A modern, car-free resort in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area – with dramatic clifftop scenery and a vibrant village.
- Perfect ski destination for family ski holidays with facilities to suit all
- High altitude, north-facing slopes and superb snow records
- Traditional in-resort transportation including sledges, snowcats and horse-drawn sleighs
Avoriaz is a snow-sure resort located on a south-facing plateau above the Morzine Valley. It features award-winning architecture with unique geometrical buildings and wooden facades which contribute to its enchanting atmosphere and unique character. Although the building design may be modern, the in-resort transportation is delightfully traditional - it’s one of the few resorts in the Alps to be classed as 100% car free, where the only transport you will find are horse-drawn sleighs, sledges, snowcats, snowboards & skis (of course!). The après-ski in Avoriaz is particularly popular with younger crowds, although there are options for everyone – whether you would like to visit cosy wine bars, live music pubs, piano bars or booming nightclubs, there is something for you.
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The resort of Avoriaz is part of Portes du Soleil, a ski area comprised of 12 resorts across France and Switzerland; equally famous resorts in this area include the likes of Les Gets and Morzine. This destination is suitable for every type of skier and snowboarder, boasting a variety of options for all abilities – featuring everything from easier elementary slopes to more challenging black runs and freestyle parks. There is a family sector made up of a network of blue and red runs, for groups of different abilities to ski close to one another. Avoriaz is also considered by many as the snowboarding mecca – it was one of the first resorts in Europe to have a terrain park and a superpipe, accompanied by 'Village Snowboard' which is reserved exclusively for kids. Not only is Avoriaz part of an impressive ski area, but it also has numerous activities and facilities for everyone – you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.
From pool parties to laser quest, Avoriaz offers a world of fun on and off the slopes with activities for both children and adults. Many of the attractions, including bowling and the cinema are open late most nights. The resort is also home to the largest water complex in the Alps, the famous Aquariaz waterpark.
For those less interested in action-packed activities, why not relax in one of the resort’s spa and wellness centres, which feature treatments, outdoor Jacuzzis, Turkish baths and relaxation rooms. If you are happy to venture out of the resort, you can access an additional number of facilities and exclusive activities in other Portes du Soleil resorts, only a short taxi or car ride away.
- Human Bowling
Players climb into a giant bowling ball which is rolled by their team members towards the giant skittles, with the aim of getting a perfect strike!
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You have the opportunity to embark on a biking adventure in the mountains. The eFat bike is a specially designed electric bicycle with oversized wheels for a better grip on the snow.
Enjoy an evening beginning with a snowshoe hike, followed by a traditional Alpine campfire meal under the stars, before finishing up in an igloo in the heart of nature.
Facilities for children
- Tag Archery
Go head-to-head armed with bows and impact cushioned foam-tipped arrows with the aim of knocking over five spots of the opposing team, and defend your target without touching it. (From the age of 8)
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Try something new with an outdoor laser quest experience in the snowy forest – in the day or at night! Play with the latest generation wireless RAPTOR 2S guns with crossfires for shots up to 150m away. (From the age of 8)
Kid’s Electric Snowscoot
Children can now experience the sensations of driving snowscoots, specially adapted to their age and monitored in an enclosed area. (Dedicated to children between the ages of 5 – 12 years old, and bigger, more powerful snowscoots for those between 12 – 16 years)
Restaurants and Nightlife
There is an impressive range of dining options in Avoriaz to suit all budgets, with everything from fast food and pizzerias to steakhouses and regional specialities. At lunchtimes, most restaurants will offer a ‘food of the day’ menu - which usually consists of locally sourced meat, vegetables and potatoes.
By night, the resort fills with live music, pop up bars and DJs hosting late night parties. For more relaxed evenings, visit bars such as Le Bistro which has an extensive champagne and wine list (along with some exceptional food!).
- Le Fantastic
Fantastic by name, fantastic by nature – this bar and restaurant is extremely popular all day long; serving from 8am. They offer a range of foods including burgers, pasta, galettes, salads, crepes and desserts.
