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Ski Area in Avoriaz

Discover the best of the Avoriaz ski area

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Avoriaz is part of the Portes Du Soleil linked ski area. To fully appreciate the skiing in Avoriaz, it's best to understand it in the context of the bigger picture.

Ideally located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area, Avoriaz has 75.5 kilometres of pistes accessed by 17 chairlifts, 2 cable cars and 14 drag lifts(see the piste maps). There are 4 green pistes, 25 blue pistes, 14 red pistes and 6 blacks. In addition to this you'll find some of the best snowparks in the Portes du Soleil and a halfpipe. 

The Portes du Soleil ski area is vast with 426km of pistes spread across 13 different ski resorts in France and Switzerland. There are 286 pistes and 30 snowparks all accessed by around 200 ski lifts. In the whole ski area there are 34 green pistes, 119 blue pistes, 101 red pistes and 32 blacks.

The area is so vast, you're sure to be able to find lots to suit your level of skiing or snowboarding.

Avoriaz

Perched 600m above Morzine the snow-sure resort of Avoriaz has some of the best snowparks in the Alps and is home to Europe's first Burton Stash freestyle park. Powder hounds will love the Hauts Forts sector and the powder fields in Lindarets and Chatel. It's also a great area for beginners and young families, with plenty of gentle pistes to cruise around. As and when the snow is falling in real-time, there's still fun to be had.

Intermediates and above will appreciate the vast range of Portes du Soleil which has nearly 250kms of reds and blues to choose from. The resort is more snow-sure than Morzine due to its elevation of 1800m and snow lasts at village level for much of the season. You may, however, experience some bottlenecks during peak season; although the uplift is good and fast and there will be less traffic once you leave the lower runs to resort. Avoriaz offers some tougher terrain with runs on the Hauts Forts and down to Les Prodains including the World Cup downhill course.

Anyone seeking to ski one of Europe's tougher mogul fields should attempt the notorious "Swiss Wall" linking France to Switzerland via 300m of some of the toughest bumps around! You can always avoid the nasty rectangular moguls at the top of the run by heading off to the side and then rejoin when they appear slightly gentler! There is another great mogul run directly out of Avoriaz under the Express Lac Intrets - Stade du Slalom.

For the more advanced skier with a penchant for steep fast blacks and long mogul runs the Hauts Forts is the place to head. There are multiple black runs dropping down to the TS du Crot and onward to the valley floor, amongst them, the Coupe du Monde downhill course.

For those wishing to take a more leisurely but still exciting approach then drop down the Bleue d’Arare and onward to the home run of Le Crot. Both are excellent runs and not as easy as you may think. The former is used for ski races and the latter does not see much action until the end of the day so you can be relatively unencumbered by avoiding hordes of your fellow skiers and borders.

Avoriaz is perched 600 metres above the neighbouring ski area and town of Morzine on the cliffs above the valley Ardoisieres. The lowest part of Avoriaz ski area lies at 1100m and the highest part of the ski area is at 2466m, so you'll always find better snow up here than in Morzine. 

There are three main access points to get to Avoriaz from Morzine: from the centre of Morzine, The Prodains Bubble and the Linderets Express. 

The first is the simplest from Morzine as the Super Morzine bubble sits in the heart of the town but in peak weeks it should be avoided as the connecting chairlift, Procolou, gets very congested and has huge queues. The new high-speed Linderets Express is a local favourite as it has a good, rarely full car park, no queues and drops you at the foot of the Ardent bowl. Alternatively, take the Prodian 3S cable car. 

Further afield, above Avoriaz, sits the Secteur Chavanette. This is a local favourite after a snowfall as in addition to the wide bowl topography which offers big open faces there are patrolled but un-pisted areas featuring rugged natural terrain. Lots of little and not so little rock and cliff drop-offs, natural gullies and a multitude of natural kickers form here, offering a chance to practice your freeriding skills. The area is served by two express lifts: Express du Fornet and Express Choucas meaning you do not have to wait long to return to your favourites. The runs here tend to be longer than average for this section of the Portes du Soleil as a function of a greater vertical drop and are great for those wishing to get the leg burn going on a top to bottom drop.

Avoriaz is by no means exclusively for experts though; just below the town is Procolou, a wide, very gentle blue. This is a perfect beginner run. Be warned though this is a favourite with ski schools and when the holidays are in full swing expect large queues.

