An airport transfer from Geneva to Avoriaz is unique, because the resort is a car-free snow paradise. All transfer companies take you as far as the ‘Accueil Entree Station’ (Welcome Centre) in the Falaise sector of resort, so your holiday starts in true pedestrianised resort style, with a horse-drawn sleigh ride, piste-basher bus trip, or a walk (luggage sledges available) on pisted snow paths to your accommodation. Surely the best way to start your ski holiday?
In winter there are shared, private and VIP transfers offered to resort. And although we mainly know Avoriaz as a winter resort, Mountain Drop-offs also offers private transfers from Geneva Airport and train station to Avoriaz in the summer. Your journey time from Geneva to Avoriaz (and vice versa Avoriaz to Geneva) will be around two hours, depending on traffic and road conditions.
Please note: Avoriaz is a snow-sure, high-altitude, purpose-built resort at 1800m, with a narrow, multi-hairpin access road, much of which is above 1660m. So if the snow/weather conditions are severe on your transfer day, Mountain Drop-offs may have to find safer solutions to get you to or back from resort; namely the Prodains cable car. Please refer to the ‘Special Transfer Details’ section below for full info on transfers to and from Avoriaz and to work out where best to book your transfer to (that’s to say Avoriaz centre, or Morzine-Prodains for the cable car that whisks you up to Avoriaz in four minutes).Guide section
Avoriaz is truly like no other ski resort we’ve encountered in France. The drive up the road from neighbouring Morzine gives you your first, very impressive, view of Avoriaz with those jagged wood-clad buildings rising into the sky on the snow-filled plateau, all surrounded by steep cliffs (falaises in French).
You might think not having a car to get around in is an inconvenience, but everywhere is very easy to get to and there are literally pistes instead of roads throughout the resort. Of course, all this isn’t by chance, as Avoriaz was carefully designed to be totally functional. It was the vision of local lad Jean Vuarnet, who teamed up with Pierre et Vacances to open up the inaccessible and very snow-filled fields of ‘Avoreaz’.
Snow-sure skiing in Avoriaz
And what a resort it is. Renowned world-wide for being snow-sure (the average is eight metres of snowfall per winter), access to all the areas of the Portes du Soleil is quick and easy with the modern and efficient lift system. It might not have the ‘ye olde worlde’ charm of some mountain villages, but the facilities certainly make up for it – just look at the incredible ‘Aquariaz’ tropical water park, which is a watery paradise for all ages!
No wonder Avoriaz is a favourite with families. For those with little ones who are keen skiers, the ‘Village des Enfants’ right in the centre of the resort is a expansive kids’ ski school from three to 16 years old. And if your little ones want to snowboard, Riglet Park is a snowboard teaching area specifically for three year olds upwards.
If you’re mad about freestyle, Avoriaz is an absolute mecca. There’s ‘The Stash’ snow park that takes in several pistes within the forests and the ‘Lil’ Stash’ for novices. Both offer a plethora of modules, half pipes, boarder crosses and more to keep the young shredders amused.
Summer high altitude fun in Avoriaz
Although it’s a full-on winter resort, Avoriaz does have a summer season, albeit much more laid back and low-key. The resort has been the finishing line for several Tour de France road race stages and mountain biking is also really popular here in the summer, with a highlight being the ‘Pass’Portes du Soleil’ mountain biking weekend in June. Add to that golf, tennis, archery, trampolines, squash and hiking and there’s plenty to whet your appetite in Avoriaz during the summer months.
Avoriaz – purpose-built, practical and ready for you!
Avoriaz is totally geared up for visitors once in resort. As for getting to Avoriaz, taking a transfer from the airport at Geneva is by far the easiest and most cost-effective option. If you drive to resort, you’ll have to make sure you have snow chains in case of bad weather and when you get up to the 1800m plateau where Avoriaz lies, you have to pay to leave the car in a car park for the duration of your holiday. It’s upwards of 85€ for the undercover parking and a bit less for the outdoor, but be prepared to dig out your car from under a couple of metres of the white stuff if it’s snowed all week!
The main transfer drop-off point in Avoriaz
Being car-free means that all transfer companies only go as far as the ‘Accueil Entree Station’ (Welcome Centre) that is at the entrance to the Avoriaz. However, if you’re in the Amara residence just at the entrance to Avoriaz, you will be dropped off right next to the building, otherwise, the main pick up and drop off point is the Welcome Centre.
From here you you have several options for getting you, your family and your luggage to your accommodation door. And there’s no need to worry about organising all this, Avoriaz’s welcome area is staffed 24hrs a day, seven days a week in the main winter season and will point you in the right direction with their organised transport services.
