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.

How large is the La Clusaz (Massif des Aravis ski resort?

– 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

 
Is La Clusaz a child-friendly ski resort?

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)

 
Is La Clusaz also for advanced skiers?

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.

La Clusaz Ski Resort Ski Map
Slopes Lifts Extra information
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
1000m
Black pistes 24 km Capacity
97608 people/hour
Maximum altitude
2500m

Ski Pass price low season

Ski pass price
low season La Clusaz
Children Adults Gratis until
Le Grand Bornand €139.00 €174.00 5 years
Aravis €173.00 €216.00 5 years
La Clusaz-Manigod €148.00 €201.00 5 years
Manigod  €94.00 €106.00 5 years

Ski Pass price high season

Ski pass price
high season
Children Adults Gratis until
Le Grand Bornand €150.00 €187.50 5 years
Aravis €173.00 €216.00 5 years
La Clusaz-Manigod €148.00 €201.00 5 years
Manigod €104.00 €116.00 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 info@evolution2-laclusaz.com).ESFwww.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.