One of the most distinctive in the Alps, Avoriaz ski resort is perched high up on a snow-shelf looking down over a cliff edge towards Morzine and beyond. The resort's architecture takes inspiration from this rugged setting, using varied heights and walkways, with a nod to tradition in the region's typical tavaillons – wooden tiles set onto dramatically angled, sloping roofs.
There are no cars, making for a calm, safe atmosphere which is perfectly suited to families with young children. In addition to this, the lifts are situated very close to the accommodation, another fantastic perk for families and keen skiers alike.
Between its breathtaking panoramic views of the Dents du Midi and Dents Blanche, wide variety of skiing terrain and eight-metre average seasonal snowfall; Avoriaz ski resort truly holds an appeal for different types of skiers from all over the world.
Avoriaz ski resort is part of the Portes du Soleil – a ski area so vast it stretches over into Switzerland. Encompassing 24 mountain areas and 50 summits, there's something for everyone, no matter your level. Here's our guide to Avoriaz ski resort.
Resort Altitude: 1,800m
Resort Skiing: 2,466m
Total Ski Area: 600km
Blue Runs: 320km
Red Runs: 210km
Black Runs: 70km
Cross Country: 216km
Avoriaz ski resort is one of the liveliest in the region. With the Portes du Soleil on the doorstep, there is a vast and thrilling area available to ski, offering around 600km to explore. Sitting at 1,800m and with lifts going as high as 2,466m, Avoriaz can guarantee fabulous snow conditions all season long. A large area of varied runs provide plenty of skiing to satisfy those of all abilities. One of the most famous is the Swiss Wall, an incredibly steep 400-metre run. Covered with moguls, this is one run that's certainly not for the faint-hearted
Beginners and intermediates will find that skiing around Avoriaz and the Portes du Soleil is a blissful experience with a plethora of motorway blues across the entire area to keep you entertained. Beginners will have no problem getting to the nursery slopes, as they are based around the ski resort. Advanced skiers will also have a fantastic time here with the famous ‘Wall’ and other tough blacks to get stuck into. Freeriders can enjoy a range of powder runs such as those in Les Lindarets.
Avoriaz is a boarder’s paradise with good lifts, nearby beginner areas and some of the most extensive and well-looked-after terrain parks in the world. Freestylers will want to head to one of Avoriaz’s five terrain parks; such as the fantastic Stash park packed with rails and jumps. Free riders will enjoy the powder bowls and cliff drops dotted around the Portes du Soleil. If you can, grab a guide and hike out to find some phenomenal untouched powder.
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There are several childcare options in Avoriaz ski resort. The ESF ski school offer a children's nursery, as well as a Les P’tits Loups and Jack Frosts who look after children as young as three months old. The resort also has a range of private nanny services, who can provide additional packages such as evening babysitting.
Avoriaz offers a great mix of restaurants. The cosy, wood-panelled L’Etage feels relaxed and welcoming and is the perfect setting to tuck into rustic, hearty French dishes after a long and rewarding day on the slopes. On the mountain, we recommend Les Trappeurs, who serve delicious Savoyard dishes on a glorious sun terrace. If you like your Alpine meals with a side serving of cheese then the first-class fondue and raclette at Les Fontaines Blanches is for you.
Avoriaz offers the option to ski directly to the bars once you are finished on the slopes, head to La Brasserie or Chez Flo for live music, scenic sun terraces and a steady flow of drinks to enjoy in the late afternoon sunshine. With the slopeside location of the resort's accommodation, you can easily take a trip home to change out of your ski boots. If you're looking for a late night spot, head to the resort's nightclub Le Yak for regular DJ sets which guarantee music all the way until 5.30am.
Avoriaz offers a range of alternative winter sports activities for non-skiers, such as ice skating, snowshoeing or even a trip in a horse-drawn sleigh. For those looking to indulge in some rest and relaxation, head to the resort's fantastic range of shops and spas, or even the igloo village where you can enjoy an evening meal in the most magical of winter settings.
Avoriaz ski resort has many forward-thinking initiatives in place to fight climate change. These include a wood-pellet fired boiler that is situated at an altitude of 1,820 metres, providing an output of 2,000kW. The installation benefits from wood fuel storage on site, meaning it has a minimum self-sufficiency of 10 full days at power. This innovative solution also utilises hot water storage tanks inside the heating plant to further optimise the operation and reduce any possible reliance on a back-up energy supply.