Avoriaz 1800 – France
Avoriaz is a ski-in, ski-out, purpose built resort in the heart of the Portes du Soleil. It opened in the early 1970s and sits just inside the French side of the Franco-Swiss border approx 80km east of Geneva. The resort was built on a sunny plateau of land that was donated by the farmers of nearby Morzine and became the lynchpin of the Portes du Soleil region, which today offers 650km of skiing for all abilities.
The resort was the brainchild of the Olympic skier Jean Vuarnet, who wanted to link the pistes of Morzine to those over the border in Switzerland in resorts such as Champery and Les Crosets. Today, skiers travel freely backwards and forwards over the border and benefit from a network of slopes that spans 13 resorts. Avoriaz is France's first car-free resort making it safe for young children to walk around the centre (watch our for horse-drawn sleighs though!). Nearby Morzine is a traditional old farming town and offers more for the non-skier, but if you are looking to ski hard and play hard in a high-altitude resort look no further than Avoriaz.
- Hot-air ballooning - Take in the immense beauty of the Alps from a totally different perspective
- Spa - For perfect relaxation, there are 2 saunas, a turkish bath and a jacuzzi in the Altiform premises.
- Snowmobile rides - guided for 45 mins , as pilot or as passenger.
- Mountain biking - School Rustine provides downhill mountainbike rides on snow everyday of the week.
- Snow shoeing - Go for a guided walk through the alpine scenery
Avoriaz 1800 blogs
Posted by Amie Postings on 29th March 2012
It’s quite sickening to hand over the €630 at the start of the winter season for your full area Portes du Soleil lift pass. But at the time, when asked if I wanted the ‘extra area passes’ for just an extra €2, I was too shocked to say no.
Posted by Amie Postings on 21st February 2012
I’ve been a bit rubbish on the old blog front, mainly because I haven’t been skiing. The week before last was ridiculously cold; I’d never felt temperatures like it. There were big signs at the bottom of chair lifts warning that the temperature at the top was a death defying minus 25 degrees. When presented with such information, what do you do? Turn around and go home? Or wonder what minus 25 degrees feels like? So on the lift we went and regretted it after about 0.7 seconds.
At a glance
|Resort altitude||1800 m|
|Highest lift||2466 m|
|Lowest lift||1000 m|
|km of piste||75|
|Number of lifts||34|
(100 km km)
|Lift pass price||€37 per day or €225 Portes du Soleil/ 6 days|
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