Morzine

Linked to Avoriaz via the Super Morzine telecabine the ski resort of Morzine offers beginner skiers lovely wide, tree-lined mostly blue and red pistes. Carvers will love the runs around Le Pleney and powder enthusiasts will revel in the slopes above Nyon. This resort is also a  good place for families, groups and intermediate skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. 

Read more in our guide to the Morzine Ski Area.

Les Gets

Easily accessed from Morzine, Les Gets is a very pretty ski area; tree-lined runs in the Ranfoilly bowl and stunning panoramic views from the top of Mont Chery make this one of the best areas for cruising pistes with a backdrop.

Read more in our guide to Les Gets Ski Area.

St Jean d'Aulps

Although the St Jean d’Aulps ski area is part of the Portes du Soleil it is not connected by pistes or lifts to the rest of the resort but it is well worth a look particularly as a full area ski pass is valid here. 

Read more in our guide to St Jean d'Aulps Ski Area.

Chatel, Pre la Joux & Linga

These sectors of the Porte du Soleil ski area include a good mixture of piste skiing for most levels, although no black runs, as well as some gently sloping powder fields for the off-piste lovers. 

Read more in our guide to Chatel, Pre la Joux and Linga Ski Area.

Swiss Resorts

The Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil ski area includes six separate resorts which can all be reached relatively easily from Avoriaz, but might require a little more planning and time of you're heading over from Les Gets. You'll find more snowparks, some steeper red pistes as well as the infamous Swiss Wall, the most demanding run in the whole ski area. 

Read more in our guide to the Swiss Side of the Portes du Soleil Ski Area.

Best pistes in Avoriaz

Whether you're into moguls, steep and long descents or simply beautiful, quiet pistes with great snow, Avoriaz ski area has some of the best pistes in the Porte du Soleil. Les Lindarets area offers plenty of fast and fun runs that locals love, whilst the Fornet's natural terrain creates a freeride playground.

Best Pistes in Avoriaz

Beginner ski areas in Avoriaz

Avoriaz is an ideal ski resort for beginners with a kids club in the centre of town, a beginner's slope next to Le Chapelle Park and a range of blues that will suit an absolute beginner right the way through to someone wishing to improve and beyond. Great for first-time skiers and snowboarders, Avoriaz has plenty of gentle, wide slopes where you can perfect your early turns.

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Beginner Ski Areas in Avoriaz

Advanced ski areas in Avoriaz

The Haut Forts area of Avoriaz is a mecca for freeride skiers who enjoy long, steep descents. This can also be a great place to perfect your mogul skiing and really work those knees and thighs.

Advanced Ski Areas in Avoriaz

Off-piste ski areas in Avoriaz

There’s plenty of off-piste to be found within easy reach of Avoriaz, for just a little bit of effort, such as the gentle open powder fields above Ardent, the big open face above Vallee de la Manche, the open pitch from Pointe de Nyon and the shoots and couloirs into Crosets.

Off-piste Ski Areas in Avoriaz

Snowparks in Avoriaz

Avoriaz was one of Europe's first resorts to welcome snowboarders with open arms and a legacy of this is that the freestyle scene is still strong to this day. There are six freestyle areas in Avoriaz; Snowpark de la Chappelle, Snowpark Arare, The Stash, L'il Stash, Burton Kids Parkway and the Superpipe, which all come under the collective name of the Avoriaz SnowZone

Snowparks in Avoriaz

Bad weather ski areas in Avoriaz

Head for the tree-lined runs during bad weather as they will offer more shelter from the elements and add definition to the flat looking pistes during a white out. Happily, Avoriaz has a great selection of tree-lined pistes meaning that you shouldn't miss a day of skiing due to bad weather on your holiday.

Bad Weather Ski Areas in Avoriaz

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Happy Valleys & Empty Off-Piste Routes

Chatel / Pre la Joux & Linga Ski Area

Family friendly ski area with lots of gently rolling pistes

Les Gets Ski Area

Lots of tree lined pistes offering great skiing for beginners

Morzine Ski Area

A quiet corner of the Portes du Soleil ski area

St Jean D'Aulps Ski Area

The Swiss wall, plenty of terrain & stunning views from the pistes

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