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The slopes

  • Extent 5 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 3 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 5 out of 5
  • Expert 3 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 4 out of 5
  • Boarder 5 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 4 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 2 out of 5
  • Convenience 5 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 3 out of 5
  • Off-slope 1 out of 5

Piste maps

Key facts covers:

  • Portes du Soleil

Key facts

Resort1800 m
Slopes950-2275 m
Lifts196
Pistes650 km
Price index105

Avoriaz

France

The resort

The upside

  • Good position on the Portes du Soleil circuit, and good local slopes
  • Very successful design – car-free, with ski-in/ski-out lodgings
  • Good children’s facilities
  • Snow generally good and sometimes superb, but ...

The downside

  • Low altitudes and exposure to westerlies mean some risk of poor snow lower down, and rain
  • Architecture doesn’t suit everyone
  • Lacks a slick bag-delivery system
  • Can get very crowded at weekends
  • Hardly any hotels

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News – 2015/16

The slow Brochaux triple chair up to the ridge above Avoriaz was replaced by a six-pack and a new blue piste opened beneath it.

Summary

Of the many purpose-built resorts thrown up in France in the 1960s, Avoriaz is probably the best designed. From most points of view, it works. One particularly neat trick is that the resort is sunny but most of the local slopes are shady.
Avoriaz missed out on the smart apartment developments that transformed French self-catering a decade or so ago, but it has recently more than caught up, with some fabulous new places. Now, how about a few more hotels?

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