On down days it can be a challenge to find things to do in a town that is geared toward skiing. One possible option is to head up to Avoriaz (Via the Prodains cable car, accessed via the A bus) and visit Aquariaz.
Aquariaz is the highest water park in the whole of Europe and it cost 200 million euros to build. Due to its location on the cliffs of Avoriaz, space was always going to be an issue with its planning and construction. For this reason it is not as large and sprawling as many other waterparks, but what space there was has been used very well. It is packed with features for people of all ages to enjoy. These include a ten metre high water half pipe for rubber tubes called “The Sidewinder”, a gently flowing river to float around, massage tables, an aquatic play area for young children, a climbing wall and an outdoor spa area with water heated to 34 degrees and a jacuzzi. There is also tropical vegetation all around the area to add to the ambience.
Aquariaz is open throughout the winter and summer seasons from 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM. Entry for adults (12 years and older) is 9 euros before 4 PM and 11 euros after. For children from 5 to 11 it is 6 euros before 4 PM and 8 euros afterwards. Entry for children of 3 and 4 is 3 euros. A one week pass for adults is 42 euros and 32 euros for children. Unlike many swimming pools in France swimming shorts are permitted, perhaps due to fears of the consequences of speedos on an aquatic half pipe. Children under twelve must be accompanied by an adult.
It is well worth a visit as a great place to relax and have fun and for the novelty of visiting a water park on your skiing holiday!
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