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France is a popular holiday choice France is a popular holiday choice for budding
and expert skiers but Avoriaz is the place to
for budding and expert skiers but
be. A picturesque, pedestrian resort set on the
Avoriaz is the place to be. mountainside with views overlooking the Morzine
Valley with accommodation for everyone, from
spacious and luxury apartments to functional
and cosy retreats, making it an ideal family ski
holiday destination. Best of all, it promises a 100%
guarantee for snow so you don’t ever have to worry
that your family ski holiday will disappoint.
3 Choose Where You Want
to Stay: Avoriaz
5 Choose How You Want
6 Now Choose Your
Holiday Package Aquariaz Water Park 6
8 Buy or Rent Ski
9 Things to Book Before
10 Excursions – What Else
Would You Like to Do?
11 Other Helpful Tips to
Avoriaz Apartments 4 Children’s Village 10
12 A Quick Checklist
Choose Where You Want to Stay
What To Consider
Think about how many people are travelling
so you know how many rooms you require and
whether one apartment can accommodate
all of you and if so, how many bathrooms one
apartment can offer if you are a large party.
If you have young children you may want to look
for an apartment that is not just a groundfloor
so they can sleep away from any evening
entertainment. If you are travelling with an
infant be sure to ask if a cot can be supplied,
Decide roughly when you would like to go away
and search online or with travel agents to see
if any ski special offers are available before
booking. Off peak seasons tend to be cheaper,
if your children aren’t at school yet, but you
can sometimes find some great group deals.
What do you want from your Avoriaz
apartment? Modern interiors, open fire,
traditional or cosy wood architecture?
Look at the full layouts of apartments and
décor, considering if you will be comfortable
staying there, before booking. Make sure the
accommodation is child friendly too.
Location, location, location! What will you
be doing on your Avoriaz holiday? Ski school?
Après ski? Waterpark? Look for an apartment
that is a convenient walking distance from all
of the amenities you are interested in. If you
have young children you may want to be a little
further from the main entertainment centres
and bars that can be noisy. All apartments
are ski in/ski out so proximity to the slopes
is the one location point you don’t need to
Think about how much time you will spend in
your apartment and what you will need from
it. If you are likely to need the internet then
you will require luxuries such as Wifi. If your
evening entertainment will include family movie
nights in, check that the apartment has a DVD
player and a microwave for the popcorn.
Choose How You Want to Travel Transport to Your Resort
Train – Travelling by rail is a good, environmentally Bus – The cheapest transfer method, but not
friendly, option but will require change overs. If great if you have small children as well as
you haven’t experienced the Eurostar yet then luggage.
you can think of this as an opportune moment
because it is the quickest transportation by rail Taxi – You may want to arrange for the travel
into France. This does only stop at an exclusive agent or airline to book you a taxi in advance
list of stations so check if there is one near you or check the standard cost but, usually there
prior to booking. Don’t worry about weather will be taxis lined up at the airport.
delays though as France are equipped with
snow trains to help transfer you as close to Car Hire – This will definitely need to be
your resort as possible. pre-arranged and a deposit will need to be
paid before you depart. It may be obvious but
Fly - Flying is a very quick method of you will need your driver’s license and don’t
transportation which is easily accessible forget Avoriaz is a car free resort, once you get
throughout Europe, and is advisable for short there.
stays so you can maximise your holiday time.
You can often save money by opting to pay for Minibus Hire - The most common way to
your accommodation and transport method get to your resort is with Avoriaz minibus hire,
separately, as you may be able to find some a great option if you are a big family or are
cheaper flights with the airlines direct. Before travelling with another family so you can all
booking any flights it would be worth checking chip in and share the cost.
with your resort the distance between
them and your preferred airport so you can *Once you arrive in Avoriaz the vehicle parking
determine your transfer method and the best sector is really easy to find – there’s usually
times to fly. lots of resort staff around to guide you.
There are 900 outdoor parking spaces at the
Ferry – If flying isn’t for you and you have the entrance to Avoriaz, the charge for which is 10
time for leisurely transportation then going Euros per day or 65 for a week. The outdoor
by sea could be a good option. This option is car park has 24 hour security and is located
great for socialising if you are in a group. You just 300m from the entrance to the resort.
can take your car, with all your ski gear, toys, The undercover car park is 14 Euros per day
buggies and children’s essentials packed in or 85 for the week. There are 1697 covered
the boot so you don’t have to worry about parking spaces at the entrance to the resort
lugging it around. Your holiday can start as and again the car parks are guarded 24 hours
soon as you board, just remember if you do a day. Yodel recommends booking your Avoriaz
take the car that Avoriaz is a car free resort parking spaces in advance, especially during
but don’t worry, there is a central car park in the busy weeks or call +33 (0)4 50 74 14 54 for
the Falaise district of Avoriaz where you can the outdoor parking and +33 (0)4 50 74 07 76
get transfers to your apartment.* for the indoor parking.
