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Avoriaz 1800 Resort Info
Part of the vast Portes du Soleil domain, Avoriaz is arguably one of the most enjoyable resorts in the region. Sitting at 1800m it can guarantee good snow, unlike most of the other resorts. It claims to be a boarding Mecca, as the first European resort to embrace the sport. There is a specialist park, a half-pipe, a slalom course and extensive off-piste. Additionally, there is a giant "ecological park" (loads of natural modules set off-piste between the trees)called the Stash.This also attracts better skiers, as do some great black pistes. The most notable of these is 'The Wall', which plunges you down into Switzerland and should only be tried by those with plenty of tough miles under their belts. But don't despair beginners and intermediates - there are countless motorway pistes across the whole network to get you sorted and smiling. Unfortunately, the various slopes are not very well linked up.
As a purpose-built resort, Avoriaz was one of the first to work out a largely sensible layout. There are no cars, making for a calm, safe atmosphere. Lifts are very close to the accommodation, which varies greatly depending on the age of the building. Horse-drawn sleighs are popular, but the ensuing mess can be rather unsightly. Because of its attractions, Avoriaz often gets crowded and can be expensive. There are about 25 restaurants (some good, but pricey) and reasonable nightlife. The ski school is excellent. Children are well catered for, including a very good kids' village and Geneva is only two hours away.
Overall, Avoriaz is blessed with a number of qualities to establish its excellent reputation in the region. It's good for its snow, its challenging skiing and the fact that you can always ski to your door.
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Avoriaz 1800 Snow & Weather
|Snow Report - 28 Apr 2015|
|Last snowed|| 05-Apr-2015|
|Fresh snow||15 cm|
|Lower slopes||70 cm|
|Upper slopes||230 cm|
|Piste state||Spring snow|
|Runs to resort||Slushy|
|Off piste snow||Spring snow|
|Comments||Spring conditions across the resort|
Snow Overview - France (snow news updated 03-May-2015)
Good late season skiing can be found at the handful of French resorts still open for skiing. All resorts benefitted from some fresh snow this week, refreshing the slopes and providing a little fresh off piste.
Val Thorens (70/180cm) is still offering skiing from 28 of 31 lifts and on Thursday, 71 of its 79 slopes were open. 13cm of new snow was recorded through the middle part of the week, providing some great skiing conditions. Val Thorens is set to remain open until May 10th.
Tignes (22/134cm) and Val d’Isere (22/134cm) were still able to offer 67 lifts between them, with the Espace Killy link still open and 10cm of fresh snow on Thursday morning. Val d’Isere is set to remain open until Sunday 3rd May, with Tignes closing a week later on May 10th.
Skiing is also on offer on the Grands Montets above Argentiere (0/120cm) until the end of play on Sunday. 20cm of fresh snow was reported on Tuesday, providing a great late season powder day.
Sadly the weather is forecast to deteriorate during Thursday afternoon and night, with heavy rain expected to fall over the weekend. Snow may initially fall on Friday to 2,500m, but with the freezing level soaring above 3,000m from Saturday onwards, rain is expected at most levels.
All of our other featured French resorts are now closed for the season.
European Weather Outlook
The weather in the Alps is set to take a significant turn for the worse over the coming days, as heavy rain sets in and the freezing level continually climbs upwards. Snow should initially fall on Friday to around 2,500m but will readily turn to rain up as high as 3,000m by Sunday and Monday. Current forecasts are calling for over 200mm of rain by early next week in places, so flooding may become an issue and certainly the snow conditions will deteriorate rapidly if this much rain falls.
Norway can expect great weather for its final weekend of skiing, however with cloudier skies forecast for Sweden, low light lenses might be appropriate than sunglasses.
Scotland is forecast a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend, with long sunny spells expected across the country. A few showers are possible to end the week, but come the weekend these are expected to be more scattered.