What’s New on the Slopes of Avoriaz this Winter?
It’s an exciting year for lift and piste development in Avoriaz, with the resort pulling out all the stops, yet again, to improve its slopes for visitors. Here’s what you keen skiers and snowboarders can look forward to this winter.
TWO NEW CHAIRLIFTS LINKING TO SWITZERLAND
That’s right, this winter Avoriaz is welcoming two new lifts to the ski area that will provide a new link to Champèry – les Crosets on the Swiss side of les Portes du Soleil. Starting from the Lindarets bowl, the six-person Léchère lift will replace the old three-person lift of the same name and transport skiers and snowboarders to about half way up Avoriaz’s famous 11km blue run, Abricotine.
Following on from Léchère will be the Cases chairlift, another six-person lift that will finish just above the top of la Grande Conche, one of the lifts that links from les Crosets to Avoriaz. This will give you easy access to a number of slopes leading into les Crosets and Champèry, as well as back down into Avoriaz. We’re really excited about this new development as it will make it much quicker and easier to ski over to Switzerland, especially during busy times and open up the Mossettes sector of the Avoriaz to a wider range of skiers and snowboarders.
Image: Oreli.B / Avoriaz 1800
A BRAND NEW PISTE
As part of the aforementioned new link to Champèry – les Crosets, a new red slope is being built in the Mossettes area of Avoriaz. Named les Cases, it will start from the summit of Mossettes, where you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful views over les Dents du Midi before making your way down 2.5km and 445 vertical metres of brand new piste.
NEW TOURING SLOPES
Skiing uphill? Yep, dedicated ski touring and splitboarding pistes are becoming more and more popular in ski resorts, and Avoriaz is way ahead of the curve on this one! The resort introduced a specialised touring slope a few years ago and has announced this year that it will be building on its existing network with the introduction of two new slopes just for uphill travel. Ranging from 2km – 6km in length, these slopes will be a great way to learn the basics of touring and build your fitness before venturing onto more advanced routes.
Look out for modifications on les Jordières, which goes from the base of the Prodains cable car all the way up to the ridges of Arare, while a new slope will take you from the Ardent car park to Lindarets village. Both are due to open in December with the rest of the lifts but for maximum safety and enjoyment, their status is weather and snow-condition dependent, so make sure you check they’re open before you set off! Touring is a fantastic and rewarding way to explore the mountains, although if you’ve never done it before make sure you get a lesson to cover all the fundamentals.
While it may not technically be on the slopes (but you can ski there after a day on the mountain!), we’re really excited about the completion of our new bar and gaming space, le Roc. In the summer of 2018 we took over the bowling alley in Avoriaz and we’ve been working ever since to transform it into two new bars; luxury cocktail bar, le Lounge Roc, and bowling and gaming space, le Strike Roc. For the first time, this winter both bars will be open and we can’t wait! Enjoy delicious cocktails, mouth-watering tapas and exciting events at le Lounge Roc, while at le Strike Roc you can bowl, play a selection of arcade and VR games and watch all your favourite sports. See you there soon!
If you’d like to come out to Avoriaz and make the most of these new additions to the ski area, we have a range of chalets and apartments available to suit every budget, check out what’s on offer HERE.
Cover image: Loic Bouchet / Avoriaz 1800