- Les Trappeurs
This Savoyard restaurant is located in one of the busiest piste-side spots in the resort – opening its doors bright and early. It also offers an extensive children’s menu.
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La Ferme Restaurant
This restaurant located in an old farmhouse building (dating back to 1860) is open year round and offers special menus with all the local delicacies you could wish for. The building has retained the warmth and character of an old mountain chalet.
The Jaja bar offers a great selection of wines and champagnes in a warm, cosy atmosphere. You can also order tapas or platters to accompany your drinks, with special evening every Wednesday.
Accommodation in this resort
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Advice & Guides
We currently have no featured offers for this resort; however, there may still be discounts available on selected dates. Please visit our ski deals section for information on all our current special offers.
Avoriaz Ski Area
The local ski area of Avoriaz is divided into four zones and is made up of 76km of pistes accessed by 17 chair lifts, 2 cable cars and 14 drag lifts. It's ideal for every type of skier and snowboarder - the gentle nursery slopes at the base of the resort are sunny and snow-sure, dedicated to those finding their snowfeet. There are also plenty of slopes for intermediates, as well as 40km of cross-country trails between Avoriaz and Morzine. The family sector enables groups with varied abilities to take the same chair lift and ski close together, as it’s made up of a network of blue and red slopes, a boardercross, and four snowcross areas.
Children can visit the ‘Village des Enfants’ in the centre of Avoriaz, which looks after children from 3 years old and teaches them using a creative learning programme. For those with a little more experience, you can enjoy the long black runs and a black snowcross. Experts can also enjoy the ‘Swiss Wall’, a thrilling mogul-filled run, and the ‘Stash’ snow park which brings freestyle elements into a natural environment.
Avoriaz is often referred to as the snowboarding capital of Europe, partly because it was the first ski resort to open a dedicated snowboarding section, but mainly due to its expanse of wide runs, cliff drops, powder bowls and snowcross runs. The resort also has some of the best snow cover, receiving more than 8 metres of snowfall each winter. To ensure snow quality, there has been a recent investment of €2 million used to introduce snowmaking facilities so that nearly half of the ski area can be covered with artificial snow if necessary.
- Portes du Soleil Ski Area
Avoriaz is part of the Portes du Soleil ski area, the second largest ski area in the world. Comprising of 12 resorts across France and Switzerland, it’s home to some of the most loved ski resorts in Europe, including Les Gets, Morzine, Champery, and Chatel. It holds over 650km of trails, that’s about 407 miles! There are nearly 250km of reds and blues to choose from, as well as plenty of mogul fields and steep fast blacks. For those looking for a more leisurely run down the mountain, head to the Bleue d’Arare and onward to the homerun of Le Crot. Beginners are well covered too – there are some brilliant nursery areas that are out of the way of the main ski traffic.
The Portes du Soleil is serviced by 195 mountain lifts, which allows you to access the whole ski area and resort areas using just one pass. Additionally, there are 11 snowparks, 4 boardercross and 90 slope-side restaurants for you to stop for a bite to eat. All of the snowparks feature exciting wall rides, big air jumps, boxes, tables, raised bends, air bags and rails for you to freestyle to your heart's content.
Resort Altitude: 1800m
Summit Elevation: 2466
Vertical Drop: 666
Total Pistes: 650 km
Number of Lifts: 195
Snow Parks: 11
Booking your Avoriaz ski passes before your trip can mean you could qualify to receive early booking discounts, free child passes or even (sometimes) free upgrades. Erna Low will ensure your passes are waiting for you at reception when you check into your accommodation, so you don’t have to waste your time queuing at the resort when you could be exploring what it has to offer. We will help you find the best pass deal for your group and duration of stay.
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There are a number of professional, in-resort ski rental shops within Avoriaz. We recommend pre-booking your ski equipment through Erna Low for the ultimate value and convenience. We have hand-picked our rental partners to ensure that all of our customers receive the best equipment, the best value and best service, and in the most convenient location to your accommodation. You will spend less time trying to sort your ski equipment out and more time on the slopes!
Please ensure you select the correct equipment option when booking your ski rentals, contact us for further information.
Below is a map of the ski rental locations in Avoriaz.
