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Avoriaz lies in the in the Port du Soleil region of the French Alps and has a transfer time from Geneva Airport of two hours. It is a purpose built resort where you can don your skis at the hotel door and take off to the slopes. There are no cars only horse-drawn sleighs. Being high in the hills on top of dramatic rock faces, Avoriaz is almost guaranteed to have good snow conditions throughout the winter and the pistes provide skiing and snow-boarding for all levels of ability. If there is a time when the snow is sparse, Avoriaz's sixty eight snow canons begin their work. There are ski schools for both children and adults and there is a crèche for babies. Accommodation is good and the evening entertainment is lively.
High in the mountains at an altitude of eighteen hundred metres, Avoriaz has the best snow conditions in the Port du Soleil. Its pistes cater for every level of ability and fitness. The resort is traffic free making it an ideal playground for children. An Avoriaz holiday offers a wealth of skiing and snow boarding experiences by day followed by lively evening entertainment.
Avoriaz's slopes accommodate all levels of ability. It therefore attracts a wide variety of holidaymakers from families to groups of young people, as well as couples of all ages.
The Avoriaz ski season lasts from mid December until mid April. Being high in the mountains it usually has good snow conditions. Avoriaz is also popular in the summer with hill walkers, mountain climbers and mountain bikers.
Avoriaz lies high in the French Alps amid a wild landscape of mountain tops and rugged cliffs. Although built in the sixties, the resort was designed to blend into the landscape with the hotels being built into the hillside, their cedar shingled roofs continuing the angle of the slopes. Accommodation includes hotels, self-catering apartments and chalets. Avoriaz is a traffic free area where most holidaymakers can ski from the doors of their hotels making it an ideal playground for children. There is however a danger on the roads in the form of horse drawn sleighs. Visitors must be aware that they can travel at quite a pace.
Avoriaz and its surrounding area has over six hundred kilometres of pistes. Over half of which are suitable for beginners, a tenth are advanced runs and the remainder are for skiers and snow boarders at an intermediate level. The off-piste skiing is excellent. There are over thirty five lifts giving easy access to all pistes.
There are ski and snow boarding schools for every level of ability including children from three to eleven years. There is also a crèche for babies. Parents wishing to use this facility must bring evidence of current vaccinations and book their place prior to arrival.
Although Avoriaz has excellent skiing facilities, it has become the snow boarding capital of Europe. It has three snow parks and a superpipe which is over one hundred and twenty metres long and six metres wide. The Chapelle park is designed for beginners. There is also a children's snow boarders’ village catering for children from six to sixteen. The newly opened Stash, an ecological snow park, is a very popular attraction. It is reached via the Prolays chairlift.
Avoriaz is not only a skiing resort. It is very popular in the summer with hill walkers, mountain climbers and mountain bikers.
An Avoriaz skiing holiday has something for everyone as it accommodates all levels of skiers and snowboarders and also has plenty to occupy the non-skier.
Avoriaz apres ski is lively with numerous bars, some of which provide live music. There is also a night club. A bowling alley remains open until two in the morning and is very popular with the young. The ice rink is also a popular evening venue. Avoriaz has two small cinemas.
Avoriaz has several ski shops where you can hire equipment or purchase goods. Being a purpose built skiing resort it lacks the boutiques and specialist shops that are found in established villages and towns. There is of course a supermarket.
Avoriaz has a wide choice of restaurants providing a variety of dishes catering for most tastes and pockets. There are brasseries serving traditional specialities as well as those serving international cuisine.