Avoriaz Ski Holidays
France

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Description

Avoriaz is high altitude resort standing proud atop a mighty cliff in the heart of France’s expansive Portes du Soleil ski area. With easy links over into the Portes du Soleil Swiss side and the neighbouring French resorts of Morzine and les Gets within reach, Avoriaz stands out from the crowd. Wood-cladded towers of apartments and suites line the hillside, with pistes running beneath taking skiers down to the chairlifts below. The resort itself is purpose built so lacks a certain charm but that said, ski access is just outstanding and the terrain is a joy to explore. Avoriaz boasts an expansive ski area of 75.5km of piste serviced by 17 chairlifts, 2 cable cars and 14 drag lifts; and the resort is of course well connected to the whole PDS area.

The resort’s car-free centre is peaceful, and the only traffic you’ll come across — apart from skiers and boarders, of course — are the horse-drawn sleds plying the route round town. From an altitude of 1,800m (with slopes running up to 2,275m) Avoriaz boasts spectacular views over the surrounding peaks and valleys.

With good learner and intermediate slopes, sheltered runs, sun-facing slopes, ski in/out accommodation and a brand new indoor swimming centre, Avoriaz works well for families with children to entertain.


Getting There

If you haven’t booked a package where travel is included for you then you will need to think about the best way to get to resort.

Fly

The most common way to get to resort from the UK is to fly. There are four local airports to Avoriaz:

Geneva – 102km – 1h45
Chambery – 147km – 2h
Lyon – 223km – 3h

Grenoble – 227km – 3h

Geneva is the closest airport and there is a good selection of airlines offering flights all year round so makes a popular route when travelling to Avoriaz.

Transfers to resorts

Once you have flown in, you will need to organise a transfer to get you from the airport to resort. There are several companies who offer this but it is worth checking transfer arrangements before booking  your flight especially if you are looking for a shared transfer as these are scheduled and don’t run that regularly so you don’t want to end up having to wait for hours at the airport.

Companies that offer transfers in Avoriaz:

Ski Lifts have been awarded world’s best ski transfer operator in the world ski awards. They offer both shared and private transfers.

Alpy Bus offer low cost shared transfers from Geneva. .

Mountain drop –offs offer private transfers from Geneva.

Powdercab provide professional and friendly service with both shared and price options from Geneva

Summit transfers provide private transfers from Geneva.

Train

The nearest train station for Avoriaz is Cluses and Thonon-les-baines which are both around 1 hour away by road. From the UK, you can take the Eurostar from Ashford in Kent or St Pancras International in London to Paris and then change to the TGV train via Bellegarde (in Switzerland) and onto Cluses via a regional express train.

Drive

If you plan to dive from the UK then you can travel via the Channel Tunnel or take the ferry.

The eurotunnel departs every 15 minutes from Folkestone and takes 35 minutes. Prices start at £90 each way. You can book your crossing here - https://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/home/

P&O operate the ferries from Hull to Zeebrugge or Dover to Calais. The Hull ferry operates daily and runs overnight arriving in Zeebrugge at 0845am; the Dover to Calais ferry operates up to 23 times a day and takes 90 minutes. You can book your crossings here - http://www.poferries.com/en/portal

When driving in France, remember to drive on the left! There are several tolls on the route up to resort, prices will vary depending on your vehicle and which road you take but will cost approximately €75.


When to Go

Avoriaz is a high altitude resort located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area so offers snow-sure skiing throughout the season.

Avoriaz is a convenient and hassle free resort for families due to its car free centre and host of ski in/ski out accommodation. School holidays are the most expensive weeks of the season so if you are restricted to these weeks, Avoriaz does make a good option as it offers more affordable accommodation compared to some other more premium resorts.