Coach – Travelling by coach is the longest View transportation and transfer methods online
method of transport but you can sometimes
strike lucky with cheap tickets and once you
are on board you can sit back and relax until
you reach Avoriaz.
Choose Your Holiday Package
Think about what it is exactly that you want
from your holiday. When travelling as a
family it doesn’t mean that you all want to be
together all of the time so look at whether
there are any children’s clubs available and
whether you really want to cook and do the
shopping for the whole of your holiday.
Full self-catering or half board –
Some of our luxury Avoriaz apartments are
available with the option to be half board
where you can enjoy breakfast in one of our
onsite restaurants, or even better, have fresh
pastries delivered straight to your door. So
even if you want to self-cater you can allow
yourself a little relaxation and lazy mornings
by letting us help get you started for the day.
Food Shopping: Stocking Up – If you
haven’t been to Avoriaz before on a self-
catering ski holiday then you may want to
check with us before departing where the local
shops are, if you want to save some pennies by
shopping off site, although there are shops in
a close proximity to the resort. Remember it is Swimming/ Spa – Swimming is inclusive
a pedestrian only resort so you will not be able in our holiday packages and is something the
to unload your shopping from your car outside whole family can participate in. Adventurous
your apartment. However, to make things a children will enjoy the Aquariaz water park
little easier we do offer to order your shopping which is full of whirl pools and waterslides
for you and have it delivered. A little like online creating hours of fun. We do also have a
food shopping! Just contact us to put together luxury Spa available at the resort but this is an
your order in advance and we can try and additional activity and all treatments will need
arrange for this to be delivered upon your to be paid for separately.
arrival (one less thing to worry about)
especially if you have hungry children in tow. Inclusive evening entertainment –
We have a variety of evening entertainment
Child care/ Crèche Services – We do have available at the resort, including live music,
professional child care services onsite so if if you are not planning on staying in at your
you have children that are too young to ski or apartment. This is by no means adults only,
you would like an evening out, your children Pierre et Vacances welcome families and host
can still be cared for by our expert staff. Some a party catered to children between 5-7pm
of our holiday packages also provide inclusive which usually leaves enough time for you to
activities clubs for children aged between 3-12 pop home after to have dinner before the rest
years in addition to our children’s village with of the evening entertainment begins or to visit
over 100 ski instructors and activities a local restaurant.
co-ordinators available to entertain your kids.
Benefits of buying equipment Benefits of renting equipment
If you ski or plan to ski regularly then You don’t need to worry about transporting
purchasing your own ski equipment can save your equipment to your resort as it will already
you money in the long term as you won’t have be there (or close to it).
to regularly pay the cost of hiring fees.
This is a cheaper method if this is your first
Your equipment can be custom fit to your body ski/ snowboarding holiday or an activity you
and weight from your ski’s or snowboards to won’t participate in that frequently.
your coat, salopettes or ski pants, goggles,
boots etc… Which you may find supports Often you can rent everything that you need
your confidence and skills as a skier or in one place so you don’t need to worry about
snowboarder. Having your own ski equipment researching the best brands or what size you
also means that you can just head straight to will need, let the experts take care of all of
the slopes on arrival in Avoriaz. that for you.
If you are going to buy your own ski equipment Although you can hire the majority of your
we would recommend you check with the equipment there may be some items that
airline you are flying with (if you are flying) you would prefer to own such as goggles,
how best to transport your equipment and sunglasses, hats and gloves.
whether there will be any additional costs
involved. NOTE: You will be required to pay a deposit
prior to renting. Some rental places take a
financial deposit but some may also
exchange your shoes for your ski boots, like
you do at bowling, so be sure to check this
before you depart (and perhaps pack an
extra pair of walking boots).
Things to Book Before
Going on holiday should be a break from everyday life and certainly shouldn’t be any
more stressful than necessary (once you get there). So whilst it’s not essential to do
this you may want to consider pre-booking some of these before you get to Avoriaz,
so you can cross them off the long list of holiday preparations and have peace of
mind when you get there.
Renting of ski or snowboarding equipment - Like to Spa? - To avoid disappointment it
For ski or snowboarding equipment, you is recommended that you book all of your
can book what you will need in advance to treatments in advance before arriving at the
ensure that you have secured the necessary resort, as our luxury Spa is a very popular
equipment required for your holiday. The break from the slopes. Our spa is the perfect
company will need to know the dates and way to unwind after an exhilarating day on
times of your arrival and departure, and will fit the ski slopes and helps to balance some
all of your equipment and clothing to you once relaxation into your ski holiday. We have a
you arrive. variety of treatments available performed by
a friendly team of professional therapists who
Ski and snowboarding lessons - If you will will be able to help you select a personalised
require the aid of a ski or snowboarding treatment for you if you are unsure of what
Instructor be this within a social group or for to indulge in or have not been to a Spa before.
a private tuition, it can be a good idea to book
this prior to your departure, for all members Feel free to request a brochure prior to your
wishing to participate including children. This departure date.
will probably require an additional payment
up front and you will be allotted specific times
of the day with a professional instructor. We
usually advise to allow at least 5-7 days for a
ski holiday if you will require tuition.
