At the heart of the Portes du Soleil, Avoriaz is posed like an eagle's nest on its shale cliff at 1800m altitude in a rocky environment of stunning beauty. This south-facing Alpine resort is truly for passionate skiers and snowboarders with a peppy 60's avant-garde spirit. Groomed runs that unfold endlessly before you, snow in abundance, horse drawn sleighs take you wherever you wish throughout the resort.
Where to Stay
The iconic Hotel des Dromonts appears like a pine cone perched on the cliff and 50 years after its creation remains an example of contemporary architecture, a work as awe-inspiring as the mountains that surround it. Jacques Labro, the creator of this unique building, who had imagined it as a playground for big kids.
The concept of high-rise skier cells was inspired by Le Corbusier's early 20th-century models for dwelling in crowded cities and can be found throughout the purpose-built resort of Avoriaz. Built in the 1960s, des Dromonts adapted the Swiss architect's ideas to set the style for vertical resorts in many parts of the French Alps.
What to wear
|For 20 years from 1973 until 1993 Avoriaz was also the host of "Festival international du film fantastique d'Avoriaz" - a film festival mainly devoted to science fiction and horror movies. The festival is being revived this year to bring Avoriaz back to its glorious days.|
|Avoriaz is ideally located in the middle of the Portes du Soleil ski area, with access to high-altitude skiing for everyone among the most breath taking panoramas in the Alps. You will ski through stunning countryside, with open panoramic views of the Dents du Midi and Dents Blanches.|
Madeira: Escape on the Edge of Atlantic
Initially we had set our minds on a secluded getaway in Portugal but interestingly ended up somewhere in the...discover
Maldives: Surfing the Southern Atolls
Beautifully remote, yet easily accessible by plane and boat from Malé, Six Senses Laamu is the only re...discover
Nihi Sumba: The Edge of Wildness
During the boom years of Indonesia as a tourist destination, little attention was paid to the hundreds...discover