Altitude: 1800 Meters

Avoriaz in short

  • At the heart of the Portes du Soleil
  • Ski in, ski out resort
  • Guaranteed snow

Avoriaz is one of the ski resorts which make up the Portes du Soleil ski area, on the border of France and Switzerland. Tucked between Morzine and Val d'Illiez-Champoussin & Les Crosets, the village of Avoriaz is entirely pedestrian because of a desire to preserve the natural beauty of the site. You can carry your luggage to your accommodation on a sledge, in a horse-drawn sleigh or on a snowmobile because there are no streets, only ski slopes in Avoriaz. There are several ski lifts in the very heart of the resort meaning some ski runs will take you into and even through the resort centre.

Avoriaz is a very popular ski resort for snowboarders and because of this there is a young, lively atmosphere in the resort and on the ski slopes. With around 650km of pistes, the Les Portes du Soleil ski area is one of the largest in the world, boasting endless terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. The focus is definitely on freestyling, with several snow parks and a range of tailored snowboarding lessons. But everybody is welcome in Avoriaz, and there are plenty of red and blue slopes to explore - as well as, if you dare, the Mur Suisse and the World Cup piste! Après-ski and nightlife in Avoriaz is cosy and fun, with some great bars and cafes offering a lively, intimate atmosphere.

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No cars no dirty snow just white the sound of the snow of skis and of horses it's a marvellous place and fairytale-like with an enormous ski area and no queues....

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Skiing in Les Portes du Soleil

Avoriaz is home to a challenging World Cup piste with splendid views from the Hauts Forts. On the border with Switzerland leading towards Champéry is also the infamous Swiss Wall, aka the Chavanette, possibly the most famous black run in Europe with waist-high moguls and a gradient of up to 90%! Beginners need not fear, however - there are plenty of nursery slopes right next to the village. With slopes ranging from 930m to 2460m above sea level, the ski area surrounding Avoriaz usually enjoys good snow conditions throughout the season. Avoriaz is centrally located within Les Portes du Soleil and the entire ski area is at your disposal. It's easy to make a day trip across the border to Switzerland, where it's possible to try heli-skiing (which is illegal in France).

Stash snow park Avoriaz

The Stash park at Avoriaz is a snow park made entirely with natural features such as logs, rocks and bent trees. Inspired by North Star in California and designed by the godfather of snowboarding, Jake Burton, the Stash aims to provide an inspiring space where kids and their parents - the now-adult pioneers of the freestyling generation - can explore the forest together and develop an appreciate for freeriding and the environment. Three routes - beginner, intermediate and expert - meet up in a cabin before diverging along their separate ways. The first of its kind in Europe, this backcountry-terrain-cum-snow-park invites families to ski off-piste through the powder snow in a fun and safe environment.

Family-friendly Avoriaz

In addition to the regular nursery at the Avrizou Childcare Centre, the Children's Village at Avoriaz is a flexible ski school that combines fun in the snow with rest and play time. Kids aged 3-16 are welcome. Special freestyle courses for children are also available. If the kids aren't into skiing, there are plenty of other activities to choose from, such as snowshoeing and horse-drawn carriage rides. There is a wonderful waterpark here - Aquariaz - where families can literally spend the whole day having fun in the various different areas! Great for days when the weather conditions are a little less appealing or you just fancy a break from skiing. Avoriaz is a great ski resort for family ski holidays.

Nightlife in Avoriaz

Avoriaz by night is home to a friendly selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants. Le Bistro, a chic bistro centrally located within the village, serves up delicious Savoyard fare. Families might want to try Les Fontaines Blanches, another restaurant with mouth-watering dishes. Après-ski in Avoriaz is a jubilant affair, with frequent music festivals such as Rock the Pistes that take over the mountains with thumping beats and international DJs. Even on an ordinary night, you can find places to go dancing late into the night. La Cabane and Shooters are two bars where you're sure to find a good time.

