Feeling the crunch in Avoriaz

I’ve loved snowboarding since the first day I tried it back in 1998 whilst studying at Bath Spa University. A bunch of us, including Ian Jones, Steve ‘Buzz’ Pearce and Torie Clarke, made the trek across to Gloucester dryslope for weekly lessons to prepare ourselves for our first trip to Meribel (part of Le 3 Vallees area) that winter.

I wish my French was good enough to know what this marked

Since that trip I’ve only ever missed 1 season, the year Deepend closed it doors, and I was the moodiest person around and promised myself I wouldn’t miss out again.

This year was no exception. We sacrificed going on a big group trip with friends to give Jen a chance to progress and it was well worth it as she did a great job improving, even though she probably wouldn’t agree with me!

We decided to leave booking a trip to the last minute in an attempt to save money but I soon learned that wasn’t necessarily the best idea this year as according to one of my clients, a large national insurance company. Apparently travel companies have booked up to 80% less trips than previous years so there just hasn’t been the surplus this year to fuel the last minute deals.

In the end our best option was to book everything independently. We managed to get relatively cheap SleazyJet flights from Bournemouth to Geneva with a transfer (thanks to ResortHoppa) to Avoriaz in the French Alps, right on the Swiss border. We’d been to Morzine, the neighbouring resort the previous season with friends but this was my first opportunity to really explore the area.

The accommodation

Résidence Maeva Antarès was fantastic for the money. A newly built hotel overlooking Avoriaz with ski-in and an awesome view to boot.

A room with a view

A room with a view


Although it hadn’t snowed for over a week the conditions were great. There wasn’t much in the way of off-piste boarding but there was plenty to keep me amused, not least The Stash, care of Burton Snowboards. I can’t wait to revisit the area again soon and hopefully next time there will be fresh pow to keep us entertained.

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