Avoriaz can be accessed by car or by gondola from the town of Morzine (about 15 minutes away). Geneva is the nearest airport and once in Avoriaz itself you will swap wheels for hooves and board horse drawn sleighs to take you to your accommodation.
There are an array of restaurants and cafés to choose from in Avoriaz from brasseries to bakeries. Enjoy classic alpine cuisine including freshly cured meats and cheeses with large salads or loaded onto freshly baked breads from one of the local "boulangeries". Most of the restaurants are ski in/ski out in winter meaning you can just about pick up a burger and chips on the move. For a more sophisticated evening, head to one of the many restaurants for a good selection of meat, fish and fine French cooking.
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At the top of the Fornet bowl, which can be accessed by foot, on a bike or by skis, the views towards the Mont Blanc massif and the aggressive Swiss peaks of Dents du Midi and Dents Blanches are second to none.
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Avoriaz is located in the middle of the epic Portes du Soleil and boasts the highest skiable point throughout the entire network of the 12 resorts, meaning great conditions for skiing and snowboarding. The town of Avoriaz is an equally exciting place to be, with winter activities taking place including night sledding, ski joering, sleigh rides and many more. In summer time, there are limitless biking adventures to be had on downhill, cross country and enduro trails, via ferrata to climb and paraglidnig to fly, not to mention the numerous surrounding peaks to summit on foot. Further activities include tennis, archery, Aquariaz waterpark and even caving in the Gouffre d'Avoriaz sinkhole.
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The Avoriaz golf course spreads out across the plateau with magnificent panoramic views towards Morzine and the surrounding peaks. There are nine holes, sheltered from the elements by tall fir trees and bordered with wild flowers. Lessons are available from the golf academy and clubs are available for hire.
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From Avoriaz you can ski from your front door down through the town and then take lifts up towards the Arare bowl with its wide open pistes and well sculpted park, or head towards Fornet for views of the impressive Swiss mountain ranges from which you can drop off into Switzerland itself and enjoy the 650km of pistes the Portes du Soleil has got on offer. There is access to skiing in Morzine by either Prodains or Super Morzine gondolas including a swift bus ride or short walk respectively.
There are several bars and apres-ski pubs open in Avoriaz, all of which are in walking (or skiing) distance of each other, with live music and DJ nights organised regularly during high season. Large terraces make for magnificent apres-ski locations, right in the heart of the mountains and the cosy pubs and bars are the perfect place to retreat when the weather turns and the snowstorms hit.
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