The Portes du Soleil’s highest resort gets better and better each winter. Here’s some of our favourite unmissable developments in Avoriaz, fresh for Winter 19.
Launching Le Roc
Bowling is a big deal in Avoriaz and we’ve been massive fans of the retro bowling lanes and old school arcade games at Le Bowling for many years. This year, courtesy of its new owners, Le Bowling is getting a massive face-lift in two distinct stages. Le Lounge Roc is a brand new lounge bar complete with a VIP area, a DJ booth, cigar club and cocktail and tapas menu, the space incorporates the buildings adjacent and connected to Le Bowling to create one huge, swanky venue. The original bowling alley will remain untouched for this winter season, becoming Le Strike Roc after a huge refurbishment, commencing in April 2019. The new owners have promised us even more bowling lanes, which is very good news indeed! Follow the progress at facebook.com/lerocavoriaz
As you’ll discover on page 128 of our current issue, the construction of Avoriaz’s Village Igloo is a carefully planned mission each winter and this year you’ll have three excellent reasons to pay a visit. The Ice Bar, as the name suggests, is entirely made from snow and ice; it’s the perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee or an après drink before skiing back into the resort at the end of your day. The restaurant serves a selection of local cheeses and meats on Wednesday and Saturday evenings from 7pm (reservations necessary). You also have the opportunity to stay overnight at the Igloo Hotel, too! For details head to village-igloo-avoriaz.com
Avoriaz has well and truly established itself as the home of live music events at altitude and we’re very excited to see some huge names on the lineup for Snowboxx 2019, which takes place between 23rd and 30th March. Craig David, Mike Skinner (off of The Streets) and Jax Jones are headlining, but we’re most excited about the Rudimental DJ set. As in previous years, tickets for individual events will be available from Café Chaud in Morzine, and last year’s Chase & Status gig was one of the highlights of our winter. Keep an eye on the Source website for ticketing info and a full schedule of events, or head to snowboxx.com
Bonjour La Folie Douce!
Excitement levels were high when we discovered that legendary après chain La Folie Douce were set to open a new venue in Avoriaz for this winter season. Located on the site of Chez Lanvers on the Avoriaz Plateau, the entire restaurant has been rebuilt to include a gorgeous, signature La Fruitiere restaurant, a self-service restaurant and those huge party terraces that La Folie Douce is famous for. As you’ll discover in our feature on page 38 of our new issue, we can expect extravagant après parties between 2pm and 6.30pm each day with live DJs, singers and performers. For the latest event information, head to facebook.com/lafoliedouceavoriaz
Avoriaz Ride Festival
Back for a third year, Avoriaz Ride Festival takes place between 25th and 27th January 2019 and once again, the whole event is free to attend. There’ll be live music, professional athletes competing in unique events and a Big Air show. We can also expect a fun collection of big brands exhibiting and some great parties too. For the latest updates, head to facebook.com/avoriazridefestival
Yes, Avoriaz has chalets!
Avoriaz Holidays have been working hard to redevelop and refurbish their stunning collection of chalets ahead of the winter season. That’s right, Avoriaz has chalets! They’re just hard to spot amongst the attention-demanding shapes of the resort’s apartment blocks. Chalet Toscana has been renovated and enlarged to accommodate 12 people in stylish rooms with stunning views and a sauna too. Chalet Alaya now has two extra bedrooms, a roof terrace for the ultimate après drinks and a fitness room, whilst Chalet Armonia combines modern fixtures and fittings with a generous nod to the 70s style of the resort’s heyday. Head to avoriaz-holidays.co.uk for more details.