Skiing in Avoriaz

Country: France

In a nutshell: a unique high-altitude resort with lots of ski-in / ski-out accommodation and an amazing ski area

We like:

  • Part of the Portes du Soleil ski area, which is one of the biggest and best in the world
  • Fully pedestrianised village so all accommodation is ski-in / ski-out
  • Fantastic facilities for family ski holidays
  • The only high-altitude base in the Portes du Soleil ski area
  • Surprisingly good apres-ski

We don't like:

  • Although Azoriaz is high altitude, much of Portes du Soleil isn’t
  • Almost all the accommodation options are run by the same hotel company which means there isn’t as much variety of places to stay as in other resorts

  • It can be hard work carrying luggage to your accommodation when you arrive if there aren’t any horse-drawn carts available


  • Resort altitude: 1,800m
  • Highest lift: 2,460m
  • Lowest piste: 1,000
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport: Geneva – 1h 40m
  • Number of lifts:
    • Avoriaz: 34
    • Portes du Soleil: 196
  • Number of runs:
    • Avoriaz
      • Green: 4
      • Blue: 14
      • Red: 26
      • Black: 6
    • Portes du Soleil
      • Green: 43
      • Blue:121
      • Red: 100
      • Black: 32


  • Apres ski
  • Family friendly
  • High altitude
  • Big ski area
  • Great for beginners
  • Great for intermediates
  • Great for advanced
  • Great for snowboarders


Perched on a sunny shelf overlooking Morzine, Avoriaz is probably the best designed purpose built ski resort in France, if not the world. All the buildings are clad in red cedar wood and designed in geometric shapes, which together with the snow-covered pedestrian “streets” results in the resort becoming the mountainside. The design and architecture won’t be to everyone’s taste, but we think it’s pretty cool.

The skiing in Avoriaz is world-class. Intermediates will get the most out of the Portes du Soleil ski area with it’s seemingly endless blue and red runs, and there is plenty of challenging skiing for experts too. It’s a wonderful place to learn to ski as the ski schools are good, there are plenty of easy runs around the resort, and there is no inconvenient carrying of skis and boots needed.

An Avoriaz ski holiday is particularly well suited to families, and everything seems to be designed with families. All accommodation is ski-in / ski-out, and as there are no roads or pavements, kids can sledge pretty much anywhere. The wonderful Village des Enfants and its nursery slopes run through the heart of the village, and there is an additional snow park next to the L’Amara and Saskia Falaise residences. The jungle themed Aquariaz Aqua park is fantastic, and a great place to take kids if the weather closes in or the little ones fancy an afternoon off the slopes.

Avoriaz isn’t just for families though; the ski resort has a fun holiday atmosphere and with over 40 bars there’s plenty of lively apres ski and a good choice of restaurants.