A ski holiday to Avoriaz is a destination like no other, as the highest resort in the Portes du Soleil it has some of the best skiing the area has to offer. 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. Also, with one of the shortest transfers from Geneva airport too, choosing a ski chalet in Avoriaz has many benefits other than great skiing alone.
The Portes du Soleil, in the world's largest linked ski area, has been a popular choice for ski holidays throughout the years, with its first lifts dating back to 1930. Since then, this ski area has only grown in popularity. Avoriaz, boasting its favourable location right in the heart of the pistes, is a purpose-built resort high on a shelf above the neighbouring town of Morzine. One of the reasons for its popularity is the ease of mountain access, being fully pedestrianised you can ski straight from your chalet front door to the slopes in a matter of minutes.
For non-skier activities in resort, Aquariaz is a great place to visit, there is also a bowling alley and a cinema providing good alternatives when the weather comes in. Alternatively, a horse drawn sleigh ride, or a day spent snowmobiling or parapenting are just a few ways you can make the most of your stay in a luxury chalet in Avoriaz.
As a town built for its location in the mountains, you can only expect the best skiing and you won't be disappointed. 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. Pistes stretch out in all directions from the centre of the resort in all colours from greens to reds, for the more experienced skier black runs are only one lift away. With a choice of four exciting snow-parks too, including the most recent, ‘The Stash', this town on the French border is a honeypot for both freestyle skiers and snowboarders alike.
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.
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 well-fuelled for the night ahead! The drinks start flowing around 3 in the afternoon with many lively mountain-side bars and ski huts. The latest addition to the Avoriaz après ski scene is the famous La Folie Douce, renowned for its après parties, DJ's, dancing and champagne popping fun! Back in resort, bars welcome you with deck chairs on terraces, live music and an array of cocktails and drinks. As the night goes on there's several bars and clubs to keep you parting until the early hours, the Place and the Shooters are always popular, and Le Yak stays opens until 5am.
||Portes du Soleil
|Airport Transfer Time
||Geneva 1¾ hours