Avoriaz Ski Resort

Avoriaz is the ideal high-altitude base from which to explore the vast 600km network of slopes that form the cross-border Portes du Soleil ski area.

Located at 1800m, Avoriaz is by far the most snowsure of the ski areas within the Portes du Soleil – making this the best bet for an early season visit. The local slopes are varied and although some pistes can get crowded at times, the lift system has been significantly improved in recent years, reducing your time spent in queues. Keen skiers should make sure they explore the full Portes du Soleil ski area and all 600km of slopes, via Champéry in Switzerland or Châtel in France.

The village’s tall apartment blocks are instantly recognisable, sitting high on a plateau above the village of Morzine below. It is traffic free as all visitors must park in car parks on the outskirts of town – book a space underground to save yourself from having to dig your car out after a snowstorm – so the resort makes for a great location for a family ski holiday. Add to this the quick transfer time from Geneva and the fact that the entire resort is ski-in-ski-out and Avoriaz is as convenient as it gets.

Our Ski Club Instructor-led Guiding Service is back for another season and sessions with the excellent Evolution 2 ski school can be booked between 22nd December and 13th April.

Why not also join the Ski Club’s Avoriaz Facebook Page for the very latest from the resort, or to link up with fellow skiers whilst you’re out on the slopes.

What's New for 2019/20

There are a number of exciting piste and lift additions for the 2019/20 season in Avoriaz. There will be three new pistes – two of which are touring pistes, one of which is 6km long. This follows on from last year’s addition of the touring piste that takes ski tourers from the base of the Prodains cable car to the top of Arare. The third new piste is a red run called Les Cases which will take skiers from the top of the Mossettes lift and descend 445 metres during the 2.5 kilometre long run.

It has also been announced that there will be two new lifts in the Crosets/Champery area. The three-person Léchère chairlift will be replaced by a significantly faster six-person chairlift and a further new six-person chairlift will create a much-needed link to the Crosets/Champery area.

Our Avoriaz Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Advanced ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Pros

Great access to the entire Portes du Soleil

Varied local ski area that is the most snowsure in the area

Good children's facilities and family-friendly, car-free resort

Fantastic snowparks

Cons

Snow reliability across the rest of the Portes du Soleil is not great

Still some queues but new lifts are helping

Can get very crowded at weekends and during holidays

Architecture doesn't suit everyone

Avoriaz Skiing and Snowboarding

The local slopes are divided into four distinct sectors on the piste map – beginner, family, forest and expert. These should only be used as a guide but they do roughly split the resort in four. The sunny nursery slopes are good for beginners, as are the gentle blues towards Morzine, the forest area is ideal in bad weather whilst the family zone has variety for all. Experts will be kept happy in the area above Prodains or after fresh snowfall. And remember, the entire Portes du Soleil is just a couple of chairlift rides away, provided snow is good on the lower slopes.

  • Total Pistes: 76 km (600km in Portes du Soleil)
  • Green: 12%
  • Blue: 49%
  • Red: 27%%
  • Black: 12%
  • Lifts: 34 (172 in Portes du Soleil)
  • Altitude: 1100m (parts of Portes du Soleil drop to 985m) – 2254m

For Beginners

Avoriaz’s beginner zone is located right in the heart of town, where sunny greens and gentle blues provide a good area for learning. The only issue can be the number of skiers and boarders using the slopes, especially at the start and end of the day as people try to reach the other parts of the resort. Progression on to longer blues is good, especially in the Super Morzine sector and through the trees down to Lindarets and Ardent.

For Intermediates

The Portes du Soleil is a vast intermediate playground and the local slopes of Avoriaz encapsulate this. In particular, the Arare and Chavenette runs are wide pistes that are great for practicing your turns. Further afield the slopes around Les Crosets on the Swiss side are ideal for intermediate cruising and the long runs down into Morgins are a great option. Although it is a bit more an effort to get to, exploring the tree-lined slopes of Les Gets is well worth it for confident intermediates.

