Avoriaz sits at the centre of the massive Portes du Soleil ski area.
Perched at 1800 on the side of the mountain, above dramatic sheer cliffs, the resort offers every single resident a ski-in, ski-out experience.
Sitting below Avoriaz is the charming resort of Morzine – another resort we feature. Architecturally, both resorts could not be any different from each other – Avoriaz with its wooden cladding and multiple high rise blocks and Morzine with the charm only an ancient mining town can bring about.
Avoriaz is car-free: visitors coming by car either park at the edge of town or beneath it. It is incredibly compact with everything you need (or want), just a short walk or ski away, all very convenient for skiers and boarders alike.
Should any guests not wish to ski, there are few alternative attractions other than the impressive leisure centre. It is however very easy to meet up with skier friends for lunch/apres.
Lack of non-ski amenities aside, Avoriaz is in prime position to explore the Portes du Soleil with hundreds of runs to choose from, varying from gentle blues to steep slopes including the infamous Swiss Wall.
985m – 2254m
December – April
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Avoriaz is a great ski resort for beginners with convenient-snow-sure nursery slopes, both in and above the village, and a fabulous long, gentle green run (Proclou) to progress to. Once the basics have been mastered on the Avoriaz plateau, as you gain confidence you can progress onto the wide sweeping blues of Super Morzine area or down into the Lindarets valley. There are so many options that even a group of mixed experience should be able to arrange meeting points that will generally suit everyone.
Avoriaz is an intermediate’s paradise offering options whichever way you look. Once you’re comfortable skiing reds and blues, the whole area really opens up and the famous Portes du Soleil circuit is one intermediates will relish. There are virtually limitless choices as to how you plan your day. Our choices for intermediates would be the runs to Lindarets or over into Chatel and the Linga valley (you will need a Portes du Soleil lift pass). For a change, don’t forget the nearby Morzine-Les Gets ski area which is simply wonderful in good snow conditions.
Advanced skiers should try the Hauts Forts black runs down to Les Prodains and the Swiss Wall – one of the steepest and bumpiest runs in Europe. As well as the official runs look out for the off-piste – the trees to Les Prodains are a favourite of ours. With 20 red and black pistes, Avoriaz and the surrounding area offers plenty of opportunities be challenged. Another favourite spot of ours is the red run, Arbis – check it out!
Freestylers flock here for the natural hits and big air opportunities. And it’s easy to see why. With 5 parks, including the half-pipe, Avoriaz is switched on for freestyle. The most popular spot is the Chapelle park. It’s located at the top of the Procluo lift, and is service by a dedicated drag.
Take a trip by horse & cart
Avoriaz is a beautiful town nestled under snow, on the French-Swiss border. It is a pedestrianised resort, where the quickest way to get around is still by horse and cart. Taking one of these trips really gives you an alpine experience like no other. When you arrive with your luggage, you can arrange for the horse to pick you up from the top of the Prodains bubble lift and take you to your hotel. This is a great way to see the town for the first time and no doubt you will immediately fall in love with the scenery. A trip like this will cost between 7 euros and 15 euros, and an extra 3 euros per suitcase. However if you’d prefer to do a more scenic tour after you’ve ditched your luggage, it will cost between 20 and 50 euros, depending on how far you want to go.
Avoriaz is home to many great eating spots. Seeing as a lot of people visiting will be on the pistes during the day, you should make the most of the quieter times in town. You’ll find traditional Savoyard dishes on the menus, along with more popular dishes like pizza and pasta. There is a competitive burger scene here, with Changabang, the Cookie Cafe, and Piz’Burg all fighting for the top spot. Who takes it? You decide. The Boulangerie in the centre of town is a must-see. It’s like an Aladdin’s cave of sweet and savoury treats, with plenty of seating outside and upstairs. My tip would be to avoid the obvious lunchtime, between 12:00 and 14:00, and instead enjoy late lunches and get the best seats in the house.
You may fancy some exercise after lunch, in which case you should head down to the ice skating rink located opposite the Carrefour supermarket. This is the perfect late afternoon activity, and also a cheap way to spend an hour or two. Adult entry is 4 euros, and you can rent ice skates for 3.70 euros. If you’re travelling with your family, kids under the age of five years go for free, and admission is 2.30 euros for children up to the age of 16.
