Best beginner areas
First time skiers or snowboarders will start on the Ecoles or Dromonts pistes in the centre of resort, which are both serviced by two gentle drag tow lifts, to help you gain confidence slowly. Once you've mastered the basics, you can aim to progress onto the three green pistes nearby which are accessed by the Proclou, Seraussaix and Baron chairlifts. There are also four blue pistes in the same area; Proclou, Seraussaix, Qu’mont and Gernues, which are gentle and easy pistes, allowing you to progress and gain more experience. These pistes are great for improving skills and practising what you may have learnt in a ski lesson.
Avoriaz also has some more demanding blue pistes, which you should only attempt if you feel fully confident and ready to try something harder than the ones mentioned above. These pistes are Stade d’Arare, Bleue du Lac, and Bleue d’Arare A.
Morzine is ideal for absolute beginners and advancing beginners alike, with 1 green piste at the bottom of the Pléney another one at the top and a children's zone where little ones can practise.
The TS du Belvedere takes you from the Pléney to the top of the green run enabling you to work on that snow plough after ski school. For those graduating to easier blues then there are lots of options; Piste B, Piste C, Piste D all head down to the bottom of the Pléney télécabine but Piste B takes the most leisurely and longest route down the mountain, meaning you’ll not encounter any steep sections as you build your confidence. Piste C and Piste G are serviced by the lifts TS des Fys and TS d’Atray respectively and have steeper gradients for advancing beginners to work on their technique.
The Super Morzine télécabine and the adjoining Express Zore service two excellent blue runs; Tetras and Zore. The former is a little more consistent as the last section of Zore is quite steep and gets bumpy; both are long runs perfect for honing that technique.
Les Gets has a free ski zone for beginners which you can access from the top of the Chavanne chair lift and three green pistes nearby. The beginner zone has two “magic carpets” and a rope tow for transporting skiers.
There’s also a fun, family snowpark for children in this same area. 'Le Grand Cry' is adorned with totem poles and American Indian decorations. It’s a great place to go as a family, your children can try small tunnels and jumps and then get their faces painted in the main tepee. Don’t be surprised if you see lots of little skiers with feathered head-dresses bombing around Les Gets.
Once you have a little more experience, you might want to practise on the long wide blue pistes from the top of the Chavannes chairlift. If you’re gaining in confidence then continue on the Gentiane to the foot of the Chavannes Express for a quick ride back to the top, emerging next to the TS de la Croix. The Bruyere also departs from the top of the Chavannes and is for improving beginners. It takes a slightly different route back to the bottom of the Chavannes Express. On the other side of the Nauchet bowl (which you can access to the right of the top of the Chavannes) is the Rosta chairlift which gives you access to a slightly longer blue piste and also connects with the Turche piste and lift, which is also a really gentle piste to practice on.
Also see: Ski Areas in Avoriaz, France