As the highest mountain resort in the Portes du Soleil, Avoriaz knocked spots off every other ski resort in France last winter. It had more snow across the entire season than any other skiable spot in France, with an average season-wide snowfall of over eight metres!
Avoriaz was also holds the prestigious title of ‘Best Family Ski Resort’, awarded at the World Snow Awards in London and we’re not biased when we say, it’s well deserved. Skiing families want for nothing in Avoriaz, and because it’s purpose built and car free, you can ski in and out of every hotel, chalet and apartment block in the resort.
Avoriaz by Numbers…
Resort altitude : 1800m
Highest ski lift: Pointe de Mossette at 2277m
Green runs: 7 in Avoriaz // 33 in Portes du Soleil
Blue runs: 26 in Avoriaz // 122 in Portes du Soleil
Red runs: 14 in Avoriaz // 104 in Portes du Soleil
Black runs: 6 in Avoriaz // 27 in Portes du Soleil
Snowparks: 2 in Avoriaz // 11 in Portes du Soleil
Total KM of slopes: 70km in Avoriaz // 650 in Portes du Soleil
KM from Geneva airport: 82km – 1hr, 45mins
Opening and closing dates
Avoriaz opens for the Winter 22 season on Friday 15th December 2023. Subject to snow conditions, there could be advance openings at weekends before this date. The Avoriaz ski season will end on Sunday 21st April 2024.
The weather in Avoriaz right now
Avoriaz Lift Passes
Being the super high altitude resort that it is, Avoriaz has its own lift pass, covering all of the local runs and areas including the Lindarets forest, the Mossette and Fornet areas, the Hauts Forts area and the dedicated beginners slopes on the Super Morzine plateau. Also available is a ‘Park & Stash’ lift pass which is valid on the Prodains Express cable car, Stade, Surf, Tour, Arare, Chapelle and Ecoles chair and drag lifts for €23.50 per day.
Avoriaz Lift Pass Prices - Winter 21/22
|5 Hours||1 Day||2 Days|
|€29 - Online|
€31 - In person
|€35 - Online|
€37 - In person
|€62 - Online
€66 - In person
|€38 - Online|
€41 - In person
|€45 - Online|
€48 - In person
|€84 - Online
€89 - In person
|Youth / Senior|
|€35 - Online|
€38 - In person
|€41 - Online|
€44 - In person
|€74 - Online
€79 - In person
We can’t imagine that many skiers or snowboarders find themselves in Avoriaz and decide not to explore further afield in the enormous Portes du Soleil ski area. Avoriaz is perfectly placed to access the nearby Swiss resorts of Les Crosets, Champery and Champoussin, while closer to home, Chatel offers some amazing terrain and the links between resorts are kept in reasonable condition right until the end of the winter season.
Portes du Soleil Lift Pass Prices – Winter 2023/24
The following prices are valid when you pre-purchase your lift passes in advance, online. You’ll pay a few euros more at the lift pass office.
|5 Day Non-Consec.||€320||€240||€290||€290|
Avoriaz Lift Pass Office Opening Times
There are three lift pass offices in Avoriaz ski resort. It’s usually easiest to ask your accommodation provider to collect the lift passes for your group in advance if they can, so you can avoid the queues and head straight for the lifts on the first morning of your holiday.
Prodains Express – There are lift pass offices at the top and bottom of the new Prodains Express 3S gondola lift. Open every day between 8.30am and 5pm
Office de Tourisme – In the centre of Avoriaz there’s an outside kiosk where you can buy your Avoriaz and Portes du Soleil lift passes. Open every day between 8.30am and 4.45pm or until 7.30pm during French school holiday weeks.
Plateau – Located at the top of the resort near to the carparks. Open every day between 9am and 2pm
Avoriaz Resort Map
Avoriaz Piste Map
Portes du Soleil Piste Map
It’s often described as the largest ski area in the world, with 650km of piste spreading over two different countries. There are 330 ski runs in the Portes du Soleil, comprised of 37 green pistes, 123 blue, 110 red and 30 black. It’s the ski area that truly offers something for everyone.
Download the Portes du Soleil piste map.
Avoriaz Snow Record
|Winter 18/19||Winter 17/18||Winter 16/17||Winter 15/16||Winter 14/15||Winter 13/14||Winter 12/13||Winter 11/12||Winter 10/11||Winter 09/10||Winter 08/09|
|Number of snowy days||28||52||20||40 days||30 days||42 days||34 days||29 days||20 days||26 days||28 days|
|Maximum base depth||220cm||270cm||160cm||190cm||230cm||250cm||310cm||260cm||200cm||190cm||240cm|
|Average base depth||132cm||184cm||71cm||117cm||121cm||137cm||216cm||195cm||83cm||146cm||161cm|
|Largest daily snowfall||50cm||40cm||40cm||50cm||50cm||48cm||30cm||50cm||28cm||40cm||55cm|