Morzine Avoriaz is located at the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area. Morzine is characterised by charming chalets and Avoriaz by it's access to the pistes
Morzine & Avoriaz
Morzine Avoriaz is located at the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area. From Morzine’s characterised charming chalets to its purpose built younger brother Avoriaz, here are a few reasons why we love it here:
Morzine is characterised by charming chalets, with not a high-rise in sight.
It is a working mountain town, not just a ski resort so is filled with personality.
There are plenty of shops, boulangeries, patisseries and fromageries to browse.
You will find lots of restaurants serving great local Savoyard fare from fondue to tartiflette and many more.
It has a buzzing nightlife; pubs, clubs, wine bars, live music, DJs and festivals.
The Morzine Penguins Ice-hockey team play in France’s top league every Wednesday – which makes an interesting watch.
Avoriaz is Morzine’s purpose built younger brother, sitting on the cliffs above at 1800m.
It has one of the best snow records in France (average of 8m per season).
What it lacks in Alpine charm, it makes up for with plenty of skiing terrain.
It is the best entry point to the 650km of linked pistes that make up the Portes du Soleil.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Morzine & Avoriaz
This is the beating heart of Portes du Soleil ski area with the largest linked lift network in the world.
It provides access to 430 individual pistes served by 209 ski lifts.
The Portes du Soleil ski pass gives you access to many resorts – not even the speediest person could ski every piste in the area in 1 week.
The speedy Ardent gondola is a 6 minute drive from the chalet; it takes you right into the heart of Avoriaz ski area – Les Linderets.
AliKats top tips
For glorious wide pistes: Head to Les Haut Forts, the highest point in the Portes du Soleil at 2466m.
For ‘safe’ off piste: Fornet Bowl in Avoriaz and ‘Happy Valley’ in Chatel (near Cornebois lift).
For moguls: Ski at your own peril at the infamous Swiss Wall.
For something different: The Stash. A natural park created by Burton with the famous picnic table to drop off.
For a thigh-burning workout: Try the World Cup run in Avoriaz. A full 1100m descent; steep & fast.
When the clouds roll in: Head for the trees as the ‘Star Wars’ run, aka La Combe à Floret is great fun.
For lunch with a view: the panoramic restaurant at the top of the Mosettes chair straddling Switzerland and France is breath taking.
For an apres beer: Half way down the home run, ‘La Ferme’, is a great place to stop in the afternoon sun before the final 400m to the AliKats minibus to take you back to cake and the bubbling hot-tub.
Avoriaz has one of the best snow records in France with an average of a whopping 8m of snow per season. This is due to the humidity building from Lake Geneva hitting the cold front surrounding Mont Blanc. This makes our northerly resort a dumping ground for snow.
In the event that the natural snow lets us down, there are snow-making facilities across 130km of pistes with a total of 322 snow cannons.
Even last winter (which was relatively dry) the pistes of Avoriaz were kept in great condition right until the end of April.
There are several parks you can access from Morzine.
Stash: The most famous and only park of its type in France, it has a wide range of wooden rails, boxes, jumps and many more to play with – all built with ecological principles in mind.
Snowpark de la Chappelle: Accessed by Express Proclou lift in Avoriaz. Known as the ‘Baby Park’ it has jumps ranging from easy greens to pretty advanced blues as well as rails, boxes, A frame and spines which are suitable for beginners to intermediates.
Snowpark Arare: Accessed by Express Lac Intrets lift and Bleue du Lac run. This park means business – the red jumps are a big step up from the blues in the Chappelle Park and the rails have a big drop off if you get it wrong. It’s a great place to watch major talent in action.
Trashers snowpark: In the Falaise sector. This is for kids and beginners and has a series of small jumps, slides and obstacles to cut your teeth on – not literally we hope.
Superpipe: Opposite the top of the Prodain lift. At 120m long and with 6m high walls this pipe is big – seriously big.
Bordercross: In the Arare area. Anyone can have a try at this as you can always avoid the bigger jumps if your nerves fail you.
Snowpark Les Crosets: Under the TS Les Crosets 2. This is an advanced park similar to Snowpark-Arare with large jumps and many other features.
If there are members of your group who are opting out of skiing, rest assured there is plenty to keep them entertained. Many guests struggle to even leave the chalet with the hot tub, DVD library, roaring fires and endless supply of wine at their disposal.