Avoriaz in Portes du Soleil, France

Avoriaz in Portes du Soleil, France

At a Glance

The resort of Avoriaz is set in the fabulous Portes du Soleil ski area, with an enormous 650kms of high altitude slopes in both France and Switzerland. Avoriaz, characterised by its bold, modern architecture, is entirely traffic free and offers doorstep skiing and first class snow for all abilities.

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Avoriaz - resort information

Avoriaz is rather distinctive amongst the 1960s purpose built ski resorts. Jacques Labro built the Dromonts hotel in March 1966 and this design set the tone for the rest of the development.

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The design of this building eschewed the Alpine Chalets more commonly found in this region in favour of a bold and unique design more in keeping with its cliff top location. The buildings are mainly built in wood and slate and from a distance blend into the surrounding cliffs. Many of the designers of Avoriaz have won awards for their work such as the Académie des Beaux Arts, the Equerre d'Argent and silver medal from the Architectural Académie.