 Apres-ski & entertainment Avoriaz

Restaurants 97 Theatre -
Bars & cafes 11 Casino -
Nightclubs & discos 1 Concert hall
Cinema 1  

 Ski school and ski lessons Avoriaz

No. of ski schools 5Private ski lessons € 49
No. of ski instructors 270Ski lessons6 Days, 30 Hours, € 170
Area for beginnersSnowboarding lessons6 Days, 30 Hours, € 219
Ski lessons in Cross-country skiing6 Days, 30 Hours, € 162

 Book ski schools in Avoriaz online

Kids-Ski-Lessons 7 Offers available
Adult-Ski-Lessons 7 Offers available
Snowboard-Lessons 7 Offers available
Park-&-Freestyle 1 Offers available

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 Facilities Avoriaz

No. of hotels 2 Supermarkets 3
Total no. of hotel beds 100 Banks
Total no. of beds 18500

 Tourist information for Avoriaz

Office de Tourisme d'Avoriaz
0033 - 450 - 740211

 Distances from Avoriaz

Railway station
Thonon les Bains ou Cluses approx. 40 km by bus
Genève approx. 70 km by bus
From the motorway:approx. 45 km 45 minuten by car

 Avoriaz for families and children

Childcare Magic carpet
Playground Ski lift for children

  Leisure & sports activities Avoriaz

Public saunaFootpaths 40 km
Fitness centreTorchlight descentfakkeltochten wekelijks
Public solarium Indoor ice rink
Massage Outdoor ice rink
Spa & wellness Curling -
Indoor swimming pool Snow rafting -
Hot air ballooning - Dog sledding
Paragliding Snowmobile tours
Indoor tennis court - Toboggan run
Squash court

Ski blog about Avoriaz

2 September 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

The French skiing airport par excellence, Chambéry Airport comes alive in the winter and welcomes hordes of British skiers and snowboarders. A short flight to this pretty little town will drop you right in the heart of French skiing territory, with access to almost every big French ski area including Chamonix, Les Trois Vallées and Les Portes du Soleil. Chambéry Airport operates seasonal winter flights to more than half a dozen destinations in the UK, mostly with BA. This means it’s entirely fea... More ›

7 August 2020 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Geneva is a wonderful jumping-off point for many ski resorts. Located on the border between France, Switzerland and Germany, it is within short reach of some of the best skiing in the Alps. And with many budget airlines offering cheap flights into Geneva, there has never been a better time to plan your ski holiday starting from this international city. Once you’ve landed, renting a car is an easy way to get to your destination with all your ski gear, but it’s also possible to take trains. Here i... More ›
(Photo: © Spalder by Thijs Termeer)

26 May 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

France is known for having a good number of the world’s largest linked ski areas, with some of the ski areas measuring over 600km of pistes at altitudes of more than 3000m above sea level. But that’s not all France has to offer, and skiers and snowboarders are starting to discover the smaller resorts whose pretty scenery, village atmosphere and varied terrain can easily compete with the biggest names in the Alps. In our list of the top 15 French ski resorts, we've selected some up-and-comers alo... More ›

17 September 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Part of the reason we love our ski holidays so much is because they give us the chance to be at one with nature. So, smelly car exhaust fumes aren't exactly welcome! For this reason, more and more ski resorts are banning cars in the village centre. The only "vehicles" allowed are electric taxis and horse-drawn carriages. Pedestrians have priority and you'll see people wandering down the middle of the streets carrying their skis or even skiing right through the village centre! Here are 10 of our ... More ›

6 July 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Les Portes du Soleil is an enormous linked ski area that spans the French-Swiss border. You might have heard of some of its better-known resorts, such as Avoriaz or Morzine. But there are many more ski resorts to discover in this vast ski area: Abondance, Champéry, Châtel, La Chapelle d'Abondance, Les Gets, Montriond, Morgins, St-Jean-d'Aulps, Torgon en Val d'Illiez-Champoussin & Les Crosets. With a Portes du Soleil ski pass, you can ski in all 12 resorts, a total of 600km of runs! This can ... More ›

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Les Portes du Soleil

Les Portes du Soleil
Total slopes 600 (km)
Blue slopes 320 km
Red slopes 210 km
Black slopes 70 km
Off-piste 0 km
Lifts (196 )
Drag lifts 102
Chair lifts 81
Gondola lifts 13
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