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Avoriaz highlights: Car-free township and pistes in the streets make this a resort where the skiing (and the fun) never stops. Plenty of great gastro and apres options, too, as well as the world-famous Burton Stash snowpark, make this a paradise for those who like to ride hard and play hard.
Avoriaz is best for: Those who will get the most out of what makes this resort unique. The snowparks and apres options are a big pull, so Avoriaz is very popular with a younger, energetic crowd. As such, those who are looking for that atmosphere will have the best time here.
To reach Avoriaz, you’ll want to fly into Geneva and then get a transfer. Because of how large the airport is, and how many resorts are nearby, transfers are reasonable in terms of both price and time. Avoriaz is located just 75km from the airport and you can be there in little over an hour and a half.
Avoriaz is perhaps the quintessential "purpose built" ski resort. It's one of the most visually striking resorts in the Alps, perched dramatically on top of a cliff and it just works. Almost all the accommodation is ski-in-ski-out and there are no cars- the resort is pedestrianized and there are horses and sleighs for those that want.
The Aquariaz waterpark was one of the first of its kind and great for kids on bad weather days. This "we've-thought-of-everything" level of convenience makes Avoriaz a big hit with families. The snow that accumulates in the streets isn’t pushed into dirty piles at the roadside like in most resort, but instead is groomed. As such, skiing back to your door is possible no matter where you are in the town. This gives Avoriaz an altogether more laid-back feel.
You’ll see people walking the streets in their snow-gear all hours of the day and night, and will feel like you’re in the most ski-friendly resort in the world.
Probably because you are.
While parts of the Portes du Soleil area are quite low in altitude Avoriaz, sitting pretty at 1800, enjoys reliable snow from December until April and often records the most snowfall over the season of any resort in France.
Much of the skiing is ideally suited to beginners and intermediates, who have a vast array of fairly gentle pistes to choose from and cruise on. Strong skiers can pit themselves against the legendary moguls of "The Swiss Wall", while snowboarders and freestylers are faced with an embarrassment of riches, with 6 freestyle areas to choose from in Avoriaz alone and many more in the wider Portes du Soleil.
All told, the Portes du Soleil ski area, encompassing a massive 650km of marked pistes spread across 14 valleys above 12 resorts, with a 1,036 square kilometre skiable area! We mention that because Portes du Soleil’s bowls, while not staggeringly tall, are known for their excellent off-piste.
One pass will cover all twelve resorts — Abondance, Avoriaz 1800, Champery, Chatel, La Chapelle d’Abondance, Les Gets, Montriond, Morgins, Morzine, St Jean d’Aulps, Torgon, Val d’Illez Les Crosets Champoussin — and provide endless fun. Sitting at 1800m, Avoriaz is very snow-sure, but like most resorts, it doesn’t just utilise the slopes above for skiing.
Many of the lifts go from all around it and stretch in all directions. You can ski on all sides of this amazing mountain town, and descend a full 600m below it towards Morzine, providing a full kilometre of vertical. All of this makes Avoriaz a town that is literally in the centre of the action. And as such, its garnered a reputation for being lively and fun, due in part to the party-centric Morzine making its home just a little way down the valley.
Avoriaz hosts some amazing events, including Rock The Pistes and Snowboxx music festivals, making it a popular choice too for younger skiers and snowboarders who want to ride hard and party harder. Though don’t be fooled, you’ll find plenty of relaxation here, too, with plenty to do outside the bars and snowparks.
With spas, ice rinks, dog-sledging, and snowmobiling on offer, just to name a few, no matter your desires, Avoriaz is a resort that can fulfil them all.
Avoriaz’ top lift will drop you off at Pointe de Mossette, sitting at a modest 2,277m. And while this may not seem very high by Alpine standards, it is the shape of the mountains and the off-piste that makes up for the lack of vertical.
With wide, snowy bowls and powder lines to get your hair standing on end, Avoriaz has become known as a giant playground perfectly shaped for the adventurous skier and boarder.
While boarders will flock to Avoriaz by the thousand — the ratio here is about 50/50 boarders to skiers versus the 20/80 boarder-skier ratio maintained in most French resorts — to sample the world-famous Burton’s Stash, an all-wood snowpark that winds through the trees below the resort, as well the other 10 snowparks located in this valley alone — skiers will have lots of fun too.
Beginners will find themselves sticking to the lower slopes, with a large beginner zone located off the top of the Super-Morzine gondola below the town. This makes it reasonably difficult to get to from Avoriaz if you have never skied, as you’ll be travelling downhill and you won’t be able to do that on the chairs. As such, you’ll probably be utilising the beginner area in the town itself. Though this can get fairly crowded, so if you can ski, then venturing down the valley is recommended to get away from the ski schools.
