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Avoriaz (Portes du Soleil)
High altitude resort

Resort description

Avoriaz 1800 is sat in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, a charming purpose-built pedestrianised ski resort, with snow covered paths and pistes giving a real alpine feel. Avoriaz uses horse drawn sleighs and snowcats to replace cars and transport people and luggage to and from car parks and accommodation (payable locally). The scenery of Avoriaz is outstanding, with the most breathtaking panoramas in the French Alps and, due to the altitude, can almost guarantee ski, with snow all-year-round.

Avoriaz, Portes du Soleil


The Avoriaz skiing domain is divided into 4 areas: Super-Morzine, Lindaret-Brochaux, Chavanette and Arare-Combe du Machon.



Exciting times ahead for Avoriaz from 2010 onwards!


Avoriaz is set to go through the biggest changes since its creation some 40 years ago. Developers are creating a brand new area to Avoriaz and the ski resort itself, which will consist of 8 buildings housing a total of 450 stylish ski apartments including the  L’Amara  luxury residence, the Atria Crozats   residence and the L’Electra  residence.

The design theory is smarter rather than taller and the buildings will have distinctive jagged roofs, mirroring the dramatic cliffs above. The wood cladding will blend in perfectly with the rest of the ski resort of Avoriaz, yet the interiors will be dramatically different. There will be the choice of 2, 3 or 4 bedroom self-catering apartments with the added benefit of a swimming pool and spa.


New for Ski Collection for winter 2012/13 are residences Aster, Intrets, Fontaines Blanches, Sassanka, and Thuya, all boasting views over Avoriaz and the ski slopes.


Avoriaz has delivered lots of ad hoc resort decoration and entertainment for the winter ski season 2011/2012 and has also pegged its in-resort prices.The new covered parking at the entrance to the resort offers 850 payable parking spaces as well as 200 new covered parking spaces underneath the new L’Amara residence (for L’Amara guests only). We recommend that you book underground parking spaces well in advance (payable online €82 per week). See here for more info.


From 3rd April 2011 – 9th April 2011 you can enjoy the Festival des Concerts Sauvages, with 20 stages in secret locations throughout the Portes du Soleil ski area (Avoriaz, Les Gets and Morzine) that fans will be alerted by text message about, shortly before the concerts begin! The locations are on the mountain so you have to ski there and famous acts are promised. Text messages can be received by registering on the Tourist Office website.


The local tourist office can provide further information on all these events.


So let the fun begin in Avoriaz!



Skiing in Avoriaz, Portes du Soleil


-         Super-Morzine: Area suitable to beginner and intermediate skiers.

-         Lindarets-Brochaux: Area suitable to beginner and intermediate skiers.

-         Chavanette: Area suitable to intermediate and advanced skiers.

-         Arare-Combe du Machon: Area suitable to all skiers (beginner, intermediate and advanced).


”Mur Suisse” is a famous black run which links Chavanette to Planachaux in Switzerland. There are more than 300m of difference in height, with a slope reaching 80% in some places.


Snowboarding in Avoriaz, Portes du Soleil


Snowboarders will enjoy 6 areas in Avoriaz especially dedicated and designed for them:


-         “Snow park d’Arare” (Snow park of Arare)

-         “Halfpipe du stade” (Snow park of the stadium)

-           Snowpark La Chapelle

-           Burton stash park

-           Burton Lil’ stash

-           Burton kids parkway


The “Village des enfants” will welcome youngsters (from 8 to 16) who desire to learn how to snowboard.



Off-piste skiing in Avoriaz, Portes du Soleil


For the lovers of extreme sensations, you can enjoy off-piste skiing in total security in 4 different areas of Avoriaz:


-         “Snow cross de Mosette” (Snow cross of Mosette)

-         “Snow cross de Fornet” (Snow cross of Fornet)

-         “Snow cross des Crosats” (Snow cross of Crosats)

-         “Snow cross des Brocheurs” (Snow cross of Brocheurs)




Cross-country skiing in Avoriaz, Portes du Soleil


Avoriaz has 45km (28 miles) of trails, all of which are free of charge and easily accessible from the Falaise ares of Avoriaz.


The ski area of Portes du Soleil has an impressive 243km (151 miles) of trails.





Aquariaz the new water wonderland opens



Avoriaz have unveiled their brand new waterpark, Aquariaz. It comprises of swimming & paddling pools, a flowing river pool, slides, a spa centre, and a climbing wall. Aquariaz boasts panoramic views of Avoriaz through its ceiling-to-floor windows and is unique as the biggest swimming pool in the Alps, at over 2400m2.






New Ice Rink


In December a new ice skating rink of 450m2 opened in the heart of the resort. It is open every day until 8pm.



Ski school in Avoriaz, Portes du Soleil


The “Village des enfants” will welcome youngsters (from 3 to 16) who desire to get familiarized with the skiing sensations.


The 120 instructors of the ESF ski school in Avoriaz offer a variety of lessons of alpine skiing, snowboard, cross-country skiing, mono-skiing and telemark.


Most instructors speak English.


For more information about pre-booking Ski School in Avoriaz please select here  



Lift passes in Avoriaz, Portes du Soleil


Avoriazlift passes give you access to the whole Avoriaz skiing area.


Portes du Soleil lift passes give you access to all the ski resorts of the ski  domain.


For more details and information on Avoriaz and Portes du Soleil ski lift passes select here 



The Skiing
Avoriaz won the "Best Fmaily Ski Resort" at the annual 2012 World Snow Awards.
Skiing starts on your doorstep in Avoriaz, with snow-sure slopes there is something for every level of skier, with the main Portes du Soleil circuit easily enjoyed by beginners and intermediates, along with several challenging runs through tough terrain. Of the 12 ski resorts of the immense ski area of Portes du Soleil, Avoriaz has the good fortune to occupy the central position, so skiers can go from France to Switzerland for a change of culture. Skiers should also take the opportunity to ski in Chavnette and Chatel at the Swiss boarder, where you can embark on tree lined skiing and discovery skiing amid the exceptional beauty the environment offers.

Clients booking for pre or late season dates should be aware that not all facilities in your chosen resort may be open - including some ski lifts. We would advise you to check the resort tourist office website or our Resort Opening Dates page for details before making a booking.
Après Ski
Avoriaz offers more than 30 restaurants with gastronomic cuisine, including that of the rustic mountain style and its renowned high altitude restaurants, along with value for money bistros and pizzerias. It boasts a lively après-ski with a few good bars in the evenings and terraced cafes to soak up the sun during the day.
There are a range of amenities in Avoriaz including banks, shops, local produce and supermarkets. Avoriaz also offers various ski schools for children, a children's village and a crèche, along with a relaxation area at the 'Espace Altiform' with a fitness room, sauna and Jacuzzi.
Avoriaz offers many activities aside from skiing: snow-shoeing, horse & dog-drawn sledging, ice skating, paragliding, mountain biking on snow, as well as a bowling alley, squash courts, helicopter tours and ice diving. Aquariaz is a brand new water wonderland in Avoriaz made up of swimming & paddling pools, slides, a flowing river pool, a spa centre, and a climbing wall. It offers panoramic views over Avoriaz through its ceiling-to-floor windows, and is unique as the biggest swimming pool at altitude.
Getting there
Driving distance: From Calais: 560 miles, approximately 8 hrs 20 mins.
Airport access: Geneva to Avoriaz: 65 miles, approximately 1hr 30. Chambery to Avoriaz: 140 miles, approximately 1hr 55. Lyon to Avoriaz: 140 miles, approximately 2hrs 30.

Ski Facts
Village height:
1800m (5,906ft)
Slope range:
950m (3,117ft) - 2460m (8,071ft)
Ski area:
Portes du Soleil

Piste coverage
Ski lifts
Ski runs
Snow cannons


Local Ski Area
Avoriaz has 75km of slopes, 35 ski lifts, 1 green run, 26 blue runs, 14 red runs and 6 black runs.

Tourist Office
+ 33 (0)4 50 74 02 11
Click to Avoriaz (Portes du Soleil) website
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