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“Strange buildings”
Review of Avoriaz Ski Resort

Avoriaz Ski Resort
Ranked #5 of 40 things to do in Morzine
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Avoriaz, very famous destination for a ski holiday, located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski aera will surprise you with its specificites. It's a car-free resort,ski-in, ski-out, where the snow covers every corners throughout the season and where you can have a ski-walk in the middle of the timber holiday residences that blend in with the countryside. It's also a resort with daily events, which fulfills your every wish of relaxation and escape. Enjoy your holidays in Avoriaz!Avoriaz will open on the 1st of July 2012, the Aquariaz, a unique concept in mountain water park!
Oxford
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Strange buildings”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

Avoriaz is a purpose built resort and the buildings appear very strange from the outside. Plenty of activities for all ages and the scenery is beautiful.

Visited August 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Ski here, stay in Morzine”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

This review is for the ski area. We have not been to the new swimming pool that is pictured. The skiing here is excellent. The whole are of Portes du Soleil is one of the biggest in Europe. It is all accessible form Avoriaz. The buildings in the town are indeed weird as they are supposed to mimic cliffs. It is a fantastic ski area, not sure why some people have slammed it as being for beginners. That is simply untrue.

We have been skiing for 30 years or more both with and before having children with large groups of friends from total beginners to real veterans. Nobody is short of skiing here. By all means use the great restaurants and ski park, slopes and NEW lifts in Avoriaz, but stay down in Morzine, which is a short ski/lift away. the ski bus runs round the ski lifts free with a ski pass and the town of Morzine is very easy to walk around. We go back and back here. It is very hard to beat. We have never queued for more than a couple of minutes for lifts.

The skiable area stretches through to Switzerland for miles, and Avoriaz is pretty snow sure, even if Les Gets and Morzine are struggling. We have been for Christmas, Easter, summer biking and avoid half term as with all French resorts, the prices go through the roof. Just looking at our 8th or 9th holiday there. Just come back from a summer holiday in Morzine. We have never met anyone who was not thrilled with the skiing here, contrary to some of the reviews I have just read. I am quite shocked really.

Visited August 2013
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31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“aBOREiaz”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Outdated buildings that attempt to reflect modern taste, are now mostly rotting or generally unattractive and certainly out if place on the peak of a mountain.In Summer it's quite desolate, but the Aquariaz swimming facility is suffice to entertain.In Winter it's much more lively, however the Ski slopes are uninteresting and the Ski school is unreliable and unprofessional.The staff are either poorly trained or just care little for the visitors and more on the bulge in their wallet. (especially the cable cart operators.) Overall wouldn't recommend, maybe the pool is worth a visit.

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morzine
1 review
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“Welcome to France and the English”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

It is a beginner resort and that is probably why the English go there. Very crowded and takes a lot of time to find the quiet spots. Seems most people are beginners and not use to being at a ski resort to ski, so very noisy and lots of silly people doing silly things. Even find some people laying forks and knifes on a run thinking it would be funny to ruin someone's equipment. Funny watching people walk down runs because they were too steep for them, never seen before until I came here. Watch out for beginners who think they are good and hit the blue runs acting like they are professionals and running over beginners. When you go to the red or higher runs will have plenty of obsticles to avoid due to beginners being way out of there skill levels. People sliding and taking up the entire runs. ESP, the French ski school tries to act like they are gods and take over the runs and lifts. Sometimes have to wait 20 minutes on a lift because they are so disorganized. Not a place for real ski and snowboards and add the French attitude and the English beginners and you got a terrible resort.

Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Too modern”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Modern monstruosity on top of a cliff face - maybe nicer in Winter but totally barren in Summer, huge blocks of flats on a beautiful mountain but would never want to stay there...v windy road on the way up from Morzine too

Visited July 2013
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