All you need to know about ski holidays by train

Avoriaz - introduction

Photo:
N.Joly
Photo:
Stephane Lerendu/Avoriaz Tourisme
Photo:
Avoriaz Tourisme

Avoriaz 1800 is the ultimate ski-in ski-out village in an ideal position to access the Portes du Soleil circuit across the Franco-Swiss border. Unlike the majority of its 60s purpose-built rivals, the resort lucked into an innovative architectural blueprint. Nearly half a century later, high rises with sharply angled roofs mirroring jagged rockscapes have stood the test of time. 

The convenience for accessing the Portes du Soleil is unparallelled. And the resort itself buzzes with ambience.  It's a very safe and interesting environment for children - with lots of sledging areas, cafes, and the fantastic Aquariaz tropical swimming and spa complex.

In the past few years the resort has massively upgraded, to provide a wide range of attractive, contemporary apartments. The Amara is a a premium residence characterised by contemporary flexibility. Modelled on Intrawest’s Arcs 1950, it has the flexibility to offer self catering, bed and breakfast or half board packages, all of them with use of the spa and indoor pool. People love it.

Highlights

  • A dramatic setting on a shelf under a cliff that is floodlit at night.
  • As the resort is on a slope, almost every building is ski in, ski out.
  • Once you’re familiar with the elevators and walkways that link up the levels, getting around is easy thanks to intelligent design.
  • Restaurants and bars with tables in the snow create atmosphere and invite impulse pitstops while skiing through the village.

Lowlights

  • Not enough hotel beds compared to self-catered.
  • Purpose built, but with snow it still looks attractive

Snowcarbon Founder, Daniel has made a two-minute film about Avoriaz, interviewing British skiers found at random on the slopes, to ask what they think about the resort, which you can see here:

Portes du Soleil piste map

Ski area
Village Altitude
1800
m
Ski Altitude
1800m - 2466
m
Pistes
650
km
Green Runs
37
Blue Runs
112
Red Runs
105
Black Runs
26
Total Runs 280
Terrain Park
10
Cabin Lifts
14
Chair Lifts
81
Drag Lifts
100
Total Lifts 195