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Transfer to Avoriaz - Prodains or Welcome Centre...?

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Hi - any Avoriaz knowledgable people out there who can offer some advice on the best transfer point?
From Geneva airport should we get a transfer to bottom of Prodains or should we get transfer all the way up to the Welcome Centre?
Accomodation is P&V Residence Atria-Crozats in the Crozats area of the village.

Not too much price difference, obviously a bit more for Welcome Centre.
Conscious we will have 4 kids with us and I believe the additional stretch up to Welcome Centre has 19 steep, hairpin bends so a little worried about travel sickness, therefore probably leaning towards Prodains at the moment.

Any thoughts / advice very much appreciated.
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I think the kids will appreciate starting the holiday by getting the bubble out of Prodains then getting a horse drawn sleigh to your accommodation. I know I did Very Happy
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I'm going to this season as well, but I'm staying just at the top of the Prodains Cable car so it's an obvious choice for me.

https://www.powderbeds.com/pub/downloads/11/Avoriaz%20Resort%20Map%2022.jpg

Atria Crozats is in building 9 on this map, so it is closer to the welcome centre, but you'd have to either get a luggage sled and walk, get one of the "tank" taxis, or get one of the horse drawn sleds (in increasing order of cost) to the accommodation whichever you choose. My transfers were €20pp cheaper to go to the Prodains, but then it costs €12 for a return pedestrian ticket for the cable car, so it's a pretty small saving overall. I think it is easier to get the taxis from the welcome centre than the top of the lift though, they should just be waiting at the welcome centre, but I think you have to call them to have them pick you up at the top of the cable car. Certainly not that difficult to do though.

The main thing I guess is the hairpins, there are a lot, and so if there is a history of car sickness for your kids then the cable car is probably the best option.
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For P&V Residence Atria-Crozats I'd probably say the Welcome Centre to be honest as, at least according to Google it's at the top end of the 'centre of town' so not at all far from the WC/bit of a trek up from Prodains.

Also while the horse sleighs are nice they only take 4 people, or 3 people if you have luggage so you're more likely to end up in a piste basher.

Another plus for the WC is there's an indoor waiting area in case it's cold and it's also very organised, you get dropped at the WC, find the appropreate area for your accomodation (signs above the drop-off parking bays that you only see when someone points them out to you), and queue up to book a ride with the member of staff handling that section. Never come up from Prodains but never seen anything that organised so guess you just have to find the telephone number and call up to book.

As for the road up the bends are mainly on the climb out of Morzine and we didn't have any issues (and one of ours was nearly sick doing the channel tunnel).
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Welcome centre, it's too far up hill to walk from Prodains and there's a lot less available transport options there.
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doddsie wrote:
Welcome centre, it's too far up hill to walk from Prodains and there's a lot less available transport options there.


Agree. Much better set up for arriving at the Welcome Centre, especially given where you're staying.
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May I jump on here by asking the same question about Hotel Dromonts? It’s much closer to Prodains so had planned for that, but if it’s a tough walk uphill in the dark some members of my group will not be amused… all adults though.
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May I jump on here by asking the same question about Hotel Dromonts? It’s much closer to Prodains so had planned for that, but if it’s a tough walk uphill in the dark some members of my group will not be amused… all adults though.


As I said above, you can take the taxis or sleighs from the top of the cable car, you'll just need to call them when you get there (or best to call from the bottom of the cable car to save you waiting at the top). Even if you do walk, you won't have to walk uphill too much as there are public lifts within the town.

Dromonts is building 21 on the map below. From the top of the cable car it's a short and quite flat walk to building 45, which has the public lift marked in red on the map (follow signs for "ascenseur public"), take that up and then it's a short and also flat walk from the top of there up to the hotel.

https://www.powderbeds.com/pub/downloads/11/Avoriaz%20Resort%20Map%2022.jpg
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@zaphod424, thanks so much for your reply. Super helpful! snowHead
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Yea, as zaphod424 said Dromonts is easy to get to from the top of Prodains - to the point I really wouldn't bother with a taxi unless you have people who over-pack. In fact even if you do I'd probably split the group, leaving a couple of people to look after/load the bags/taxi up while the rest of you walk/do the check-in/pop back outside to help unload when the bags arrive. Probably the hardest part will be getting people to walk past Changabang without stopping for a burger Very Happy


Actually one other thing for people to watch out for is what you're check-in process is going to be. We had an apartment in Avoriaz last year and the servicing company employed by the owner basically worked 9/5. We arrived later than that and their "Plan B" was "We'll leave your keys at reception in the Welcome Center". No we were driving/parking in Avoriaz so that was no hastle as that's where we were anyway but if we'd been coming up via Prodains either taxis of hiking from Prodains to the Welcome Center and back again...
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+33 4 50 74 01 55
Number for Avoriaz ground transport (pista basher taxi).
My understanding was you can’t pre book and have to phone them when you get to Welcome Centre (with the assistance of the welcome centre staff) or call when you are at the top of Prodains Cable car.
Prodains cable car runs
Mon to Thurs 7am to 9pm
Fri & Sat 7am to Midnight
Sunday 7am to 10pm.


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https://www.avoriaz.com/en/staying/access-and-transport/arrival-and-departure

Link to resort info.
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@martindobson,
If your arriving and departing at ‘sensible’ times that fit in with transfer company and the timetable for Prodains telecabin I would say Prodains and a piste basher taxi would be a fun and adventurous way to start and end the holiday.
There is a machine to buy pedestrian tickets at the base of the Prodains gondola if the ski-pass windows have closed.
For busy weeks I think/assume you can pre book your departure piste basher taxi?
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@Mjit, thank you, much appreciated and helpful hints noted. A good incentive to keep the luggage down. And late arrival Burger sounds like it could be just the ticket…!
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Mjit wrote:
Probably the hardest part will be getting people to walk past Changabang without stopping for a burger Very Happy


This is very true.
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@247snowman wrote:
For busy weeks I think/assume you can pre book your departure piste basher taxi?


Nope, it's "Phone when you're ready" - or at least that's what we were told. 10am on a Feb Saturday it was a 15-20 min wait between calling and basher arriving.
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Many thanks for all the v helpful comments.
I am thinking Welcome Centre may be best for us - accommodation is booked through Sunweb (not flights) and included is an 'in resort transfer'.
Unfortunately it doesn't state where that is from but I am assuming it is more likely to be from Welcome Centre.
Also, we're arriving late afternoon on Christmas Eve so keen to just get there asap and not risk hang around waiting for lifts / buying tickets etc.
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+1 for the welcome centre.

Much easier.
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