Avoriaz is a purpose-built ski resort but, unlike so many of the resorts that sprang up in the 60s and 70s, it isn't home to unsightly concrete monoliths but instead wooden-clad apartments and chalets that sympathetically blend into the surrounding mountains.
Much of the credit for Avoriaz has been given to the 1960 Winter Olympic Gold medal winner Jean Vaurnet. Vaurnet had grown up in Morzine and, after his success at the Olympics in Squaw Valley, he was asked to help with the development of the ski area that surrounded Morzine. Today Avoriaz sits high on the cliffs above Morzine and was voted best family resort and snowiest resort in France in 2013.
The town is completely pedestrianised and only service vehicles are allowed to drive through the resort powdered by an engine, everyone else must make their way around either on foot, ski or in horse-drawn sleighs.
All cars must be parked outside the resort and most transfers to Avoriaz stop at the foot of Le Prodains and visitors make the final ascent to the resort by cable car.
The centre of the resort is a gently sloping plateau that is home to bars, restaurants, shops, a sports centre, the nursery slopes and the Tourist Office. This is the heart of the resort and it is surrounded by high rise apartments and cliffs that occupy various sectors: Falaise, Dromonts, Ruches, Festival, Crozats and Amara.