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Slap bang in the centre of the Portes du Soleil ski area, Avoriaz (1,800m) has access to some serious terrain – 650km to be exact. The local ski area ain't too shabby either with fast, modern lifts and high, snow-sure slopes receiving around eight metres of powder each winter. Avoriaz is also one of the French greats for freestylers – there are now five snowparks and a super-pipe.
Architecturally, Avoriaz is one of the more modern resorts in the Portes du Soleil but, in contrast, transportation around town is delightfully old fashioned. It is one of the few pedestrianized resorts in the Alps so you won't see any cars here; sleds, snowcats or horse-drawn sleighs are the only form of transport allowed, and skis of course – the resort’s high-altitude means skiing back to your hotel is the norm. Avoriaz has a very narrow selection of hotels and restaurants, but just a lift ride away (with more choice) is the British favourite, Morzine.
Projected Opening Ski Season: 12/15/2012
Projected Closing Ski Season: 04/21/2013
Projected Days Open: 127
Years Open: 54
Average Snowfall: 119"
Pros: Beau Paysage, Descente d'exception, snowpark Ã©norme
Cons: RemontÃ©es MÃ©caniques encombantes
Pros: Very friendly for a French resort
Cons: Too many button lifts (some are very rough)
Pros: Quiet, good long runs,fast lifts, hardly any waiting
Cons: Utopia without the downside.
Pros: Huge area, tightly clustered village
Cons: Seems a little a tough to get to...
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