Avoriaz resort review

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “Good resort with excellent freeriding and carving areas. The main problem with Avoriaz are the crowds and long lift queues.”



Tree runs & some good off-piste



Excellent Parks & half-pipe



Plenty of good slopes

Mountain stats

Top lift:2466m
Vertical drop:1466m
Bottom lift:1000m

LiftsLift count : 1 x Cable-cars   2 x Gondolas   18 x Chairlifts   16 x Drag-lifts  

95miles (153km) of pistes

Total Pistes:50
Longest Piste:3miles (5km)

passes Pass (Low/High Season) : £28.62 Day, £153.71-170.88 Week

Avoriaz is easily one of the best, French snowboard resorts and is seen by many as the snowboard capital of Europe. The management have been very positive in promoting snowboarding here since day one. For instance, Avoriaz was one of the first areas to have a snowboard-only section, including a pipe and park with lifts of their own. Furthermore, the resort has been producing a snowboarder’s passport, covering all aspects of Avoriaz, for a number of years.

Avoriaz's 153 km of pistes links up with Les Portes du Soleil, a group of resorts straddling the French/Swiss border, creating one of the largest circuits in Europe with some major off-piste to shred. The terrain on offer in Avoriaz is excellent with something to suit every level and style of rider: trees, big cliff drops, powder bowls and easy, wide flats - it’s all here. And for those who fancy the odd day off to do something other than riding, Avoriaz puts on a choice of services that are normally found only in US resorts: quad-bike riding, snowmobiling and climbing are all an alternative buzz.

Avoriaz Chapelle terrain park
Avoriaz Chapelle terrain park
Photo: Gavin Hope

This mountain is definitely worth exploring; with a few tips and pointers in the right direction you can find a little bit of everything. And if there is no new snow you can head to one of the many parks and jib all day instead. It's popular with British seasonnaires, it has a strong snowboard scene and is complimented well by town of Morzine and adjacent resorts of the Portes Du Soleil. Being close to Geneva it's also a synch to get there. And if this isn’t enough, Chamonix is only one and a half hours drive away, and Flaine, Les Cluzas, Samoens and Morillion are similarly close.

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Written by Gavin Hope

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  • #21 best freeride
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