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Sparrow Knox in the Avoriaz pipe. Photo: Matt Georges
Sparrow Knox in the Avoriaz pipe. Photo: Matt Georges

There are two parks in Avoriaz, which everyone from Morzine rides. There’s the Chapelle Park (aka the ‘baby park’) accessed by the Lindarets Express, or the Proclou lift. Once you get there it has its own drag-lift. This has two lines of green kickers, small and extra small jumps, and then two bigger lines marked blue and red. There are also a variety of boxes, rails and bonks.

‘The big park (officially known as the Arare park) is accessed by Arare lift and the park button-tow. It has kickers ranging from blue to black, and a ton of bonks and more difficult rails. There’s also always a hip, which is awesome. The parks have improved tons in the last few years and the park shapers offer a good amount of variety. Towards the end of last season they built this huge quarterpipe in the Arare park with a bridge/castle to a kicker and a rail… you had to go under the bridge to hit the kicker. It was mental but pretty cool. Some people will moan that they’re not as big as American parks or whatever, but they’re great fun and they offer something for everyone.

Avoriaz also has a good-sized halfpipe which sits in the centre of town and is pretty well maintained. I love it! And there’s the ‘Burton Stash Park’ above Les Lindarets which has a whole load of monster wooden jibs and features tucked away in the trees.

As far as backcountry kicker spots go, there are tons, but the one’s you see the most are on Abricotine. That spot has been used in tons of snowboard films and photos. And then of course there’s the famous Avaoriaz gap – a massive cliff drop over the Fornet to Avoriaz cat track. But unless your name’s Romain de Marchi, Nico Droz or Gary Greenshields it’s probably best to steer clear of that.

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