Review of Avoriaz

14th April 2008 by Joanna 

I recently (Easter 2008) visited Avoriaz with seven, ‘twenty-something’ friends; a combination of beginners and advanced, snowboarders and skiers.

I thought the resort was great - there were slopes for all abilities, and even during peak season the queues weren’t too busy and the piste wasn’t unbearably crowded. I found that the morning was much quieter.

We were travelling on a budget and we found some great cheap accommodation - yes it was cramped (4 per apartment) but you get what you pay for (£72 per person/per week) and it was modern, warm, comfy and very clean (it even had a dish washer!).

Although checking in was a bit of a mission, we loved the ‘no cars’ policy - if able (which by the end of the week I was), you can ride/ski from the front door of the resort. I spoke to a parent who said that this, along with the brilliant provisions for children, was the reason why she returned there year after year.

The conditions were great for late March/early April - plenty of snow all week. On one day we didn’t make it out as there was a massive dump of snow that made visibility difficult. We survived the day off the slopes propping up a local bar - the hardship? Eating and drinking was quite expensive but no more so than anywhere else in the Alps.

The lift pass was quite expensive (160 Euros…I think) as we couldn’t get a 6-day pass for Avoriaz only (had to get one that covered the whole Portes du Soleil region).

Anyway, as a first-timer, I loved it and those experienced, well travelled in the group said they would definitely return - being “one of the best all-round resorts they had visited.”

I will definitely be returning!

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