Ski Avoriaz for some great skiing and snowboarding in France. In the heart of the massive Portes du Soleil ski area you get a car-free town set above Morzine 90 mins from Geneva airport - family perfect!
To ski Avoriaz you'll start with a short transfer from Geneva airport - then skiing and snowboarding in France is all open to you. The Avoriaz ski resort is one of the most enjoyable in France for both skiing and snowboarding with extensive pistes. Avoriaz is essentially a grouping together of a dozen or so ski villages in France and Switzerland now offering an amazing 197 lifts, 650km of piste and 10 terrain parks.As part of the massive Portes du Soleil ski area, at 1800m, it is good for early and late skiing. With no cars and about 30 restaurants, a good place to consider especially with a family.
On the slopes
With 250+ slopes there are runs here for all levels. The Avoriaz ski resort is a destination for all types of skiers and boarders. As the first resort in Europe to really embrace snowboarding, it offers access to 10 terrain parks as well as good off-piste conditions. Being part of the Portes du Soleil ski area means 12 resorts and over 650km of pistes at all levels are accessible. You can also check out our dedicated Avoriaz website for details on summer or winter activities. Each winter Avoriaz receives on average 8m of powder but as many of its slopes are below 200m the quality of the snow can be variable. Avoriaz can also get rather crowded when nearby low altitude resorts lack snow.
A purpose built ski resort, you can ski to the door at the end of a long day. With over 30 restaurants, loads of bars and two nightclubs it caters for all visitors and thanks to being car free, it encourages families to enjoy everything on offer. The only form of transport available is horse drawn sleighs,sleds and snowcats. Accommodation is relatively cheap compared to the likes of Val d'Isere, with most accommodation being self catering apartments. The choice of hotels here can be a little narrow but if this is your bag you can always consider staying in Morzine, a short taxi ride away.Off-piste activities include bowling, an ice rink, hang gliding and of course plenty of walks. A new feature worth checking out is Aquariaz, a new indoor water park!