Avoriaz 1800 Ski Resort
Avoriaz is located in the Portes du Soleil, one of the world’s largest ski areas that straddles the French-Swiss border. Here, you can explore over 650km of slopes with a single lift pass.
Avoriaz has the highest average snowfall in the whole of France, making it a fantastic destination, especially as it is just 90 minutes from Geneva airport.
The groomed slopes around Avoriaz are ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. However, there are some excellent off-piste sections accessible from lifts and with touring equipment. It’s best to book an instructor or a guide to find the best spots.
You’ll find some excellent and varied snowparks around Avoriaz. Therefore, it’s a great place to dial in your freestyle skills.
Avoriaz is a unique ski resort, thanks to its unusual architecture and the fact that it’s car-free. Once you arrive at the resort, you get around on foot, skis, snow-cat, or horse-drawn sleigh.
Much of the accommodation in Avoriaz is ski-in-ski-out. This makes it an excellent place for families and beginners, as you can get to any of Avoriaz’s excellent ski schools with minimum effort. This is even better when you choose one of the more luxurious accommodation options.
You’re never far away from a bar or restaurant in the whole of the Portes du Soleil. Avoriaz has many places to eat and drink on and off the slopes, including an igloo bar and the notorious Folie Douce.
Avoriaz has plenty of other activities aside from skiing and snowboarding. You can expect electric fat bike tours, snowmobile excursions, an indoor tropical waterpark, paragliding, and a bowling alley.
Avoriaz ski season starts in…
Info & Stats
December 09, 2022 – April 23, 2023
The resort has 36 ski lifts, with 4 green runs, 26 blue, 14 red and 6 blac.
There are two terrain parks, including Europe’s first Burton Stash park, a skier-cross and a superpipe.
There’s also a five-hectare learning zone, with two terrain parks for children.
Linked ski area
Les Portes du Soleil – 12 resorts – 2 countries – 1 ski pass:
Abondance, Avoriaz, Champéry, Châtel, La Chapelle d’Abondance, Les Gets, Montriond, Morgins, Morzine-Avoriaz, St Jean d’Aulps, Torgon, Val-dilliez Les Crosets Champoussin.
- 600 km of runs in 2 countries (France & Switzerland).
286 Slopes: 34 green /119 blue / 101 red / 32 black
- 196 lifts
- Best terrain parks in France (for all ski/snowboard levels)
Families love the fact that all apartments are ski-in/ski-out at this pedestrian-only resort.
Most properties are budget and can be a bit old and run down but we have selected for you the best 4 and 5–star apartments which, compared to other top class ski resorts, are excellent value.
Non-ski activities and après-ski
Avoriaz has an outdoor skating rink, a cinema, bowling alley and indoor water park.
Other activities include dog sledding and snowshoeing to an igloo or tipi for dinner around a fireplace.
There’s also an igloo bar and restaurant, where you can stay overnight, and a nightclub.
Location & Trail Map
Transfer time to Avoriaz 1800 from:
- Geneva airport: 1hr 40min*
- Cluses train station (closest): 55min*
Resort altitude: 1,800m
*Transfer time is approximate, by private transfer vehicle and subject to weather and road conditions.
Shared shuttle/bus transfers have set departure times, take much longer to travel and don’t offer door to door service which is why we recommend private transfers only.
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Avoriaz 1800 Ski Resort Video
Avoriaz 1800 is France’s snowiest ski resort and one of Europe’s best family friendly ski resort which offers 100% ski-in ski-out access on all accommodation. One of the largest ski areas in the world, Les Portes du Soleil (600km of slopes).
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What makes Avoriaz 1800 ski resort unique?
This ski resort is 100% Ski-in-Ski out! 100 % !!!
Avoriaz is a pedestrian-only village, meaning that to get around you either walk, ski or catch a horse sleigh ride, the latter serving as taxis. No cars also means no dirty snow, just a white winter wonderland!
Avoriaz is the snowiest ski resort in France with 8+ metres of snowfall per season. It also has a huge number of days of sunshine each season!
