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A guide to Avoriaz: skiing at the home of Pierre & Vacances

March 11, 2011 10:37 am
posted by Rebecca

Avoriaz: a completely pedestrian resort, home of Pierre & Vacances and one of the first places in the world to welcome snowboarders.

So when my wife and I were deciding about our short ski break there was only one choice. And it’s all happening at the Portes du Soliel resort this year. In development in the resort are 8 new residences: five premium self-catering, three new Pierre & Vacances and one Maeva residence. But most exciting is the building of a new water park, Aquariaz.

There’s also lots of great events to catch this year: the Jazz Up Festival at the end of this month, the new Go Wild Outdoor Music Festival at the beginning of april and the Spring Break party weekend during the Easter break.

Our journey began at Gatwick airport, we flew in to Geneva and, though we often use the Pierre & Vancances transfer service pvtransfers, this time we used a company who specialise in the Morzine and Avoriaz area: skiddygonzales. For a little over 120 euros we got a return transfer for two with a very professional lady driver which took around 1 hour 30 minutes each way.

Once we arrived in Avoriaz a representative from the tourist office arranged for us to be transported to our accommodation via ‘piste basher’. Very original! (8 euros per group).

View from Maeva Antares residence

We were staying at the Maeva Antares residence which is right at the top of the resort with amazing views of Avoriaz and the mountains. The apartments have been recently refurbished and we were lucky enough to be upgraded to one of Maeva’s disabled apartments, which was very spacious with two balconies to enjoy the views from.

Our apartment

The next morning access to the slopes was easy. Our ski lockers were on the ground floor and we simply skieed straight from the door on to the slopes. Perfect, especially for those like us who want to get as much skiing packed in as possible.

Our kitchen

Though the wider Portes du Soleil area could have done with a bit more snow we found there was more than enough in Avoriaz and the conditions at the top of the mountains were very good. And, quite surprising for the time of year, we had two days of lovely sun and clear blue skies.

In the evening Avoriaz has a magical feel to it. Kids sledge in the centre of the resort until bedtime and all the trees are lit up with lights. And the resort is carefully watched over by friendly brightly coloured giant teddy bears on the scaffolding of all the new building developments.

Talking of new developments, during my visit I had time for a quick breakfast with the lovely Stephane and Virginie from the Avoriaz tourist board.

Stephane and Virginie at breakfast

The tourist centre is a stylish building right in the centre of the resort where they can help with all your needs and questions during your stay. I was lucky enough to get a few insider tips from Stephane and Virginie. And as we were kid free for this ski break we felt we had to try out a few of their recommendations.

First the bars:

La Cabane is very cool, the Wild Horse Saloon is a bit more raucous, but our favourite was La Tavaillon – a small and friendly bar with a range of Belgian and Irish beers and a nice mix of indie and classic rock music.

La Cabane

For food:

There’s a huge amount of choice from savoyarde fayre at Le Chalet d’Avoriaz to Tex Mex and takeaway pizza. We loved the authentic charm of Les Boules de Neiges which has everything from Tartiflette pizza to giant salads and Fondus.

Le Yeti Bar

All in all then a perfect short ski break in Avoriaz. We will be coming back, though next time maybe with the kids, as the resort is also perfect for the family.

You and three friends could soon be heading to Avoriaz for the most exciting new music event in the Alps – the first ever Go Wild Music Festival (Festival des Concerts Sauvages) 2-9 April 2011.

Pierre & Vacances has teamed up with P&O Ferries, Ski set and Avoiaz 1800 to provide the ultimate mates’ break: ski and snowboard by day – take in secret acoustic gigs in totally wild mountain locations by night.