High Altitude Family Favourite Michael Bennett, Managing Director

"Ski-in/ski-out Avoriaz is the ideal resort for families. The facilities there are great, the views are stunning and the short transfer from Geneva make it my first choice for a family holiday."

Avoriaz Ski Holidays

Avoriaz enjoys a sensational clifftop location with real bird’s-eye views of Morzine and beyond. Purpose-built for convenient doorstep skiing, this smart car-free resort is one of our top gateways to the enormous Portes du Soleil ski area. 

Enjoy the resort

There are few places that boast more spectacular vistas than those you’ll find from your Avoriaz balcony. Watching the sun set behind the dramatic silhouette of the Alps is the stuff ski holiday dreams are made of.

Stunning balcony views aside, Avoriaz also offers fantastic ski-in/ski-out access allowing you to explore the slopes of the local Avoriaz area and beyond.

Families love the compact nature of Avoriaz, with its international atmosphere and car-free streets. Horse-drawn sleigh is the main mode of transport here, which makes for a pretty magical atmosphere. Activities-wise, you’ve got everything from swimming in the tropical indoor water park to the unusual alpine activity of ski joering, which will see you towed behind a horse on your skis.

Skiing in Avoriaz

Avoriaz is located in an excellent position on the main Portes du Soleil circuit, giving access to extensive and varied terrain, and thanks to its high altitude, it often has the best snow of the area.

Avoriaz is a purpose-built resort and as a result, most of the accommodation is ski-in/ski-out with easy access to the beginner runs. There are a number of nursery areas for beginners and a huge choice of ski schools, making Avoriaz an ideal place to learn to ski.

The Portes du Soleil is a haven for intermediates, with plenty of long cruising runs and gentle bowls. Recommendations include the runs down to Pré-La-Joux and the slopes over towards the Grand Paradis chairlift in Champéry.

For those looking for something a bit more challenging, there is tough terrain scattered about. The Swiss Wall at Chavanette and a trip to Châtel will definitely be on the itinerary.

There are a range of ski school options in Avoriaz, including a good choice of English-speaking and international schools. Children aged three and older can join ski lessons combined with indoor play at the Village des Enfants. From the age of 4, children can enrol in lessons run by the international school Evolution 2, which comes highly recommended. For slightly older children, you can also opt for lessons with the British-run Avoriaz Alpine Ski School.

Snowboarding in Avoriaz

Avoriaz was one of the pioneering snowboarding resorts in France with the first terrain park in France built here in 1993. There are now 4 parks and a super pipe.

"The Stash" in the Lindarets valley, has proved to be very popular. Built in association with Burton Snowboards, it's made up of three different routes cut through the trees, incorporating wooden and natural features. There's even a 'Lil' Stash' for younger boarders.

Important information
Ski Area Portes du Soleil: 600km
Ski Range 1000-2466m
Green Runs 34
Blue Runs 119
Red Runs 101
Black Runs 32
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Distance from airports
Geneva 1hr40mins