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The people are a little cold compared to other ski areas in France
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... trees snow sun everything is done on skis arriving leaving it's amazing
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The Portes du Soleil seems to have infinite slopes, wherever you go! Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned skier, you'll find your dream slopes here. For freestylers there are more than enough options, the choice of snow parks is great - Gary our teenage son spent the whole week making friends and freestyling! Also the freeride trails were great too. For beginners, there seem to be plenty of easy slopes, and even though the slopes get pretty busy, you never have to wait long for the super ski lifts. Avoriaz is great, as it is right on the slopes and because all the buildings are wooden the resort exudes a very nice welcoming atmosphere compared to some of the concrete resorts you find in France. Restaurants and hotels are right on the slopes, so you can watch the skiing from your balcony as people go by. The views are amazing as the village is literally built up on top of a mountain cliff edge. Avoriaz is without doubt the best ski resort I have ever been on a skiing holiday to.
Ski resort in a super setting up on a cliff - don't go near the edge if you don't like heights! Tons of activities for the whole family - great skating rink and awesome new indoor pool with so much to do for all ages. the kids prefered this to the skiing! The slopes are lovely - skiing back to the resort centre at the end of the day is a real luxury - no ski buses, no trying to fit everything in the car - just park your skis next to a nice cafe and watch the world go by. We're a real mixed bag of skiers - husband been at it for years, I'm a wobbly, worrying mum, and the 3 kids are making their way through the ESF stars but we really found the skiing very well adapted to our needs - we never needed to take a black run to get where we wanted to go - there was generally an easy option - thankfully! We found staff generally a bit stuffy and unfriendly - bit like we were bothering them - but I've heard this is quite often the case in French ski resorts... Nothing else to complain about though :)
Great doorstep skiing which made this ski holiday really stress free - although you have to be careful to get the right lift back to the resort or you could walk quite a way! Nice family holidays spent here - kids loved the snowy streets and horse sleighs and we loved not having to take (or even see) a car or bus all week! Good skiing for kids, great ski school with funny instructors - the kids want to go back again next year.
The skiing here is just superb - we heard everyone talking about the famous 'Wall' slope, with huge moguls - we're good skiers but not quite that good! Apparenty it's awesome! The ski and snow parks here are great fun for all the family, with jumps, etc. Life in the resort is also quite relaxed and friendly. There are some lovley bakerys for fresh bread and croissants and lots of cosy cafes for hot chocolate breaks. This was the perfect resort for us as we have 2 teenagers who snowboard - one is more keen than the other so we could let them do their own thing and come and go from the apartment as they liked during the day and easily meet up in the village without the feeling that you've come down for the day. The fact that the resort is pedestrian also means peace and mind for parents and we felt really well rested when we left after a week here. Although we're past all that, there is a lovely romantic feel here with the horse drawn carridges with sleigh bells trotting past from time to time. From the village you get some just stunning views down into the valley - the cliff edges are not for those who suffer from vertigo!
The pedestrian centre is really bizarre to start with - when you arrive, you have to carry your luggage to your accommodation on a sledge! Even though there are a lot of high apartment blocks, I actually really felt at home here and the high buildings make a kind of enclosure where you feel protected from the elements. Had some great lunches in the resort centre - much cheaper than eating up on the mountain and just as pleasant as you're surrounded by snow and skiers flying by!
|Blue slopes320 km||Drag lifts102||Start of the season5 December|
|Red slopes210 km||Chair lifts81||End of the season18 April|
|Black slopes70 km||Gondola lifts13||Glacier|
|Off-piste0 km||Train0||Min. altitude930 m|
|Total600 km||Capacity25500 Pers./Hour||Max. altitude2460 m|
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