La Clusaz ski resort has long been a favourite ski holiday retreat for skiers from Annecy and Geneva. Situated in the Aravis mountain range, La Clusaz a little gem of a ski resort and not as well-known among British skiers as some of it's neighbours such as Avoriaz, Morzine and Chamonix. It’s a compact Alpine town with a respectable 132 kilometres of pistes, offering a small-village charm that feels more like an Austrian or Swiss ski resort. When it comes to the village, La Clusaz's big pull is its traditional atmosphere. The village itself is at 1100 metres altitude, but the peaks clustered around it reach above 2600 metres, with lifts up to 2470 metres.
La Clusaz ski resort is easy to reach – only 50 km (about 1 hour’s drive) from Geneva. It's good for beginner and intermediate skiing and also has an excellent snow record. More experienced skiers will be happy with the variety within La Clusaz. The best route is to first work your way out to the Col de Balme area, overshadowed by the spiky Pointe des Verres (2616 metres). It’s a great space with leisurely slopes, several lifts and an easy cable-car link to the Massif de l’Aguille, from which you can ski to the resort’s other peaks and runs.
La Clusaz has something for everyone and a focus on families that many bigger ski resorts seem to forego. The toddlers in your group will be delighted with the tobogganing areas at Les Confins and especially at the Champ Giguet, which is right in the middle of the village.
Overall, La Clusaz is a very well-rounded ski resort, with a combination of great terrain, good snow record and excellent skiing.
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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.
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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.