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Avoriaz Ski Resort Guide

Avoriaz, France

Rated: 4/5 (from 7 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForFreeriders, Expert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length650km
Highest Lift2,280m
Resort Height1,800m
 Nearest AirportsGeneva and Sion
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Built on a sheer granite cliff at the head of the Portes du Soleil, Avoriaz is famous for its wood clad buildings in award winning architectural style and high altitude ski-in ski-out accommodation. Avoriaz is linked to Swiss resorts via the legendary 'Swiss Wall'.


The French ski resort of Avoriaz is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,800m, with 650km of marked runs.

Avoriaz is part of the Portes du Soleil ski area with access to 410km of downhill skiing, with 115 marked pistes, served by a total of 115 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Avoriaz itself (650km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Portes du Soleil ski resorts of Abondance, Châtel, La Chapelle d'Abondance, La Grande Terche, Les Gets, Montriond, Morzine, Saint Jean d'Aulps, Champoussin, Champéry, Les Crosets, Morgins and Torgon.

The ski resort itself is at 1,800m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,280m, snow cover is generally reliable.


There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Avoriaz is highly rated by Snowboarders and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Avoriaz.

Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'La Combe du Machon'.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Avoriaz?

The next notable snow forecast is 6cm, expected on 4 October.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Avoriaz

Ski Area Stats

Avoriaz Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 6 13km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 3 2km
Total Length
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Portes du Soleil Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Altitudes & Slopes

Avoriaz Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,280m
Resort Altitude (Avoriaz)1,800m
Lowest Piste1,100m
Max Vertical1,180m

Ski Slope Aspects

N, E, S, W

Avoriaz has ski slopes facing north, south, as well as west and east, offering both sunny and sheltered skiing.

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Avoriaz
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Ski Hire in Avoriaz

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Ski Lessons in Avoriaz

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Location and Map

Where is Avoriaz?

This ski resort is in the French Alps.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Avoriaz is Geneva, 80 minutes drive away.

Sion, Annecy, Chambery, Berne, Grenoble, Lyon Bron and Lyon St-Exupéry airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 35 ski lifts are able to uplift 47,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 11km of ski runs, with 68 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Avoriaz open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Avoriaz Piste Map

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