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Avoriaz Ski Holidays

A charmingly quirky resort that’s a top ski destination for families and particularly popular for snowboarders, Avoriaz boasts a prime position in the centre of the enormous Portes du Soleil. With some of the best snow in the area and some of the best freestyle terrain in Europe, it’s well worth putting at the top of your must-ski list.





At a glance: • Top family destination • Great for snowboarders • 650km interconnected pistes

Great for: • Freestyling • Families • Non-skiers

A charmingly quirky resort that’s a top ski destination for families and particularly popular for snowboarders, Avoriaz boasts a prime position in the centre of the enormous Portes du Soleil. With some of the best snow in the area and some of the best freestyle terrain in Europe, it’s well worth putting at the top of your must-ski list.

Avoriaz Resort

Established in the 1960s as the brainchild of Olympic champion skier Jean Vuarnet, Avoriaz is a purpose build resort with tonnes of character. The wood-clad buildings have a striking appearance that set it apart from other destinations. Even more impressive is the 360° panorama of the Alps. Avoriaz is brilliantly located right in the centre of the Portes du Soleil ski area.

Completely ski-in ski-out, a holiday in Avoriaz means you don't have to lug your equipment around and you can maximise time on the slopes. It's also wholly car-free – there is a large car park and arrivals area where you can unload luggage and travel by snowmobile or horse-drawn sledge to your accommodation. This is a charming start to your ski holiday.

In 2019 Avoriaz was voted 'Europe's best family ski resort' by the European Destinations of Excellence Network (EDEN) and in 2012 the World Snow Awards vote Avoriaz the 'Best Family Resort.' It is a top destination for kids learning to ski and snowboard thanks to the central children's village and offers some wonderful family activities indoors and out.

A huge attraction for families and non-skiers is the incredible Aquariaz water centre, where you can relax in a tropical climate while looking out over the snow-covered Alps (bizarre but very enjoyable). Off slope activities certainly don't stop here and contribute to a lively and varied après scene that suits all ages and tastes.

As a pioneering snowboard destination, Avoriaz was voted 'Best Snowboarding Resort' by EDEN in 2019. You'll find five fantastic snow parks including the world-famous and eco-friendly Burton Stash Park, one of the few remaining full-size super-pipes in Europe and an additional 25 smaller fun parks and board/ski cross courses.

Known as 'Avoriaz 1800' for its high altitude, this is the best place to book accommodation in the Portes du Soleil if you're looking for great snow. The local pass gives access to 130km of varied high altitude pistes while for those seeking more, the Portes du Soleil pass covers a massive 650km of terrain over 12 resorts in France and Switzerland.

Stats & FAQ

Location: France, Alps.

Established: 1934

Open: December - April

Downhill: 130km

View our detailed Avoriaz snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Avoriaz snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Geneva (GVA)80km, 1h40
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 30runs 60%

  • 14runs 28%

  • 6runs 12%

Top Altitude:2,466m
Bottom Altitude:1,000m
Resort Altitude:1,800m
Longest run:11km
Slope Orientation:N, S, E, W
Vertical Drop:1,466m
Skiable Vertical:300m (Swiss Wall)
Night Skiing:No

Snow Report

  • Top
  • 49cm
  • Base
  • N/Acm
  • Forecast
  • 164cm

Web Cam

Avoriaz web cams
Downhill Runs:130km
Beginner slopes:60%
Advanced slopes:12%
Lift Pass Price: Avoriaz: €45 for an adult 1 day ski pass
Portes du Soleil: €278 for an adult 6 day ski pass
Nearby resorts: Morzine, Les Gets

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Avoriaz

Avoriaz is one of our favourite resorts to bring the family - thanks to a huge and central children's village, complete with a specialised snowboarding area, children can learn to ski and ride in a fun and safe environment. Avoriaz is one of the only resorts that has a Beginner Pass, letting you find your feet on easy terrain via 14 lifts without the expense of a full lift pass. Beginners-only piste Première Glisse gives you the chance to improve at your own pace, while Proclou and Q'monts are easy blues for cruisey snowploughing.