If you have more flexibility of when you can travel and are keen on keeping costs down, Avoriaz makes a good choice as the resort offers plenty of good value self-catering accommodation


Where to Stay

Avoriaz has a large selection of purpose built apartments as well as chalets and hotels, with plenty of the accommodation offering ski in/ski out access

Our top picks in Avoriaz:

No1 Penthouse
No2 Penthouse
No3 Penthouse

Chalet Beluga

Chalet Marie

Le Saskia Apartments

Hotel Des Dromonts



Getting around

Avoriaz is a car free resort so the best way to get around is by foot!

There are both covered and outdoor car parks located at the entrance to Avoriaz and there are horse-drawn sleighs or ‘piste-basher shuttles’ to assist you in getting your luggage to your accommodation.

The Prodains Express Cable car links Avoriaz to Morzine and runs daily from 830am to 9pm during winter.


Apres

Avoriaz has an abundance of bars for both an après ski and evening drink:

Chez Flo is a popular, large restaurant offering traditional and varied cuisine. The bar is a great place to have an après ski drink. 

Les Trappeurs is a popular piste-side restaurant serving Savoyard dishes. The restaurant is located in a busy piste and is the perfect spot to top up your tan on the terrace and people watch. 

Village Igloo Bar & Restaurant is a unique spot in resort located in the centre of Avoriaz. Make sure to wrap up warm as the igloo rarely gets above 5 degrees. 

Le Bistro is located in the centre of resort. Their large terrace is a great place to have an après ski drink. 

Le Fantastic Bar is located between two pistes and is a lively après spot and also shows live sports on the big screen. 

Le Yak is Avoriaz’s only nightclub playing mainly house music with their resident DJ and a variety of guests. The club is open from midnight until 5am. 


Eating out

There are several restaurants in Avoriaz both on and off the mountain:

Le Terasse is located in Les Lindarets. The restaurant has a lovely sunny terrace and serves traditional alpine cuisine with friendly efficient service.

La Cremaillere
is located in the old village of Les Lindarets. The cosy restaurant is famous for its chanterelle mushroom dishes.

Mamo’s cafe is open for breakfast, brunch and lunch. The cafe serves a variety of food including local specialities, burgers, sandwiches, tapas, vegetarian dishes and Asian inspired food.

Le Fangle is a mountain restaurant located on the slopes from Avoriaz to Morzine. The charming restaurant has a spacious traditional interior with a log fire to keep warm on those chilly days.

L’Passage is located next to the Super Morzine Telecabine. The mountain restaurant serves excellent local dishes and wine.

Chez Flo is a mountain restaurant located between the arrival platform of the Prodains cable car and the departure platform of the Lac-Intrets, Stadium and Tower chairlifts. The restaurant serves specialities including tartiflette, croutes and fantastic plates of charcuterie.

Changabang has been a popular spot in Avoriaz for  almost 10 years. The restaurant has an American menu, welcoming staff and cheap drinks making it a popular with seasonnaires and visitors alike.

Les Intrets is located on the Place Centrale. The restaurants serves a traditional Savoyard menu alongside contemporary dishes.

La Poya is located in the centre of Avoriaz. The restaurant is great for both lunch and dinner serving Savoyard specialities including, salads and crepes.


Good for Couples

La Cabane

Place des Ruches

Village des Ruches

Avoriaz

+33 (0) 4 50 74 20 60

Good for Couples

Le 155 Steakhouse

155 Prom. du Festival

74110

Avoriaz

+33 (0) 4 50 74 20 02

Good for Couples

Les Fontaines

Immeuble Fontaines Blanches

74110

Avoriaz

+33 (0) 4 50 74 12 73

Good for Family

Chez Flo

Immeuble Pas du Lac Place Jean Vuarnet

74110

Avoriaz

+33 4 50 74 19 94

Good for Family

Le Bistro

Place Centrale

74110

Avoriaz

+33 4 50 74 14 08

Good for Friends

Le Fantastique

Immeuble Intrêts Avoriaz

74110

Avoriaz

+33 (0) 4 50 74 09 15

Good for Friends

Le Lodge

Quartier de l'Amara

74110

Avoriaz

+33 (0) 4 50 37 55 41

Good for Friends

Le Yeti

Plateau d’Avoriaz

582 Route de l'Alpage

Avoriaz

+33 (0) 4 50 74 12 78


Activities

There are several activities available in resort for non skiers. These include:

