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Related Regions: Les Aravis, Haute Savoie, Northern Alps, France, Europe, Europe Overall, Aravis

Overview

The small, scenic village of La Clusaz (1100m) offers access to a surprisingly large ski area straddling five mountains. Its 132km of primarily intermediate slopes are set both above and below the treeline (1000-2600m), making it both interesting and varied.

The 132km of ski slopes are particularly well suited to intermediates, but the resort is also fast becoming one of the big names on the freeriding scene.

There’s something to occupy all abilities, from nursery slopes to awesome freeriding (which makes up for the lack of advanced/expert slopes). In fact, La Clusaz is fast becoming one of the big names on the European freeriding scene. Its five interlinked sectors make for wide-ranging skiing with engaging off-piste sections set against the dramatic backdrops of the Massif de Balme and Massif de L’Aiguille.

The ski resort has one of the biggest vertical drops: from the summit of Balme to the village there is more than 1500m of altitude to ski. A shuttle bus service also links La Clusaz to Le Grand Bornand and with a Massif des Aravis ski pass, you can access an impressive 220km of slopes. While La Clusaz still has a few slow, old chairs and drags it is however home to the world’s first Telemix lift, combining chairs and gondolas.

The ski scene has grown up around this traditional mountain village complete with a pretty square and Savoyard church. An outdoor market sells local produce every Monday in La Place de l’Eglise. Busy streets fan out from the square, each lined with tasteful shops, bars and hotels. 

Geneva Airport is an hour’s drive, offering a good alternative to Chamonix. The TGV rail station at Annecy is 20 miles.

Altitude

  • 2500m
    Summit
  • 1500m
    Vertical Drop
  • 1040m
    Base

Lifts

  • 5
  • 0
  • 4
  • 0
  • 7
  • 1
  • 4
  • 28
  • 49
    Total

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Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    19%

  • Intermediate Runs

    36%

  • Advanced Runs

    36%

  • Expert Runs

    10%

  • Runs

    84

  • KM Pistes

    82.7 km

  • Terrain Parks

    1

  • Longest Run

    2 km

  • Skiable Terrain

    265 ha

  • Snow Making

    88 ha

  • KM Snow Making

    46 km

Important Dates

  • Projected Opening Ski SeasonProjected Closing Ski Season14/12/201926/04/2020
  • Days Open Last Year
    128
  • Projected Days Open
    128
  • Years Open
    64
  • Average Snowfall
    250cm

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Resort Videos

La Clusaz Reviews

Martin Blackwell
29th October 20194
This resort is NOT on the Autoroute Blanche, as the main topic for driving to resorts review seems to think and is...Full review
Milos
21st February 20152
Bad snow conditions. Hard-packed and with ice crust at some places. Is the snow there ratracked at all? Not sure.Full review
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