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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 - 22 Apr 2014|
|Last snowed|| 19-Apr-2014|
|Fresh snow||5 cm|
|Lower slopes||70 cm|
|Upper slopes||150 cm|
|Piste state||Spring snow|
|Runs to resort||Slushy|
|Off piste snow||Limited|
|Comments||The best conditions can be found on the upper slopes|
Snow Overview - France (snow news updated 22-Apr-2014)
The Easter weekend was the end of the season for many French ski area, although around two thirds of the French resorts are still open for skiing. This is the last week of winter operations for a number of resorts though, including Cauterets (200/300cm), Meribel (30/95cm), La Plagne (0/215cm) and Les Arcs (33/166cm)
Fresh snow fell over the weekend at resorts in the Northern Alps too, providing excellent skiing conditions in areas such as the Espace Killy, the Paradiski area and the Three Valleys.
The temperature has increased again this week though and as a result spring skiing conditions dominate. Cloudy skies are forecast across this week and next weekend, with the freezing level remaining above 2,000m. This could rise to around 3,000m later this week, bringing rain to many locations.
European Weather Outlook
The forecast is for cloudy skies across the major European nations this week and over next weekend. The freezing level is supposed to rise to around 3,000m this week before dropping back down to around 2,000m next week. This could result in wet weather for many areas this week following by snow conditions on the higher slopes next week.