Ski resort La Clusaz is located in the heart of the Aravis Mountains, in France. In La Clusaz, top-level skiing combines the charms of a village from a picture book. It is an authentic and charming mountain village and with its 69 ski lifts and 132 km of slopes. The village enjoys international fame by its Olympic winners at the winter games of Squaw Valley and Albertville. La Clusaz offers all kinds of possibilities, skiing, snowboarding, carving, telemark etc.
La Clusaz village
The traditional village is only a few kilometres from Annecy and belongs to the select group of ski villages “Top of the French Alps” that guarantees the best service for an international audience. The warm hospitality of the Savoie is one of the advantages! Three large lakes surround the Aravis Mountains, this mountain range guarantees snow from December to the end of April – what do you want with more than 6 meters of snow per year. La Clusaz is one of the snowiest ski resorts in France
Located between the famous neighbours Le Grand Massif and Chamonix is Massif des Aravis, with a diverse and wide range of more than 220 kilometres of slopes. Like a diamond, the beautiful top of the Mont Lachat de Chatillon stands out above the ski area, which provides an impressive environment.
Massif des Aravis consists of the partial ski areas La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand. La Clusaz is best known for its extensive freestyle possibilities. The area of Le Grand Bornand is slightly smaller than La Clusaz but has room for almost all winter sports activities. Beginner skiers can enjoy the high plateau of the Massif de Beauregard, with beautiful, simple and sunny slopes.
– Extensive fun park for freestylers
– Good cross-country skiing possibilities
– Various slopes for all levels
– Height: 1000-2500m
– Slopes: 7 black runs, 24 red runs, 30 blue runs and 23 green runs
As indicated in the introduction of this article, beginner skiers can enjoy the high plateau of the Massif de Beauregard, with beautiful, simple and sunny slopes. Beauregard is the ideal mountain for beginners and families, Here you will find a special children’s ski area and ideal practice slopes, while advanced skiers (off-piste) can enjoy the Col de Balme (2616 m).
There are also special slopes for children and they can enjoy snow playgrounds, floodlit toboggan runs, practice meadows and tents to take a break. There are also excursions and snowshoe walks for children. There is also a special children’s ski pass for children under the age of 8. Childcare in La Clusaz is provided by the Club des Mouflets (children from 8 months to 4 years) and the Club des Champions (children from 3 to 6 years)
In general, experienced skiers head directly for L’Aiguille (2257 m) and the Col de Balme (2477 m). From the Col de Balme, the highest point of the ski area, you have a great view of Mont Blanc. In good snow conditions, this area is a large off-piste paradise.
The slopes in this part of the ski area are a lot more challenging than directly above La Clusaz. Experienced skiers feel right at home on the slopes Crintiaux (red), Roualle (red) and Vraille (black).
Ski lifts and facilities
La Clusaz has been working for years on the improvement of the lifts, especially in the section on the Cret du Loup. In the winter of 2012-2013, a new six-seater chairlift on the Cret du Loup and a four-seater lift on the Mini Loup have been opened. Very special is the new Télémix, a combination of a cab railway and a chairlift, which we also encounter in the Austrian Biberwier. This project ends in 2017 when the Merle chairlift is replaced by a six-person chairlift. The valley station of the lift will also be renewed and the front-to-neck will be renewed. Once a week you can enjoy free evening skiing at the Télécabine de la patinoire. New since the winter of 2014 – 2015 are a combi lift, a chair lift and a drag lift for beginners.
|Green slopes 56km||T-bar lifts 39||Seasonal start|
approx. 14 December
|Blue slopes 60 km||Chairlift 25||End of season |
approx. 28 April
|Red slopes 71 km||Gondolas 5||Minimum altitude |
|Black pistes 24 km||Capacity |
|Maximum altitude |
Ski Pass price low season
|Ski pass price|
low season La Clusaz
|Le Grand Bornand||€139.00||€174.00||5 years|
|La Clusaz-Manigod||€148.00||€201.00||5 years|
Ski Pass price high season
|Ski pass price |
|Le Grand Bornand||€150.00||€187.50||5 years|
|La Clusaz-Manigod||€148.00||€201.00||5 years|
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Ski Schools in La Clusaz
There are many ski schools in La Clusaz but below are a couple of the most renowned. The nearest classes during school holidays start at U’Fredy. Evolution 2 La Clusaz: an excellent ski school and adventures specialists: www.evolution2-laclusaz.com (contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org).ESF: www.esf-laclusaz.com for group lessons or for private lessons
A cosy, beautiful French mountain village
La Clusaz is a beautiful and authentic mountain village. The winter sports history goes back as far as 1907. From this beautiful chalet village, with mainly pleasant and spacious accommodations, you are relatively easy in the area of La Clusaz. But it is not a ski-in ski-out, as in many other ski areas. But get that authentic and cosy atmosphere in return.
Plenty of shops
In this village, you will find everything you need during a winter sports holiday. Plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. You can even enjoy a drink and it sometimes looks almost like real après-ski! The local food is good, nutritious and well priced
Cosy après-ski in La Clusaz
La Clusaz is a lively destination with plenty to do even after your sun-drenched day on the skies has ended. Along the cosy main street, there are numerous shops, restaurants and bars. If you want to have a drink after skiing, Les Caves de Paccaly, Le Grenier, Pub Le Salto and Le Pressoir are the places to be.
Wellness opportunities in La Clusaz can found in our hotel. We offer a covered pool and pampering spa to relax after a day on the slopes!
This is also France!
La Clusaz is a beautifully tidy and authentic village. The apartments here are large and the shops, accommodations and services are run by friendly locals, and not only by seasonal workers who are flown in for the season. Altogether, La Clusaz is dispelling a lot of prejudices about French ski resorts, which in this case is the ultimate compliment!
The ideal Ski holiday in France
The ski area is versatile, the village cosy and the gastronomy delicious. Every ski mountain around the village has its own character and appeals to a certain type of skier. For a small surcharge, your ski pass is also valid in the ski area of nearby Le Grand Bornand. During your winter sports, we can also recommend you to take a look at the Lac des Confins. This is the domain of cross-country skiers, but also for a nice walk and a delicious lunch (restaurant l’Endryre) is good here.
Accessibility La Clusaz
Accessible via Geneva. If you drive through France via ‘Geneva’ you’ll spend roughly 45 euros in tolls. You don’t need a Swiss vignette (because you don’t come to Switzerland). In the weekends it can be quite busy here. The nearest airport to La Clusaz is Geneva, 67km away.