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Best Advanced Ski Areas in Avoriaz

Discover the top Avoriaz advanced skiing

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If you like challenging steep runs that seem to go on forever, then Avoriaz and the Portes du Soleil has got plenty to keep your legs working hard.

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Advanced pistes in Avoriaz

Above Avoriaz, the best area for both steeps and long vertical descents is the Hauts Forts. For very steep (and long) black runs try Combe du Machon, Arête des Intrets, Combette and the spectacular ridgeline drop of Coupe du Monde.

These pistes run into either the Gouilles rouges or Le Crot blue taking you right to the foot of the lifts at the head of the Prodains valley; Prodains téléphérique, TS Verare and TS Combe du Machon. The latter two are preferable to the Prodains téléphérique as that only takes you as far as Avoriaz and you will need to take the Express Lac Intrets to the top of the Hauts Forts. These are super steep, very long and in the case of the Combe du Machon exhibit some very demanding moguls. This is particularly long and very steep mogul section for the advanced skier. 

Another great option for a super long top to bottom drop from the Hauts Forts is the blue runs Bleue d’Arare and Le Crot. The former is a wide but steep long blue run into Avoriaz. There are often ski races fenced off to the skiers’ left, it is easy to get up some super scary speed down here. The latter is the home run and although it does have some road sections these are outnumbered by steep and often quite bumpy sections meaning it’s easy to keep up the speed and fly through the former before you have even noticed. The drop from the Hauts Forts to the head of the Prodains valley is over 1000 metres and if you go quickly enough you’ll be popping your ears at the bottom.

Ski Areas in Avoriaz

Advanced pistes in Chatel

Secteur Linga offers up some great terrain, notable among it is a couple of very steep reds, the best of which is the run into Villapeyron from the top of the TS des Combes, the Le Linga. This is super steep at the top for a couple of kilometres before slackening into super-fast turns near to the village.

For bumps try the black run Les Renards closer to Plaine Dranse which is accessed via the TS de la Chaux-Rosées. This is a mostly wide and very long run of varying gradient and super steep in places. Best of all is that the moguls are such that you can get a nice rhythm going.

Advanced pistes in Morzine

Morzine has a few advanced pistes that will let you pick up some speed and get the legs working. Easiest to reach are the Pleney home runs that are serviced by the Pleney Bubble and run from the top of the Plateau to the base of the pistes. There are numerous ways down the Pleney but the fastest and steepest are directly under the TS D'Atray: Piste A and Piste J. These two can either be lapped by jumping back on the D'Atray lift or you can finish with the glory section back to the foot of the Pleney on the Piste H.  To Ski The lower section of the Pleney at its fastest go along to the night skiing on a Thursday. Floodlit and frozen, you'll need some Samurai sword edges.

From the Point de Nyon at 2019 metres drop all the way down the Aigle Rouge to the Plateau du Nyon continuing onward down the Chamois red. At this point you could, if your legs do not have sufficient burn, return to the top of the Pointe du Nyon via the TS Pre Favre and TS de La Point for an encore. Or, continue down the Chamois and Retour des Nantes all the way into Morzine and the foot of the Pléney télécabine. Alternatively, continue on the blue Lievre to the téléphérique de Nyon. You’ll have now lost the best part of 1000 metres via either route!

For moguls head for the Aigle Noir under the TS de la Pointe lift.

Chamossière is a little-known gem that only has a couple of pretty steep runs off it and doesn't connect very simply to Morzine.It's usually quiet and often overlooked by tourists. However, the red Arbis piste is one of the best around, it's super steep and bumpy near the top making it more of a black for that section slackening in gradient and widening as you progress down the hill. Perfect for super high-speed Super G carve turns. By the time you reach the Grand Pre you’ll be more than ready for a break at one of the three restaurants, particularly if you have gone none stop top to bottom.

Advanced pistes in Les Gets

Les Gets or more precisely the Chavannes Bowl has two black runs, Yeti and Myrtilles which nearly always sport some pretty severe moguls on steeper gradients. For something a little steadier to work on the technique try under the lift line of the Nauchets Express to the skiers’ right of Ambresalles.

Mont Chery above Les Gets also has a couple of steep long mogul runs down the back of the mountain to Encrenaz; Mouflon and Chevreuil.

Intermediate pistes in Avoriaz & Morzine

Starting from Nyon, keep on the Aigle rouge into the Combe and maybe onward down the Chamois, which are all perfect red pistes. Head over to Chamossière avoid the black Creux run and exercise caution down the top section of the Arbis red. 

Intermediate skiers on the Super Morzine/Avoriaz side of resort can take their pick from multiple blues of a more demanding variety and a similar number of reds, the latter concentrated in the Secteur Chavanette. Try the Bleue du Lac for a warm-up before using the Express Choucas and Fornet Express to session the reds; Blanchot, Alpages, Cubore, Patenaille, Lanches and maybe the Canyon du Schott too. 

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