This December, Avoriaz is opening a new ice skating rink right in the centre of the pedestrianised resort.

The 450-square-metre rink is open to all ages and will be floodlit every evening until 8 p.m. Adults can join in or watch from the sidelines while enjoying a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate.

There are more developments on the horizon for Avoriaz in 2012, including a new cable car and Aquariaz water park.

In May 2011 work began on building Aquariaz, the largest water park ever to be built in the mountains and designed by the people at Center Parcs. Aquariaz has been designed as an aquatic paradise in the mountains featuring lush vegetation and rocks: a river with variable gentle current, a slidewinder (an aquatic halfpipe), a water playhouse, a paddling pool, a large pool with climbing walls, massage benches and an open-air spa heated to 34°C surrounded by snow. Aquariaz is due to open July 2012.

In July 2011 work began on the construction of a new 3 S cable car to replace the existing one, which will transport visitors and skiers up from the Prodains Valley in Morzine. The top terminal will be buried to enable better organisation of the surface flow of pedestrians and skiers on to Place Jean Vuarnet in Avoriaz.The new cable car will have 12 cabins, each with a capacity of 35, and so will be able to carry between 2000 and 2400 people per hour. The cable car will open from December 2012.