Avoriaz is a purpose built, car-free resort, perched on top of dramatic cliffs overlooking Morzine. It’s at the very centre of the Portes du Soleil area and provides easy access to the Châtel via the Lindarets bowl, Les Crosset/Champéry on the Swiss side via the the Chavanette bowl or Mossettes and Morzine via the Super-Morzine area.
When arriving in Avoriaz your coach or car will have to park at the resort’s car park on the edge of town. From there you take a horse-drawn sleigh or snowcat to your accommodation. We’d recommend underground parking to avoid a delayed departure in the event of heavy snowfalls. All accommodation here is pretty much ski-in, ski-out.
You’ll either love or hate the architecture here. It’s angular shape is more stylish than most purpose built French resorts and Avoriaz won awards for its design following its construction. Try viewing the resort from the Pleney side of Morzine and you’ll see how well it blends in with the cliffs and shapes of the mountains – no accident!
It’s doubtless that Avoriaz has the most convenient access to the vast Portes du Soleil lift network. From here you can get to any part of the system relatively quickly. If you’re looking to clock the miles, the Portes du Soleil tour – a circuit around many of the resorts – can be done in a number of way depending on how far and how fast you want to travel. We recommend doing the tour clockwise in early season and anti-clockwise later in the winter in order to get the best snow.
Make a full day of the Tour and you’ll soon become aware of how you could spend several days in each one of the resorts you ski through. Just make sure that you make the last lift connections back or its an expensive taxi ride (see your piste map or download the Portes du Soleil iPhone and Android apps for opening and closing times). To make the most of the tour, ensure you get the right timings and find the very best slopes for your group, hire one of our ski instructors to give you an unforgettable day.
For a greater challenge there are the blacks up around the Coupe du Monde and Combe du Machon. If bumps are your things you’ve probably already heard of the infamous Swiss Wall taking you over to the Champéry – it goes on forever! Avoriaz probably has the best off-piste in the Portes du Soleil. The Hauts Forts Freeride Zone is steep and long, with options to drop down all the way to Prodains. Navigation can be tricky at times so seek advice from one of our instructors. Or for a truly special day the Vallée de la Manche route takes you from the Col du Fornet all the way down to the valley floor at Morzine. The correct safety equipment and a ski instructor or mountain guide are essential here.
Like our other resorts, Avoriaz has some excellent terrain for learner skiers. The Avoriaz plateau offers a wide, open, gentle bowl beginner lifts and a steady progression onto the green runs. For kids, the mini-Stash is full of rollers, baby-jumps, boxes to slide across and rabbit runs through the trees. It’s a fantastic, safe place to build confidence and get them moving onto the easy blues.
Aquariaz is a water park that’s been designed as an aquatic mountain paradise. There’s plenty here for adults and children alike, with a water playhouse, slides and chill-out zones.
The Yeti is a really popular spot for après-ski, just off one of the main routes through town, on the edge of the Avoriaz plateau. Chaucas, Globe Trotters and Shooters Bar get busy through the evening, particularly in early December and mid-January.
All restaurants in Avoriaz can be classed as on-mountain restaurants due to the ski-in, ski-out nature of the entire resort. Our picks include:
Mammo’s (Lindarets): Our favourite spot. Super-friendly staff, efficient service, laid back atmosphere and the best burgers on the mountain. Ski over to Lindarets and as you head through the numerous restaurants towards Ardent, you’ll see Mammo’s on the right hand side.
Changabang: For good quality fast food with a unique style, Changabang is a central answer, located right opposite our meeting point. Really popular with snowboarders and chalet staff.
Chez Flo (Avoriaz): Just a few doors down from Changabang, Chez Flo offers a wide range of dishes, fast service and good quality, with plenty of seating indoors and outdoors.