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Resort guide to Avoriaz - France

Ski-in ski-out chalets with access to the huge Portes du Soleil ski area

Avoriaz resort information - a general overview

Avoriaz is a purpose built resort giving good access to the extensive Portes du Soleil ski circuit, perched impressively above a dramatic sheer cliff face. It is the highest resort within the circuit generally maintaining the best snow, although even here the lifts only rise to 2,350m. Its slopes are mainly bleak, treeless and mainly north facing suiting all grades of skier and although in plentiful supply, tend to be rather short. However, skiing down pretty runs through the trees into Les Lindarets is a joy, as are the mountain restaurants on arrival. The village is composed of angular dark, wood clad high rise buildings which have a distinct style unlike any other purpose built resort. This non-traditional architecture works to an extent and looks good from the chairs departing its base, although many find it ugly and soulless.

We recommend chalets in Avoriaz for those who like ski convenience (ski-in, ski-out) and like the idea of having access to a large ski area. For those who enjoy chalet holidays, Avoriaz has seem some expansion and the resort now offers some really smart chalet possibilities.

Resort stats

650km

1,800m - 2,350m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dinning
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • Accommodation on the slopes
  • Children's facilities
  • Snow record
  • Access to the whole of the Portes du Soleil ski area
  • Car free resort

Cons

  • Modern architecture
  • Crowds at weekends
  • Apres ski

Avoriaz Resort Restaurants

More pricey than most is the Table du Marche, which is found in the hotel Dromonts, the food there is excellent and worth it! For good food and value for money then try; Fontaines Blanches for Savoyarde food, Douchka for its tasty Moroccan dishes and Intrets for its pizzas. For a more cosy meal out the head to the Au Briska. For cheap and cheerful, Changabanga is the best place for burgers etc.

Avoriaz Mountain Restaurants

In the hamlet of Les Lindarets you will finding some cute and rustic chalets offering a number of good options for lunches on the hill. The Jolly Cremailliere has wanderful chanterelle mushrooms and a lovely atmosphere and on a good day the Terrasse is just the perfect place to be. The rustic Grenouille du Marais located at the top of the Morzine gondola has great views and food. At the top of the Swiss wall, you will find the Refuge des Brocheaux and the Pas de Chavanette which have both been recommended.

Avoriaz Apres Ski

The Yeti has a good apres-ski atmosphere and is quite busy at around 4pm. Brits tend to head to the Tavillon where there is Sky TV and good draught beers. Also the Fantastique.

Avoriaz Nightlife

For a dance, head to the Choucas. They also have live bands. There is also more choice in Morzine, it is possible to take a Taxi.

Avoriaz Resort Map

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  • Gondola 08fc130c360bf663b5723567aab3384edc88bcec2e297e955865a20bc8050cb2 Gondola
  • Chair lift 207bbb7ef0c7c3f5458d8e1b5bb1a59b179909dbc96c70cbc66d08927a59c61f Chair lift
  • Drag lift 9649c8f20eb92153651608a16dced21b25b21acd3ad6ca90cea261c90ea44648 Drag lift
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