Avoriaz

Ski Chalets & Apartments for sale, France

Expert's Opinion

"Superbly placed within the Portes du Soleil, Avoriaz offers altitude, atmosphere and ski in, ski out convenience. " - Harry Granger

The Village

Purpose-built resorts aren't renowned for their aesthetic appeal, but, compared to the 'concrete jungle' of Val Thorens and the brutalism of Flaine, Avoriaz cuts a fine figure. Perched on a cliff-edge above Morzine, the resort is characterised by high-rise, wooden-clad buildings in a dynamic, angular architectural style.

First built in the 1960s the resort has a cohesive and well-thought-out feel. Bars and shops are dotted carefully across the resort and access to the various ski lifts through the station is good. The main area of the village circles around the Dromonts drag lift and children's ski school, which is where you will find most ski rental shops, bars, restaurants and the lift and tourist offices. 

Convenience isn't just limited to access to lifts, shops and bars though, the reliable snow at 1800m and the lifts both at the top and the bottom at the resort mean that the vast majority of apartment buildings in the resort are, to an extent, ski in, ski out. 

The careful planning of the resort, as well as the distinct architectural style, give Avoriaz a strong sense of identity and underpin the other-wordly feel of the village.

 

The Skiing

Avoriaz offers a diverse mix of ski slopes with enough lazy greens for first-timers to learn without losing their minds for boredom, a comprehensive mix of blues and reds and just enough black runs to keep adrenaline junkies on their toes (not least the infamous Swiss Wall).

Nestled at 1800 among the highest peaks in the Portes du Soleil, and just a morning's ski away from both the Swiss border and the French resorts of Chatel and Morzine, the resort could not be any better located within the region. The resort lies on a sunny plateau so your day of skiing will start in the sun before you move on to the tree-lined descents across to Les Lindarets and Chatel, the more open and invigorating descents down from the Chavanette and Les Hauts Forts Peaks or the peaceful valley skiing down towards Morzine.

There are also a number of terrain parks in the area, including a full sized, professional park that is used for contests annually. 

Properties

Building on the Avoriaz plateau began in the mid-1960s, the Dromonts Hotel being the first completed building in 1966. In the following years a significant portion of the apartment buildings around the Dromonts area were built and these stand to this day.

Property-wise, in Avoriaz the majority of the available real estate is apartments. Primarily these apartments are located in these original 1960s apartment buildings. They are well-positioned with good views but lack the comfort and class of more recent apartment developments in the Swiss Alps. 

While in resorts like Chatel and Les Gets you can find high-end, newbuild apartments with dedicated parking, private ski lockers and occassionally spa and wellness facilities, in Avoriaz these are rare. Turnover of these, often small, apartments is high and there is little to separate them in terms of quality. 

Chalet developments in Avoriaz are very rare but, depending on the location, can be an attractive option. Given their rarity, chalets in Avoriaz can rent well and have a good resale potential.

The newbuild chalet development, Pas du Lac, is just such a development and a unique proposition in the resort.