Avoriaz

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A town set high on the cliff looking down over Morzine. It's the centre of the entire Portes-du-Soleil region and provides easy access to all it's 650km of pistes and 13 other villages.

Avoriaz has always been at the forefront of promoting new ideas in skiing and snowboarding and is seen by many as the snowboard capital of Europe, having been promoting the sport from day one.

There is a huge amount of terrain around Avoriaz, ranging from nice wide cruising pistes, steep blacks, moguls the size of houses, and an extensive array of off-piste. For the more adventurous there's numerous off-piste tree runs, cliff drops, and powder bowls.

One initiative of the Avoriaz team is the introduction of 'Snow-cross' runs. These are pistes that are left un-groomed but made avalanche safe by the ski-patrols to allow everyone the experience of off-piste snowboarding or skiing without the usual associated risks.

Within Avoriaz there are 3 snow parks, a superpipe, and a boardercross course, 4 snow-cross runs, and not forgetting the European Burton 'The Stash' (www.thestash.com).

Snowpark 'Trashers' is perfect for complete freestyle beginners, offering small rollers/jumps and beginners boxes & rails.

Snowpark de la Chapelle is aimed at giving people their first experience of jumps, rails, and boxes. Located at the top of Avoriaz town, the park is an ideal introduction to freestyle riding and skiing.

Snowpark d'Arare is aimed for more advanced riders and skiers. There's a number of huge tabletops, hips, rails, and boxes on offer, all of which will challenge the expert riders. Follow this link to see an interactive map of the Arare snowpark: Snowpark d'Arare

The Superpipe is truly awesome. Carved into the side of the slope at the top of the Prodains gondola the superpipe has massive vertical walls, with super smooth transitions, providing an excellent pipe facility. There are regular competitions held in the pipe and in the parks in Avoriaz, attracting world class skiers and snowboarders to the region.