Avoriaz has 36 ski lifts and 49 ski slopes (4 green, 26 blue, 14 red and 6 blacks). The lifts marked on the piste map using straight black lines are of four types; button tow/drag, chair, telecabine and telepherique.
In the winter the Avoriaz lifts usually start to open from the second week of December onwards. Normally only a few lifts are open for the first week, with progressively more lifts opening as snow permits. You may find that the higher resorts of the Portes du Soleil have the most lifts open towards the start and end of the season, as they have more dependable snow coverage than those resorts lower down. Getting up the first and last lifts of the season often means you won't experience the best snow ever, but you may find that you have the pistes to yourself, no lift queues and sometimes there are low-season discounts to be had. Spring skiing can be pleasant with warmer weather and more precipitation can mean more snow! The season usually ends towards the end of April.
During recent years, several lifts have been upgraded, and the Portes du Soleil now boasts 13 six-seater high-speed detachable chairs – there are new ones at Fornet in Avoriaz , Pre-la-Joux in Châtel and Grand Paradis in Champéry. The area has been at the forefront of technical developments, pioneering the hands-free lift pass back in 2000, and now you can also build up "fidelity points" which can be exchanged for a free day’s skiing. For this there is a deposit of €3/5CHF or you can keep it as a souvenir and re-use the card the following year.
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