Avoriaz 1800 (Portes du Soleil) 

France

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Avoriaz 1800

Horse-drawn sleighs are the only vehicles at this family-friendly, pedestrianonly village in the middle of the Portes du Soleil ski domain. 

The location in the Portes du Soleil gives access to 650 km of runs from France to Switzerland, all without unstrapping your skis.  

Avoriaz gets an average of 8 metres of snow each winter making it the snowiest ski resort in France and in the top 10 in Europe.  

With reliable snow falls and plenty of sunshine throughout the winter season, Avoriaz is the #1 choice for families skiing the French Alps and is perfect for beginners. Avoriaz is consistently in the Top 10 Best Family Ski Resort in The World. 

Season

December 12, 2020 – April 17, 2021

Ski area 

The resort has 36 ski lifts, with 4 green runs, 26 blue, 14 red and 6 blac. 

There are two terrain parks, including Europe’s first Burton Stash park, a skier-cross and a superpipe. 

There’s also a five-hectare learning zone, with two terrain parks for children. 

Avoriaz Accommodation 

Families love the fact that all apartments are ski-in/ski-out at this pedestrian-only resort.  

Most properties are budget and can be a bit old and run down but we have selected for you the best 4 and 5star apartments which, compared to other top class ski resorts, are excellent value. 

Non-ski activities and après-ski 

Avoriaz has an outdoor skating rinka cinema, bowling alley and indoor water park. 

Other activities include dog sledding and snowshoeing to an igloo or tipi for dinner around a fireplace.  

There’s also an igloo bar and restaurant, where you can stay overnight, and a nightclub. 

Resort altitude1,800m
Linked ski area

Les Portes du Soleil (12 resorts, 1 pass)

Abondance, Avoriaz, Champéry, Châtel, La Chapelle d’Abondance,

Les Gets, Montriond, Morgins, Morzine-Avoriaz, St Jean d’Aulps,

Torgon, Val-dilliez Les Crosets Champoussin

Skiable area

600 km of runs in 2 countries (France & Switzerland).
286 Slopes: 34 green /119 blue / 101 red / 32 black

Number of lifts196

Residence l’Amara
|Avoriaz

1 to 4 Bedroom apartments. The 5-star luxury Residence l’Amara stands at the foot of the cliff, on the edge of a forest. South-facing, and comprising five buildings connected by heated arcades, the residence offers a magnificent view of the Morzine valley.

Residence Atria-Crozats
|Avoriaz

1 to 2 Bedroom apartments. This new residence at the heart of the Avoriaz resort offers a panoramic view of the mountains. The apartments, with their top of the range furniture, are mostly south-facing. Rejuvenate in the residence’s well-being centre: a sauna, steam room and fitness room are available.

Residence Electra
|Avoriaz

1 to 2 Bedroom apartments. The Electra residence is located in the Crozats neighbourhood, at the top of the pedestrian resort of Avoriaz 1800.This recently built, ski-in, ski-out residence with its contemporary interior design and bright colours is ideally located and offers functional apartments with great views of the resort.

Residence Saskia Falaise
|Avoriaz

Studio to 2 Bedroom apartments. The Residence Saskia Falaise residence is “Green Key”-certified and located in the Portes de Soleil ski area at the entrance to the Avoriaz 1800 pedestrianised resort. It’s right at the heart of the action in the Falaise area. The ski-in, ski-out residence gives direct access to the ski shop and is made up of 9

Approximate (private) transfer time to Avoriaz 1800 from:

  • Geneva airport: 1hr 40min (private transfer).
  • Cluses train station (closest): 55min.

Resort altitude: 1,800m

Les Portes du Soleil ski area

Abondance, Avoriaz, Champéry, Châtel, La Chapelle d’Abondance, Les Gets, Montriond, Morgins, Morzine-Avoriaz, St Jean d’Aulps, Torgon, Val-dilliez Les Crosets Champoussin

What makes Avoriaz 1800 ski resort unique?

This ski resort is 100% Ski-in-Ski out! 100 % !!!

Avoriaz is a pedestrian-only village, meaning that to get around you either walk, ski or catch a horse sleigh ride, the latter serving as taxis. No cars also means no dirty snow, just a white winter wonderland!

