About Ski Areas in Avoriaz & Portes du Soleil
Avoriaz is part of the Portes Du Soleil linked ski area. To fully appreciate the skiing in Avoriaz, it's best to understand it in the context of the bigger picture.
The Portes du Soleil ski area is vast with 426km of pistes spread across 13 different ski resorts in France and Switzerland (see the piste maps). There are 286 pistes and 30 snowparks all accessed by around 200 ski lifts. In the whole ski area there are 34 green pistes, 119 blue pistes, 101 red pistes and 32 blacks.
The area is so vast, you're sure to be able to find lots to suit your level of skiing or snowboarding.
Perched 600m above Morzine the snow-sure resort of Avoriaz has some of the best snowparks in the Alps and is home to Europe's first Burton Stash freestyle park. Powder hounds will love the Hauts Forts sector and the powder fields in Lindarets and Chatel. It's also a great area for beginners and young families, with plenty of gentle pistes to cruise around. As and when the snow is falling in real-time, there's still fun to be had.
Read more in our detailed guide to Avoriaz Ski Area.
Linked to Avoriaz via the Super Morzine telecabine the ski resort of Morzine offers beginner skiers lovely wide, tree-lined mostly blue and red pistes. Carvers will love the runs around Le Pleney and powder enthusiasts will revel in the slopes above Nyon. This resort is also a good place for families, groups and intermediate skiers and snowboarders to enjoy.
Read more in our guides to the Morzine Ski Area.
Easily accessed from Morzine, Les Gets is a very pretty ski area; tree-lined runs in the Ranfoilly bowl and stunning panoramic views from the top of Mont Chery make this one of the best areas for cruising pistes with a backdrop.
Read more in our guide to Les Gets Ski Area.
St Jean d'Aulps
Although the St Jean d’Aulps ski area is part of the Portes du Soleil it is not connected by pistes or lifts to the rest of the resort but it is well worth a look particularly as a full area ski pass is valid here.
Chatel, Pre la Joux & Linga
These sectors of the Porte du Soleil ski area include a good mixture of piste skiing for most levels, although no black runs, as well as some gently sloping powder fields for the off-piste lovers.
Read more in our guide to Chatel, Pre la Joux and Linga Ski Area.
The Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil ski area includes six separate resorts which can all be reached relatively easily from Avoriaz, but might require a little more planning and time of you're heading over from Les Gets. You'll find more snowparks, some steeper red pistes as well as the infamous Swiss Wall, the most demanding run in the whole ski area.
Read more in our guide to the Swiss Side of the Portes du Soleil Ski Area.
Location: Avoriaz Region