5 reasons to go skiing in AVORIAZ
Dark times, but dreams are always allowed. Where are you going on a skiing trip post-corona, Avoriaz maybe? This legendary ski station with wooden apartment buildings is ideal for avid skiers, party animals and walkers. ISIC gives five good reasons to be seduced by a winter sports destination that cannot be compared with anything else.
1. Skiing as it should be
Avoriaz is a renowned station for winter sports enthusiasts. Its location in the heart of one of the largest ski areas in Europe makes it a haven for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. In addition to Avoriaz, Les Portes du Soleil connects 11 other stations, including Les Gets, Châtel and Morzine. You can even ski into Switzerland (Les Crosets, Morgins) via the famous Mur Suisse, one of the steepest slopes in the world. There is a cable lift for the non-daring. With its 650 kilometres of slopes, guaranteed snow right through to the Easter holidays and freestyle zones galore, Les Portes du Soleil offers enough assets to convince even the biggest doubters.
Back to Avoriaz! For the modern winter sports enthusiast, the snow parks that have been built on the slopes in recent years are the main attraction. In the first place we think of The Stash, a 100% natural sliding course in the Lindarets forest, developed by snowboard legend Jake Burton. This ecological snow park offers a mix of freeride and freestyle, with a nice message about nature conservation on top.
2. Avant-garde architecture
In the 1960s, mountain tourism started to boom. Some dreamers came up with a ski station on a plateau in the Haute-Savoie, without cars and with an original architecture. This is how Avoriaz was born, an avant-garde station that has continued to renew and expand ever since, without losing sight of sustainable ethics. The buildings have a unique uniformity (everything is made of wood), so that you do not have the impression that you have arrived in a large and ungainly tourist resort. High on its rock, Avoriaz continues to surprise with uniformity, originality and resistance to real estate projects that would destroy the landscape.
3. 100% pedestrian
Avoriaz was the very first ski resort exclusively for pedestrians. Although more and more ski enthusiasts have flocked here since the 1960s, they have always stuck to that starting point. You are obliged to leave your car in one of the peripheral car parks and will then be taken to your hotel by sled or tracked vehicle. Nice and very typical transport. Once in Avoriaz, you enjoy a much healthier Zen atmosphere than in the other ski stations in the region.
4. Party hard
Anyone who has never experienced the explosive party atmosphere of La Folie Douce does not know what après-ski is. The concept started in the heart of the Espace Killy and immediately caused a stir by offering open air clubbing, in the beautiful setting of the ski slopes. Since then, loads of students have been slurping cocktails to heavy beats before descending unsteadily back to their flat. Since last year you can also experience La Folie Douce in Avoriaz itself, which saves you the painful experience of having to put on your skis after a good night out.
5. Activities galore
Adrenaline seekers can experience many other winter sport activities besides skiing. Avoriaz has not stayed behind on this trend. A few suggestions to spice up your snow holiday: ice diving (bring your thermal underwear!), E-Fatbike (an electric mountain bike, specially designed for riding on snow), dog sled ride (for the ultimate feeling of freedom), paragliding (with landing on skis), night snowmobiling, visit to an igloo village... If you still have some breath left after that, visit the Aquariaz water paradise with whirlpools, an outdoor swimming pool, water slides and an original tube descent.
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