Magnificent skiing and snowboarding, reliable snow cover and an almost endless array of off-piste activities to choose from is what makes Avoriaz such a popular ski resort among skiers looking for a budget break on the slopes.
Sound good? Get clued up on all the things to do in Avoriaz, from the best slopes to the most exciting family-friendly activities. Here’s your guide on Avoriaz ski resort to get you ready for a ski holiday of a lifetime.
Where is Avoriaz Ski Resort?
Let’s start off with the essentials.
Avoriaz is located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area in the Haute Savoie region of France. This ski area encompasses thirteen resorts in total, all nestled between Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva.
Avoriaz resort itself can be found 800m above the ancient town of Morzine. Here are some of the other nearby resort villages;
Skiing in Avoriaz for Beginners
From generous nursery slopes to gentle blue and green runs, Avoriaz is a beginner-friendly resort and a great place to try out the slopes for the first time.
The Ecoles or Dromonts pistes in the centre of town have been designed with beginners in mind, reached by gentle drag tow lifts.
As soon as you’ve got the basics down, head to one of the nearby three green pistes, accessible via chair lift. Or try one of the following blue pistes to build up some confidence;
If you’re new to skiing, we would always recommend having a few ski lessons to get started. This way, you’ll learn the proper techniques and develop the skills you’ll need to tackle more challenging slopes.
Luckily, Avoriaz has some great ski schools to help you find your feet. From private tuition to supportive group lessons, find what suits you and go for it!
Skiing in Avoriaz for Intermediates
With the vast Portes du Soleil ski area spread before you, intermediates have a world of options on their doorstep. One of the highlights to explore is the Portes du Soleil circuit, a varied route that can be skied in both directions.
The reds and blues around Chavanette are also worth a visit.
Skiing in Avoriaz for Advanced Skiers
Boasting the most black runs in the whole of the surrounding ski area, Avoriaz offers expert skiers a thrilling ride.
The most famous challenge in the area is the Swiss Wall. Officially named Le Pas de Chavanette, this 331m drop is not for the faint of heart. Take on colossal moguls as you whiz to the bottom (or watch others from the comfort of the Chavanette chairlift).
Alternatively, the Hauts Forts area has three blacks to explore with plenty of dizzying drops.
Snowboarding in Avoriaz
For many, Avoriaz is the capital of snowboarding in the Alps, and for good reason. With a whole area dedicated to snowboarding which includes powder bowls and a pipe, snowboarders can get excited.
Visit the Chapelle terrain park to see what we’re talking about. Or, visit Stash, a magical snow park crafted entirely from natural materials.
Cross-Country Skiing in Avoriaz
With no less than four cross-country skiing areas, Avoriaz is a fantastic place to go off the beaten track. Explore the 45km of cross country trails above Avoriaz to experience the beauty of the French Alps in all their glory.
What To Do in Avoriaz for Families
Families of all shapes and sizes are spoilt for choice when it comes to off-piste activities in Avoriaz. Here’s our pick of the best family-friendly activities on offer;
Take a Trip in Horse Drawn Sleigh
Take advantage of the resorts’ car-free status and take a ride on a horse drawn sleigh instead! This treat will delight little ones in winter time, providing a magical setting for a Christmas in the snow.
Available 7 days a week, journeys start from around 7 euros for trips around the resort or from 15 euros for longer, scenic trips.
Go on a Dog Sled Ride
If you’re looking for a little extra adventure, a dog sled ride through alpine forests is an alternative (and fun) way to take in the stunning alpine scenery.
Rides usually last around 3 hours and include safety briefings and instructions. Children from the age of 6 upwards can take part.
Try Out Ice Skating
The ice rink in Avoriaz is suitable for all ages and provides a fun afternoon’s activity once you tire of the slopes. A relaxed atmosphere and reasonable entry prices make this a firm favourite amongst visiting families.
Find it on the Festival Promenade. Tickets start from 5 euros.
Splash Around at Aquariaz
Aquariaz is more than just your average swimming pool. With river rapids, jungle and impressive water slides, it will be hard to tear little ones away from this watery playground. Ideal when the weather outside is less than perfect.
Free for the under 2’s, general admission ranges from 5-9 euros a session.
Find more information on Aquariaz here.
Go On a SnowShoeing Adventure
Snowshoeing is an ancient sport, and a less intensive alternative to skiing. Spot local wildlife as you wind your way through alpine peaks.
It’s also suitable for all ages and ability levels!
Most ski schools offer snowshoeing in groups of up to 8 people.