The ski area of Les Portes du Soleil has the best terrain parks in France.
Those seeking a true ski-in ski-out ski holiday experience in one of the largest ski areas in the world (Les Portes du Soleil) can also ski 2 neighbouring countries (France & Switzerland) on the same ski pass without having to unstrap skis, drive or catch a bus.
Who would love Avoriaz 1800 ski resort the most?
Families! This ski resort is the best family-friendly ski resort in France without a doubt. The 100% pedestrian village makes it a safe space for all children to play and the immediate resort area is surrounded by gentle slopes making it ideal for children and beginners.
The resort mainly offers affordable self-catered apartment options from 2 to 4 star so people on a budget will find what they want in Avoriaz 1800.
Freeride and freestyle skiers and snowboarders will love the many terrain parks the Portes du Soleil has on offer, as well as The Stash, the first giant ecological snow park in Europe set in the Avoriaz forest..
What is there to do for non-skiers in Avoriaz?
Take a ride on one of the many horse drawn carriages, Avoriaz’s only mode of transport (except skiing!).
Visit Aquariaz, the indoor aquatic paradise featuring a river, a water playhouse, a paddling pool, a large pool with climbing walls, massage benches and an open-air hot tub!
Spend the night in an Igloo, arriving by snowshoe and complete with a traditional Savoyard cheese fondue dinner
Go Night Sledging! A 3km descent on a sledge with a head torch to light the way, accompanied by instructors.
Other activities: Biathlon, Bowling, Cinema, Farm Visits, Helicopter tours, Husky-dog rides, Ice-climbing, Ice-skating / Hockey, Mountain-biking, Mountaineering, Paragliding, Ski-joering, Sky-diving & parachuting, Snow-shoeing, Snowmobile / Skidooing, Spas & massages, Squash, Swimming
How do we get to Avoriaz 1800?
Avoriaz is 1hour 40min drive by private/shared transfer from Geneva Airport.
Avoriaz is 1hour 40min drive by private/shared transfer from Geneva Airport.
It’s a 55min drive from Cluses train station, the closest train station in France to Avoriaz 1800..
How long does the Avoriaz 1800 ski season last?
Next winter, Avoriaz 1800 Ski Resort is scheduled to open from December 18th 2021 to April 18th 2022.
Which other ski resorts are part of Les Portes du Soleil ski area?
There are 12 ski resorts in 2 countries (8 ski resorts in France + 4 ski resorts in Switzerland) which are part of Les Portes du Soleil ski area which include: Abondance (FR), Avoriaz 1800 (FR), Champéry (CH), Châtel (FR), La Chapelle d’Abondance (FR), Les Gets (FR), Montriond (FR), Morgins (CH), Morzine-Avoriaz, St Jean d’Aulps (FR), Torgon (CH), Val-dilliez Les Crosets Champoussin (CH).
When is the best time to go skiing in Avoriaz 1800?
January 2nd to Feb 5th 2022 is the cheapest and best time to go (low season), followed by 5th March until mid-April 2022 (the shoulder season).
For Australians travelling to France to ski during our January summer holidays, we benefit from the cheaper rates on offer in the French ski resorts’ low season. This happens to be when the French and Europeans go back to work and school after the 2 week Christmas and New Year holiday period.
Europeans and the Brits flock to the resorts through February into March (DO NOT TRAVEL from 5th Feb to 5th Mar 2022 as this is the French school holidays). The slopes are extremely busy, the queues at the lifts are long and the price for accommodation is very expensive during that time. Even all the restaurants are booked out!
Typically, in January, the snow is dry with the largest build up. It is also the coldest time, so you will need to make sure that you dress warmly. It is still wise to choose a high-altitude resort in case mother nature has not been kind earlier in the season. Bear in mind though, that snow-making is used to supplement natural snowfall in high traffic areas.
So, not only is January the cheapest time to go skiing in the French Alps, it is also the best time to go thanks to the weather conditions, the lack of queues, more availability and choice of accommodation and you get to breathe fresh air with your loved ones, rather than with thousands of other people!