Avoriaz is a car-free resort and instead offers horse-drawn sleighs, sleds and electric shuttles to move around. This means that you are not able to drive to your accommodation or around town. However, all apartments are ski-in/ski-out and the resort amenities are right on your doorstep.
How do I move around Avoriaz? With 28 sleighs and around 100 horses, horse-drawn sleighs are a common sight on the streets and one of the highlights of visiting Avoriaz. They are available from 08:00 to 20:00, 7 days a week and journey prices range between €7 and €15, depending on your trip (credit cards not accepted, luggage charged at €3 per bag). You can pick one up at the entrance of the resort (“Accueil”), at the outdoor parking P2, at the top station of the Prodains cable car and in the centre of town. You'll need to unload your luggage at the unloading bay, park your car (you can book your car park online) and then ask the 'Accueil' staff to get a horse-drawn sleigh for you. When leaving, you can call +33 (0)4 50 74 01 55 when you're ready to go outside your accommodation (pre-booking isn't available). They also offer various scenic trips around the resort form Monday to Thursday.
At night, you will see a fleet of shuttles zipping around the resort which look a little like minibuses on caterpillar tracks. They operate 7 days a week from 19:00 to 08:00 and every day on weekends and cost from €10 to €12. On arrival in Avoriaz, there are baggage sleds available at the entrance points to the resort, as well as at the base of each residence to help you manoeuvre your luggage to and from your apartment. They work like supermarket trolleys and require a €1 coin to release one which you get back when you return it to one of the tying up points.
Avoriaz to Morzine, Les Gets, Montriond & Saint-Jean d'Aulps bus services
The Balad'Aulps buses run along the Aulps valley, connecting Avoriaz, Morzine, Les Gets, Montriond, Essert Romand, St Jean d'Aulps, Le Biot and Le Jotty. Tickets cost €1,50, are valid for an hour and are available on the bus. There are discounts for kids aged 10 and under, while children under 6 years old travel for free. There are also 10-ticket cards and monthly tickets available at the local bus stations as well as at some tourist offices.
The Morzine, Les Gets and Saint-Jean d'Aulps village shuttles are free to use.
*In Winter: Prodains cable-car is open every day from 07:00 to 21:00 (running until 00:00 Friday and Saturday, and 22:00 on Sunday). In Summer: operates daily from 09:30 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 18:30.
Note that these timetables may vary throughout the year and during holidays so please contact the bus companies in advance to avoid disappointment.