Avoriaz has made a name for itself for being family focused and car free. Built in 1967 Avoriaz sits at 1800 above it’s sister town of Morzine. It’s in the Porte du Soleil ski area with up to 650km of piste accessible from the resort.
Take a look at Richard Permin taking you on a Rooftop tour of Avoriaz in Good Morning
One of the key draws for families is the Village du Enfants, located in the centre of the resort, containing a ski school, nursery slopes, and if required entertainment and lunch. For the more proficient kids there are now two snowparks targeted at kids, the Kids Parkway and Lil’ Stash.
The end of March also sees two festivals in the Porte du Soleil:
- Rock the Piste, 16-23 March with various music sets around the Porte du Soleil.
- Snowboxx, 23-20 March, a winter dance music festival in Avoriaz.
The resort is positioned on a plateau above the other resorts in the Porte du Soleil. Therefore you can ski straight out of the resort first thing or after ski school drop off. The access to pistes is very varied and within a run down and a lift you could be in Switzerland. Accessing the Morzine/ Les Gets side of the valley would be hard in a half day; however if the kid’s ski lessons are longer it’s worth the effort.
You can purchase either an Avoriaz skipass or a full Porte du Soleil pass. Though the Avoriaz pass is only available for up to two days; therefore for a week you are better purchasing a full Porte du Soleil pass, prices for 6 days are:
- Adult 265€
- Child 199€
By purchasing a family ticket will save 26€ per adult and 20€ per child, saving 92€ for a family of four.
Being located on the mountain means that the majority of the accommodation is ski in/ski out. Though if you are further from the centre it could mean a lift or uphill walk to get to the centre.
There are a wealth of options to chose from, such as
- The centrally located two bed apartment Residence le Chapka .
If you are willing to pay more there are more luxurious options such as:
- Avoriaz Chalet Apartments Chamois, which are also centrally located and with panoramic mountain views from your balcony.
Avoriaz is well located and one of the closest resorts to Geneva airport. Though there is an added logistic as it’s car free. There are two car parks, one outdoor and one underground at the edge of the resort; after parking up you are then taken from the reception centre to your accommodation by Taxi or sleigh. Expect to pay around 90€ per week for parking.