Ski Passes - It is advisable to book your ski
passes prior to departing as regardless as
to whether you have booked and paid for ski
tuition, you will not be permitted entry onto
the ski slopes resort without your pass as
security at the resort is very strict, so that you
can enjoy a safe holiday.
Excursions – What Else Would You Like to Do?
Avoriaz has a lot more to offer close to our apartments if you feel like taking a break from skiing
For the Family Ice-Skating - It wouldn’t be a winter holiday
without a little ice-skating! Avoriaz has an
Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride - If you want to give open air ice rink and holders of the
your children a fairy tale holiday then you Multiactivity Pass or Family Card can gain
can all enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride entry for free
around Avoriaz to really admire the view of
the resort. You can also use this as a method Arcades/Bowling – A little competitive
of transportation as the resort is pedestrian evening entertainment! Head to the games
only, another idea for transportation around arcade or bowling alley and see if you can win
the resort would be to hire or purchase some spending money or strikes
For the Kids
Village des Enfants – The children’s village
offers so much entertainment there is no need
to go anywhere else (other than the Aqua
Centre). The village offers ski and snowboard
lessons and general entertainment from 9am-
5.30pm for children aged 3 and older
For the Adults Special Events - The Avoriaz resort offers
some astounding events for free that may be
Paragliding – If you have ever wanted to know held in the village or requires you to make use
what it feels like to fly then paragliding is the of your new skiing skills. From the ‘Feerie des
excursion for you and what a breath taking Lumieres’ light extravaganza with a torch lit
view to experience than the view of the snowy procession and releasing of sky lanterns to
slopes and mountains in Avoriaz the ‘Rock the Pistes’ music festival and Jazz
concerts there is sure to be some evening
Nordic Walking – For anyone that enjoys entertainment to capture your interest.
hiking or doesn’t fancy skiing, this excursion
lends an opportunity to still experience the
fresh mountain air and views
Other Helpful Tips to Consider
What to Pack Bureau D’Exchange
Sun cream – Easy to forget about when Research the best currency exchange rate –
you are surrounded by snow but your face look for agencies that allow you to exchange
will need a good sun cream as the rays your euro’s back into sterling.
are reflected by the snow and you may find
yourself a little pink if you forget. You will want Don’t change your currency at the airport as
at least SPF30 if possible and ladies, if you their exchange fee is quite expensive.
want to avoid extra packing you can purchase
an SPF moisturiser to keep your skin soft and
protected. Holiday Insurance – To Help Save You Money
Lip Balm – To stop those luscious lips of For travel – This is essential as it will
yours chapping from the wind. If possible it provide medical insurance for you whilst you
would be good to purchase one with some SPF are away (and accidents can happen).
protection as an extra precaution.
For equipment – We do offer private ski
Clothing and Footwear – Just because there equipment lockers but you may want to safe
is snow everywhere does not mean you need guard any equipment you are hiring or have
to pack the thickest jumpers you own as you purchased from theft or breakage.
actually get quite hot skiing. For a week’s
holiday we recommend perhaps 3 fitted For cancellation - Because the unexpected
jumpers and leggings (or trousers) to wear can happen and sometimes unfortunately, we
under you salopettes with some thermal draft have to cancel our holidays.
tops. Even in the evening you’ll most likely
stick to your ski clothing.
A Quick Checklist
Are you ready for your family ski holiday to your luxury Avoriaz Apartment? Are you really sure?
Why don’t you check…
Have You... Of course! I’m on it…
…Checked your passport is valid and packed it in your hand luggage?
…Booked your accommodation and checked what’s available in it?
…Booked your transport to France and transfers to the Avoriaz resort?
…Hired your ski or snowboarding equipment before departing?
…Purchased any additional clothing you cannot hire?
…Booked your ski or snowboarding lessons?
…Purchased your ski passes?
…Changed your currency (spending money)?
…Got EHIC cards for everyone, for free emergency health care?
…Booked your excursions such as your Spa treatments?
…Checked where to purchase your food from or arranged a food delivery?
What do The shops
Have You Packed... you take
…Sun cream and lip balm (SPF30)
…European converter plugs
…Light jumpers and any additional clothing purchased you cannot hire
…Your driver’s license if you are planning on hiring a vehicle
(best kept in hand luggage)
…Your travel tickets (best kept in hand luggage)
…Some movies or evening entertainment eg: Playing cards for nights in
Have a great family ski holiday!
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