Avoriaz Resort Guide

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 officially for the Winter 23 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.

Avoriaz Winter 23/24 Lift Opening Times

From 18th December 2023 to 2nd February 2024

From Saturday 3rd February until the end of the season

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 23/24

5 Hours1 Day2 Days
€43 - In person
€35 - Online
€42 - In person
€40 - Online (Max price)
€75 - In person
€70 - Online (Max price)
€46 - In person
€32 - Online
€54 - In person
€50 - Online (Max price)
€100 - In person
€95 - Online (Max price)
Youth / Senior
(65yrs +)
€43 - In person
€40 - Online
€50 - In person
€46 - Online (Max price)
€89 - In person
€84 - Online (Max price)

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. 

(26-64 yrs)
(5-15 yrs)
(16-25 yrs)
(65-74 yrs)
5 Hour€58€43€52€52
1 Day€64€48€58€48
2 Day€122€92€110€110
3 Day€183€137€165€165
4 Day€228€171€205€205
5 Day€285€214€257€257
5 Day Non-Consec.€320€240€290€290
6 Day€324€243€292€292
7 Day€378€284€340€430
8 Day€432€324€389€389
A lovely image by Oreli.b – Avoriaz 1800

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 18/19Winter 17/18Winter 16/17Winter 15/16Winter 14/15Winter 13/14Winter 12/13Winter 11/12Winter 10/11Winter 09/10Winter 08/09
381cm 712cm324cm589cm420cm673cm561cm416cm274cm322cm518cm
Number of snowy days 28 52 2040 days30 days42 days34 days29 days20 days26 days28 days
Maximum base depth 220cm 270cm160cm190cm230cm250cm310cm260cm200cm190cm240cm
Average base depth 132cm 184cm71cm117cm121cm137cm216cm195cm83cm146cm161cm
Largest daily snowfall 50cm 40cm40cm50cm50cm48cm30cm50cm28cm40cm55cm
Image by Lïc Bouchet for Avoriaz1800
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