Intermediates have a good number of runs and can upgrade to the larger area pass for even more variety – we like the long blue down Mossette while Blanchot and Alpages are two good reds.

Recommendations for advanced skiers and riders: take the Mossette and switch to the stash park or snowcross halfway down. Coupe de Monde is a black run with lots of nearby off-piste and Crozats has another snowcross. For off-piste, hire a guide and explore the Vallee de la Manche. Intrepid skiers must attempt notorious La Chavanette (aka the Swiss Wall) – the steep and moguled descent is said to be one of the scariest in Christendom.

With great freeriding terrain, a super-pipe and five snowparks, Avoriaz welcomes the adventurous with open arms. La Chapelle is the most popular park, with red, blue and green kickers for freestylers of all abilities. Developed by Jake Burton as a fusion of freeriding & freestyling, eco-snowpark The Stash has three runs through the Lindarets woods including 100 natural and wooden features. Burton Kids Parkway and Lil'Stash are two gentler areas for beginner freestylers, and the Arare boardercross is excellent for the whole family. Nearby, experts might prefer the Arare Snowpark which has a selection of red and black kickers and an airbag jump.

Avoriaz Apres Ski

Avoriaz has worked hard on it's apres game in the last few years, with the addition of a well-known apres go to 'La Folie Douce' for winter 2018. It has an array of restaurants, bars and off-slope activities that contribute to a lively après ski scene. Le Tavallion is an English themed pub for a home-from-home atmosphere, Shooters is good for party-lovers while Le Yak tends to be the venue of choice for late-night clubbing.

Featured in the Michelin Gourmet plate guide, La Reserve is a place to fine-dine in style. Alongside a few of the pubs, Chez Flo serves up hearty dinners and for a pizza restaurant in Avoriaz, try Piz'Burg.

2400m2 of tropical paradise can be enjoyed by all ages at the Aquariaz water centre. Children will love the treehouse, paddling area and water playground. There's a giant slide and 'Tarzan rope' for the adventurous. While those seeking a more relaxing environment will appreciate the jacuzzi and waterfall in the 'lazy river'.

Other indoor activities include a bowling alley and cinema. Outdoors, there's plenty of activities for all ages: ice skating, husky sledding, snow-shoeing, snowmobiling, paragliding, ice diving and night sledding.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Avoriaz

Best time to visit & ski Avoriaz

Avoriaz often wins the title of France's snowiest resort, and it offers the best access to high altitude skiing in the Portes du Soleil. With 70 snow cannons as well, snow conditions are reliable from December to April. The Portes du Soleil area has an average snowfall of 8m a year, slopes facing N, S, E & W and 900 snow cannons so you'll find skiable terrain throughout the season.

If you're an après ski and music lover, Avoriaz is the host village for the Rock the Pistes festival in March and Snowbox festival in April. The resort is humming with activity during Christmas and New Year and thanks to it being a top family resort, during school holidays too.

Peak Dates

Christmas in Avoriaz is magical - especially if you’re skiing with young children. You’ll enjoy a lovely white Christmas with the whole town lit up by a fairytale light display, illuminations, fireworks and torch-lit descents. Avoriaz Christmas ski holidays ‣

At New Years Eve in Avoriaz, 200 ESF instructors perform a magnificent torch-lit descent and there’s a huge firework display – it’s a great place to see in (and ski in) the New Year. Avoriaz New Year ski holidays ‣

Having a family ski holiday during February half term in Avoriaz, voted ‘Best Family Resort’ is a great choice. All ages will find something to entertain - even non-skiers - and children will love the winter activities and specialised children’s areas. Avoriaz Half Term ski holidays ‣

If you’re thinking of spending Easter in Avoriaz, you’ll be pleased to hear that it is has the best access to high altitude skiing in the Portes du Soleil, making it a good choice for late season skiing. Avoriaz Easter ski holidays ‣

