France Ski Accommodation in Avoriaz, France

Description

Avoriaz sits at 1800m and is the highest resort in the Portes du Soleil which is one of the largest ski areas in Europe. Avoriaz boasts an expansive ski area of 75.5km of piste serviced by 17 chairlifts, 2 cable cars and 14 drag lifts, as well as its easy links over to Morzine, Les Gets and the rest of the PDS area.

Avoriaz is purpose built so it does lack a certain charm but ski access is outstanding with the majority of accommodation being ski in/ski out. The resort centre is car free and the only traffic you’ll come across apart from skiers and boarders are horse-drawn sleds plying route around town.


Getting There

Geneva is the closest airport to Avoriaz so it is the most popular airport for guests flying to resort, however there are four airports close by.

102km from Geneva (1h45)
147km from Chambery (2h)
223km from Lyon (3h)
227km from Grenoble (3h)

There are several transfer companies who offer shared and private transfers to and from the resort.

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.

The closest train stations to Avoriaz are Cluses and Thonon-les-baines which are both about an hour away by road. From the UK, you can take the Eurostar from London St Pancras and Ashford in Kent to Paris and then change to the TGV train to Bellegarde and then a connecting train onto Cluses or Thonon-les-baines.

Driving from the UK, you can take either the channel tunnel or the ferry. When driving in France, there are several tolls on way up to resort which will cost approximately €75.


When to Go

Avoriaz is the highest resort within the Portes du Soleil ski domain, and one of the highest resorts in the Alps so it has snow-sure skiing throughout the season.

Avoriaz is a popular choice for families due to its car free centre and and wide choice of ski in/ski out accommodation so it does get busier during school holidays.


Where to Stay

Avoriaz is purpose built so has a good selection of accommodation options including apartments, chalets and hotels, many of which are ski in/ski out.



Getting around

Avoriaz is car free so the best way to get around is on foot!

There are car parks located at the entrance of the resort and there are horse-drawn sleighs or ‘piste-basher shuttle’ to assist you in getting your luggage to your accommodation.


Apres

Avoriaz isn’t renowned for having apres ski and nightlife but the resort does have an abundance of bars for an apres ski or 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 is a good selection of restaurants in Avoriaz town and scattered across 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.



Activities

There are several activities available in Avoriaz for non skiers:

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



Ski School

There are a selection of ski schools in Avoriaz who offer group and private lessons. Group lessons are more sociable and will work out cheaper but are less intense than one to one tuition. The majority of ski schools will be happy to chat through your requirements to assess which lesson will be most suitable

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 car free so the best way to get around is on foot!

There are car parks located at the entrance of the resort and there are horse-drawn sleighs or ‘piste-basher shuttle’ to assist you in getting your luggage to your accommodation.


Family ski

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

There are two creche facilities in Avoriaz:
ESF operate the Club Piou Piou for children from 4 years; and Avrizou Avoriaz is a nursery for children from 6 months to 5 years.

There is also the option of booking a private nanny who offer flexible levels of high quality care.

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 the highest resort within the Portes du Soleil and is linked with the neighbouring resorts in the area offering a good range of snow sure slopes for groups of mixed abilities. Avoriaz is a compact and purpose built town with plenty of good value accommodation, many of which is ski in/ski out.

Thanks to the new Folie Douce bar, Avoriaz is climbing up the ranks as one of the top resorts for apres ski. It is slightly better value compared to other resorts so for groups on a budget but still wanting a big ski area and lively apres ski, it makes a top choice.


Childcare

With an excellent nursery slope, many ski in/ski out properties and a selection of more gentle pistes, especially around the Lindarets area, Avoriaz is a resort popular for families with children. However, when it comes to finding activities off-the-snow in Avoriaz, there isn’t exactly an abundance of options.

There’s an open-air ice skating rink in Avoriaz town centre which is open from 3pm-8pm daily. Entry costs €4 for children but if you are in possession of the Multiactivity pass or Family Card, you can access the rink for free.

