TRANSFER TIME (approx): Geneva 1 hour 30 mins to Morzine
(half an hour more to Avoriaz)
LIFT PASS (2010/11): Adult £198 (Portes du Soleil area)
£147 (Morzine local)
£121 (Avoriaz local)
Child £134 (Portes du Soleil area)
£105 (Morzine local)
£96 (Avoriaz local)
PISTE FACTS: Longest Run: 6km (Morzine), 6km (Avoriaz)
Total: 650km (Portes du Soleil)
Morzine is a traditional looking, attractive, bustling town. It doesn't matter if you are looking for lively apres or great grub, you will find it here. Plenty of shops, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes.
Avoriaz is a purpose built traffic free resort with easy access to the many pistes. Avoriaz is at high altitude giving it a great snow record and, along with Morzine, is part of the famous Portes du Soleil - the largest linked ski area in the world with 650km of piste!!
With an area this size, there is anything and everything you could ever want, on and off piste. The Portes du Soleil area has endless blue and red runs as well as some of the most challenging pisted runs in France - there are over 20 black runs!
There is excellent off piste on offer as well if you are looking for fresh tracks. In terms of freestyle, there is a park in Morzine but Avoriaz really is freestyle heaven. There is the Stash snowboard park and a halfpipe.
Overall, this is a massive area with something for everyone. Avoriaz will keep freestylers amused, but for those just wanting cruise the piste all day, Morzine probably has better runs with less flat sections.
Lively apres ski with Morzine being the slightly busier. Both have plenty to keep you amused though. Avoriaz has horse drawn carts, a sports centre and parapenting. Morzine has an ice rink with regular ice hockey games, a cinema, climbing wall, and a sports centre.