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

If you're looking for slopeside convenience and a wide range of self-catered accommodation, then Avoriaz is the perfect choice.

Located in the huge Portes du Soleil ski area, at 1800m and offering 600km of pistes, Avoriaz is a ski-in/ski-out snow-sure resort suitable for all levels of skier and boarder. Providing doorstep skiing from almost all of our accommodation, the purpose-built resort caters to families and those looking for easy access to the slopes. The resort is car free, with public transport (at a charge) taking the form of horse drawn sleighs and electric carts, although you can ski or walk to pretty much everything.

The famous Village des Enfants ski school, which takes kids from the tender age of 3, has an excellent reputation and is conveniently located in the centre of the resort. A favourite among all ages, Avoriaz offers a fabulous ski domain and après-ski scene.

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. Four new nursery areas for adult beginners have been opened and the ski schools in Avoriaz have very good reputations with several ski schools available to pre-book, 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 L'Essert on the way to Châtel.

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.

We offer a number of different ski school options in Avoriaz, from traditional group lessons based on the French national model to the Avoriaz Alpine Ski & Snowboard School which is a small British-run operation and a good choice for smaller group or private lessons. We recommend you book early as they are always popular. Please speak to our team of Ski Specialists for further details on all our ski school options in Avoriaz.

Snowboarding in Avoriaz

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

"The Stash" which can be found in the Lindarets valley, is proving to be very popular: built in association with Burton Snowboards, it's made up of three different routes cut through the trees and incorporating wooden and natural features. There is a current  project to create the Lil'Stash, which is a mini version for younger kids aged 6-14 years.

Important information
Ski Area Portes du Soleil: 600km
Ski Range 1800-2466m
Green Runs 37
Blue Runs 114
Red Runs 97
Black Runs 29
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Distance from airports
Geneva 1hr55mins
Chambery 2hrs15mins
Calais (ski drive) 551 miles