Aquariaz leisure centre
Ice skating
Dog sleds
Horse & carriage ride
Nordic walking
Snowshoeing
Fat Biking
Paragliding
Restaurants/bars
Shopping


Leisure & Wellness Centre

142 Route des Rennes

74110

Avoriaz

+33 4 50 74 24 42

Paragliding

Pascal Leclerc

74110

Avoriaz

+33 6 26 35 48 06

Snowshoeing

31 Place des Ruches

74110

Avoriaz

+33 (0) 4 50 74 02 18


Ski School

There are several ski schools in Avoriaz offering both group and private lessons. Group lessons are more sociable  and will generally work out cheaper but can be less intense than one to one tuition. Most ski schools will be happy to assess your ability to determine which lesson will be most suitable. We would recommend booking in advance especially if you are travelling on a peak week.

New Generation offer both group and private lessons for skiers and boarders for all abilities.

ESF offer the biggest range of options, taking pupils as young as 3. They offer group lessons and private guiding.

Avoriaz Alpine Ski School is one of the original British-run and English speaking ski and snowboard school and have been offering personalised snowsports coaching and lessons in English since 1992.

Evolution 2 have a maximum group lesson of 8 so they are amongst some of the smallest shared lesson sizes. If you want to learn to carve, telemark or have a try in cross country skiing they have an instructor to meet your requirements.


Getting around

Avoriaz is a car free resort so the best way to get around is by foot!

There are both covered and outdoor car parks located at the entrance to Avoriaz and there are horse-drawn sleighs or ‘piste-basher shuttles’ to assist you in getting your luggage to your accommodation.

The Prodains Express Cable car links Avoriaz to Morzine and runs daily from 830am to 9pm during winter.


Family ski

Avoriaz is traffic free and has plenty of ski in/ski out accommodation so it is a popular choice for families looking for a safe and hassle free holiday.

For families looking for childcare in Avoriaz, there are both creche facilities and private nanny services available in resort. it is recommended to book your childcare in advance to avoid disappointment, especially if you are travelling during school holidays.

Creche Facilities

There are two creche facilities in Avoriaz:

ESF operate Club Piou Piou for children from 4 years.
Avrizou Avoriaz is a nursery for children from 6 months to 5 years.

Private nanny services

Booking a nanny is a popular option as they allow you to be very flexible as the nanny will work around which hours will work best for your family. Our recommended nanny services in Avoriaz include:

Jack Frosts is the longest running childcare provider in the French Alps providing first class childcare.

Alpine Childcare links families looking for childcare with nannies and babysitters.


Group Ski

Avoriaz is a high altitude resort sitting in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area and offers excellent access to the neighbouring resorts. Avoriaz has plenty of good value self-catering accommodation and thanks to the brand new Folie Douce bar, it is climbing up the ranks as one of the top resorts for apres ski, so for groups looking to keep a hold of the budget but still wanting a big ski area and apres ski, then Avoriaz makes a good choice.


Childcare

Avoriaz sits at an altitude of 1,800 metres in the popular French ski area of the Portes du Soleil, and attracts families from across the world for its child-friendly slopes and facilities. With spectacular mountain scenery, stunning clifftop location, and diverse terrain for learner skiers and snowboarders of lower abilities, it’s a great place to base your family for a week on the snow. Ski schools are brilliantly set up, the majority of the resort’s chalets and apartments are ski in/out, it’s car-free, and of course at this altitude, brilliantly snow-sure. 

Horse-drawn carriage rides

With visitors’ cars left safely in the huge car park outside town, Avoriaz is a wonderfully safe place to bring the kids. Horse-drawn carriages operate around town, whisking groups of families and friends through the resort in comfort – and there aren’t many places where you can transfer from your chalet to the pistes in style like this! The horse-drawn carriages save parents lugging heavy bags to their accommodation, and the drivers all know the best places from which to admire Avoriaz’s amazing valley views. 

