Avoriaz

Often considered to be the best built-for-purpose resort in France, Avoriaz is a modern village on the French side of Les Portes du Soleil. Benefiting from the main chair lift of the region, the resort is connected to the town of Châtel in one direction and Champéry in the other and all are connected by gondolas. It offers 38km of cross-country ski trails spread over eight loops.

Despite the area being very modern with angular and stark high-rise apartment buildings, the village still manages to be uniquely attractive. Avoriaz has not jumped on the bandwagon of five-star hotels and resorts, so it still feels quite quaint, despite being one of the most popular villages in Les Portes du Soleil area. No door is farther away than 500m from shops or bars as the village is very compact.

Given its high altitude (1,100m to 2,466m), the resort enjoys sunny skies, yet the slopes manage to remain beautifully filled with shade. It has guaranteed snowfall from December to April, with an average of 8m of snowfall per winter. In the summer, the resort becomes a centre for trekking, golf and mountain biking. Despite being very sports driven, the town has a great selection of restaurants, but more importantly bars and nightclubs. The town is famous for its varied music selection and houses a series of music events and festivals each year.

The village is fully integrated into Les Portes du Soleil and the streets are all traffic free. It is a fantastic area to ski the pistes and come back to enjoy the dancing in the evenings.

The experts say

The village of Avoriaz was developed with an architectural plan to design in harmony with the mountain landscape. This was the idea by Jean Vuarnet, a French Olympic medallist at the Winter Olympics of 1960.

The property market in Avoriaz

A property for sale in Avoriaz is generally very aesthetically pleasing and blends well against the mountain backdrop. Prices are varied as Avoriaz tends to cater to ski buffs as well as families who want to enjoy access to its huge ski domain. A one-bedroom apartment in the centre of town starting at around €200,000 is a representative example of an Avoriaz property for sale. Similar properties can reach upwards of €400,000 depending on the facilities. Larger apartments with more bedrooms can easily hit the €600,000 price point. Ski-in, ski-out studios can be found at quite an affordable price, generally under €100,000. The area boasts a strong rental market, thus purchasing an investment property in Avoriaz is guaranteed to yield good returns.

How to Get There

By Train

Avoriaz isn't one of the easiest resorts to get to by train, but it is possible. Cluses or Thonon are the best options and both have services from Paris and Geneva, although the transfer can take up to an hour.

By Air

Geneva is the main airport for those wanting to get to Avoriaz by air. Its around 2hr by car, depending on the route you take (either using the A40 tolled motorway or the shorter but slower route around Lake Geneva).

Three insiders tips for Avoriaz

GET - a table at Neige & Roc in between Morzine and Avoriaz. Ski right to the bottom of Le Crot piste and taste some delicious Savoyan dishes.
DO - book a parking spot in advance of arriving in the resort. Some are starting at €14.50 and can save you from having a chaotic departure if it snows.
SEE - the newly opened water park in the centre of town. It is filled with water slides that are perfect for the whole family.

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