Avoriaz Ski Rental Locations
Avoriaz is home to a selection ski schools and independent ski instructors that specialise in teaching skiers of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re a total newbie, looking to improve your technique or would like to try a day skiing off-piste - there are options for everyone.
Here at Erna Low, we are the family ski holiday experts – so if you require any help or advice, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Ski Schools for Adults and Teenagers in Avoriaz
The ESF at Avoriaz offers various courses for all abilities, ages and desires. They have a team of over 120 instructors that can teach you everything from alpine skiing to cross-country. Families can try different winter sports together, such as snow scooting, biathlon and Nordic hiking, as well as skiing and snowboarding.
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Avoriaz Alpine Ski School
The Avoriaz Alpine Ski School is a small, British-run team of professional ski and snowboard instructors, all with the highest level of international ski qualifications. They offer a broad programme of courses, technical clinics and individual lessons for children, teenagers and adults.
The Evolution 2 ski academy offers a wide range of activities and lessons to help you learn to ski in a fun and friendly atmosphere. You can learn the best spots for freestyle and enjoy a load of other thrilling activities such as speed-riding, snow scooting, or even ice diving!
Ski Schools for Children in Avoriaz
- Village des Enfants (Children’s Village)
The Children’s village is where they are in charge. This academy is aimed at children aged 3 to 16, where they can learn with others their age and at their own pace. They will have the opportunity to take part in various activities adapted to their age group.
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Young children can learn and discover the joy of winter sports in the Children’s Garden at Piou Piou, whilst older children can take part in group lessons, freestyle and freeride courses. Little ones aged 4-8 can join the Baby Snowboard group with the aim to introduce young children to snowboarding in a fun way.
Travelling by Air:
The closest airport to Avoriaz is Geneva, which is about a 1h30mins drive from the resort (slightly longer if you choose public or coach transfer).
It has a good choice of airlines operating during the ski season with a plentiful selection of dates and times, especially if you book in advance. Alternatively, you can fly into Chambery (1h50mins drive), Lyon (2h30mins drive) or Grenoble (3hour drive). If you choose to travel by plane to one of these destinations, you will have to take a transfer to Avoriaz which you can do via private taxi, minibus, car hire, coach, train or public buses.
Travelling by Car:
Self-driving to the Alps is a cost-effective way to travel and gives you the freedom to do what you want, travel at your own pace and stop at some beautiful destinations along the way. It can take as little as 7 hours to drive from Calais to Avoriaz, obviously depending on whether you stop en route. Tolls cost approximately €75 each way, per car – not per passenger.
When driving through France, there are certain regulations that you must adhere to, to avoid hefty on-the-spot fines. Read our Guide to Driving in France for our top tips and driving insights.
TIP: If you book your Eurotunnel crossing with Erna Low, you’ll receive an automatic upgrade to the Eurotunnel ‘Flexiplus’ service, designed to make your journey as flexible and comfortable as possible.
Travelling by Train:
Cluses train station is the closest to Avoriaz; however, it is 40km away from the resort. There are plenty of buses that run from Cluses to Avoriaz, or you can order a private taxi. Another option would be to take one of the dedicated ‘snow trains’ which run throughout the ski season, by getting a fast TGV train to Paris or Lyon and then onto Cluses or Thonon.
Whether you travel by train or by plane, you’ll more than likely need a transfer to get to your resort. Here at Erna Low, we work very closely with reputable transfer companies to ensure the most stress-free and comfortable journey possible. Arrange a transfer as part of your package through us for the best price – whether this is by coach, minibus, private taxi or even by helicopter!
We're happy to arrange transport to and from your resort for you, and we recommend you book in advance to ensure availability for desired dates and times. Please contact our team of experts on 0207 584 2841 for prices and availability.
Current weather: Partly cloudy, some sunny spells
Fresh snow: 15cm
Last snowed: 2018-03-18
Piste information: Great conditions - wax up your skis!
Lower snow depth: 325cm
Upper snow depth: 480cm
Piste state: Excellent
Off-piste snow: Best up high
Runs to resort: Good
Lifts open: 33
Lifts in total: 34