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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 - 06 Mar 2014|
|Last snowed|| 04-Mar-2014|
|Fresh snow||5 cm|
|Lower slopes||240 cm|
|Upper slopes||300 cm|
|Runs to resort||Soft|
|Off piste snow||Varied|
|Comments||Very good piste conditions, best at top|
Snow Overview - France (snow news updated 06-Mar-2014)
There was more powder skiing on offer at our featured French resorts with heavy snowfall throughout the week.
The Pyrenees experienced huge amounts of new snow this week with over 100cm falling at Cauterets (280/380cm) on Wednesday 5th March. There was also so much new snow the previous day that the resort remained closed on Tuesday 4th March but sunny weather returned on Thursday 6th March.
There was also heavy snow in Chamonix (175/265cm) this week with 30cm of fresh powder hitting the area on Tuesday. There are still great conditions on and off piste and sunny skies on Thursday meant there was perfect visibility.
Alpe d’Huez (153/255cm) and Les Deux Alpes (75/220cm) started the week with fresh powder and a further 10cm of new snow fell on Wednesday.
European Weather Outlook
Very little snow is expected to fall in Europe over the next week as spring conditions take over. No resorts in France, Switzerland and Austria have snow in the forecast with constant sun predicted next week.
Temperatures at resorts like Alpe d’Huez in France will reach around 4C and some lower resorts could experience slushy conditions on their resort-level pistes. It is a similar story in Switzerland with no snow forecast and temperatures of up to 8C coming to Wengen.
Italian and Austrian resorts will also experience warm and sunny weather over the next nine days but some snow is expected in Bulgaria. 25cm of new snow could fall in Borovets next week.