Avoriaz is a traffic-free resort at the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area - one of the biggest linked lift systems in the world...
The high-altitude resort of Avoriaz is positioned above the valley resort of Morzine, which you can reach by gondola but not by piste.
It is entirely traffic free; all cars and coaches must be left in paid-for parking areas at the edge of the village, from which holidaymakers either drag their luggage in sledges or take a horse-drawn sleigh. This means that virtually all the accommodation in the resort is ski on/ski out.
Avoriaz's other big advantage is that it is on the main lift circuit of the Portes du Soleil, and has links to Châtel in one direction and to Champéry in Switzerland in another, as well as the slopes of Morzine and Les Gets.
That's a massive 650km of piste that you can access from the resort.
Unsurprisingly, Avoriaz therefore offers great skiing for everyone from a first-time snowboarder to an expert skier, and there's a great selection of terrain parks within easy reach of the resort.
The slopes can get busy at weekends and during the school holidays, though.
Other downsides include that, although Avoriaz itself is high, its slopes don't go much higher - and some parts of the Portes du Soleil ski area are much lower than 1,800m.
The good news is that the snow in Avoriaz is usually much better than over the border on the sunnier Swiss slopes. But when snow is sparse, the smooth, grassy slopes in Morzine can be a better bet than the rocky ones around Avoriaz, which need more snow to be fun.
Avoriaz is just an hour away from Geneva airport, making it one of the fastest French resorts to get to...
You can get a shared transfer from Geneva airport for as little as €20 per person.
If you like being able to ski right up to and away from your accommodation, car-free Avoriaz will be right up your street...
The area also attracts a youthful clientele eager to try its luck in the numerous terrain parks, as well as skiers and snowboarders keen to explore the area's huge variety of runs.
The bizarre architecture in Avoriaz will either delight or dismay, but the après-ski and relatively cheap prices should impress...
Avoriaz has a fun, international après-ski scene, with some buzzing bars such as Yeti, Shooters and The Place providing loud music and crowds. For those seeking something a bit more sophisticated, meanwhile, there is also the pleasant Le Cave wine bar, as well as the Tavillion and Globetrotters. And for late-night dancing, head to Le Choucas or Le Yak nightclub.
Non-skiers can spend at least a day at the recently opened Aquariaz: Europe's highest waterpark, with tropical foliage, a lazy river, climbing wall and slide for rubber rings.
There is also an ice rink and a bowling alley in the resort, while adrenaline junkies can also try skydiving or paragliding off one of the nearby peaks. Other activities on offer include dog-sledding, snow-shoeing and ski-joering (being pulled by a horse on skis).
7/10 Cost of living
There is some great value self-catering accommodation to be found in Avoriaz - in fact, it's probably home to some of the cheapest ski in/ski out accommodation you will find in France. Several of the small, family-run restaurants in Avoriaz are also quite reasonable, for a ski resort anyway.
5/10 Attractiveness of the resort
You will either love or hate Avoriaz's crazy, purpose-built apartment blocks, many of which look like something out of a science fiction film.
The car-free village is all dark, angular, high-rise buildings that can look quite attractive - especially at night when seen against the backdrop of the floodlit cliff behind the resort.
The resort also boasts some great views of the Dents Blanches and the Dents du Midi, as well as down across Morzine. However, the modern feel certainly won't appeal to anyone seeking traditional Alpine charm.