Welcome to a winter wonderland
Avoriaz 1800m Ski Resort sits in the heart of The Portes do Soleil, which is one of the biggest ski areas in the world. With 650km of marked pistes and over 200 lifts the Portes du Soleil connects multiple ski resorts over both France and Switzerland. The Morzine Avoriaz region is also one of the easiest to reach from the UK, which is either a 1.5hr transfer from Geneva airport or an 8.5 hour drive from Calais.
Avoriaz offers the most reliable snow conditions of the Portes du Soleil, with north facing slopes up to 2500m in altitude which have excellent skiing and snowboarding conditions from early December until late April. During 2021, the snow was so good Avoriaz even opened in mid June for skiing, as well as being able to open in November for blue sky powder conditions in 2019.
Whilst you may find higher altitude resorts in the Alps, this does not necessarily mean they will be more snow-sure. Avoriaz has the perfect balance of high, north facing slopes, as well as lower and sheltered runs within the forests, allowing you to enjoy your skiing and snowboarding on those bad weather days as well. Furthermore, since Avoriaz is located on the north west edge of the Alps, it is the first major set of mountains the incoming storms reach which predominantly arrive from the north west. This gives Avoriaz greater snowfall than most other regions of the Alps.
Morzine Avoriaz also scores extra points for having something for everyone and all within close proximity. From easy green runs for beginners to the steepest blacks for experts and everything in between. This is why Avoriaz is respected as a fantastic option for families.
Benefitting from its location in the northwest corner of the Alps, Avoriaz recieves a disproportionate amount of precipitation since the most frequent storms hit here first. Combined with its village level elevation of 1800m, Avoriaz is one of the more snowsure resorts in the Alps. The skiing and snowboarding terrain here offers everything in close proximity; a friendly beginners area, a nice progression of green and blue runs through the trees with great views, plenty of challenging red and black terrain for intermediate and advanced skiers and a lifetimes worth of amazing off-piste and backcountry terrain for more advanced skiers and snowboarders. The Portes du Soleil also offers multiple snowparks for the freestyle lovers as well as a labyrinth of tree runs to explore, which offer protection from winds and good visibility on bad weather days.
People sometimes don't realise but Morzine and Avoriaz are pretty much the same destination and it is very quick and easy to get from one to the other. Avoriaz sits upon a plateau 800m above the larger town of Morzine, with lifts, buses and roads connecting the two resorts. For further information on the various ays you can get from Morzine to Avoriaz, see our 'how to find us' page.
From our meeting point on the Avoriaz Plateau, we have direct access to fantastic skiing and snowboarding terrain for all ability levels. We have beginners runs and beautiful green trails through the trees and easy blues towards Proclou and Super Morzine. In Lindarets there is a maze of blue runs in the forests and access up to the Swiss border via Mossettes. The Arare is the highest and most snow sure part of the Portes du Soleil which offers some great blue runs, red runs and black runs as well as excellent off-piste skiing and snowboarding.
You can also do a Portes du Soleil tour which takes your through Chatel and the Swiss resorts of the area, including Crosets and Champoussin. The infamous Swiss wall, one of the steepest black runs in the Alps, also offers an exciting challenge for advanced skiers as it drops into the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil.