Avoriaz Ski Resort Guide

With its high-altitude snowfall, great advanced skiing, and a friendly, pedestrian village, it’s no wonder Avoriaz has gained popularity amongst holidaymakers in recent years. Situated in the middle of the Portes du Soleil with nearby resorts of Morzine and Les Gets, Avoriaz is connected with 11 other ski resorts in two countries – giving you a whopping 600km+ to explore on skis. As the world’s oldest cross-border ski area, you can pop over for a ski in Switzerland, and be back in time for après. 

Avoriaz is a purpose-built ski resort that has luckily escaped the ghastly concrete block buildings of other purpose-built resorts and opted for buildings that nearly camouflage with the mountain. Made from wooden-tiles, from far way the buildings look like rocks on the mountain. One of the best things about its location is that the village is situated in the sun for most of the day, whilst the pistes stay shady. And with a stunning view overlooking Morzine, this ski-in, ski-out resort will have you coming back for more.

Skiing in Avoriaz is great for advanced skiers yet still caters for skiers or all levels. There are a number of challenging black runs for the adventurous, as well as some lovely open bowls perfect for cruisy turns.

Avoriaz is a family favourite as well due to its child-friendly ski areas and huge indoor waterpark to keep the kids entertained.

Find the lesson that suits you in our Avoriaz Ski School.

Avoriaz Resort Information

Avoriaz Key Facts

  • Situated 600m above Morzine
  • Part of the Portes du Soleil, linked with 11 other resorts
  • Links to Morzine and Les Gets
  • 650km of pistes in the Portes du Soleil
  • 6 black ski runs
  • 14 red ski runs
  • 25 blue ski runs
  • 4 green ski runs

Avoriaz Piste Map

Avoriaz Piste Map

Click on the image for a high res downloadable piste map Avoriaz.

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The best ski runs in Avoriaz – our pick of the bunch.

Avoriaz’s snow levels benefit from its high altitude, so no matter what time of winter, you can count on good snow. Avoriaz is part of the Portes du Soleil ski area that links 12 separate French and Swiss resorts. There are 75.5km of runs in Avoriaz alone and over 600km in all of the connected resorts. More than enough to keep you going for a winter, let alone a week’s holiday!

As well as the variety of pisted runs on offer there are a number of snow parks and off-piste sections to explore and test your skills, as well as some incredible off piste to keep the biggest powder hounds grinning all week.

For Beginners:

  • Ecole or Dromots drag lifts – Gentle beginners area at the base of resort.
  • Proclou, Baron & Seraussaix – Just nearby the drag lift beginners area, these three green runs are the perfect next step once you’ve mastered the bunny hill.

For Intermediates:

  • Fornet Bowl – A unique area of Avoraiz, this free-ride area is surrounded by blue and red pistes, and also has small off-piste bits all around so you can practice a bit of both.
  • Prolays – Wide and cruisey blue run.
  • Arbis – A lovely red run.

For Advanced:

  • Haut Forts – A number of very long and steep black runs off the top.
  • The Wall aka La Chavanette – This infamous itinerary run – and one of the steepest runs in the world – is not one to be missed for limit-pushers.
  • Point de Nyon – Stunning views and some off-pistes sections between the zig-zags of the run.

Want to know more about the skiing in resort? Here are 7 reasons we love skiing in Avoriaz.

Avoriaz Restaurants

Although a small resort, there is still a great variety of restaurants in Avoriaz from family meals to fine dining.

Here’s our pick of the bunch.

Best Cheap Eats

  • Changabang – Head here if you want the best burger in Avoriaz. A great lunch spot right on the slopes, that always has a good atmosphere.
  • La Taniere – Generous size portions for good value, all with friendly service. They serve pizzas, salads, meat dishes and more. Located just a the foot of the pistes, La Taniere is a great lunch stop.

Mid Range

  • Restaurant l’Etage – Great family spot with a kids menu. They’ve also lots of traditional mountain dishes including fondue, raclette, and hot rocks.

Fine Dining

  • La Chamade – A wonderful gastronomic experience with an amazing cheese bar to choose from.
  • Les Enfants Terribles – A cozy and intimate atmosphere with lovely interior decor, serving up traditional French food with a variety of fish and meat dishes to choose from. Set menus start at 44€.

