Discover Your Avoriaz
Posted by George Biffen
Last updated on January 20th, 2018 at 04:30 pm
The vast ski area, family friendly accommodation, a wide range of non-ski activities and now well known for hosting Snowboxx festival… Boredom is non-existent in Avoriaz.
The purpose-built resort is position on a sloping shelf above a dramatic high cliff a few km from Morzine. Avoriaz is a traffic free resort, so you can except for the odd horse-drawn carriage passing by. Every single accommodation in Avoriaz is ski-in/ski-out – it was purpose-built to this effect, making Avoriaz a very popular ski holiday destination.
Where to Ski?
The Portes du Soleil ski area stretches over 650km of piste across France and Switzerland and remains a strong contender in the battle to become the biggest linked ski area in the world.
Green run, Ecoles Piste- This is serviced by two very slow drag tows next to a steady and rather flat slope, making it perfect for beginners.
Blue run, Prolays- Here you can take pleasure in the long and wide cruising piste that finishes in the Lindaret bowl. This run is perfect for getting the ski legs back and practising you turns.
Red run, Arare Sector- For those who are looking for more excitement, drop into some of the longest runs in the Portes du Soleil and some of the steepest in Avoriaz. The ideal playground for the big kids.
Black run, The Swiss Wall- Looking for a challenge? This is thought to be one of the hardest black runs in Europe. Covered in moguls this will be tough work on the legs but very rewarding.
Where to eat
We know how important refuelling is on a ski holiday and Avoriaz does not disappoint on the gastronomy front.
On the mountain
Le Terrasse +33 4 50 74 16 17
Situated in the Hamlet of Les Lindarets (in the next valley), you cannot beat the sunny terrace of Le Terrasse. It offers traditional alpine cuisine and a friendly efficient service. We think it’s a perfect spot to have a long lunch on a blue bird day.
La Crémaillière + 33 4 50 74 11 68
Located in Les Lindarets, La Cremaillere is an old mountain chalet restored and converted into a fine restaurant at 1470m. It offers a great menu, which has something to suit everybody. However, it is recommended to get there early as it’s a real hotspot when the sun is out.
L’Passage +33 6 77 56 88 83
A super spot for lunch after a morning’s skiing in Avoriaz. Attentive service with excellent local dishes and wine, L’Passage is recommended as a cut above most similar establishments in the area. Slightly more expensive but definitely recommended. Located next to the Super Morzine Telecabine.
Chalet du Nabor +33 4 50 79 02 03
At the summit of the Mouille Chairlift, Chalet du Nabor offers a cosy interior and warming dishes such as the signature Lumberjack’s soup and home-made quiche. Traditional mountain cooking in a great location – a perfect pit stop for lunch!.
Chez Flo +33 4 50 74 19 94
A great option for skiers and non-skiers alike. Specialities include tartiflette, croutes and fantastic plates of charcuterie. It is advisable to book ahead Chez Flo as it has become a popular place to meet if the children are spending the morning in ski school.
Les Fontaines Blanches +33 4 50 74 12 73
Offering a great selection of French Alpine dishes as well as a wood-fired pizza oven, Les Fountaines Blanches is not one to be missed. It is more expensive compared to other restaurants in the resort but its location on the edge of the snow is second to none. They also offer a reasonable selection of children’s meals.
Changabang +33 4 50 38 42 53
Changabang has been a popular hangout in Avoriaz for nearly 10 years. This really has a traditional seasonnaire feel about it, but don’t be put off by the vibe. With an American menu (think big burgers and curly fries!), welcoming staff and cheap drinks, you will probably end up visiting more than once in your week!
La Poya +33 4 50 74 12 27
La Poya is right on the slopes in Avoriaz and offers a fantastic spot for those who are not skiing to sit and ‘people watch’. The wide menu suits a variety of budgets.
The Wild Horse Saloon +33 4 50 74 72 29
The Wild Horse offers a huge selection of food as well as a genuine feel of the Wild West and Tex-Mex inspired cuisine. It’s a great option for groups, but best pop in and book a table due to its popularity. Yee-ha!
Where to sleep
As a purpose built resort, Avoriaz offers a wide range of self-catered apartments to meet all budgets and desires. We also have exclusive offers on the 18th March, the same time as Snowboxx Festival! Here are our top 3 recommendations with exclusive offers for the Snowboxx week:
Here you can enjoy panoramic mountain views and revitalise yourself in the wellbeing area which boasts an indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool and cardio-training room.
