The geography of Avoriaz and the surrounding area and climate are vital to what has made it the place it is today. Indeed, the sole reason for Avoriaz being constructed in the first place is due to its geography. It is worth to discover Avoriaz.
Avoriaz is located in a perfect place for the winter sports which gave rise to the town. It is in an area of the Alps that is perfect for big snow storms and has a higher altitude than the surrounding towns of the Portes Du Soleil, making it far more snow sure than its neighbours.
The proximity of some large towns means that there is a good infrastructure in place in the surrounding area. This means good transport links from the airport at Geneva as well as access by train from Thonon and Cluses. There is also a good road network. Thonon and Cluses, as the closest large towns, also offer a greater selection of shops as well as hospitals. Thonon, like Geneva, sits on lake Geneva (Lac Leman)
The population of Avoriaz never stays completely stable for long. This is due to the seasonal nature of the town. In winter it becomes much busier but outside of the winter season the annual population of the town is only around 3,000 people. This means that, except for the winter months, Avoriaz can be quite quiet.
Geopark Du Chablais
Avoriaz is located in the UNESCO designated Geopark Du Chablais. In fact, the lifts of Avoriaz are included as one of the places of interest. The Geopark status recognises the geological importance of the area and the forces that shaped it, as well as the way in which the local people have sought to live in harmony with their surroundings. The Geopark stretches from the shores of Lac Leman through Morzine to the Col Du Joux Plagne.
Time (Daylight and Time Difference)
Avoriaz is located in France, close to the border with Switzerland and as such it is a part of the same time zone as the rest of France, putting it one hour ahead of the UK and it follows the French daylight savings hours changes, which are the same as they are in the UK. Daylight is changing in Avoriaz during the year.