Avoriaz is a ski resort in the French Alps – more precisely in Morzine a town located near Geneva, Switzerland. Opened in 1966, Avoriaz is now a major French ski destination and rank among the top snowboarding destination of the world. So, when is the best time to go?
Avoriaz, an ideal ski resort in the French Alps
Avoriaz – ski resort and village – was created in 1966 by the former French Olympic champion Jean Vuarnet. Among the fourteen resorts of one of the largest skiing areas in the world, Les Portes du Soleil, Avoriaz has the advantage to take up a central location. Its total surface area is about 300 hectares.
The particularity of Avoriaz is that the station is designed to be fully skiable and other pollutant transports are forbidden (like cars for example). Except snowboarding, other transport around the resort includes horse-drawn sleighs during winter and snow caps. As an evidence of its ecologist moves, Avoriaz win numerous labels such as the ECO Award of the “most innovating ski resort of the world” during the ceremony of the Worlds Snow Awards in 2013.
There is also some labels won by Avoriaz in 2016 : “new ride resort”, “ski resort club”, “club”, “great area resort”, “gentle mountain” and finally “alti-forme”. The ski resort won as well the price “Best family resort” during the 2012’ Worlds Snow Awards. Indeed, Avoriaz is known for its abundant pistes layouts designed for kids, teenagers and adults – such as Riglet Park, Kids Parkway, Snowcross or The Stash, elected “best spot of the world” in 2014 by the CNN.
Finally, in July 2012, a new construction took place: Aquariaz, a nicely 29°C tropical spa with Jacuzzi, baths, pools and playing area for kids. The spa complex also figures 1 570 tropical plants and 183 trees.
Best time to go to Avoriaz
It is not going to surprise you but the best time to go to Avoriaz is definitely winter. If you don’t want to deal with the French tourist crowd, there are the dates you should avoid:
- until the end of October to the start of November
- until the end of December to the start of January
- during the month of February
Finding an accommodation in Avoriaz will be easy: in 2015, the association Savoie Mont Blanc estimated the capacity of the ski resort at 17 446 touristic beds in 1 916 institutions. More precisely, there are 365 furnished flats, 17 tourism apartment blocks, one hotel, one youth hostel and one holiday village but there is no outdoors hotel such as campsite. In 2012, Avoriaz also invest in the construction of a 4 stars apartment blocks district and a 5 stars apartment blocks district.
Don’t worry; if winter and skiing is not your deal, Avoriaz is actually open during summer from the end of June to the start of September. You can do freeride, nautical activities in Aquariaz, mountain bike, golfing, game of tennis, via ferrata, trampoline, archery, squash or trekking. You will also find a lot of apartments in Avoriaz that are available during summer for your stay.
In winter or summer, enjoy all the beauty and energy of the French Alps in Avoriaz.