Avoriaz is a purpose-built resort which, despite its growth over the last few years, is less than a mile end to end. This means that wherever you stay in Avoriaz, you'll be close to the lifts, restaurants, bars, ski schools and all other amenities.
Where should you stay in Avoriaz?
When it comes to booking accommodation in Avoriaz, there is a wide choice of purpose-built apartments, as well as a handful of chalets and hotels to choose from. These are some of the things you may want to consider in advance before you pick the place you want to stay in:
1. Distance to the pistes: Being able to ski to your door is everyone’s dream – there’s no better feeling than putting your skis on right outside your front door. The great thing about Avoriaz is that, no matter where you stay, you'll always be near the lifts. However, some places are closer to the pistes than others, although you should bear in mind that these very sought-after spots are usually more expensive than the places further away from the runs.
2. Quiet or bustling: Is après-ski as important (or more important) than the skiing itself? In that case, you’d want to stay as close to the bars and clubs in resort as possible. However, if you’d rather stay in after a day on the slopes and prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle of the centre, one of the charming buildings on the edges of Avoriaz is probably a better choice.
3. Amenities: Ask yourself what you’ll need around you when holidaying in Avoriaz. For example, if you’re self-catering, you probably want to be as close to the supermarkets and restaurants as possible, while those staying in catered chalets and hotels may not need to. Having shops, ski and/or bike rental places and cafes around you can be very handy but also quite noisy… you decide exactly what you need!
4. Things to do: As with amenities, not everyone will need the same services nearby. For example, families will want to be near the ski schools meeting points to avoid trudging across resort on ski boots while carrying two pairs of kid’s skis. Having the local swimming pool and sports centre close by is also a great idea for those coming with little ones as it’ll keep them entertained after a day on the slopes. Or perhaps you need a spa for a good back rub or to soak your sore muscles in a hot tub after a few hours snowboarding. Food for thought!
5. Budget: Last but not least, location is key when it comes to saving money. Generally, the closer you get to the slopes and to the resort centre, the steeper the prices will be. You may have to sacrifice convenience for budget but worry not, you’ll never be further than 5 minutes from the world-renowned Avoriaz pistes.
Our local team’s top tip: When booking accommodation, take a good look at the photos – do you like what you see? It probably seems unimportant but you’re going to be spending a week in this space so you may as well feel comfortable in it! It’s not just about whether you prefer a cosy rustic interior or a light-flooded, airy living area but also whether the layout and decor fit your needs. Are the rooms big enough? How about the bathrooms? Is there a super-modern, steep staircase your toddler won’t be able to climb? All of this matters when choosing your accommodation and not every town in Avoriaz will be able to provide all sorts of styles.