A UNIQUE DESTINATION
Ski on the same day you arrive? Not a problem here. Just a short distance, an hour and a half from Geneva airport, you could be on the slopes that afternoon. Part of the popular Port du Soleil's 600km ski circuit, the eminent cliff-top resort of Avoriaz is car-free, snow-sure, and wrapped up with a characteristic winter alpine atmosphere suiting all ability levels.
Having grown up in the neighbouring resort of Morzine, Jean Vuarnet the 1960 Olympic Downhill Champion dreamt of developing a ski resort high above his home town. Enlisting expert help along the way, Avoriaz was designed with the avid skier in mind, and it has since thrived - expanding into the realisation of Jean's ambition. Similar to Val Thorens this purposely constructed ski-in-ski-out village features tall timber-dressed buildings, providing sensational views over the valley below. Exceptionally convenient, the ski resort is compact and phenomenally easy to navigate. Accommodation here is generally tailored towards the economically minded skier, with reasonably priced bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets available. Being car free, you'll see horse-drawn sleighs pottering about the streets of this high-rise town - modern and traditional blend to form the distinctive character of Avoriaz.
Perched up on the cliff, the highest resort in all Port du Soleil's 600km ski area, Avoriaz is the most snow-sure village in the region. It's a delight for the intermediate on the slopes. Consisting of 12 resorts dotted from Lake Geneva, Switzerland through to Mont Blanc, France, you'll find yourself well-catered for, whether skiing or snowboarding. A huge variety of terrain is presented with everything from gentle tree-lined slopes to the formidable 'Swiss Wall' mogul field. 'The Stash' is also a fantastic novel concept snow park for all abilities - it's tricky to find what Avoriaz doesn't offer. Be sure to start early and ski the entire PDS circuit, it can be completed in roughly 6 hours making for a rewarding day out.
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GETTING TO AVORIAZ
Around 1.5 hrs from Geneva airport and just under 2 hrs from Chambery, Avoriaz is easy to reach by road, whether by self-drive or private transfer. Don't forget, Avoriaz is a car-free zone with parking available at the entrance to resort. Our Hip Hideouts concierge are on hand to reserve transfer services for you ensuring travel is smooth and hassle free.
OFF THE SLOPES
Despite being a purpose-built village in the mountain, skiing is not the only activity on offer. Avoriaz offers daily downhill mountain bike rides in the snow, dog sledding, ice skating, bowling and snowmobiling. Keeping your boots on but fancy something different? Ski joering is perfect for animal lovers, here you can learn the age-old technique of horse-drawn-skiing. Where to go during a white out? Head to Aquariaz Water Centre, a tropical jungle full of waterfalls and slides.
Nestled in the heart of Avoriaz with doorstep skiing, the thirty-five room Hotel Des Dromonts brings you a modern and colourful twist on sixties interiors whilst retaining it's original structure and spirit.
Prices start from € on a half board basis per night, based on two people sharing.