Located on a fully south-facing plateau high above the Morzine valley, Avoriaz ski resort is an instant hit with all those who see it, thanks to the elegant wooden cladding on every residence and chalet.
Avoriaz ski area
Avoriaz ski resort offers varied groomed terrain for all levels locally, or a huge 650 km piste network for those armed with a full Portes du Soleil lift-pass It adds up to a whole lot of quality skiing in some magnificent settings. Which pass to buy will depend largely on your technical level – novices and early intermediates have enough easily-accessible terrain to be getting on with around and above Avoriaz itself, while just about everyone else is likely to be here for the full 'Grand Domain' experience.
In fact, just a couple of chairlift rides will get you to the Franco-Swiss border (so carry your passport and remember you'll be leaving the Euro-zone), seamless gateway to linked areas like Champéry, Champoussin, Morgins, Torgon and Val d'Illiez. That's in addition to the French ski resorts of Abondance, Châtel, La Chapelle d'Abondance, Les Gets, Montriond, Morzine and St Jean Aulps – most are lift-linked, and for areas where this is impractical there are free shuttle buses.
Avoriaz itself has a huge selection of snow parks, supported by Burton Snowboards, which are tiered to allow for rider development. Sometimes stoking the rad takes a little kindling… small sticks before you toss on the big logs. The series of snowparks in Avoriaz provide all you need; from short ride-on boxes, to little rollers, riders can get the feel of the terrain under them before stepping up to the medium size hits and rails off the ground. And once someone’s got the taste for air, they can light it up with gasoline and laser shows on the big jumps and in the Superpipe. Start small and learn big!
“The Stash Avoriaz” is world class and the forest caters for a mixture of freeride and freestyle skiing. Situated in the middle of a large expanse of un-groomed snow it can be ideal for powder snow days. These slopes wind in and out of the trees in the Lindarets forest with wooden obstacles all around the circuit. You will have to ski or snowboard down the same slope many times to discover all the concealed modules!
The Stash park is reached via the 6 seater highspeed Prolays chairlift with an Avoriaz lift-pass.
Dedicated to children from 4 to 14 years old. The LiL’STASH Avoriaz is in the Proclou area and is made up of natural valleys, which continues into the forest.
Avoriaz has a Superpipe which is well maintained on a daily basis. Avoriaz’s halfpipe is one of the best in Europe and is hardly ever busy.
Avoriaz apres ski
Avoriaz has a renowned apres-ski scene, made even better by its true ski-in / ski-out status. You can happily ski or walk from bar to bar and then ski back to your accommodation when you’ve had enough, or want to get ready for a longer evening of food and cocktails.
Along with the restaurants there are ten bars which include a pub and a piano bar; there's also a live music bar and a night club. The Place and Wild Horse Saloon are good for live music, and for nightclubbing Le Yak. La Cabane and the Globetrotters Bar are also popular.
Avoriaz is a purpose-built ski resort that has luckily escaped the ghastly concrete block buildings of other purpose-built resorts and opted for buildings that nearly camouflage with the mountain. Made from wooden-tiles, from far way the buildings look like rocks on the mountain.
The town is a car-free zone. Cars are left in car parks outside of the village, and transfer services stop below at Prodain. Visitors make the final ascent to Avoriaz by cable car.
Avoriaz regularly schedules a series of snowsport & music events and festivals throughout the season, including pop, rock, jazz and electro genres.