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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 - 01 Mar 2017|
|Last snowed|| 01-Mar-2017|
|Fresh snow||15 cm|
|Lower slopes||110 cm|
|Upper slopes||150 cm|
|Runs to resort||Powder|
|Off piste snow||Windblown|
|Comments||Today's fresh powder means fresh tracks!|
Snow Overview - France (snow news updated 01-Mar-2017)
Monday 27th of February was the calm before the storm in France, which is awaiting the arrival of a storm tonight.
There are some interesting conditions in Le Corbier (45/115cm) where resort runs were looking more like what you would expect to find in the Pyrenees in April – spring snow with brown patches. The snow is much better at the top, but it nonetheless reflects the frankly bizarre season we are having in the Alps this year.
Resort runs are also suffering in Les Orres (60/120cm) where slopes are surrounded by mud and grass. Still, the snow looks soft and grippy so it’s not as bad as it could be. There are similar conditions in Orcieres (15/90cm) and Pra Loup (25/145cm).
The coming snowstorm, which starts tonight, should address some of these issues with loads of new snow forecast. It will start snowing this evening, with Chamonix (20/215cm) getting around 20 cm tonight with heavy snow continuing into tomorrow. Other hot spots include Les Deux Alpes (40/160cm) and Alpe d’Huez (90/160cm) with La Grave (40/190cm) also on track for a rejuvenating snowstorm.
European Weather Outlook
It is set to be a complicated week for The Alps. Much needed heavy snowfalls will start late on Monday (27th) night and remain all day Tuesday, tapering off by early Wednesday morning. The heaviest snowfalls will be in France and Italy, but no matter where you are skiing in The Alps there will be fresh snow. Strong winds at altitude are forecast, so some ski areas may experience limited lift operations at times. It will be an excellent but challenging week of skiing ahead for the Alps in what can only be described as varied and complex season so far.
This weekend may see another round of heavy snowfalls, mostly on the southern and eastern sides of the Alps. Check back Thursday for a more comprehensive overview of upcoming conditions.
Elsewhere, snow is expected in the Pyrenees on Thursday, but not as heavy as what we will see in The Alps. Tuesday will see light to moderate snowfalls - Not enough to call a powder day but certainly enough to make on-piste conditions excellent.
Further north in Scandinavia, another typical weather week lies ahead. Light snow falls and fairly dull overcast skies will be the dominate feature. Temperatures will remain slightly below freezing creating most soft snow conditions.