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FAQs for Avoriaz

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    About FAQ's - Resort Information for Avoriaz

    About FAQ's - Resort Information for Avoriaz

    Here is collection of general resort knowledge compiled from years of responding to email enquiries, getting ourselves lost, finding ourselves, late-night bar conversations, your feedback, plus translations of French brochures. We have put this resource together to help you out when you are planning a trip to the resort. Updating this section is a never-ending task so if we have missed anything out, or you spot that we are out of date or just plain wrong, please do let us know!

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    Are there any creches / childminding / baby sitting services in Avoriaz?

    Are there any creches / childminding / baby sitting services in Avoriaz?

    There are a number of childcare options available in Avoriaz. Please be aware that booking in advance is always recommended and that nurseries may want to see medical records and vaccination certificates. Please see our Childcare Services section for further information and contact details.

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    Are there any family rates or child discounts on lift passes?

    Are there any family rates or child discounts on lift passes?

    During the winter the Avoriaz lift pass company offers various discounts for families and children. For a full list of what's available see our Winter Lift Pass Options page and to find out about prices visit Lift Pass Prices in Avoriaz

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    Are there any free lifts in Avoriaz?

    Are there any free lifts in Avoriaz?

    No, unfortunately not although children under the age of 5 ski for free. NB Even free access may require you to purchase an 'empty' lift pass for around €3 - refundable on return of the pass. Please enquire at the lift office for details. Persons claiming a free pass due to age may be required to provide proof of birthdate. You can read more about the ski lifts in our Lift Section.

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    Are there any left luggage facilities in Avoriaz?

    Are there any left luggage facilities in Avoriaz?

    Yes there is! If you're leaving resort late or arriving early, then you can leave your bags in the left luggage room at the welcome office. It's only available on Saturdays though, however, most of the accommodation providers in resort offer a left luggage service, you just need to ask them.

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    Are there any nightclubs or late night bars in Avoriaz?

    Are there any nightclubs or late night bars in Avoriaz?

    Don't worry if the thought of going to bed early every night in order to be first up the mountain in the morning isn't your cup of tea! There is plenty in Avoriaz to keep the night-owls happy, take a look at our Bars & Clubs in Avoriaz Guide to find out where to party in resort.

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    Are there any non-smoking bars and restaurants?

    Are there any non-smoking bars and restaurants?

    Since January 2008 smoking has been banned in all bars, cafés and restaurants in France. Patrons are generally free to smoke on the terrace and during the winter months smokers are often catered for with outdoor heaters. Have a look at our Guide to Dining in Avoriaz for suggestions of restaurants and bistrots in Avoriaz.

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    Are there rules and restrictions on the lifts ?

    Are there rules and restrictions on the lifts ?

    The Avoriaz lift system operates during both summer and winter seasons and has different restrictions regarding access according to the time of year. Please see Avoriaz Ski Lift Guide for further details.

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    At what age should my child start skiing?

    At what age should my child start skiing?

    Most ski teachers wouldn’t recommend starting skiing before the age of three or four at the earliest. The right age will vary from child to child, and depends upon the child’s strength, co-ordination and attitude. For this age group skiing should remain a play activity, so don't expect a young child to ski all day - a couple of hours is ample. For more information on ski school and children please read our Guide to Children's Skiing in Avoriaz.

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    Can I cross-country ski in Avoriaz?

    Can I cross-country ski in Avoriaz?

    Cross-country skiing is a great alternative to regular alpine skiing if you fancy taking things a bit slower and enjoying the tranquillity of the surroundings. It is still a great form of exercise though, as it is more energetic than it looks! You can find out all about the cross-country trails in Avoriaz in our Guide to Cross-Country Skiing.

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    Can I drink the water in Avoriaz?

    Can I drink the water in Avoriaz?

    Yes! Avoriaz is a proper town with decent water treatment. The water can sometimes taste a bit metallic due to the high mineral content and during the melting periods some people prefer to switch to bottled water just in case the treatment plants are over-capacity. Generally though the water in the Alps is, on the whole, wonderful mountain spring water and Avoriaz is no exception. It is perfectly safe to drink and tastes even better than the water at home!

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    Can I get sunburnt in winter?

    Can I get sunburnt in winter?

    Very easily! Always take precautions against the strength of the sun on a skiing holiday. At altitude and with the reflection off the snow, the sun’s rays can cause damage very quickly. Always, always wear sunglasses, even when the sun is not shining. Apply sunscreen, apply it thickly and keep applying it (you can still burn though cloud cover). Putting on factor 40 once in the morning will not protect you from burning. Reapply every hour.

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    Can I get to Avoriaz by train from the UK?

    Can I get to Avoriaz by train from the UK?

    Yes, you can... but it is not likely to be the best or cheapest option, as in every case you will need to change at least once. Your best bet is Eurostar from London (Waterloo) to Paris (Gare du Nord) and then changing to an SNCF TGV train from the other side of Paris (Gare de Lyon) to Geneva or Annecy. Read more about travelling to the Alps in our Guide to How to Get to Avoriaz.

