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Enjoy a unique skiing experience in Avoriaz

22 December 2011
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Every ski destination in Europe has a stand out feature that can help to promote the area and ensure people choose it as their location for ski holidays, but Avoriaz has one of the most impressive unique attributes of all – the resort is completely car-free.

This fact has established it as one of the premier destinations for people who want their ski holidays to hark back to the days when there were very few or no vehicles on the roads and a winter wonderland was not disrupted by cars and motorbikes zooming along.

Avoriaz is not only the one car-free resort in the whole of France, but every chalet and residence is accessible on skis, which means that people are not restricted when it comes to joining other holidaymakers at their accommodation and are always a stone's throw from the slopes.

It also means that parents can spend their holidays with complete peace of mind, in the knowledge that their little ones are safe from traffic around the town, while they can access the ice skating rink, sledge slope, and children's village in the centre of Avoriaz without any traffic to bother them.

Better still, horse-drawn carriages give people the opportunity of journeying from one point to another in the most romantic means possible, allowing couples on ski weekends to savour the view as they trundle along.

However, Avoriaz does not rest on its laurels as the only car-free resort in France, as it also has a huge ski area to explore and entertain that guarantees a great time.

The resort is placed right in the middle of the Portes du Soleil, which has 650 km of high altitude slopes across France and Switzerland and offers panoramic skiing between Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva.

It means the resort is the perfect starting point for those seeking to explore the Portes du Soleil area, with the option of skiing to a different resort everyday of the week for a snack.

Meanwhile, it caters for skiers of all tastes and abilities, with slopes of varying terrain and difficulty to satisfy even the most demanding winter sports enthusiast.

The resort has adopted a snowpark design from the Californian resort of North Star, with an area in the middle of the forest that caters for a mixture of freeride and freestyle abilities.

There are three natural, non-groomed slopes of varying steepness that wind in and out of the trees in the Lindarets forest while, to make it more exciting, the runs also have hidden wooden obstacles to discover when hurtling down the so-called 'secret passage'.

According to the travel advice site London Track, the wide variety of attractions in the resort is arguably unparalleled when it comes to satisfying the needs of those in search unique experiences on their ski holidays.

"To its great credit, Avoriaz may be a little different but has all that you would expect; eight metres of light, fluffy, stick-your-tongue-out-and-feel-it snow certainty, speedy lifts, endless skiing for all abilities, terrain parks, dedicated kids' zones, late clubs for apres ski endurance events and reasonably priced restaurants – not something all resorts can claim with a straight face," it explained.

As a result, this means the resort boasts a loyal following of skiers and snowboarders who would not consider any other resort for their ski weekends, and are therefore in the perfect position to advise newcomers to the destination on the best places to ski, eat, drink or relax.

Such is the national pride imbued in the resort that in 2003, the French minister of culture declared Avoriaz one of country's great heritage achievements of the 20th century.

If the allure of a resort with no cars is not enough to entice people to Avoriaz, the great slopes, stunning views, welcoming and friendly locals and fine apres ski options surely will.

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Posted by Thomas McKinnonADNFCR-1958-ID-801247512-ADNFCR

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