Avoriaz Ratings & Customer Feedback
Average Rating 4.5 out of 5
My son used to race, I’m a happy off piste skier, my wife’s an intermediate and my nephew was a beginner. We all skied together which Avoriaz is great for as on some of the runs you can ski down the piste or ski off piste between the trees – and all meet at the bottom. It’s a nice ski area linked to Switzer... + more
J. B.,
5 out of 5
We had loads of snow halfway through the week which was needed. the ski area was perfectly skiable, and even more enjoyable with fresh snow (we had about half a metre there). I would say that it’s a resort for beginner and mid-range skiers. If you want to get the best out of the area you probably need to be a ... + more
3 out of 5
I spent a week in Avoriaz with my other half in Chalet Perce Neige at the end of March. The resort always divides opinions but I believe the architecture is quite striking. The large complexes are built in dark wood, designed to blend into the background and look like a snow covered cliff from afar. If you pref... + more
Kiah, SNO
5 out of 5
We thought Avoriaz was brilliant, it’s a love it or hate it place in terms of the look, but we loved it – it is what it is. The ski area is perfect for kids with some amazing blue runs. Some were more like reds being quite steep in parts, but that was perfect for our boys who love a challenge. The French were... + more
Anon, Harrogate
5 out of 5
Avoriaz is a very nice resort, we were quite unlucky with the weather this year (pretty much a white out) and the week coincided with the French school holidays so it was busy – but we still enjoyed it! + more
Martyn Brown,
4 out of 5
Amazing resort. Perfect weather, perfect snow. The ski school we used, Evolution 2, were very good and I would highly recommend them. Everyone progressed and had a good time. + more
Lomax Family, Basingstoke
5 out of 5
When we stayed in Les Menuires last February, we visited Avoriaz then and liked it. This February we were won over by Austria over French ski holidays, but we still had a great New Years in Avoriaz. I would recommend skiing here, especially for families as it’s very good if you have kids. The only thing is w... + more
Aberdeen family,
4 out of 5
Avoriaz is great, it’s a fantastic area to ski with a good mix of slopes and lots of off piste. This year aside, it’s usually pretty snow sure – despite the snow conditions (Morzine was pretty much closed) we still managed to ski on the higher runs. Although I come here to ski all week, there are plenty of o... + more
Sean Quigley, Derbyshire
5 out of 5
We’ve been to Avoriaz a couple of times, I like the idea that you can ski to the door of all the accommodation and the transfers from Geneva aren’t too long which is great. This time we flew from Exeter and because it’s such a small airport the whole process was very quick. I also like the fact that there’s... + more
E. H., Worcestershire
4 out of 5
It’s an acquired taste (Avoriaz is purpose built) but I definitely prefer the area to the 3 Valleys; I think the Portes du Soleil is the best ski area in Europe. It has several distinct advantages over the 3 Valleys too – it’s only about an hour from Geneva which is a much shorter transfer, and the lift pass... + more
Roger Benfield, Ipswich
5 out of 5
It was my first time here and I thought it was lovely! There’s no traffic which is really good. It was the end of the season but there was still plenty of slopes open and we had some lovely days of sunshine, we were really lucky with the weather. I’m a novice so I stuck to one area but the rest of the peopl... + more
Linda, Edinburgh
4 out of 5
I’m glad that we went to Avoriaz over Morzine as there wasn’t any snow in Morzine, it was all green! Avoriaz is a really nice, friendly place and it’s easy to get around. There are no cars or taxis so you have to get the horse and carriage to get around which is quite cool. There are also loads of pedestrian... + more
Stephanie, Dorset
3 out of 5
I’d definitely recommend Avoriaz, it’s a really good resort. There’s one resort half way up the hill that you can ski down to (the one that the bus stops off at on the way). You can also ski up another valley but we didnt find it very good, the lifts were really busy. Everything on the Avoriaz side is really... + more
Paul Mcdonald, Oxfordshire
5 out of 5
This was my first time in Avoriaz. It’s fantastic! We went in early Feb and we had a lot of snow, almost too much, and it was very powdery. Can’t complain about that really! The temperature rose while we were skiing so all the powder that had got into our jackets melted into water which wasn’t very nice. I l... + more
Rory Whitman, London
5 out of 5
Avoriaz is a big ski resort and you can go so high and so far, which is what we look for as a group as we like lots of variety. The snow was brilliant, we had sunshine and blue skies as well as good conditions. We met some people who go back to Avoriaz every year because it’s so good. + more
Anon, Cheshire
4 out of 5
Avoriaz is second to none, it’s fantastic! There is such a vast expanse and you can get over to Switzerland and just ski through the valleys. Recommended. + more
Julian Mair, Fullbourn
5 out of 5
I would definitely go back to Avoriaz! It’s a quite compact resort, small compared to places like Tignes and Val d’Isere and very quaint. Unlike other places that have lots of English people, Avoriaz had mainly Belgians and lots of French. The snow was amazing at the beginning of Feb and we had fresh powder... + more
Kirsty Powell, Kendall
5 out of 5
We would definitely ski Avoriaz again. We only took the pass for Avoriaz when we stayed here but if we went back we would take the full area pass (my husband is a competent boarder and was a bit bored by the middle of the week). The area is so charming and lovely, with little shops and restaurants in the vill... + more
Mrs Campbell, Wandsworth
5 out of 5
Learning to ski in Avoriaz was a dream; we stayed in the Portes du Soleil studio apartments so the ski in and ski out was fantastic, and the fact that you could ski through most of the town made getting around fun and easy. The huge beginners’ area also helped enormously, and the variety of blues and easy reds... + more
Tom, Sno Staff
5 out of 5
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Families in Avoriaz

