What’s New in Avoriaz? Winter 2013…

It’s the highest resort in the Portes du Soleil, and last winter it had the best snowfall in Europe. The beauty of Avoriaz is that you can ski to everything. Things like these…

Live Music – Throughout the winter season

Avoriaz hosts the Fete du Glisse opening weekend, a cabaret week, the ski and world music festival, a jazz festival… and that’s before we get started with Rock the Pistes. During après each day almost every bar has a live band or DJ. Visit the Office de Tourisme for a very handy weekly planner.

Aquariaz – Tropical water park

Described as a tropical aquatic paradise, it has stunning views over the piste and surrounding mountains. And with a ‘sidewinder’ (think aquatic half-pipe), a water playhouse, climbing walls, massage benches and an open-air spa pool heated to 34 degrees, there really is something for everyone. Open every day between 3pm and 9pm except Saturdays from 14th December, adults €10, kids €5.

Riglet Park – Snowboarding from age three

Inspired by a programme to get more kids snowboarding in America, Burton Snowboards and Annie Famose’s Village des Enfants have joined forces to form a giant learning area right in the centre of Avoriaz. There’ll be raised platforms, ramps and even a mini half-pipe for kids to play and learn on while they gain their balance and develop their reflexes. Visit the Village des Enfants website for more info.

Prodains – A new ‘3S’ ski lift!

At the time of writing, the new, super speedy bubble lift was scheduled to open mid-February 13, connecting Prodains, at the bottom of Le Crot piste, and Avoriaz, with new lift stations at either end. The new, high capacity lift replaces a 50-year-old gondola and carries around 2400 skiers an hour at seven metres per second, compared to 900 per hour previously.

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