Sledging

Away from the snowy slopes, families in Avoriaz have a wonderfully broad range of child-friendly entertainments and activities to enjoy. You can rent sledges from the many ski hire shops in town and hit the hills for a little non-skiing fun with the kids, and there’s no better way to transport tired children home after a day on their skis! 

Ice-skating

For a little fun away from the groomed pistes, parents can take the kids to Avoriaz’s ice-skating rink, which sits close to town centre. It’s the perfect way to burn the kids’ energy off in a fun environment, especially if they fancy a chance from the pistes or the weather closes in up the mountains. Admission is around four Euros for adults, and it costs about the same again if you need to rent skates. For youngsters, things are a little cheaper – approximately three Euros for kids up to the age of 16, but completely free for youngsters aged under five.
 
Bowling alley and cinema

Avoriaz’s bowling alley offers the perfect activity for bad weather days, or those evenings when the kids need a little extra fun. You can also catch the latest releases at the Cinéma Les Portes du Soleil Avoriaz, which offers digital surround sound and 3D movies – just select one of the movies marked VO or VOST for the original English versions on the movies screened. 

Husky-sledding

From early December to the end of April, families can take control of their own pack of eager huskies and charge through the snowy forests on a dog-sledding adventure – for non-ski activities on the snow it’s hard to beat! Your guide shares key information about how to control the powerful pack, turning safely and cornering, then you take the reins and head into the snowy wilderness with your guide at the helm! If all this talk of ‘mushing’ seems a little over-energetic, parents with younger children can easily opt for a seated sled to watch the scenery tick by in comfort. 

Snow-shoeing 

Avoriaz is one of the most snow-sure ski resorts in the Alps, and snow-shoeing is another of the popular child-friendly activities available. For non-skiers or kids looking for an alternative to skiing or snowboarding, it’s the perfect activity. Guided snow-shoeing tours operate out of Avoriaz’s many equipment rental shops, with experts leading bold adventurers to remote locations around the remote Lindarets sector. If you don’t want to experience snow-shoeing as part of a guided tour, you can collect a map from the Avoriaz Tourist Office and go it alone. 

Aquariaz Water Park

The jewel in Avoriaz’s crown for family-friendly adventure in the Alps is Aquariaz – the resort’s brilliant water park. Here, parents and kids can relax together among the waterfalls, cliff swings and heated pools, and seek refuge if bad weather keeps you away from the snowy parks and pistes. Aquariaz offers gentle river rapids, dense vegetation, wet and wild half-pipes, paddling pools for toddlers, climbing walls and even an open-air hot tub. For parents in search of a little ‘me’ time, there are massage services available too. 

Kids’ terrain parks

Avoriaz’s reputation for freeride skiing and snowboarding precedes it, and there’s a dazzling range of kickers, rails and rollers to push your skills on the snow. But of course even the most impressive freestyler had to start somewhere – and Avoriaz has set a lot of space aside for youngsters looking to develop their skills. Child-friendly terrain parks around Avoriaz include the Kids’ Parkway – a miniature terrain park – and the Lil’ Stash, where budding freestylers can get all the practise they need before growing into the bigger terrain parks around the valley. 


The Piste

Beginners

The Ecoles or Dromonts are beginner pistes located in the centre of resort and are both serviced by two drag lifts. Beginners can then move onto the nearby green pistes which are accessed by the Proclou, Seraussaix and Baron chairlifts. There are also four gentle blues pistes in the area; Proclou, Seraussaix, Qu’mont and Gerneus which are all good place to improve skills and gain more experience.

Intermediates

Avoriaz offers plenty of piste for intermediates, in particular the blues to Les Prodains and the Super Morzine which are quiet and scenic. The areas above the Arare and Chavanette are gentle and spacious, and the Lindarets area is also a good spot with pretty tree lined runs.

For those wanting to explore further afield then the ‘circuits’ which are well marked day long ski safaris that cover the over areas of Chatel, Morgins and Champery are definitely worth checking out.

Experts

The most challenging runs in Avoriaz are located from Hauts Forts to Les Prodains, in particular the Combe du Machon, Arete des Intrets, Combette and Coupe du Monde.

For those looking for off-piste, there are a few Snowcross Zones in Avoriaz which are un-pisted but secured areas where you are able to enjoy the freedom of off-piste with the safety of pisted runs.

if you are looking to go further afield, it is recommended to book a guide who will be able to show you the area safely.


Ski School

There are several ski schools in Avoriaz offering both group and private lessons. Group lessons are more sociable  and will generally work out cheaper but can be less intense than one to one tuition. Most ski schools will be happy to assess your ability to determine which lesson will be most suitable. We would recommend booking in advance especially if you are travelling on a peak week.

New Generation offer both group and private lessons for skiers and boarders for all abilities.

ESF offer the biggest range of options, taking pupils as young as 3. They offer group lessons and private guiding.

Avoriaz Alpine Ski School is one of the original British-run and English speaking ski and snowboard school and have been offering personalised snowsports coaching and lessons in English since 1992.

Evolution 2 have a maximum group lesson of 8 so they are amongst some of the smallest shared lesson sizes. If you want to learn to carve, telemark or have a try in cross country skiing they have an instructor to meet your requirements.


Equipment Hire

There is a good number of ski hire shops dotted around the resort. We would advise that you book your ski hire advance as many stores will offer online discounts and advance booking means that you will be able to secure your preferred equipment.

Our recommended ski hire shops in Avoriaz are:

Ski Set have a variety of stores across Avoriaz provide a range of the best ski rental equipment.

Intersport provide ski and snowboard equipment to suit all abilities.  

Sport 2000 have two stores in Avoriaz providing affordable ski and snowboard equipment.

Ski Republic provide low cost ski and snowboard rental equipment. They have stock for all budgets and levels and normally run family, group and all-inclusive offers.


Lift Passes

There are two lift passes available if you want to ski in Avoriaz. There is the local Avoriaz Ski Pass which is just for the Avoriaz area including the Super Morzine and Lindarets area; and there is the Portes du Soleil Ski Pass which covers 12 different ski villages: Adondance, Avoriaz, Champery, Chatel, La Chapelle d’Abondance, Les Gets, Montriond, Morgins, Morzine-Avoriaz, St Jean d’Aulps, Torgon, Val-d’illiez Les Crossets Champoussin.

6 Day Pass                  Adult (20-64yrs)    Child (5-15yrs)    Junior (16-19yrs)
                                                                                        Senior (65+yrs)
Local Area                   €216                     €162                  €186
Portes du Soleil Pass   €265                     €199                  €239

Free passes are available for under 5ys, proof of age is required.

Family passes are available for a minimum of 4 people (2 adults and 2 children) buying a 6-14 day Portes du Soleil ski pass. The paasses are only valid if all passes are bought in a single transaction. The pass offers a 10% discount.

For groups of 2 or more, Duo and Tribu passes are available. These are only valid on passes for 6 days or more and must be purchased in the same transaction. The Duo pass saves €15 per person and the Tribu pass saves €24 per person.

Beginner passes are available which give access to the Prodains cable car; Plateau, Tour, Zore, Seraussaix, Proclou, Lechere and Dromonts 1 & 2 chairlifts as well as Thrashers, Ecoles 1 & 2, Baron, Barmettes and Chapelle draglifts, Super-Morzine and Ardent gondolas.

You can buy your lift pass online via the official lift pass office and then collect them in resort for free or pay €3 for delivery. Alternatively, you can pre book your lift pass with the operator


Chalet Sleeps

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Resorts statistics

  • ALTITUDE

    1800m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    11km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    2280m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    212

  • TOTAL PISTE

    650km






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