Avoriaz, and the larger Portes du Soleil ski area, has plenty to please all levels of skiers, with long cruisy blues and reds and a chance to clock up the miles skiing the 12 linked resorts. It is also a mecca for boarders and freestylers with five snow parks and a superpipe for freestylers as well as fast, technical off-piste routes for expert skiers and boarders.

For really good skiers looking for a challenge head to the (in)famous ‘Swiss Wall’ – a steep unforgiving slope at the top of the Chavanette sector just beyond the Swiss border. Go early morning before the moguls are formed and don’t attempt when it’s icy! After that (!) enjoy the long, steep blacks from the top of the Grand Combs lift down to Prodains. Or have fun on the great selection of long reds which weave through the trees, between Les Lindarets and Chatel.

If you’re into off-piste skiing, there are 3 runs that should be on your ‘to-do list’ – the  Vallée de la Manche – a 6-mile (10 km) descent with views of the Mont Blanc; La Pointe de Vorlaz – a  fast and technical run; and on the Swiss side Mossette which starts with a narrow passage before opening into a large plateau.

Skiers of all abilities and confidence levels will enjoy the huge variety of Snowcross Zones where you can enjoy the thrill of an un-pisted slope in a safe and patrolled area – these zones are graded black, red, and blue so choose your level and enjoy.

Avoriaz is a boarders and freestyles paradise, this was one of the pioneering resorts for the sport and it built its first snow park back in the 1990s. There are four terrain parks and some great off-piste riding. There are also lots of wide slopes and very few drag lifts!

Mountain Stats

Skiable Terrain75.5 km of piste
Vertical1,127 m
Top Elevation2,277 m
Base Elevation1,150 m
Average Snowfall7.5 m
Beginner Terrain12%
Intermediate Terrain49%
Advanced Terrain39%
Winter lifts Total34
Gondolas Trams3
Chair Lifts17
Surface Lifts14
Longest Run5 km
Snowmaking18.5 km covered
Season OpensDecember
Season ClosesApril