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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 - 05 Mar 2015|
|Last snowed|| 04-Mar-2015|
|Fresh snow||20 cm|
|Lower slopes||195 cm|
|Upper slopes||320 cm|
|Runs to resort||Excellent|
|Off piste snow||Powder|
|Comments||Great conditions - wax up your skis!|
Snow Overview - France (snow news updated 05-Mar-2015)
Great skiing is on offer across France at present, particularly in those areas that caught the most snowfall at the start of the week. High winds unfortunately limited some ski areas, but with sunny skies firmly in place, Thursday 5th March was certainly a great day to be out on the slopes.
Some of the heaviest falls of snow this week were picked up in the Grand Massif ski region, with resorts such as Flaine (63/240cm) and Samoens (92/168cm) reporting some great powder conditions. Similarly, the Chamonix (20/210cm) valley was offering some great fresh tracks following the snow earlier this week.
The Ski Club’s Ambassadors in the Espace Killy both reported some fantastic powder conditions across the area. The best snow was above Val d’Isere (113/175cm) at le Fornet and up towards the Pissalis Glacier.
Sadly high winds curtailed lift operations at several resorts, including Alpe d’Huez (109/200cm) which was able to run only 10 of its 49 lifts and Serre Chevalier (35/150cm) had 18 of its 62 lifts shut due to high winds.
Sunny skies are forecast for the weekend and into next week as well, with rising temperatures set to provide some very pleasant skiing conditions.
European Weather Outlook
A settled spell of weather is finally set to arrive in the Alps, bringing sunny skies, light winds and hopefully some great skiing weather. Temperatures are set to rise over the weekend, with freezing levels nudging above 2,000m. Therefore expect some softening of the lower and south facing slopes, but not too much snowmelt. It is certainly setting up to be a fantastic weekend.
Bright sunshine is also expected for the Pyrenees, making a welcome change following the huge snowfalls during February. The freezing level is set to rise to 2,500m so again expect some spring-like conditions on the lower and south facing slopes.
Very heavy snow is forecast for Bulgaria, with possibly as much as a metre landing on the upper slopes. Some rain may fall on the lowest slopes on Friday, but with the freezing level dropping to 500m by Saturday, snow will again fall at all levels. The weather is then expected to clear on Monday – hopefully leading to a sunny week in which to enjoy the powder.
Fairly mixed weather is expected over the weekend in Scandinavia, with the possibility of sunny breaks but also some rain/snow showers for all our featured resorts. More settled and bright weather is expected for the new week, particularly in Norway.
The rollercoaster that is the Scottish weather is set to continue this weekend. Mild conditions are forecast to move in, raising freezing levels before they drop back down again on Sunday. Some new snow is expected, but this is likely to be limited to the upper slopes and it is possible on Saturday that rain will fall at all levels. High winds are also set to be an issue.