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La Clusaz has an impressive ski heritage and has notably hosted winter sports competitions from as far back as 1907. Its heritage also boasts the birthplace of professional French skiers and snow sport athletes such as Catherine Lombard, Vincent Vittoz and Guy Perillat to name a few. La Clusaz ski resort is surrounded by stunning natural beauty from the surrounding massifs. You can catch majestic views of Mont Blanc from the top of the Col de Balme and or take in the beautiful, wooded range on the run coming down from massif Beauregard. The village itself has preserved and maintained its quintessential traditional atmosphere over the years, as evidenced with the 18th-century Eglise Sainte-Foy bell tower; a prominent monument amongst the picturesque chalets dotted across the village. Partly owing to its charm and quaint Savoyard appearance, La Clusaz is generally regarded as a family holiday destination. Ideally, it fits the bill for skiers looking for a blend of the traditional Alpine feel without losing out on a great skiing experience.
With more than 100 shops, La Clusaz is definitely one of the better resorts to go shopping in. There is a great range of traditional food and souvenir shops. There is also the local market, which is worth a visit and the legendary chocolatier, Chocolats Morand.
La Clusaz aslo offers many other activities, some of which you might never have considered trying before. For example, you could go and watch the local biathlon or even have a go at ceramic painting. There are also more common off the snow activities, like going to the spa, swimming pool and the cinema.
La Clusaz has a total of 85 slopes and 125 km of runs spread out across the 5 massifs that make up La Clusaz ski area. In essence, La Clusaz encapsulates the typical ski resort that caters to skiers of all levels of ability. There is a decent selection of tree runs and open runs for beginners and intermediates (mostly blue graded) particularly on the Bearagard and Manigod slopes. More confident intermediates can challenge themselves on L’Etale and l’Aiguille and as well as some red pistes on La Balme. Seasoned skiers can find up to 30 steep reds and a few blacks on La Balme, l’Aiguille and L’Etale. Advanced skiers can also take advantage of the off-piste opportunities along some of the slopes on Cols of the Aravis range; we strongly suggest you book a guide if you do. Fancy a bit more skiing or a change of scenery, take the Aravis lift pass, which also includes a shuttle bus connection to Le Grand Bonnard for more challenges.
La Clusaz often opens in from November to April for five full months of skiing and has some of the best snow conditions in France due to its excellent location.
Geneva airport is the most popular airport route to La Clusaz which is 50 km away and takes about 1.5 hours on a coach transfer. Alternatively Lyon is approximately 2.5 hours’ drive away.