Avoriaz is central to the world famous Portes Du Soleil Ski Area. Before visiting it is possible to familiarise yourself with the town and the area around it.
Both before and during your stay the webcam provides live updates of the exact conditions. It shows what the weather is like(although this can change quickly), as well as giving visual clues to the current snow conditions in resort.
The forecast generally involves both a weather report and,during the winter months, a snow report. The weather report is obviously important as it dictates how many layers people wear when heading out on the slopes, what lenses to use in their goggles etc but the weather report is also closely lined to the snow report as it shows when the last snowfall was, when the next snowfall is expected as well as the temperature which indicates what kind of snow to expect on the slopes. The snow report also includes the up to date avalanche bulletin which is very important.
Becoming acquainted with the history of the place you are visiting often reveals interesting stories about the town. As Avoriaz is a far newer town than its neighbours it does not have a history dating back as far as them - fifty years compared with Morzine's one thousand year history! However, itís development, from vision to reality, is a fascinating story, and it is worth learning something of the history as it has been so pivotal in the development of the Portes Du Soleil ski area. It has not been as important to redevelop as it has been in some of the older towns as Avoriaz was purpose built, but developments such as Aquariaz as improved lifts have nevertheless continued to enhance the visitor experience. Historically some major events, such as the Tour De France have visited Avoriaz as well.
Avoriaz's location, perched high on the cliffs in the centre of some of the best skiing in the area, was chosen to help make it a world class skiing destination. It matches the wilderness and beauty of the mountains with the convenience of having major towns and cities in reasonably close proximity. It is geographically located in the heart of the UNESCO Geopark Du Chablais.
The culture of the area can be seen in the local art, which can be purchased as souvenirs, as well as the local foods, including the Alpine cheeses and saucisson.