About the Lift System in Avoriaz
Avoriaz and the Portes du Soleil are linked by a variety of different lifts. With such a huge area to ski, 650km of pistes across the whole of the Portes du Soliel it is the largest connected ski area in Europe.
Avoriaz has 36 ski lifts and 49 ski slopes (4 green, 26 blue, 14 red and 6 blacks). The lifts marked on the piste map using straight black lines are of four types; button tow/drag, chair, telecabine and telepherique. They have the corresponding abbreviations:
- TK - téléski (drag)
- TS - télésiege (chair)
- TC - télécabine (gondola)
- TPH - téléphérique (cable car)
For télécabine think bubble car and for téléphérique think cable car. Anything prefixed/suffixed with “Express” means a 6 person modern fast chair lift.
The summer lifts reopen around mid-June and close at the end of August. There are not as many lifts open as during the winter, but the Téléphérique des Prodains and Télécabine de Super Morzine provide access to and from Avoriaz and the rest of the Portes du Soleil. The whole Portes du Soleil region has 24 lifts open throughout the summer season; they are used by mountain bikers, walkers, climbers, paragliders and those who wish to enjoy the fantastic views.
Lift Access & Restrictions
There are only a few lift restrictions to the Avoriaz lift system. It is always worth checking these restrictions before you set off up the mountain and follow them where they apply.
The main access lifts; Pleney, Ardent, Super Morzine and Prodains can be ridden by pedestrians and can be used by skiers and snowboarder to go up and down. The remainder of the lifts are not available to pedestrians and none of the other lifts can be ridden down the hill, only up. In the summer all the open lifts can be used by pedestrians for travel both up and down.
There are not many restrictions to the lift system in Avoriaz in the winter - Wheelchair acces is restricted to cable cars only with no access on gondolas or chairlifts. Pedestrians, Paragliders/parapentes and dogs are allowed on all cable cars, gondolas and chairlifts. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. Babies are allowed on all cable cars and gondolas (Pleney & Super Morzine in summer) but not on the chair lifts. It is not recommended to expose babies to sudden changes in altitude or temperature - if lift staff consider your child too young to travel on certain lifts they reserve the right to refuse you entry.
Check the live status of the lifts before you set out as restrictions are more often imposed by the weather than the lift company.