Welcome to The Portes du Soleil - A Ski and Snowboarding Paradise
Avoriaz 1800m Ski Resort sits in the heart of The Portes Du Soleil Ski Area - a major snowsport destination in the Alps, encompassing thirteen resorts between Mont Blanc in France and Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The whole area is connected by the same lift network with 650km of marked pistes, nearly 200 lifts and an incredibly vast backcountry and great off-piste skiing.
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.
Avoriaz sits upon a plateau 800m above the larger town of Morzine, perched upon sheer cliffs offering stunning views down the valley. The Plateau area is home to apartment blocks, chalets, shops, restaurants and bars, as well as a mellow beginners progression area and a number of drag lifts. The car-free pedestrian resort offers transport from horse drawn cart and makes for a stunning winter wonderland location.
From our meeting point on the Plateau in Avoriaz, direct access to this incredible skiing and snowboarding terrain. Head north-west towards the Super Morzine lifts on beautiful blue runs through the trees over looking Morzine and Les Gets. Head east and enjoy the sheltered Lindarets Bowl in the trees. Take a lift to the next valley and you're heading towards Plain Dranse and Chatel - an often quieter area with great blues, reds, blacks and good snow quality.
Alternatively, from the Plateau head south to Avoriaz's famous Arare - high up, north-facing slopes with excellent snow quality. Further along you get the amazing natural playground of the Fornet Bowl and then you're at the ridge that serves as the border between France and Switzerland, where you'll find stunning views across the valley at the magnificent Swiss mountains. Drop in via the famous Swiss Wall - an extremely steep and long black, - too steep for the piste bashers so it's a mogul skiers heaven! By now you're en route to The Swiss resort of Les Crosets which offers yet more exploring potential, with often sunny slopes and great bars and restaurants on the slopes.