Avoriaz Luxury Chalets

Portes du Soleil, France

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Located in the Portes du Soleil in the Haute Savoie region of the Rhone Alpes in France, Avoriaz is the highest resort in the Portes du Soleil offering the best skiing the domain has to offer. With Geneva less than 2 hours away it's very popular with families looking for shorter transfers.

Avoriaz is built on a shelf high above the town of Morzine, which is among the pioneering towns of skiing with its first lifts dating back to the early 1930s. Today Avoriaz is one of the major French ski destinations catering for all standards of skiing and ranks among the top snowboarding destinations of the world. With recent property developments more and more luxury chalets in Avoriaz are being built each year.

Much like Zermatt, Avoriaz is fully pedestrianised with cars being forbidden. The resort is designed to be fully skiable. The only other transport that you are likely to see in Avoriaz are horse-drawn sleighs during winter.

In 1965, former French downhill Olympic champion Jean Vuarnet (now known more famously for designer sunglasses) was given the task of developing the skiing of Morzine and came up with the idea of Avoriaz with skiing on the north side of the Hauts Fort mountain and the Fornet-bowl. Plans did not take long to develop, soon after ski lift connections were made to the east and south, creating a vast linked skiing area covering France and Switzerland.

Free-style skiers and boarders meanwhile will know Avoriaz as the pioneer, and still front-runner, in exciting snow-parks, with four to choose from, including the most recent,‘The Stash’.

There is great off-piste skiing in Avoriaz, including the four ‘snowcross’ runs recently added, which are marked and patrolled, but left unpisted as nature intended, including the Crozats run, for over 3km of virgin snow.

Skiing down to Les Prodains gives you access via a short ski-bus connection to the whole Morzine /Les Gets area too.

The surrounding slopes tick all the boxes. This is a great place for beginners to start their ski careers with that ‘top-of-the-world’ feeling, but it is intermediates and advanced skiers who will revel in life here at the very heart of the Portes du Soleil. With 650kms of sensational pistes to explore around 14 different French and Swiss villages, you will never tire of this enormous area.
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Apres-Ski

Après ski in Avoriaz is always lively, with enough bars to offer a choice of styles and moods, and plenty of restaurants to keep you entertained! The Place and the Shooters are always popular, and Le Yak has music and dancing until the early hours.

Regular music, sports and family events run throughout the season, especially on peak dates, and there’s a wide range of non-skiing activities to enjoy after a full days skiing.

Apres ski in Avoriaz is not just limited to the excellent bars on offer. For family activities in Avoriaz, Aquariaz is a great place to visit, with a lazy river and a the slide winder there is something for all the family to enjoy. Avoriaz also offers a bowling alley and a cinema providing a good alternative to when the weather comes in.

Other great activities in Avoriaz include horse drawn sleigh rides, snowmobiling and parapenting amongst others. There really are lots of great activities to enjoy whilst staying in your luxury chalet in Avoriaz.
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