Avoriaz and Morzine are in the fabulous Portes du Soleil ski area, with an enormous 650kms of high altitude slopes in France and Switzerland. Avoriaz, characterised by its bold, modern architecture, is entirely traffic free and offers doorstep skiing and first class snow. Morzine is a picturesque old-style Savoyard town with an unspoilt centre with plenty of character, charm and excellent après ski facilities.
First time skiers are well looked after in the Portes du Soleil area. Avoriaz has perfect nursery slopes next to the resort. Morzine has gentle nursery slopes at Le Pleney and our Learn to Ski package is ideal for complete beginners.
The Portes du Soleil is a fantastic area for intermediates. The skiing starts on your doorstep and for those who want to venture further, there is the entire Portes du Soleil circuit, with 650kms of runs. Our Crystal Ski Escorts will help you make the most of your skiing and show you all the best runs in the area.
The Portes du Soleil area has some of the most challenging skiing in France, perfect for the expert skier. There are over 20 black runs, including some of the biggest moguls in the world on the 'Wall' at Avoriaz, not to mention endless off-piste possibilities and the hair-raising World Cup Downhill from the top of Les Hauts Forts.
Avoriaz is easily one of the top European snowboarding destinations and regularly features in international magazines. Freeriders should check out the Hauts Forts area. Beginners will find plenty of wide, mellow terrain in Morzine.
Approx Transfer Time Geneva to Morzine 1 hr 30mins. Geneva to Avoriaz 2 hrs Village Height 2,350m (7,788ft) Highest Lift 2,350m (7,788ft)
Both are lively resorts with lots to do.· Avoriaz: The Tavaillon, 'The Place', 'La Cabane' and Globetrotters · Morzine: lively with reasonable prices; Dixie Bar, Le Crépuscule and Bowling Bar.
Sports Centre with sauna & solarium · Parapenting · Sleigh rides (Avoriaz) · Bowling alley · Ice skating · Helicopter rides · Snow shoe walking · World cup snowboarding 10-12 Dec · Le Grande Odysse husky dog-sled championships 08-12 Jan · Morzine Jan & Mar adult activities including blading, snowshoeing and ski guiding with ESF instructors
A wide variety of restaurants from value for money bistros and pizzerias to top quality gourmet establishments. Avoriaz: Le Bistro for à la carte and Savoyard specialities, Les Fontaines Blanches for French cuisine and La Boule de Neige for great value pizzas. Morzine: Le Grillon, Hotel les Airelles, Le Clin d'Oeil and La Chamade.