Atria Crozats, Avoriaz, 4*
A modern, bright and well equipped Residence in the Crozats area of Avoriaz. Super views over the mountains, ski in/out access makes Le Crozats a great choice for all.
Electra, Avoriaz, 4*
The Electra apartments are located in the Crozats area of Avoriaz with ski-in-ski-out access and breathtaking views over the Morzine Valley.
Where to apres ski
We have taken it upon ourselves to sample the bars of Avoriaz and produce a detailed list of the ones that we would recommend going to; they each stand out for their own reasons, but you better go and test a few to see which you like best…
An English style pub in the centre of the resort with a heated patio, this place is a great place to go for a chat with friends over a few well-priced drinks. It is a quieter option but still retains a pub atmosphere with quizzes and sports.
There is always a party atmosphere in this popular establishment, with drinks flying and over 50 flavours of shot to choose from. The speciality drink is the Les Metres des Shooters. Happy Hour is between 4 and 5 pm, followed by a second round between 8 and 9 pm – this is a great bar to let loose.
A Danish bar with live music each afternoon and evening. They feature a different band each evening and the crowd here are very lively. It is easy to spend your week’s evenings here, enjoying fun-filled post skiing partying.
Wild Horse Saloon
Step back in time to the days of the Western. Sip your drinks in this saloon-style bar coated in wooden decor. The bar man, or Sheriff of the Saloon, will ring the bell for Happy Hour from 6 until 7 pm.
You may think that the non-skier would be forgotten about in this famous resort. However, there are plenty of activities for those in the group not keen to hit the slopes, ranging from scenic snowmobiles to glacier walking.
Snowboxx is known for that little bit of extra awesomeness
Once a year, Avoriaz turns into the ultimate winter wonderland. Days are spent cruising the Portes du Soleil hitting up the Burton Stash Park and dancing on the tables at our Apres village.
When evening hits, it’s party time: intimate igloo raves, massive main stage shows with our world class line up and dancing til dawn at our super cool club shows.
The entertainment is endless, from Mountainside bottomless brunches to Paintball Fights in the snow park. Pick accommodation and join in the party!
Chiens de Traineux provide dog sledging for the dog lovers. You can book a ride or you can find the dogs in the centre of Avoriaz and ask for a ride.
Half a day will cost €95 and a full day will cost €140.
Chiens de Traineux +33 6 80 93 26 20
Get some big air with 1200m of vertical decent. You must be at least an intermediate level skier to be able to paraglide, as you will be doing so with your skis on!
A flight from Super Morzine – €70
A flight from Chaux Fleurie to Ardent – €90
A flight from Fornet – €120
Ecole de Glisse +33 4 50 74 02 18
By strapping lightweight plastic snowshoes to your feet, you are able to walk through deeper snow and therefore enjoy a great area of terrain, stunning scenery and interesting wildlife.
With ESF (Ecole de Ski Francais), anyone from age 8 onwards can enjoy the calm away from the slopes. An afternoon of snowshoeing will cost €28 per person.
ESF Avoriaz +33 4 50 74 05 65
Skijoring means that you can escape the lifts and trek through the woods away from the lifts. A riderless horse is used which is controlled by the skier. A rig with reigns is connected to the horse’s bridle and the skier has towed along behind the horse on skis, holding onto the rig. You steer by using vocal commands and by pulling on lines connected to the horse’s bit.
L’Ecurie des Frasses provide ski joering every day from December to April starting at the neck of the Joux green. You can opt for an introduction course lasting 30 minutes for €30. A ride on a route of about 1 hour will cost €50. Reservation required.
L’Ecurie des Frasses +33 6 86 07 31 32
If you haven’t had enough fun on the mountain in the daylight, Avoscoot provide snowmobiling in Avoriaz every day from 5.30pm until midnight in December through to April. A 45 minute, 20km ride through Super Morzine forest will cost between €60 and €120.
Avoscoot +33 6 08 22 18 15
Challenge your friends and family at 10 pin bowling in Avoriaz in Le Studio 9. Open daily from 2pm-3am, there is ample time to enjoy yourself with snooker, arcade games, table football and more. Bowling will cost €8.50 per person, per game including rental of bowling shoes.
Le Bowling +33 4 50 74 06 77
If you are looking for a family-friendly, adrenaline junkie and vast ski area resort, Avoriaz will be right up your street! If you would like more assistance or accommodation advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our holiday experts below.
* These fields are required.