Aquariaz is the resort’s new swimming complex, where you’ll find cascades, plunge pools, paddling pools for smaller children, a swimming pool, slides, and a climbing wall amongst the attractions. It’s a brand new centre and in case of bad weather, or a needed break from skiing, this is one of the best places to come. http://www.avoriaz.com/mountain-holidays/aquariaz-.php#

Snow shoeing is an exciting and popular way to explore the mountains away from the piste and there are guided walks available for all ages and fitness levels.

Avoriaz is completely car-free and many people like to get around on the resort’s popular horse-drawn sleighs. The resort has just under thirty sleighs in operation and around a hundred horses, so they’re a common sight here! Horse drawn sleighs are available daily from 8am to 7pm. Whether you choose to use the sleighs as a way of crossing town or for a scenic trip around the resort, taking a ride is great fun especially for younger children. Sleighs can be picked up at the entrance of the resort, the outdoor parking P2, the top station of the Prodains cable car and in the centre of town.

Le Studio 9 is a bowling alley located on the Place des Dromonts in Avoriaz, with tenpin bowling, video games, pool, pinball and a host of other games and activites to try your hand at. The alley is open from 2pm-3am daily and is a great way for the family to have fun together off the slopes.

For older children, Avoriaz can now offer Segway tours! Tours leave from the resort’s Acceuil/Welcome point and they last just over an hour. There’s a family rate available which gets you -10% off the price. http://www.ecoledeglisse.com/en/winter-act-segway-pxl-11_82.html


The Piste

For beginners, the Ecoles and Dromonts are beginner pistes located in the centre of resort and are both serviced by two drag lifts. From here, beginners can move onto the nearby green runs which are accessed by the Proclou, Seraussaix and Baron chairlifts. There are also several blue runs in the area which are all good to practice your skills

Avoriaz offers plenty of skiing for intermediates. The blue runs to Les Prodains and the Super Morzine are quiet and scenic; the areas above the Arare and Chavanette are gentle and spacious, and the Lindarets area is a good spot with pretty tree lined runs. For the more adventurous, there are ‘circuits’ which are marked day-long ski safaris that cover wider areas including Chatel, Morgins and Champery.

For expert skiers, the most challenging runs are located from the Hauts Forts to Les Prodaines, in particular the Combe de Machon, Arete des Intrets, Combette and Coupe du Monde. There are a few Snowcross Zones throughout the resort which are un-pisted but are secured so you are able to enjoy the freedom of off-piste with the safety of pisted runs.


Ski School

There are a selection of ski schools in Avoriaz who offer group and private lessons. Group lessons are more sociable and will work out cheaper but are less intense than one to one tuition. The majority of ski schools will be happy to chat through your requirements to assess which lesson will be most suitable

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 selection of ski hire shops in Avoriaz who offer the latest selection of equipment:

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.


Lift Passes

There are two lift pass options available for guests visiting Avoriaz; the local Avoriaz Ski Pass which is covers the Super Morzine and Lindarets area; and the full Portes du Soleil Ski Pass which covers 12 different ski areas: Adondance, Avoriaz, Champery, Chatel, La Chapelle d’Abondance, Les Gets, Montriond, Morgins, Morzine-Avoriaz, St Jean d’Aulps, Torgon, Val-d’illiez Les Cressets Champoussin.

The below prices are based on the current rates in resort and may change at the time of booking:

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 5yrs, proof of age is required.

Family Passes are available for a minimum of 4 people (2 adults and 2 children). The pass carries a 10% discount and is only valid on 6-14 day Portes du Soleil passes bought in the same transaction.

There are group discounts available for groups of 2 (duo) or 3 (tribu). The duo pass carries a €15pp discount and the tribu pass carries a €24pp discount. The discounts are only valid on passes for 6 days or more bought in the same transaction.

Beginner
passes are available which offer access to the Prodains cable bar; 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 through the lift pass office and collect them in resort for free or pay €3 for delivery. Alternatively, you can pre-book your lift pass through your operator who will deliver it to your accommodation for when you arrive in resort.  


Piste
Avoriaz, France Snow Report
Current conditions
Temp: 2° C
Wind: 16mph
Direction: sw
Conditions: Clear skies
New Snow
24hrs: 5cm
Snow Depth
Top: 280cm
Base: 230cm

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