For those in firm command of their skis or boards, there are not very many places you can’t go. Taking any lift will drop you out on some great runs and the TK Arare lift will take you up to one of the snowparks above the town. From here you’ll also find plenty of great blues and off-piste, and if you’re feeling brave you can hike up from the lift to enjoy the powder field above it. Otherwise, The Stash will be beckoning. To reach it, grab the TSD Tour out of town and then head down off the ridge towards the trees. You’ll see the signs.
This also opens up the valley below Pointe de Mossette and the runs down from there. From the top you can also traverse across to Pointe de Vorlaz, where the most technical off-piste is located. This will attract the more advanced and daring of you powder hounds, as there are some great spines and drops to hit if you’re one of those people that likes to catch air.
Though Avoriaz only boasts a modest 75km of pistes itself, the area in which you can ski is much, much larger. And because this resort is snow-park based, you’ll find yourself spending much of your days doing laps.
For those looking for long and winding runs like you’d find in the Three Valleys or Les 2 Alpes, you may be better off looking elsewhere. But for those who want to hike and slash powder, hit kickers and slide rails, this is paradise. And once you visit this mountain oasis, you may not ever go anywhere else.
Avoriaz for First-time and beginner skiers: First-timers will love the beginner area right in town, as it makes the walk in ski-boots short and manageable, as well as providing a welcome selection of dining options for those after-lesson breaks. Having a beginner area below the town also makes Avoriaz great as it means you can tackle more slopes without having to catch lifts. At least until after the day is done.
Avoriaz for Intermediate skiers: Intermediates will turn Avoriaz into a giant playground, and will have fun exploring the pistes, parks, and powder in equal measure. With both the Stash and Lil’ Stash, freestyle riders of all abilities will never be caught out. Unlike some resorts where the kickers are huge and the rails long, there’s a supportive and progression-oriented atmosphere here that welcomes riders of all abilities.
Avoriaz for Expert skiers: Experts will want to spend their days lapping the Stash, hitting every feature and cutting through the trees in between. The most powdery descents can be hiked for off the top of the TSD Grandes Combes, TSD Lac-Intrets, and the TK Arare lifts, while the most perilous can be found from the top of Pointe de Mossette and Pointe de Vorlaz.
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From a three-year-old’s the first steps on snow in the children’s snow garden to teenagers confidently crushing black runs and getting in to the snowpark you’ll find ski lessons for children of all ages and ability in Avoriaz (which can come in handy when you suddenly realise your kids have become better skiers than you!). We’re probably (more than) a bit biased but at SkiBro we think that properly laying the foundation for a lifetime on the slopes - free of bad habits - is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children. SkiBro’s partner ski schools and instructors are all fully certified and have years of experience providing kids’ ski lessons that focus not only on technical instruction but also fun and safety. Children’s ski lessons tend to book up very quickly during peak school holiday periods like half-term and christmas break, so make sure to book early during these times to avoid disappointment.
Did you know that nearly a third of all group ski lessons are beginner adult group lessons? It sounds surprising but group ski lessons are a great way to learn to ski; surrounded by other people of a similar age and ability level who are also trying something new. Group lessons are also great for progressing from a beginner skier to a more independent intermediate. With quality coaching for a few hours each day you can spend your mornings working on your technique before grabbing a bite to eat and explore everything the mountain has to offer with your friends and family in the afternoons.
Private instruction is just that – a ski instructor solely devoted to you (and any friends or family you choose to invite) for a given period of time. These lessons are offered both by formal ski and snowboard schools as well as by freelance instructors – certified independent instructors working for themselves or in loose collectives. A private ski instructor in Avoriaz can offer you a level of flexibility and individual attention beyond what group lessons can. For some people one short, intensive, session with a private instructor will teach them more than they’d get from a full week of group lessons. For many people, however, the inverse would be true and the repetition and additional practice in group lessons is invaluable.
Considered by those who get into it as skiing in its purest (and most fun!) form, freeride (also known as off piste or backcountry) skiing is the pursuit of skiing all over the mountain, unrestricted by the edge of the piste in a variety of snow conditions. A good day’s freeride skiing might involve long descents down wide open mountain faces, steep couloirs and adventures through the trees, far away from the crowded pistes. In addition to private ski instructors and mountain guides you can sometimes find camps and courses designed to give upper-intermediate skiers their first taste of off-piste delights in Avoriaz. Be careful though, the white powder can be quite addictive.
From ‘never-evers’ to semi-pros you’ll find a snowboard lesson in Avoriaz designed to take you riding to the next level. If you’re thinking small, think big. And if you’re thinking big- think bigger! If you’re new to a resort or even if you’re returning to an old favourite, a top snowboard instructor or group snowboard lessons will help you unlock local secrets of the area that you’ll wish you knew about years ago! Flatland tricks, jibbing, carving trenches, slaying powder – stop being a slave to your snowboard and learn to master it!