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Ski holidays in Avoriaz

Superb skiing in this traffic-free resort in the huge Portes du Soleil region

Sitting at the heart of Portes du Soleil ski area (and marking its highest resort and ski station), Avoriaz has a 1960s post-modernist ‘pop art’ feel about it. Instantly identified by its tall apartment blocks scattered around winding roads on the cliff-top plateau, with a stunning vista over the valley and Morzine below. Thanks to its high position, Avoriaz celebrates a great snow record.

Avoriaz is a pedestrian town: All cars, buses, taxis and vehicles stop off at the entrée station on the outskirts of town, and everywhere from there is reached by foot, horse drawn carriage, or snowcat. This makes it an ideal location for families, and you can very literally ski in and out of your hotel!

A great resort for beginners, intermediates, skiers and snowboarders alike, there is a little something for everyone in Avoriaz. While the Portes du Soleil stretches over 650km in every direction, stretching over the border into Switzerland, there is still plenty to do off the piste as well with delicious restaurants in abundance, alongside bars and amenities in the centre of Avoriaz. There is potential to ski over to Switzerland for a day. There are also lots of family-friendly activities like ice skating, as well as more adventurous activities like parapenting for those seeking an adrenaline kick!

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Ski and Snowboard Information

Skiing Levels
  • Beginners
  • Intermediates
  • Advanced
  • Snowboard
  • Cross Country

Ski and board rentals

Hiring your equipment is arguably the easiest, and one of the cheaper options of getting on your skis and boards when out in resort. You can rent blue/ red/ black grade equipment with Inghams and everything will be arranged for you for your arrival. 

For beginner skiers you can save money on lift pass, lessons and equipment hire with our ‘LEARN TO SKI’ packages. See 'Ski Extras'. 

 

Ski school

Avoriaz is the perfect destination to learn how to ski. With beginner nursery slopes very close to the town and easily accessible ski lifts, you won’t have to travel far to meet your instructor for your morning of lessons. 

Inghams can arrange lessons for you whatever your age, including ski school for children and morning lessons for adults. Save money with our exclusive ‘LEARN TO SKI’ packs. 

The ESF ski school in Avoriaz gathers close to the drop off point, or entrée station, at the base of Plateau ski lift where the Jardin des Enfants is. 

 

Avoriaz for beginners

Beginners taking part in ski lessons will gather near the drop off point in Avoriaz, and from there they will tackle the gentle nursery slopes around the tops of the Plateau chair lift and top of the Proclou chair lift. The Super Morzine area has some lovely gentle runs that stretch from Avoriaz to Morzine where you can get the cable car back up again. For those beginners with a little more confidence and seeking to ski independently, the long, gentle green Proclou piste is a great place to start, and follow it up with the easy blue runs around the Prolays and Brochaux chair lifts. 

Avoriaz for intermediates

The whole Portes du Soleil is an absolute treasure for the intermediate skier with plenty of pleasant blue runs that aren’t too heavily cluttered and offer astounding vistas.

The area that towers over Avoriaz and is accessed by the Lac-Intrets chair lift offers plenty of easy cruising, and the blue runs in the Les Lindarets area (easily accessed by the Prolays chair lift) dip and dive in and out of the woods. When armed with a little more confidence, don’t be afraid to explore further afield: climb to the Col du Fornet peak and descend from there, and explore the red runs over on Plaine Dranse

Avoriaz for advanced

Fresh powder and off-piste skiing can be quite hard to come by in the immediate area around Avoriaz, but during the peak season, thanks to its high altitude, Avoriaz can enjoy up to almost 8m of snow. There is a stretch of black pistes and powder pockets that can be reached in the Les Hauts Forts area at the top of the Grandes Combes chair lift. Head over towards Chamossiere in Les Gets for some challenging areas, and the Cornebois in Chatel

Freestyle and terrain parks

Sitting directly above Avoriaz is the Snowpark Chappelle which includes a variety of features- XS, S, M, L jumps, boxes, rails and kickers. There is an area exclusively for the beginner freestyler to get some practice here as well. 