Find prices for snowshoeing in Avoriaz here.
Not every day can be a bluebird day. If the weather lets you down, the bowling alley is a great alternative to the slopes, providing hours of fun for the whole family. Beat your family at 10-pin bowling before choosing something from the tasty snack menu. They even put on karaoke evenings for the very brave!
Find it at 45 Place des Dromonts.
What to Do In Avoriaz for Non-Skiers
If you’re travelling with non-skiers in your group, don’t worry! There’s plenty to do here that doesn’t involve strapping on skis.
Browse the Shops
From ski shops selling the latest gear, to delightful French patisseries, an afternoon browsing the shops in Avoriaz is one well spent.
Relax and Unwind at the Spa
Holidays are for relaxing right? And what better way to indulge than visiting a spa? Avoriaz boasts a range of modern spa facilities, from saunas and jacuzzis to personalised beauty treatments and massages.
Visit a Local Farm
Taste delicious cheeses and local produce at one of the alpine farms in the area. You may even be able to spot some cows or goats on your trip.
Where to Stay in Avoriaz
A convenient option for skiers who are serious about the slopes. The benefit of staying in a hotel is that you can head straight to the mountain after breakfast and all housekeeping chores are taken care of.
You’ll be able to find a variety of family run hotels to suit all budgets.
If you prefer a little more privacy, an apartment is another good option for families who want to save money and whip up tasty dinners and packed lunches themselves.
Ski chalets come in all shapes and sizes. From shared family-friendly chalets to impressive luxury lodges, a chalet can provide an authentic ski holiday experience for large groups.
Where to Eat in Avoriaz
A day of skiing works up a healthy appetite, and hungry bellies will need regular feeding. Luckily, Avoriaz delivers when it comes to food, providing a range of affordable restaurants to suit even the pickiest of visitors.
Here are some of our favourites;
Breakfast and Brunching
With a sunny terrace and generous portions, Les Fontaines Blanches takes up a convenient position in the centre of Avoriaz and is the place to go for French and European favourites.
Les Trappeurs restaurant has a large children’s menu which is very popular with hungry little ones. It does a great value Plat du Jour for the adults too.
If you’re looking for a lively start to the night, La Cabane restaurant serves delicious French classics alongside tapas dishes and cocktails. An atmospheric place to celebrate.
Whether it’s a relaxed drink in front of some live music or a night spend dancing into the small hours, Avoriaz has something to offer.
La Folie Douce
If you’re after a lively après ski scene with great food and a contemporary feel, La Folie Douce is a relatively new addition to Avoriaz and well worth checking out.
The Igloo Village
A bar made entirely of ice? Yep, you heard us right. Visit this frosty spot for tasty cocktails and admire the intricate ice sculptures.
Le Yak Bar
For those who want to party all night long, Le Yak is a bar and nightclub catering to the resort’s party people until 5.30 in the morning!
Avoriaz Resort Opening Times
Avoriaz ski resort usually opens from mid December to mid April. Ideal for a Christmas getaway or early Easter break.
Avoriaz Snow Conditions
With a high altitude of 1800km, Avoriaz has more than decent snow cover, with the most snow falling in February and March where you can see up to 247cm snow depth.
Known for being one of the 10 snowiest European ski resorts, you can expect reliable snow from December till April.
The Nearest Airports to Avoriaz
If, like the majority of skiers, you’re heading to the Alps by plane, you’ll be pleased to know there are several convenient options to choose from;
Geneva International Airport
Geneva International airport provides a thriving hub for skiers as it’s conveniently located near some of the best ski resorts in Europe.
The airport is situated around 100km from Avoriaz, taking just 1 hour and 40 minutes by car.
Alternatively, Chambery is roughly 145 km from Avoriaz ski resort, with a transfer time of 2 hours 30 minutes.
Although slightly further away, it is possible to reach Avoriaz from Grenoble. Grenoble Isere airport is around 236km from Avoriaz and takes around 3 hours driving.
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How to Get From Geneva to Avoriaz
The most popular (and easiest) way to get to Avoriaz is via Geneva. A ski transfer from Geneva to Avoriaz is by far the most convenient option from the airport. After all, who wants to be faffing around with complicated bus timetables when you could be cramming in extra slope time?
Still not sure? Here are some of the benefits of opting for a private transfer;
- Door to door service
- Hassle-free travel
- Experienced drivers with excellent knowledge of the local area
- Extra space and comfort
- Free long-term ski storage with Alps2Alps
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