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    Can I go swimming in Avoriaz?

    Can I go swimming in Avoriaz?

    There is a large covered indoor swimming centre called the 'Aquariaz' with heated pools and lots of features for the whole family to enjoy. There is also an outdoor pool complex down in Morzine too. 

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    Can I picnic at any of the mountain restaurants?

    Can I picnic at any of the mountain restaurants?

    Picnicking is forbidden, or ‘interdit’, in most mountain restaurants. You may get away with eating your own sandwich if you buy some chips and a drink to go with it – but don’t be surprised if it is frowned upon. However, there are plenty of great places to eat al fresco in the mountains - as long as you don't mind nestling down into the snow or perching on a slab of rock! If the weather is too bad for eating outside then some mountain restaurants have a "salle hors sac" where you can tuck into your packed lunch indoors. For our recommendations, please see Mountain Restaurants in Avoriaz.

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    Can I take my baby to a ski resort?

    Can I take my baby to a ski resort?

    Yes, you can take your baby to a ski resort but be aware that sudden changes in temperature and altitude are not recommended. For help on in-resort childcare, equipment rental and helpful tips go to our Tips for Families in Avoriaz & the Portes du Soleil.

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    Can you suggest some activities in Avoriaz for children?

    Can you suggest some activities in Avoriaz for children?

    Avoriaz is very much a family-friendly resort and welcomes children of all ages. From things that you can do as a family to activities that the children can go off and do with their new 'holiday friends' you will find plenty to keep everyone happy. Please see our Avoriaz Activities section for a few suggestions.

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    Can you suggest some hiking routes to try?

    Can you suggest some hiking routes to try?

    If you come to Avoriaz in the summer (and between you and me, you really should) chances are you'll want to get your walking boots on and go on a ramble or two. Avoriaz offers some beautiful walks for all standards, from gentle rambles to challenging hikes, you can enjoy the mountains just as much in summer as in winter. Have a look at our page on Hiking in Avoriaz for further information.

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    Can You Suggest Some Itineraries to Follow?

    Can You Suggest Some Itineraries to Follow?

    Indeed we can! Our hardworking snow reporters have complied some of their favourite routes for you to follow, there is something there for all abilities and they’ve even recommended top spots to stop for lunch! To read more please go to Skiing in Avoriaz and Portes du Soleil.

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    Do I need a car in resort?

    Do I need a car in resort?

    No. Avoriaz is a traffic free resort. However, if you do decide to drive out you can leave your car in one of the designated parking areas at the entrance to the resort. Should you have mechanical problems whilst out on holiday, there is also a garage here to come to your rescue! (Tel: +33 (0)450 74 03 19)

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    Do I need a photograph for my lift pass?

    Do I need a photograph for my lift pass?

    Not any more. Due to the invention of magnetic 'hands-free' passes cutting out a passport sized photo to attach to your ski pass is no longer necessary. The only exceptions are the season passes and free passes - for these your photo will be taken digitally at the lift pass office, or you can bring along a photo for scanning. Don't forget you can now order your passes in advance and online, and have them sent to your home address or hotel / rental agency in the resort.

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    Do I Need a Work Permit in Avoriaz?

    Do I Need a Work Permit in Avoriaz?

    If you are from Europe, the chances are you will not require a work permit or "autorisation de travail" to work in France - Switzerland is a different matter. Please see our Working a Ski Season in Avoriaz to find out more about visas and passports.

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    Do I need to carry chains in the car (often a paying optional extra in car-hire)?

    Do I need to carry chains in the car (often a paying optional extra in car-hire)?

    Yes! During snowy weather, resorts restrict access to vehicles with snow-tyres or chains, and sometimes traffic police will not allow any vehicle on to the resort access road without chains being fitted. Chains can be bought at any of the garages in the area or can be requested as part of a car hire package (if you are taking a car locally). We'd recommend that you buy them in advance at home though, to ensure the correct size & that they're actually in stock. The colour-coded 'quick-fit' variety are usually the best option and make sure you buy the right dimensions for you tyres - one size does NOT fit all.

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    Do the Ski Instructors Speak English?

    Do the Ski Instructors Speak English?

    Almost certainly – ESF instructors are mainly French but teach lots of English clients year after year, and so have a good understanding of the language. You will also find that many of the private schools in resort employ English instructors, so enquire when booking if this is important to you. When booking into a group lesson most ski schools will try and keep people of the same nationality together, to avoid confusion. During quiet times of the year you may find yourself in a mixed group, but the instructor will still try to engage with individuals in their own language. You can find details of all the instructors on our Ski & Snowboard Schools listings page.

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    How Can I Get a Job in Avoriaz?

    How Can I Get a Job in Avoriaz?

    There are a number of different approaches to finding work in a ski resort. The simplest way is to apply to season workers websites via our Job Finder. Many of the larger companies such as Tour Operators will recruit their staff long before the season starts, so if you fancy yourself as a resort rep then you’d better get in early! Take a look at our section on Working a Ski Season to find out lots of other useful information.

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