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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 - 23 Jan 2015|
|Last snowed|| 20-Jan-2015|
|Fresh snow||20 cm|
|Lower slopes||100 cm|
|Upper slopes||150 cm|
|Runs to resort||Hard|
|Off piste snow||Crud|
|Comments||The best conditions can be found on the upper slopes|
Snow Overview - France (snow news updated 24-Jan-2015)
France caught some good snowfall over the weekend and some places, especially in the west and the south, have continued to pick up more in the past few days. As a result conditions are generally good across the board, with icy and bare spots now limited and some powder stashes to be found off piste.
Some of the resorts that have struggled the most so far this season have seen some of the best falls of snow in the past week. The conditions at Foux d’Allos (45/155cm) and Chamrousse (40/70cm) have been vastly improved this week, but more snow is still needed to open the final few lifts.
Conditions in the high resorts of the Haute-Savoie continue to be good. Ski Club Ambassadors at Meribel (25/95cm), Val Thorens (90/130cm) and Courchevel (51/86cm) in the Three Valleys have all reported some great conditions this week across the huge ski area.
Cauterets (100/170cm) was reporting 10cm of fresh snow on Thursday 22nd January, adding to the already impressive base depth in the resort. 12 of the resorts 16 lifts were turning and some great powder has been reported across the mountain.
Some light snow is expected this weekend across the French Alps and also the Pyrenees, although totals are unlikely to top 10cm for most. Cold temperatures (-10C at mid-mountain), so whatever snow does fall will be very light and should make for some excellent skiing.
European Weather Outlook
Some more snow is in the forecast for the Alps this weekend, although the falls are likely to be mostly light in nature. Northern Switzerland and Austria can expect the heaviest snow, with up to 20cm forecast on Saturday. Elsewhere smaller amounts are predicted, but what falls will do so in cold air (below -5C at mid-mountain) so expect some lovely soft snow conditions. Visibility may be affected so make sure you’ve got some low-light lenses if you’re heading out to the Alps. There is the potential for a major snowfall event during the second half of next week, according to the latest forecast models. On current predictions, over a metre of snow is forecast for most of the Alps, but please bear in mind that the models can change as Alpine forecasting is notoriously complex. Keep an eye on the situation over the weekend to get the very latest information as the forecast evolves.
The Pyrenees can expect to see more snowfall over the weekend, although most of it should be light. Sunshine is currently expected for Sunday so make the most of the clear skies then if you’re planning a day-trip.
More light snow can be expected across Scandinavia, with the potential for 10cm of fresh snow for some. The best chance for some sunshine is on Sunday.
Light snow is also predicted for Bulgaria over the weekend, totalling around 10cm on current forecasts. Clouds should cover the skies for the majority of the weekend, but the best chance for brightness is on Saturday.
The recent settled spell of weather is set to come to an abrupt end in Scotland on Friday. New snow is expected over the weekend and into next week, but watch out for some fluctuations in the freezing level which may bring short periods of rainfall.