Avoriaz is a purpose built ski resort in the heart of the Portes du Soleil around 13km east of Morzine. It’s a favourite for snowboarders & free riders with its 4 terrain parks, excellent powder and wide range of pistes. Built on a sunny shelf high above Morzine on the north side of Hauts Fort Avoiaz is a high altitude resort at 1800m resulting in good snow fall and plenty of sunshine.
The town centre is completely pedestrianised with horse drawn carriages, snowcats and skis your only transportation although it’s a compact resort with most amenities within a short walking distance. The architecture in Avoriaz is unique. Much of the accommodation is in high rise buildings which have been built with a modern contemporary angular design. Many of them are panelled with cedar wood and when viewed from afar the shape and colours of the buildings allows them to blend well with the mountains and forests.
For those looking to purchase property in Avoriaz you’re likely to be looking at ski apartments or studio apartments. Most of the accommodation here is in the high rise apartment buildings with freestanding chalets less common. Avoriaz is popular for budget holidays and self catered apartments are common. A large number of the apartment building are ski in ski out making them very conveniently located and for those that aren’t the ski lifts will only be a short distance away.
Perched on a high shelf above Morzine Avoriaz is conveniently positioned at the heart of one of the largest ski domains in the Alps, the Portes du Soleil.
It’s a purpose built ski resort and so benefits from an excellent piste network (around 130km) and good connectivity with the surrounding resorts of Chatel, Morzine and across the Swiss border to Les Crosets. Easy access to the rest of the Portes du Soleil area provides over 650km of piste to explore and boundless off piste.
The skiing in Avoiraz is separated into 4 regions. The Supermorzine comprises mainly easy pistes and gentle slopes which are ideal for beginners and many of the ski schools operate here. The Lindaret area is within a beautiful valley and contains mainly red and blue runs with 1 black. It’s also home to the ecologically friendly snow park, The Stash, which was developed by Burton. Haut-Forts is mainly for advanced skiers & boarders comprising several black runs, some of which are very challenging. There’s also some great off piste areas although great care should be taken as the area is known to have frequent avalanches. The Fornet area is within a large bowl dotted with large rocks and crevasses. In the nearby area of Les Crosets skiers & boarders can test their skill and nerve by descending La Chavanette (aka The Swiss Wall), one of the steepest runs in Europe.
Overall Avoriaz has something to offer all levels of skier and snowboarder and caters for most preferences, with wide cruising pistes, steep tricky runs, snow parks as well as an Olympic downhill.
The Portes du Soleil is one of the best downhilll mountain biking destinations in the world and Avoriaz plays a part in its popularity. Downhill MTB is concentrated in the Lindaret Valley with links to Chatel and Les Crosets. The MTB trails span neighbourghing Morzine and Les Gets as well. There are numerous music, dance and mountain festivals held in the area throughout the summer. The resort also serves as the finish line for the Hauts-Forts Trail, a mountain race/marathon which covers some of the most beautiful spots in the region and allows participants to discover the most amazing views.
Whether visiting Avoriaz in summer or winter a trip to Aquariaz is a must, it’s one of the worlds highest altitude water parks and is a tropical paradise containing over 1500 tropical plants and trees. All mountain sports and activities are well catered for in Avoriaz, there’s the adventure park, canyoning, caving, pot holing, climbing, paragliding, glacier walking and kayaking. And off the mountains there’s horse riding, donkey trekking, golfing, fishing, paint balling, shopping and spas.
Being part of the Portes du Soleil the area is also covered by the Portes du Soleil Multipass summer discount card. This allows visitors free transport on the shuttle buses and mountain lifts as well as discounted entry into loads of places to visit and site seeing spots.