Also in Avoriaz is the Snowpark d’Arare which includes some much bigger features (up to XXL) and an airbag and kicker installed in the spring.


The Stash Freestyle Park was the first of its kind- a long snaking run that dips and dives through the trees with rails, boxes and kickers made out of natural materials and hidden in corners and between trees.

Across the Portes du Soleil there are a total of seven parks, four airbags and a superpipe in Avoriaz.

 

Childcare and kindergarten

If you have babies and toddlers who need minding while you ski during the day, help is at hand*. In Avoriaz there is a calm and professional nursery school who will happily take babies as young as 3 months and children up to the age of 5. For those parents who are keen to get their children on the slopes with them, there is the children’s village (Village des Enfants) in the centre of Avoriaz where they will enjoy lessons in the morning, and an afternoon of play time and rest.

*If you are interested in arranging childcare during the day for your children, please be aware that you cannot book this through Inghams, you must arrange it locally. 

 

Public transport

Avoriaz is a completely pedestrian town with no cars, buses or taxis allowed onto the streets. The drop off point is on the north-western point of town where you can park your car in either an underground or open air carpark for the week, and the buses and taxis stop here.

Getting to and from Morzine is easiest via the Prodains cable car, which pedestrians can access until 21:00 on weeknights, and 00:00 on weekends

It is best to try and get around town on foot but there is also a horse and carriage ‘taxi’ service available!


Mountain Facts
  • Area 150 km
  • Resort Altitude1800m
  • Ski Alt. From1000m
  • Ski Alt. To2460m
  • Runs
  • Longest Run6
  • Lifts Chairlifts 78 , Free Baby Lifts False , Cable car 4 , Draglifts 105 , Gondolas 10
  • Lift Times

    08:45-17:00 (during peak seasons and subject to the prevailing weather) Pedestrians are able to get on the Prodains cable car between Morzine and Avoriaz until 21:00 week nights, and 00:00 weekends. Most guests purchase the Portes du Soleil ski area lift pass which grants them access to the vast international network of pistes. For those booking their trip to Avoriaz in Winter 2016/2017 you will enjoy our Inghams lift pass price guarantee. Book your lift pass with Inghams and you won’t have to worry about trips to and from the ticket office!

  • Lift Ski LockersNo
  • Whole Area Pass Lifts197
  • Night Skiing IncludedNo
  • Mountain Restaurants89
  • Snow Cannons694
  • Off-piste OptionsNo
  • Slope Direction,N,E,S,W

  • from£1168pp
  • 34 rooms
Hotel des Dromonts - exterior

Sister to the Altapura in Val Thorens, this newly renovated hotel in the centre of Avoriaz is a gem in a resort known for self-catered accommodation. Now run by the renowned Maisons et Hotels Sibuet, the hotel is decorated in a bright, modern 60s style and has a fantastic new spa with outdoor jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, as well as massages and treatments, which can be booked locally, offering the chance to truly unwind in style.

  • from£560pp
  • 74 rooms
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Located in the "Les Crozats" area of Avoriaz, perched above the resort, the Electra Apartments enjoy an uninterrupted view over the Morzine valley. 

  • from£429pp
  • 400 rooms
Le Saskia apartments exterior 4

The Saskia Falaise residence is located at the entrance to Avoriaz, in the heart of the Falaise area.

  • from£492pp
  • 198 rooms
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These high quality apartments, built in 2012, are all situated in the Les Crozats area, close to the centre of Avoriaz and enjoy direct access to and from the slopes.

  • from£568pp
  • 204 rooms
L'Amara exterior - day

We are delighted to feature this modern complex of luxury apartments which form its own village complex area affording a virtually ski-in/ski-out environment.

High altitude skiing & guaranteed snow
650km of piste in the Portes du Soleil!
Ski to/from the door at most propertie