For Advanced/Expert & Off Piste

With an average of 8m of snow per season, the slopes are not only the region’s most snowsure, but there is good chance of catching some fresh powder, which is really when the ski area comes alive for advanced and expert skiers and boarders. Head to the long blacks above Prodains or down the infamous Swiss Wall towards Champéry. Avoriaz is also home to one of the best terrain parks in the Alps and the excellent Burton Stash freestyle park in the woods by the Prolays chair.

Avoriaz Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here. An interactive live version of the Portes du Soleil piste map can also be downloaded here.

Avoriaz Ski Pass Prices

Local area passes are available for the lifts of Avoriaz only, but only for one to two days. All passes of three days plus are only available for the whole Portes du Soleil – see the resort’s website for further details. A season pass, covering the entire 600km network of slopes costs €998 for adult. Note that these prices may change, so check with the resort for the latest or give the Ski Club’s expert info & advice team a call on 020 8410 2009.

Category

Day Ticket

3 Days

6 Days

Avoriaz Only

Adult (20-64)

€44

n/a

n/a

Youth (16-19)

€40

n/a

n/a

Child (5-15)

€34

n/a

n/a

Senior (65+)

€40

n/a

n/a

Portes du Soleil (cheaper rate applies after 30th March 2020)

Adult (20-64)

€48 – €57

€132 – €155

€242 – €285

Youth (16-19)

€43 – €51

€119 – €140

€203 – €257

Child (5-15)

€37 – €43

€99 – €116

€182 – €214

Senior (65+)

€43 – €51

€119 – €140

€218 – €257

Avoriaz Season Dates

  • Opening Date: 13th December 2019 (Portes du Soleil opens 14th December 2019)
  • Closing Date 19th April 2020 (Portes du Soleil closes 13th April 2020)

For full details see the resort's website and note that these dates are subject to change. The Ski Club’s expert info & advice team are also on hand to help – call 020 8410 2009.

Avoriaz Resort

Large apartment blocks and hotels dominate the village but whilst their size stands out, they are mostly wood-clad and well designed, so it certainly is not an eyesore like other purpose-built resorts. The stunning setting definitely helps, as do the snow covered paths of the traffic-free town. Off the slopes there is lots to do, including dog-sledding and horse-drawn sleigh rides, whilst Aquariaz – a huge tropical themed indoor pool complex – is a particular hit with families.

For Families

The traffic-free resort is ideal for families, especially as the beginner slopes are located right in the heart of the village. The Village des Enfants has a good reputation and excellent facilities for children. As mentioned there is loads to do away from the slopes.

For Après

The 2018/19 season saw the opening of La Folie Douce in Avoriaz. It has proven to be a fantastic addition to the après offering. Old favourites such as Chalet d’Avoriaz and La Tavaillon continue to be hugely popular. Snowboxx Festival once again returns to Avoriaz in 2020, bringing some of world’s top artists to town for a hedonistic week of partying in the spring sunshine.

How to get to Avoriaz

Getting to Avoriaz is easy from Geneva airport and numerous companies offer shared or private transfers – the drive takes a little under two hours. This is by far the easiest way to arrive as hiring a car is not needed – you’d only end up paying to leave the car in a car park throughout your stay. Chambéry is another option but the drive is slightly longer, as is the case for Grenoble.

The drive from the UK is also one of the easiest and a good run from Calais could have you in resort in less than 10 hours after getting off the ferry or Eurotunnel.

  • Geneva airport: under 2 hours (driving/by bus)
  • Chambéry airport: 2 hours (driving/by bus)
  • Grenoble airport: 3 hours (driving/by bus)
  • Calais: approximately 10 hours driving (555 miles)

Avoriaz Contact Details



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Ability
  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Family Friendly
On Slope
  • Boarder
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability
  • Terrain Parks

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