Ski Resort Avoriaz 1800
Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, close to the Swiss border, Avoriaz is one of a number of ski resorts belonging to the Portes Du Soliel ski area, the largest ski domain in France with over 650 km of pistes!. This area maintains its alpine feel because there are no cars or vehicles allowed through the town. Instead a horse drawn sleigh carries tourists back and forth from the snow.
Accommodation in Avoriaz is varied and offers everything from guest houses, self-catering apartments, ski lodges to hotels hotel. Avoriaz, fully integrated resort into the ski area, is unique with its snowy pedestrianised streets. The streets are runs, all accommodations have access to ski, and children can go sledging in complete safety right in the heart of the village.
The Portes du Soleil has 9 snowparks at strategic points around the ski area.
All parks feature boxes, tables, wall rides, big air jumps, raised bends, air bags and rails that riders of all levels will be more than happy with!
The resort is well suited to skiers of all levels and abilities, as well as catering extensively for snowboarders . Avoriaz has brought to Europe a new generation of 100% natural snow playgrounds, «The Stash».
A new concept in snowparks imported from the Californian resort of North Star, it was developed by Jake Burton himself, famous for his visions on the future of the snowboard. Situated in the middle of a large expanse of un-groomed snow it is ideal for trying out wide turns in powder snow.
The resort has 35 state of the art ski lifts which are able to transport up to 47,000 skiers every hour and the top lift takes you up to a height of 2280 metres. Avoriaz has 68 snow cannons on standby just in case the conditions aren’t favourable
Apres Ski & Night-life
The apres ski scene here is fairly lively and appeals mainly to a younger international audience. There are ten bars including a piano bar and a pub. There are also several live music bars such as "The Place" and the "Wild Horse Saloon" The bowling alley is open until 2am and there are a number of late night clubs such as "Le Yak" and "La Cabane". Restaurants are plentiful, with over 20 in all.
Shopping in Avoriaz is plentiful with over two dozen stores ranging from delicatessens selling local wines and cheeses through to the obligatory ski retail outlets. There is also a perfumery and several souvenir shops.
Closest railway station: Thonon, 44 km
Direct bus from railway station
Direct shuttle from railway station
Details about ski resortAll ski slopes: 650 km
Longest slope: 8 km
Crosscountry slopes: 45 km
Blue: 141 km
Red: 100 km
Black: 25 km