If you like leisurely strolls back at home, then you’re going to love it here! Snowshoeing is a wonderful way to see the area and work up an appetite for dinner. Make sure you have a camera to hand, as you may be lucky enough to stumble across some of the alpine wildlife on your walk. There are a number of companies that organise snowshoe outings, including Evolution 2 who also offer an evening adventure combining a snowshoe trek and a traditional Savoyard dinner.
Take the plunge in Aquariaz
This I cannot recommend enough for both adults and children. Aquariaz is a tropical paradise in a winter wonderland, featuring climbing walls, massage benches and an open-air spa. You can go there either to exhaust yourself or to relax. The luscious green vegetation inside the building and the snow-covered mountains outside are the perfect contrast, seen nowhere else in the Alps. There are individual entry tickets but Aquariaz is open Sunday to Friday from 14:00 to 20:00, so if you’re staying for a week and want unlimited access to paradise, consider buying a one-week pass.
Relax at the spa
You’re on holiday, therefore you may want some time to clear your activity schedule, and just put your feet up. The Deep Nature Wellness Spa, situated in the Amara Hotel is the place to do this. Here, you’ll find a treatment to suit every need and budget. Access to the spa facilities in the morning will set you back a mere 23 euros, and for this you get to enjoy the breathtaking views across the mountains, whilst sinking into a heated outdoor Jacuzzi. Other treatments include massages, facials, manicures and pedicures with options for men, women and children.
If physical therapy isn’t quite enough to ensure your relaxation, perhaps you could spend an afternoon indulging in some retail therapy. In resort you’ll find a multitude of well-stocked ski shops, featuring brands such as Burton, Oakley, Spyder, Bolle, Quicksilver and Roxy.
Visit the Ferme de Seraussaix
There is a lot of culture in this area and the French are proud to show this off to the increasing number of tourists visiting every year. The Ferme de Seraussaix is a working cattle farm located on the Route d’Avoriaz. The stables here are open daily for you to visit. Here you can see the cows and calves, free of charge, and look around the shop in which they sell local produce. On sale, you will find cheeses and meats amongst other farm produce. Guided tours of the farm can be arranged, and you can even visit for a four-person lunchtime fondue tasting.
Unwind at the Igloo Village
A great entry on the list of places to get a cheese fondue this year is the Igloo Village. This unique area, located on a small plateau above the Prodains bubble, has become easier to access by foot this winter due to its growing popularity amongst visitors. The village features intricately designed igloos that you can walk around and an ice bar that now serves an assortment of cheese and charcuterie as well as drinks. Reservations for the meal can be made in advance.
View the live snow report for Avoriaz here
Avoriaz is up there with the more family friendly ski resorts in France – one of the best ski resorts in France for families. For a start, it is ski-in/ski-out. Everywhere. Secondly, the whole village is pedestrianised with the only traffic being the occasional snow mobile and charming horse and sleigh taxis, which kids will love.
A huge bonus, especially when travelling with you kids, is that Avoriaz is a short transfer from Geneva Airport – just 1 hour 15 minutes. With kids, it is all about flexibility and so the predominantly apartment accommodation in-resort again allows for that flex.
As mentioned in further detail in our Activities tab, there is a small outdoor ice skating rink among other attractions – there also is normally a carousel in the centre of the village.
Families will also love the famous Village des Enfants; which is wonderfully located in the heart of the village, run by the Ecole du Ski Francis who teach over 10,000 children aged from three to sixteen years each winter in Avoriaz. There is also an additional snowpark for kids at the top of the village, adjacent to the L’Amara and Saskia Falaise properties.
If private lessons are more your style – we will handpick the best instructor to suit your needs – we know all the best ones!
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ACCESS FROM ALL FRENCH AND EUROPEAN TOWNS From the North of France Via Dijon to reach the A41, direction Chamonix. Exit 18 Cluses, direction Taninges on the D902, then head for Les Gets and Avoriaz
BALAD’AULPS BUS Le Balad’Aulps is a shuttle bus which serves all the Vallee d’Aulps villages during the winter and summer season. A perfect way to visit the areas around Avoriaz.
NEAREST TRAIN STATIONS Thonon les bains Station (TGV) Cluses Station Geneve Station.