The resort caters excellently for families both on and off the slopes and has some excellent family-friendly accommodation. If you’re looking to save money, check out self catering properties like the Antares Apartments. These have a hard-to-beat ski in / ski out position right in the resort centre, less than a minute from the nursery slopes and ski kindergarten and only 5 minutes walk to the crèche and ski school meeting point. Self catering can work fantastically for some, but if you prefer the cooking done for you, stay in one of our family friendly hotels.

This is a brilliant place to introduce your children to the mountains - it has a fantastic, centrally located children’s area offering a fun and safe place to learn to ski or snowboard. With 5 snowparks, more experienced children can learn and practice some tricks. If you’ve all skied tons of times before, consider getting a guide for a family trip around Portes du Soleil’s best powder.

Avoriaz is a short, 1 hour 40 minute transfer from Geneva airport, so if you book one of our accommodation, flights and transfers packages, you won’t have to worry about wasting precious time on the road. Select your nearest airport in the search below to make things even easier. This is also one of the closest ski resorts to Calais if you’re planning to drive – select ‘self drive’ instead of an airport for our accommodation and channel crossings packages.

GroupsGroup Holidays Avoriaz

Surrounded by the vast and varied Portes du Soleil offering a ski area and resort with something for everyone, Avoriaz is an excellent place for a group ski holiday. Our ski chalets are ideal for a group getaway. Chalet Les Lauzes sleeps 10 and if you have a group size to match, you can enjoy sole occupancy. All of our hotels and chalet holidays come with meals included. Browse more chalets in Avoriaz.

Book everyone on a trip to the mountains in a package with flights and transfers or channel crossings if you’re planning to drive. If it’s proving too difficult to find a journey to the slopes that works for everyone, check out our accommodation-only deals.

Which are the best ski holidays in Avoriaz?

Accommodation Number of nights Price (per person) from
Chalet Marie 7 £ 1144
Les Cimes du Soleil 7 £ 1332
Hotel des Dromonts 7 £ 2066
Hotel Neige et Roc, Les Prodains 7 £ 1407

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