Avoriaz is the snowiest ski resort in France with 8+ metres of snowfall per season. It also has a huge number of days of sunshine each season!

The ski area of Les Portes du Soleil has the best terrain parks in France.

Those seeking a true ski-in ski-out ski holiday experience in one of the largest ski areas in the world (Les Portes du Soleil) can also ski 2 neighbouring countries (France & Switzerland) on the same ski pass without having to unstrap skis, drive or catch a bus.

Who would love Avoriaz 1800 ski resort the most?

Families! This ski resort is the best family-friendly ski resort in France without a doubt. The 100% pedestrian village makes it a safe space for all children to play and the immediate resort area is surrounded by gentle slopes making it ideal for children and beginners.

The resort mainly offers affordable self-catered apartment options from 2 to 4 star so people on a budget will find what they want in Avoriaz 1800.

Freeride and freestyle skiers and snowboarders will love the many terrain parks the Portes du Soleil has on offer, as well as The Stash, the first giant ecological snow park in Europe set in the Avoriaz forest..

What is there to do for non-skiers in Avoriaz?

Take a ride on one of the many horse drawn carriages, Avoriaz’s only mode of transport (except skiing!).

Visit Aquariaz, the indoor aquatic paradise featuring a river, a water playhouse, a paddling pool, a large pool with climbing walls, massage benches and an open-air hot tub!

Spend the night in an Igloo, arriving by snowshoe and complete with a traditional Savoyard cheese fondue dinner

Go Night Sledging! A 3km descent on a sledge with a head torch to light the way, accompanied by instructors.

Other activities: Biathlon, Bowling, Cinema, Farm Visits, Helicopter tours, Husky-dog rides, Ice-climbing, Ice-skating / Hockey, Mountain-biking, Mountaineering, Paragliding, Ski-joering, Sky-diving & parachuting, Snow-shoeing, Snowmobile / Skidooing, Spas & massages, Squash, Swimming

How do we get to Avoriaz 1800?

Avoriaz is 1hour 40min drive by private/shared transfer from Geneva Airport.
It’s a 55min drive from Cluses train station, the closest train station in France to Avoriaz 1800..

How long does the Avoriaz 1800 ski season last?

Next winter, Avoriaz 1800 Ski Resort is scheduled to open from December 12th 2020 to April 17th 2021.

Which other ski resorts are part of Les Portes du Soleil ski area?

There are 12 ski resorts in 2 countries (8 ski resorts in France + 4 ski resorts in Switzerland) which are part of Les Portes du Soleil ski area which include: Abondance (FR), Avoriaz 1800 (FR), Champéry (CH), Châtel (FR), La Chapelle d’Abondance (FR), Les Gets (FR), Montriond (FR), Morgins (CH), Morzine-Avoriaz, St Jean d’Aulps (FR), Torgon (CH), Val-dilliez Les Crosets Champoussin (CH).

When is the best time to go skiing in Avoriaz 1800?

January 2nd to Feb 6th 2021 is the cheapest and best time to go (low season), followed by 6th March until mid-April 2021 (the shoulder season).

For Australians travelling to France to ski during our January summer holidays, we benefit from the cheaper rates on offer in the French ski resorts’ low season.  This happens to be when the French and Europeans go back to work and school after the 2 week Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Europeans and the Brits flock to the resorts through February into March (DO NOT TRAVEL from 6th Feb to 6th Mar 2021 as this is the French school holidays). The slopes are extremely busy, the queues at the lifts are long and the price for accommodation is very expensive during that time.  Even all the restaurants are booked out!

Typically, in January, the snow is dry with the largest build up. It is also the coldest time, so you will need to make sure that you dress warmly. It is still wise to choose a high-altitude resort in case mother nature has not been kind earlier in the season. Bear in mind though, that snow-making is used to supplement natural snowfall in high traffic areas.

So, not only is January the cheapest time to go skiing in the French Alps, it is also the best time to go thanks to the weather conditions, the lack of queues, more availability and choice of accommodation and you get to breathe fresh air with your loved ones, rather than with thousands of other people!