La Clusaz has long been a favourite holiday retreat for skiers from Annecy and Geneva. Not as well-known among British skiers as some of its neighbours such as Avoriaz, Morzine and indeed Chamonix, it is currently enjoying a much-deserved surge of attention. When it comes to the village, La Clusaz's big pull is its traditional atmosphere. Overall, La Clusaz is a very well-rounded resort, with a combination of great terrain, good snow record, and a traditional village.
Resort Altitude: 1,100m
Resort Skiing: 2,500m
Total Ski Area: 220km
Green Runs: 56km
Blue Runs: 69km
Red Runs: 71km
Black Runs: 24km
Cross Country: 150km
La Clusaz is a fairly large resort, offering a total of 220km of slopes which it shares with its neighbouring resort of Le Grand Bornand to make up Les Aravis skiing area. Much of the skiing is best suited to beginners and intermediates with a few more challenging slopes for advanced skiers. The resort is situated at 1,100m with lifts that stretch up to 2,500m, meaning skiers are guaranteed snow-sure conditions up at the top all season long.
Beginners and intermediates will have a plethora of choice with most runs coming in the form of wide blues, you won’t be struggling to get down the mountain. Advanced skiers will have a slightly harder time finding more challenging slopes and whilst there are some steeper reds and blacks that are usually filled with moguls, you will want to probably head over to La Balme to get to the more challenging freeride areas.
Overall, La Clusaz is better suited to skiers due to its large number of mogul paths. However, there are some nice cruisey blues which will be well suited to those who are mastering the basics. There is also a terrain park in La Balme which can be enjoyed by freestyle boarders.
In addition to the French ESF, La Clusaz offers several great independent ski schools such as Evolution 2, which offers private or group lessons for all abilities and is well-regarded for its professional, passionate instructors who speak fluent English.
La Clusaz is a perfect family resort and that is reflected in its childcare options. There are plenty of private nanny services, nurseries and young ski clubs in resort, all suitable for young children.
There are a good selection of restaurants in La Clusaz, most of which are lovely traditional feeling Alpine huts with a personal, family-friendly atmosphere and cosy settings to kick back and relax in. One of our favourites is La Ferme Restaurant, which serves traditional, hearty French cuisine in a very rustic chalet. La Cordee is another restaurant that provides wonderfully traditional food, with the menu highlight being its superb selection of pizzas.
Whilst La Clusaz is probably more suited to family skiing that doesn’t mean there isn’t still a lively après scene. One place to stop for a drink on the way home is Le Relais de l'Aiguille, proving a popular choice with skiers and boarders.
If you’re looking for non-stop party action all through the night, then L'Écluse and Le Bachal will provide DJ sets and live music into the early hours of the morning.
La Clusaz as a town is on the whole best geared towards its Alpine skiers, however, there's still a nice selection of shops which make for a lovely afternoon spent indulging in some retail therapy in between cosy coffee stops. There is also an ice rink and swimming pool which provide fun alternative winter sport activity options on whiteout days. Non-skiers can also choose to catch a bus to Lake Annecy which has a beautiful old town to wander around.