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Perched on the side of a cliff, Avoriaz is an incredibly picturesque resort that is fully pedestrianised. It's perfect if you are wanting to truly disconnect and forget the real world for as long as possible!
At a glance
Ski Area Les Portes du Soleil
Full Area 600km
Local Area 75.5km
Runs 286
12% 35% 41% 11%

In a Nutshell

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 650km 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 resort you can even walk to apres from your accommodation!

Our favourite

Not for the faint hearted! La Chavanette – more commonly known as “The Swiss Wall” is a sure way to test your mettle.

If the experts only sign at the top of this daunting run doesn’t put you off then peering over the edge at the sheer descent just might! If you’re brave enough to take the plunge this will be one to brag about for sure.

The ski area has plenty of more chilled out skiing as well. This expert run doesn’t represent the skiing in the whole range!

Places to Stay

Avoriaz has a great selection of accommodation on offer from the wallet-friendly to 5* luxury. The accommodation in Avoriaz is built to blend in with the natural environment so it’s a really stunning and unique place to stay.

As Avoriaz is completely pedestrianised, all the residence are ski in ski out. No matter which part of resort you stay in, you can always step outside and clip in!

Where to stay

Saskia Falaise
Budget accommdation perfect for those on a budget
Electra
A nice middle ground for those looking for a little more comfort
L’Amara
True 5* luxury to experience the most relaxing holiday possible
Sepia
Standard self-catered accommodation in the Portes du Soleil's highest resort
Antares
Standard self-catered accommodation in the Portes du Soleil's highest resort
Les Fontaines Blanches
Standard self-catered accommodation in the Portes du Soleil's highest resort
Atria-Crozats
A fairly simple 4* upgrade with nice decor

Best Bits of Avoriaz

Portes du Soleil circuit

If you fancy a nice long day on the slopes to get your legs warmed up then the Portes du Soleil tour will do just that! You are best off bringing a packed lunch as you might struggle to stop for food and complete the circuit!

Starting in Avoriaz you take the Supermorzine lift down to Morzine and spend the first half of the morning skiing in Morzine and Les Gets. There are some incredible runs over here with some brilliant tree skiing! After completing the 5 peaks over here, head back up towards Avoriaz and get ready for the long part of the journey!

Skiing through Lindarets and Plaine Dranse, follow signs for Chatel. Ski through here and drop down into Torgon. You have now entered Switzerland! From here you want to follow signs for Morgins, a quaint little village in the Dents du Midi region. Making your way back through the Swiss resorts of Champoussin, Champery and Les Crozets you will see some of the most incredible views of Les Dents du Midi and Les Dents Blanches. This makes the quad burn so worth it!

Take the Chavanette chair lift back up over to Avoriaz and watch people attempting the famous Swiss wall! You could have a go yourself but it’s probably best saved for another day, with fresher legs!

Tarzan’s Playground

Dive into the aquatic paradise of Aquariaz. A tropical wonderland in the middle of the mountains. With real vegetation, a river with variable current and a water playhouse, you’ll feel like you just stepped into Tarzan’s playground! Also featuring climbing walls over the large pool, massage benches and an open-air hot tub…it would be rude not to visit at least once!

Après

With a brand new Folie Douce open until 6pm, Avoriaz just joined the big leagues! Table dancing and champagne spraying, the Folie vibe never gets old!

Après

Shake that tailfeather!

Folie Douce
Avoriaz après ski has gone up a notch
Le Cafe Fantastic
Great food and live music

Restaurants

Les Fontaines Blanches
Friendly & popular restaurant serving good quality food
Le Fournil de Cannelle
Bakery & cafe in the centre of the resort
Les Intrets
Traditional regional Savoyard dishes and pizzas
La Poya
Mountain-style restaurant serving French Savoyard cuisine
Au Briska
A modern restaurant serving Savoyard dishes
Les Enfants Terrible
Chic bistro in the centre of Avoriaz

Bar's & Club's

Le Chapka
Restaurant, cafe & bar all rolled into one
The Place
Après-ski bar with live music & DJs every day and night
Le Shooters
As the name suggests... over 50 different shooters on offer
Le Tavaillon
English style pub serving burgers & showing sports
Jaja Bar
A chic wine bar in the centre of Avoriaz
Globe Trotter
Popular international pub with good food & live music
Le Yak
Avoriaz's only nightclub - open until 05:00