Avoriaz Ski Resort

Space age Avoriaz may be at the heart of the massive Portes du Soleil ski area, but its modern architecture and high altitude location provide a very different ski-in, ski-out experience to the other resorts to which it’s linked by lift.

At 1800m Avoriaz dominates the valley above Morzine and its modernist buildings seem to grow straight out of the sheer cliffs below. It was designed in the 1960s by architects who wanted to make a statement and their fantasy-inspired, wood-clad, angular apartment blocks certainly achieved that, but if you want traditional Alpine charm, you should stay in other Portes du Soleil resorts such as Champery, Chatel or Les Gets.  

Unlike them, Avoriaz was purpose-built at altitude on a slope and offers plenty of ski-in/ski-out accommodation, with pistes and lifts criss-crossing the resort. It's also car-free: visitors coming by car either park at the edge of town or underneath it. Ski transfer services from Geneva airport are therefore an easier way to get to the Avoriaz than hiring a car. And for a major ski resort, it's very compact, with everything you need just a short walk or glide away. Whilst this is wonderfully convenient - it's said that you never have to walk uphill to a ski lift in Avoriaz - there are some drawbacks. For non-skiers, there is less to do than lower down the valley in Morzine, and prices tend to be higher (although Avoriaz is still cheaper than other high altitude resorts like Val d’Isere or Courchevel).

But for keen skiers and boarders, what matters most is that Avoriaz is at the centre of the Portes Du Soleil with over 600 kms of runs to choose from, varying from gentle blues to steep slopes like the Hauts Forts World Cup run or the infamous Swiss Wall, both of which are only a lift or two away from the centre of Avoriaz. And when snow falls on the Portes Du Soleil, it tends to fall heaviest, and stay in good condition longest, on Avoriaz's relatively high and mostly North-facing slopes.

Ski & SnowBoard Hire in Avoriaz

There are plenty of ski rental shops but prices are quite high if you simply walk into the nearest shop when you arrive. Some hotels and tour operators have recommended shops, but they rarely offer the best value even when they offer a token discount. 

SKISET has 10 outlets in Avoriaz, so one should be very close to your accommodation, and it will give discounts of up to 50% if you book online here

ALPINRESORTS.com also works with several shops in the resort and can get you discounts of up to 60% if you book online in advance here

Avoriaz Pros & Cons

+ Local slopes suit all standards
+ Good lift connections to the rest of the huge Portes Du Soleil area
+ Ski-in, ski-out convenience
+ Family-friendly (car free, good facilities)
+ The resort itself has a good snow record
+ Tree-lined skiing nearby when visibility is poor

- Mostly short runs
- When the Portes Du Soleil lacks snow, Avoriaz gets crowded
- More expensive than other Portes Du Soleil resorts
- Modern architecture divides opinions
- Avoriaz's top lift reaches 2,466m - and that's only high by Portes Du Soleil standards.

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Avoriaz Statistics

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionHaute Savoie
  • Base1,800 m
  • Peak2,460 m
  • Vertical1,270 m
  • Ski area4,000 ha
  • Beginner57 %
  • Intermediate21 %
  • Advanced19 %
  • Longest Run6 km
  • Ski Lifts34 
  • Cable Cars
  • Gondolas
  • Chair Lifts18 
  • Surface Lifts13 
  • Riders per hour 62,825 

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Where to stay in Avoriaz?

  • Hotel des Dromonts Avoriaz

    Hotel des Dromonts

    The 4-star Hotel des Dromonts is ideally located on the slopes of Avoriaz. Guests will enjoy modern comforts and traditional cuisine in a contemporary setting.

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  • Pierre & Vacances L'Amara Avoriaz

    L'Amara Avoriaz

    The 5-star Résidence Pierre & Vacances Premium L'Amara is a contemporary apartment development in Avoriaz, which enjoys ski-to-door access and close proximity to the slopes.

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  • Pierre & Vacances Atria-Crozats Avoriaz

    Atria-Crozats Avoriaz

    The 4-star Résidence Pierre & Vacances Atria-Crozats in Avoriaz offers smart self-catered apartments, close to lifts, presented in contemporary Savoyard style. Ski-to-door access.

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  • Pierre & Vacances Electra Avoriaz

    Electra Avoriaz

    The 4-star Résidence Pierre & Vacances Electra in Avoriaz offers modern style apartment accommodation with ski-to-door access, less than 12 km from Morzine centre.

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  • Pierre & Vacances Saskia Falaise Avoriaz

    Saskia Falaise Avoriaz

    The 3-star Résidence Saskia Falaise is set in a convenient location in Avoriaz, offering self-catered accommodation with ski-to-door access near to the local ski lifts.

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  • Pierre & Vacances Les Fontaines Blanches Avoriaz

    Fontaines Blanches Avoriaz

    Pierre et Vacances Les Fontaines Blanches Morzine in Avoriaz boasts ski-to-door access and compact modern self-catered apartment accommodation, within minutes of the local ski lifts.

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