Avoriaz Après & Nightlife

If you’re keen to après ski and do some evening bar hopping, Avoriaz has lots of options.


  • La Folie Douce – The famous Folie is now in Avoriaz, bringing their non-stop party & live music and dancing performance to the Portes du Soleil. This is the place to après on the mountain.
  • Village Igloo Bar – Made entirely out of ice on the inside, this super unique Avoriaz bar experience is one not to miss. Open all day and available for evening activities.
  • JaJa Bar – Cozy wine bar, perfect for a quiet drink and a cheese plate alongside.
  • The Place – For flowing drinks, live music and possibly table top dancing the Place always have a great atmosphere.
  • Shooters – The spot to head to for live music. It’s a more relaxed vibe for après, with a full band on later in the evening.
  • Le Yak – The only late night spot in Avoriaz, you can dance all through the night until the wee hours.
  • Cafe le Fantastique – Piste-side tapas, music, and great atmosphere.

A bit of history

Avorea, as it was previously called, used to only be a summer village where shepherds would bring their animals up to graze. Winter was only for the ski enthusiasts. One of those enthusiasts was local Jean Vuarnet, who went on to win the Olympic downhill, and also developed Avoriaz into the resort you know today.

The Prodains bubble lift opened in 1963 and Jean teamed up with two other Frenchmen – an architect and property developer – to build the new ski resort. The pedestrianised design of the village was unique to that time, as well as the building architecture which blends in with the natural environment. Avoriaz officially opened in 1966.

To gain more publicity, the Fantasy Film Festival was set up in Avoriaz from 1973 – 1993, which during that time was the second biggest film event in France after Cannes. And it seemed to work well, as now Avoriaz is well known amongst skiers throughout Europe.

Avoriaz Village Map

Avoriaz Village Map

Avoriaz FAQ’s

How can I get to resort?

Airport Transfer

Most people that use air travel fly into Geneva as it’s less than 100 km drive to Avoriaz.  There are shuttle buses from 25-50€ per person, or you can take a private taxi.  There are also shuttle bus services from Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble, but for the higher price of between 60-100€ per person.

We recommend the following transfer companies.

AlpyBus

Skiidy Gonzales

Train

Alternatively, you can take a train to Cluses or Thonon les bains and then take either a public or shuttle bus or a private taxi into resort.

Where can I stay in resort?

Here are some of our favourite tour operators in resort:

Alpine Elements
Activity holiday specialist

VIP
Luxury chalet holidays. Their mission is ‘to provide honest and good value chalet holidays and to treat all customers as they would wish to be treated’.

Mountain Mavericks
Tailor-made winter ski holidays centered in Morzine. ‘Every care is taken to make sure your trip is as easy and hassle-free as possible’.

How can I reach other villages in the area?

There is a regular bus service linking up with Morzine, Les Gets, Montroids and even as far as Les Jotty. Timetables can be found at the bus stops and in the Tourist Office.

Where can I get my skis and snowboard equipment?

We’ve partnered with Ski Set to give you an exclusive discount off your rental kit. Book your ski and snowboard equipment here.

What is the snow like? Avoriaz webcams

These can be accessed on the Avoriaz website.

Where can I find more information about Avoriaz?

If you’re looking for more information about resort including what’s on during your stay, then try one of the following websites:

See Avoriaz
A helpful site with regular event listings of what’s going on in resort, snow reports and more.

Avoriaz Tourist Office
The official site for Courchevel.

What non-skiing activities are there in Avoriaz?

Whether you’re a non-skier or have one in your party, or you’re looking for something to do when the weather draws in, there’s plenty of non-skiing activities to keep you entertained in Avoriaz.

Ice skating – In the center of Avoriaz, open during the morning and late afternoon.

Aquariaz – A tropical paradise in the heart of Avoriaz. This is a great activity for kids with water slides, water guns, and tipping buckets of water. There is also a chill-out space that’s fab for the big kids.

Horse & sleigh

Snowshoeing or Nordic walking

What about childcare?

In Avoriaz we recommend one company who provides childcare options:

Jack Frost’s
Quality childcare in the Portes du Soleil.

Check out what our Avoriaz Ski School has on offer