A picturesque, pedestrianised resort perched on the side of the mountain. In the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area, spanning 12 different resorts and boasting up to 650 km of pistes, from Avoriaz you can ski across borders from France into Italy. Across this expansive ski area, you’re sure to find some treasures; wide open pistes in Les Gets, tree runs down to Chatel, there’s even a park made of 100% natural materials. Once you’re done exploring the vast ski area, the village has much to offer. With a brand-new Folie Douce placed right in the middle of the resort, you can even walk to apres from your accommodation!
If it’s a break from skiing that you’re looking forward, Avoriaz has plenty to offer. There is the option of exploring the mountain by snowshoeing, which will get you places skis can’t, or you can take a trip by horse and cart if you want to relax but still get out in the mountain fresh air. In the evenings there are a plenty of activities, from ice skating, taking a plunge in the pool or some shopping, or if you want to wind down from a long day on the mountain you can visit the health spa and then go out for food to one of the many restaurants located in the village.
Avoriaz exists thanks to the determination and vision of 1960 Olympic Downhill Champion Jean Vuarnet, who grew up in adjacent resort Morzine and always wanted to convert the high-altitude area above his hometown into a futuristic, world-beating ski resort.
Vuarnet designed and built the resort together with business partner Gérald Brémond and they decided to abandon car access, include ski-in/ski-out accommodation that blended beautifully with its surroundings, and to rely on electricity rather than damaging fossil fuels.
Avoriaz was way ahead of its time when it burst on the ski scene like a breath of fresh air in the 1960s. The resort has gone from strength to strength ever since, and it now has 18,000 beds, local slopes that are a dream for beginners and snow-assured steep pistes that can compete with any in the Portes du Soleil ski area.
Avoriaz generally boasts very good, sometimes superb snow conditions. The runs which are intertwined within the town rarely melt fully, largely due to the resort’s high altitude.
Geneva Airport to Avoriaz it is approximately 1h 45 min, and from Lyon Airport it is approximately 2h 50 min