Sabtu, 15 September 2012

Non-Skiing Trips to Avoriaz

On the route to Chamonix, the trip from Geneva to Avoriaz is simple and a stop off here offers a fair amount of excitement. As a mountain resort that is part of the French commune of Morzine, in the very heart of Portes du Soleil, it is an ideal place to spend your winter holidays hitting the huge array of pistes. It now ranks as one of the top French-based destinations for skiing and one of the best places in the world for excellent snowboarding.

But what about for those who want to experience this wonderful location, but aren't overly keen on the idea of spending days skiing down mountains and riding up lifts? Don't worry; Avoriaz has a plethora of activities to keep everyone busy and happy, no matter the time of year you arrive.

Mountain biking

If skiing isn't your thing, and you plan your trip from Geneva to Avoriaz in the spring and summer months, then a world of mountain biking awaits you. The biking in this area is some of the best in Europe based in a winter-time ski resort. The huge variety of trails and paths allow for all levels of experience and ability to be accommodated. Not only does the mountain biking offer trails for beginners, it also provides those who are experts the space they need to practice their freeriding and pro-level downhill events.

If you are not yet at the level where you can call yourself a pro mountain biker there are plenty of companies based in Avoriaz and the surrounding areas that will rent you equipment and provide training in the sport of mountain biking. They can take you on trips out into the countryside based on your ability and what you want to do and/or see after coming from Geneva to Avoriaz. Even if you are an experienced biker, you may want to enlist the help of a guide to help you find the best trails in the area; since there are so many, finding just the right one can be an art in itself.

Visiting the Aquariaz

You may think you are travelling from Geneva to Avoriaz to explore the great outdoors, whether that be on skis, hiking, on a bike, or some other form, but when you arrive, you will discover Aquariaz - an acquatic paradise in the heart of the resort.

As Europe's highest water park, Aquariaz is not as large as some in the world, but still covers 2,000 square metres. An enclosed space that offers lush vegetation (over 1,700 plants), babbling waters and fun year-round, you really shouldn't pass up the opportunity to experience it when in the region. The park boasts a great area for the younger children to play in, water slides, a great climbing wall and a gently flowing river. Or, if you prefer, you can swim in the large indoor pool, or go outside and swim in the heated outdoor one while taking in a view that is stunning and, quite simply, unforgettable.

Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct. If you're looking for a transfer from Geneva to Avoriaz, Shuttle Direct provide pre-booked shuttles to major destinations all over Europe. Wherever you travel, Shuttle Direct can make sure that you don't miss your car on your holiday abroad.

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