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!
Every Tuesday in February between 16:30 and 17:30, all the kids are invited for a little apres-ski teatime at the Tourist Office square. There will be fun, music, hot chocolate and chocolate snacks for the children under the age of 14 – and it’s all free!
OMG we LOVE this! Every Tuesday morning at 09:30 you can book onto a guided tour to explore the world of snow cannons and how artificial snow is made in Morzine. Everything from how it works, where the water comes from, the environmental impact and the technology used is covered.
You can either head off on skis to check out the snow cannon installations, or meet the group at the snow factory at Pleney if you’re on foot. It’s totally free and utterly fascinating. Commentary is in French only, so get revising those words for ‘neige’! Sign up for the tour at the Morzine Tourist Office. Pic @arnosenoner unsplash
Mmmmm…a chocolate making workshop for free! Every Thursday evening during the main school holiday, you’ll find gorgeous, gooey melty choc at the Palais des Sports in Morzine. It’s an experience that’s suitable for all the family and you’ll head home with your very own and very tasty chocolate creation. What’s more, it’s free! Sign up at the Tourist Office. pic MerveAydin unsplash
Speed skiing (where you essentially point your skis down the hill and go as fast as you can) is an actual discipline. A piste in the Nyon sector of the resort has been assigned with all the electronic gadgetry to register your speed. Instructors will be around every Friday in Feb between 10:00 and 16:00 to give you some hints and tips.
To have a go you’ll need to be at least 5 years old, have a helmet on and be at least 3rd star skiing standard. You can be on skis, snowboard, telemark, handiski..however you slide! No need to book or reserve, just head to the departure gate where the speed skiing basecamp is. If you’re a really good skier, the instructors will even lend you a pair of downhill speed skis for you to have a go with! Speeds of around 80, 90 or even 100km/h aren’t uncommon! Pic@MorzineTO
Every day during the French school holidays and a weekends, falconers ‘Les Aigles du Leman’ will be around the Nyon plateau with their magnificent raptors – and there are lots of ways you can join in.
If you happen to be at the summit of the Pointe de Nyon at 13:00 you’ll see the majestic Imperial Eagle flying. At 14:00 and 15:30 each day there will be a free flying demonstration. Watch in awe as the graceful falcons and hawks fly to the gloved hand of the falconers. Paid experiences include skiing with Eagles (yes, it’s an actual thing!) and the chance to meet and handle owls, vultures and buzzards. Book at the Morzine Tourist Office.
March in Morzine is the perfect time to relax, take care of yourself and enjoy the spring snow conditions. This annual event is back, with a full programme of workshops and classes. From yoga and pilates, to reflexology and meditation, it’s all about looking after yourself, feeling good, being active and eating well. The main event location is the Palais des Sports.
It’s back! In full effect! The biggest music festival across the Portes du Soleil has a full programme of concerts and entertainment both on and off the pistes this year. Across the week there’s a big headliner gig each day on the pistes in a different resort. Pre-show DJ warm up starts at 12:45 and then the main act is on at 13:30. Then there are over 30+ gigs to enjoy back in resort as part of the apres-ski programme.
Here’s what we’ve got so far, but keep an eye on the official Rock the Pistes website for all the latest info!
12/03 Champery – Les Crosets
13/03 Morzine – Les Gets : Suzane
15/03 Montriond – Les Lindarets
17/03 Chatel : Eagle Eye Cherry
Loved by little and big skiers alike, everyone adores a torchlit descent on skis after the sun has gone down! ESF Morzine hosts the event every Tuesday evening during January, every Thursday evening between the 9th Feb and the 2nd March and back to every Tuesday again from the 7th to the 21st March. Start time is 18:30.
It’s free to take part and there will be fireworks after the descent too. Bring a goblet for your free vin chaud, or buy one for 1€ on the night from the drinks stands. It all takes place the Pleney snow front. Book your place for the run with ESF Morzine or the Tourist Office. pic@MorzineTO
Cheer on the Morzine-Avoriaz Penguins ice hockey team when they play their home matches at the Skoda Ice Arena in Morzine. The team is currently playing in D1 division and they’re currently fighting to stay up, so go and support them!
Matches are mostly on Wednesdays with puck-off at 20:45. Tickets are usually 10€ for adults, 6€ for 6-16yrs and free for under 5s. Don’t forget to join in with the chant : ‘Allez Les Pingouins’! Pic@HCMA
The 2023 edition of this world-renowned, multi-country mountain bike festival week is from the 24th to the 26th June and it is going to be epic. If you’ve never done it, it’s a must. On bike or on foot, you follow a specially curated range of rides and hikes around the whole Portes du Soleil area ranging from the full 80km to special sessions for kids with a guide. This the Bike Village (where the trade stands are) is in Les Gets.
Things like roadblocks, food at special footsteps and the lift passes are all included in the dat packages.You’ll need to reserve your place in advance (and the 80km sells out very quickly). Registration opens on the Pass’Portes du Soleil official website from the 1st February 2023.
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.