How to transfer you and your luggage to your door in Avoriaz
If you’re walking to your accommodation, luggage sledges are available. They work just like a supermarket shopping trolley, with a 1 euro coin and there are drop off points all around resort. There are also horse-drawn sleighs and piste basher shuttles, with a journey costing between 5 and 14 euros per seat (baggage 3 euros), depending on the distance.
The Prodains cable car transfer option
Mountain Drop-offs transfers can also drop you at the Prodains cable car, before the 20 hairpin road up to resort, which offers swift and easy access for the accommodation in the lower parts of the resort such as Hauts-Forts, Dromonts and Ruches areas. This is also the cheapest way to transfer from Geneva Airport to Avoriaz.
Please note, the Prodains cable car lift is also where Mountain Drop-offs transfers to the Avoriaz Welcome Centre are diverted to on the rare occasion that it is deemed safer than travelling by road to resort.
You should check your expected arrival time with the Prodain lift running times. For example, in the main 2017 winter season the cable car ran from 07:00-21:00 during the week (but note it stops every day between 19:30 and 19:55), until midnight on Friday and Saturdays and to 22:00 on Sundays. If you already have a valid Avoriaz or Portes de Soleil lift pass you can use this, or you can buy a single ticket (8€60) or buy your pass for the week at the bottom of the lift.
The Prodains lift gets you into the Hauts Forts sector of resort and again there are luggage sledges and horse or piste basher shuttles available. So check whereabouts in resort you are and see whether you should book Prodains, rather than the Welcome Centre.
With so many festivals and events, leave the car behind and get Mountain Drop-offs to take you to and from Avoriaz in winter or summer. That way, you can all enjoy the seriously good parties on and off the mountain, letting your friendly, professional transfer company take the strain, leaving you to let your hair down. It’s all going off in high-altitude Avoriaz!
During the main Feb/March school holidays, Avoriaz pushes the boat out and puts on a brilliant spectacle of a carnival, with different events on every day. There are loads of free activities from fancy dress parades and face painting, to sledging competitions, electric snow scooter sessions and laser games. And of course, no festival would be complete without fireworks and live music. It happens in the heart of Avoriaz resort every day at acres-ski o’clock.
The celebrated Rock The Pistes festival is all about high altitude stages for high altitude gigs in the spring time sunshine on the slopes. This is a seminal event for the whole of the Portes du Soleil region, with previous editions having bagged big names such as Rag n Bone Man, Chinese Man, High Contrast and Basement Jaxx. Pretty cool when you think all concerts are free – you just a need a lift pass to get up there. So far Nada Surf (18/3 Les Gets Morzine), IAM (19/3 Avoriaz 1800) and The Stranglers (21/2 Morgins) have been announced for Rock The Pistes 2020. (As this is a busy weekend in resort, get booking your transfers from Geneva to Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets early if coming out for Rock the Pistes – Ed.)
The Stash in Avoriaz, for the uninitiated, is one of Europe’s best snow parks. A great setting in the forest with loads of modules for free skiers and snowboarders of all levels to have some serious fun. The Gathering is a friendly and relaxed competition day complete with music and BBQ from 10:00-15:00 and then prize giving and apres fun at the Burton shop from 16:00.
One of the best spring festivals in the whole of the French Alps, Snowboxx is a highlight of the Avoriaz event calendar. A bit of slope time, some-ski, concerts on the snow and a lot of night-time partying. It all kicks off each day on the main stage at 7pm and this year’s line up features BBC Radio 1’s Danny Howard and Annie Mac, Andy C, the High Contrast Band, Jaguar Skills and special guest appearance from the Sugar Hill Gang! Buy your accommodation packages at snowboxx.co.uk then book your transfers with us!
Celebrate the end of the Avoriaz ski season and look forward to the next one with Rock On Spring. There’s a massive gear test village where you can be amongst the first to try all the new equipment for the 2020/2021 winter season. There are BBQs, DJs, ski touring outings, avalanche awareness classes and lots more, all under the Avoriaz spring sunshine. Reduced one day lift passes at 25€.
The 17th edition of the celebrated Pass’Portes du Soleil’ biking and walking weekend takes place from the 26th to there 28th June 2020. Get you bike out and follow your choice of itinerary taking in up to 80km across 9 resorts in 2 countries. It’s a fun a convivial weekend, with the Bike Salon, the Pass’Portes Kids and even the Pass’Pedestrian version for walkers. Registration is from the 5th Feb 2020 on the Pass’Portes du Soleil website.
If you’re looking for a winter ski or summer mountain resort that’s practical, purpose-built and with everything you need right on your doorstep, Avoriaz pretty much matches your needs 100% – and all without having any cars in resort. Let Mountain Drop-offs do the driving for you, taking you direct from Geneva Airport to Avoriaz for winter and summer high-altitude fun for all.