When I think of France, I think of Avoriaz and Morzine. This is quintessential Europe. Kicking back in the alps, snowboarding fresh powder in the Portes du Soleil region, eating a five course meal with the fromage plate as one course, taking the gondola up to the village where cars can't go and you ski through the streets. How can you beat this?
In this area, you can get skiing/snowboarding passes that provide access to various combinations of resorts. You could ski in France and Switzerland in one day from this region. Great winter expedition. Highly recommend.
Club Med is about the only fully catered accomadatioin in Avoriaz. It provides 3 great meals per...more
Avoriaz 1800, Avoriaz, 74410, fr
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
Place Centrale, Avoriaz, FRA, 74110, fr
Good for: Families
Our coach was leaving at 7pm and we had to find some food before that! By chance we arrived in this place. We have been quite lucky, they are serving food the whole day (and not only from 7pm as most of the other restaurants). Quite a busy place but even if the boss is quite rough this is part of the charm... "La pizza savoyarde" with Reblochon...more
Serving both pizzas and traditional dishes, this place could eventually be a good pizzeria...The service was really bad, just as an example the waiter didn't even know they had Apremont and what it was, one of the most typical white wine of the area (and of course it was on the wine list).The food was decent, I had a "fondue aux girolles", too bad...more
8 Reviews and Opinions
I have been there because my travel agency was organising a drink... Yet, I've not spent much time there, the price of any drink could include this place in the tourist traps...To be honest some friends went back during the week and haven't found the atmosphere that bad... Casualmore
Mostly crowded during the weekend. It was not as good as le Choucas (in my personnal opinion) and no live music here, only a DJ.It was not that bad however if you prefer a typical nightclub...I've not been there during the week but from what I've been told, the atmosphere was not that good... Free intrance, cloack room compuslsory (2€)more
If you enjoy live music, this is the place to go, you will find there a (good) rock band playing for a couple of hours. Jumping atmosphere!Following that, classical techo music....The place is crowded every evening with people from everywhere.However, if you have been there one time, you got it! This is the same band playing every evening the same...more
No car within the resorts, the only way to go to one point to the other is either to walk or to call a horse drawn sleighs (between 4,5 to 13€)
This is the usual supermarket in the Savoie area.
A good thing to know is that if you buy there the cheeses needed to make a "fondue savoyarde", you can also borrow the specific pan you need to prepare it: a nice alternative to a restaurant...
Although this is a walking resort, always pay attention to the horses, the coachmen are worse than taxi drivers and they are 'driving' like hell...
Marketing says "Les portes du soleil" is the largest international ski area in the world.
True that 650 km of pistes is huge!
However the links between the different valleys are not always that obvious... From Avoriaz, we can easily go to Chatel, part of Switzerland and Morzine.
Now if we wish to go trough the whole domain, we would have to use a touristic train or a shuttle: not always funny to do with our skis...
In that respect, les "3 vallées" with 'only' 600km of pistes are much better...
Unique Suggestions: Anyway, I wont complain too much, even if you can't easily go everywhere, there is more than enough to do ;-)
Most of my pictures have been taken both saturday when the weather was nice! In between, it has snowed almost all the time...
If you want to ski in these conditions, you'd better buy a mask before. The glass ranges from different colour: from blue to yellow. The closer to yellow, the more you will see the contrasts...Also chose a mask with double glass to avoid the condensation...
La "Chavannette" also called "le Mur suisse/d'Avoriaz"...Starting from Pas de Chavanette (2212m), this is one of the slopes between Avoriaz and the Swiss area. Quite amazing, you can see people using the chairlift in both direction...Officially, this is not a black slope anymore, you can still find it on the map but just as an 'itinerary'more
A great feature: All the Portes du Soleil ski runs are equipped with a "hands free" access control system. The electronic checkpoints reads the pass remotely, even if it is in your pocket, and automatically activates the opening of the turnstiles. This involves purchasing a rechargeable card but this is definitely worth the few extra euros...more
The Avoriaz lift system is interconnected with 200 lifts of the Portes du Soliel Complex.Once you get your directions straight you can ski to the Swiss villages of Champery, Morgins and Les Crosets or the French villages of Chatel , Morzine and Les Gets for lunch or a glass of wine . Most of the descents do not have flat areas , so there is very...more
Avoriaz is located at an elevation of 1800 m meters , and there are over 40 lifts associated with the Avoriaz area.Although being a low resort it is a super place for powder skiing . The terrain is easy- intermediate which means most of the skiers do not venture into fresh powder snow . Thus the powder skiing can last all day and into the...more