO PYEONGCHANG..it's next year!
4. Avoriaz is just starting a fairly major expansion and remodelling. We have some of the new apartments for sale. NOW DONE.
However despite this the Morzine to Prodains project continued to chug along. In 2013 they produced a video presentation.
There have been various local objections but the Mairie and most everyone else I speak to is still behind it, last month a question and answer article appeared in one of the local papers.
In short the article says.
1 . The Express Morzine-Avoriaz will form part of a massive redevelopment on the parking area between the Post Office and the Rue du Bourg. This will include a new bus station, parking and social housing.
2 . The link will cut down on the 320 bus movements and speed up getting from Morzine to Avoriaz. It's planned for 2020/21 and is projected to cost €50 million.
3 . The operating company for Avoriaz will pay for it.
4 . There are plans to extend Avoriaz beyond what was done in 2010, another 2,000 beds, thanks to Club Med and Pierre et Vacances.
So it is obviously still on the cards. Locally the Mairie is pushing the environmental and the business case. Both these arguments hold a lot of water with the local Regional government. In addition the Mayor is making the point that Morzine is in fact a business. Last year's poor snow season is helping further this argument. For a skier staying in Morzine the quicker they can get to Avoriaz the better!
In other news.
The Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil reports 107 million CHF of planned investment over the next 10 years. More information here.
Les Gets Mairie has approved almost €9m of work for their area. The bulk of which is the replacement of the main Ranfolly chair.
The liaison from St Jean d'Aulps to Les Gets is still being discussed in the face of considerable environmental opposition.