Avoriaz , France
Avoriaz ski resort is perched impressively above a dramatic sheer cliff face and is the highest resort within the Portes du Soleil ski area. Its slopes are mainly north facing and suit all grades of skier (skiing down pretty runs through the trees into Les Lindarets is a particular joy.). The village is composed of angular dark, wood clad high-rise buildings which have a distinct style, unlike any other purpose built resort. This non-traditional architecture works better than you might think and looks particularly good from the chairlifts departing from the resort base.
We recommend Avoriaz if like ski convenience. Much of the accommodation offers ski in ski out convenience which makes it particularly popular with families and beginner skiers. The resort has seen some expansion in recent years and now offers some really smart chalet holiday possibilities.
Pros & Cons
- Accommodation on the slopes
- Children's facilities
- Snow record
- Access to the whole of the Portes du Soleil ski area
- Car free resort
- Modern architecture
- Crowds at weekends
- Apres ski
More pricey than most is the Table du Marche, which is found in the hotel Dromonts, the food there is excellent and worth it! For good food and value for money then try; Fontaines Blanches for Savoyarde food, Douchka for its tasty Moroccan dishes and Intrets for its pizzas. For a more cosy meal out the head to the Au Briska. For cheap and cheerful, Changabanga is the best place for burgers etc.
In the hamlet of Les Lindarets you will finding some cute and rustic chalets offering a number of good options for lunches on the hill. The Jolly Cremailliere has wanderful chanterelle mushrooms and a lovely atmosphere and on a good day the Terrasse is just the perfect place to be. The rustic Grenouille du Marais located at the top of the Morzine gondola has great views and food. At the top of the Swiss wall, you will find the Refuge des Brocheaux and the Pas de Chavanette which have both been recommended.
The Yeti has a good apres-ski atmosphere and is quite busy at around 4pm. Brits tend to head to the Tavillon where there is Sky TV and good draught beers. Also the Fantastique.
For a dance, head to the Choucas. They also have live bands. There is also more choice in Morzine, it is possible to take a Taxi.