La Clusaz is a laid back, yet lively resort at the foot of the Aravis mountain range. This charming mountain village has the bustle of an international alpine resort and is known both for its snowsports and spas.
La Clusaz is an ideal destination for all, beginners and experts alike. With a top altitude of 2.600m over the five interlinked massifs of Beauregard, Manigod, l’Etale, l’Aiguille and Balme, the resort has earned its place at the top for all disciplines of snowsports. The 84 slopes with a total of 132km of runs are linked by efficient ski lifts. A shuttle bus service also links La Clusaz to Le Grand Bornand resort; with a Massif des Aravis ski pass, you can access 220kms of slopes.
Skiing and sport in general has become the trademark of La Clusaz, but the resort also welcomes new disciplines such as ski-joering, speed-riding or snowscoots. High profile events take place here, such as the Cross-country Skiing World Cup which they are hosting for the sixth time in January 2013.
Over the years, La Clusaz has acquired a reputation for its off-piste skiing with its untamed and remarkable mountains. Not surprising then that it is the hotbed for freeriding champions, such as Sébastien Michaud, and also hosts the qualification round in the Freeride World Tour. The position of La Clusaz lends itself to plenty of off-piste possibilities and it is well known for its magnificent combs.
Highlights of the five massifs
The sun-bathed Aiguille massif offers long, wide, smooth slopes for carvers, as well as beginners’ runs, including the fun mauve run which snakes through the forest. In addition to the famous Edgar wall, there’s also the snowpark and superpipe to get some big air.
The Beauregard massif boasts a range of beautiful curves. At the summit, its large sunny plateau is the ideal place for beginners and families, as well as being home to cross-country skiing trails.
The Etale massif offers breaks in the slopes which lend themselves perfectly to cross-country skiing. The area isn’t officially recognised by the FIS and but it’s not called Régine Cavagnoud for nothing (after the Super G World Champion).
The Manigod massif’s gentle landscape is ideal for families building their skills on the slopes.
The Balme massif is a haven for backcountry enthusiasts. It is quite simply a natural giant slopestyle with a series of domes, wind lips, step ups and hips. Facing north, it’s the resort’s snow reservoir.
Après-ski & spas
There’s no shortage of bars, pubs, restaurants and discos to choose from in La Clusaz. There are many wellness centres in La Clusaz offering tailor-made treatments, with a selection of hot tubs, Jacuzzis, steam rooms, saunas, fitness rooms, hot stone treatments, soft clay treatments, and aromatherapy.
La Clusaz is one of the easiest resorts to access in the Alps: 30 mins from Annecy Airport; 50 mins from Geneva Airport; and 1hr30 from Lyon. With the shuttle system set up by Geneva Airport, the Aero Ski Bus, it’s an easy ride to the slopes.
La Clusaz Tourist Office can help with accommodation and tailor-made all-inclusive packages. While in La Clusaz, if you want information on weather or activities, you’ll find the tourist office in the heart of the village.