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20 August 2018.

Avoriaz, Skiing & Snowboa...

The skiing and snowboarding here pretty much suits everybody. Virtually all accommodation is ski in ski out or at least only meters from the piste and gentle green pistes run right through the resort. As such Avoriaz is a good bet for families looking to reduce the hassle of getting kids to and from lessons. In fact it’s ideal for everyone into sliding sports but not so good if you’ve got non-skiers/non-snowboarders in your group.

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Beginner

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Avoriaz is the ideal location for first timers, especially skiers that tend to struggle just carrying their skis or snowboard while wearing big clumpy boots. Here, after at least one lesson you will simply be able to slide to school. A good selection of blue runs above and below the resort leading in virtually all directions assures improving beginners have plenty of places to practice.

Intermediate

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Avoriaz is undoubtedly one of the best places to be stationed within the Portes du Soleil domain, given its’ relatively central location. Access to Morzine, Les Gets, most of the Swiss resorts (Torgon being an exception) and Chatel is relatively easy. The outlying villages not connected by ski lift prove a bit more of a challenge however. Within the immediate area around Avoriaz there are a good choice of red and blue runs plus three terrain parks. La Chapelle, just beside the village being designed especially for rookies. The terrain parks are a great place for intermediates to build confidence and try out something new. Why not hire an instructor and learn how to ally-oop in style.

Advanced

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Les Hauts Forts above Avoriaz is home to some knee destroying bump runs, a world cup downhill course, d’Arare snowpark, a snowcross course, a superpipe and even has some off-piste. Free riders will find fun on both sides of the ridge separating France from Switzerland, accessed via the Chavanette lift. The entire Portes du Soleil region boasts twenty-eight black runs with further good off-piste options being found around Les Gets. Advanced riders should find plenty to keep them occupied.

Freestyle, Skier and BoarderCross

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Freestyle fans might think they’ve found their own little slice of heaven what with a superpipe, cross course and d’Arare snowpark. Fill your boots.