Compared to some French resorts, Avoriaz has a rather modest selection of restaurants, with around 30 in total. French mountain staples and pizza can be found on most menus, but there's always somewhere special to eat if you know where to look. If you like having even more choice, neighbouring resort Morzine has over 100 restaurants.
• Wild Horse Saloon - A popular and lively joint with good music and a casual atmosphere. The menu includes traditional mountain dishes as well as steak, burgers, ribs and Tex-Mex.
• Les Enfants Terribles, Hôtel des Dromonts - A must-visit for foodies, here you can indulge in beautifully presented meat and fish dishes, like 7-hour braised lamb shank, as well as fondue and classic desserts, like delicious apple tarte tatin.
• La Réserve - If you're looking for more of an upmarket choice, head here for wonderful lamb dishes and a great wine list. The Savoyard influence is strong throughout, and the staff are lovely.
• Chalet-Hotel Neige-Roc - Built in 1905, this former farmhouse offers a real flavour of the region, with homemade Savoyard fare and locally sourced ingredients.
• L'Etage - The amazing atmosphere and slope views have made this a popular choice - tuck into the best mountain specialities like fondue, raclette, tartiflette and steak.
The abundant nightlife in Avoriaz is helped by its pedestrianised resort centre. As soon as the lifts close and people are looking to perk up a bit, they can head to the array of bars and clubs in the centre of town.
• The Wild Horse Saloon - A small, Western-themed bar with great food and a good option for some classic rock anthems.
• Le Tavaillon - Pick from a wide selection of draft beers before you settle down to watch a match on one of the huge TV screens.
• La Kinkerne - One of the oldest bars in the area, you can 'cheers' with a German beer stein while listening to exciting DJs. The bar also hosts Sun:Sets on the Slopes - an Ibiza-style party with cheap drinks and competitions.
• Le Bowling Bar - If you're up for a bit of competitive fun, head here for bowling lanes, arcade games and pool tables in a dark, ambient venue.
• JaJa Bar - A chic wine bar offering a wide selection of wines and champagne in a relaxing environment. You can buy a bottle to take away too, if you really want.
Tips from our local team
- The snow is great around Les Prodains in the morning, but it can get slushy later on.
- Avoid the end-of-day queues by taking the Les Brochuex lift and skiing down the Le Crete run.
Try to get some height towards the end of the day to avoid the queues for last lifts at Les Linderets. This bottleneck can be avoided by heading up Les Brocheux and down Le Crete instead. However if you’ve got tired ski legs taking the Parchets down to Ardent and hopping on a free bus back to Avoriaz is another great way to get back home.
We’re all about giving you support, expertise and knowledge before, during and after your holiday - it’s what we do. Our service includes:
- 24/7 support and assistance via phone, email or even Twitter.
- Online info pack with tons of resort info and tips.
- Ski Explorer app with maps, snow reports, recommended routes and a friend finder.
- Weather, travel and resort updates via Facebook, Twitter or text message.
Our reps will meet you at the airport and help get your lift passes, equipment hire and tuition sorted. They’ll also be available in Avoriaz so, if you need anything during your trip, just check your info pack or the Ski Explorer app to find out where they’ll be, and come and have a chat.
Ski two countries
Part of the Portes du Soleil ski area, Avoriaz not only has links to the French resorts of Morzine, Les Gets and Châtel, but also to the Swiss resorts of Champery, Les Crosets, Champoussin and Morgins. Whether you're an early intermediate or an adventurous expert, you can head over the border to Switzerland whenever you like - you can get there via chairlift or down some mogul runs. Once there you can explore loads of runs, traditional villages, the 'Superpark' in Les Crosets and some tasty cuisine. The mornings will be the best time for skiing in Switzerland as it does get sunny, so make sure you get the chairlifts back from the Swiss side around lunch time - they can be slow - to make the most of the French slopes in the afternoon.