Local Area

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The Rhone Alps is one of the most scenic areas of France with dense forests, lush pasture land, huge lakes, deep gorges and spectacular mountains.

The area is dominated by Mont Blanc, which forms the border between Switzerland and Italy to the East of the region, which offers the oppertunity to explore a vast array of different cultures. The stunning landscape and the challenge of the peaks have long drawn climbers and walkers in the summer and snow sports enthusiasts in the winter season.

Generally, the region enjoys long warm summers with temperatures reaching in excess of 30C and cold winters with good snow cover until late in the season, especially on the Northern slopes of the Balme mountain in La Clusaz, up to 2600m.

Piste Directions

If you wish to explore further afield than the surrounding area of la Clusaz, then the following suggestions for places to visit may include:

Annecy Old Town

Annecy: A beautiful alpine town, just 30km from La Clusaz, where the River Thiou meets Lac d’Annecy, known for its Vieille Ville (old town), with cobbled streets, winding canals and pastel-colored houses. Overlooking the town is the medieval Château d’Annecy. Lake Annecy is one of France's largest lakes and is one of the purest in Europe. It is 15km long, has a perimeter of 38km and it's area covers 27.59 km2. Swimming, beaches and water sports are very popular on its shorelines. There are numerous prime shopping areas, cafes, bars and restaurants for you to enjoy. Situated around the lake, there are a number of picturesque villages (with beaches and water sports) where you can enjoy the pleasures of Lake Annecy at a more leisurely pace, namely Talloires, Dinguit and St Jurioz.

Mont Blanc Summit at 3842m

Chamonix: It is a busy town of 10,000 permanent residents at the foot of Mont Blanc, just below the French entrance to the Mont Blanc road tunnel. At the town centre stands the statue of the young hunter and collector of crystals Jacques Balmat showing de Saussure the way up Mont Blanc. The Alpine museum is worth visiting and often has good temporary exhibitions. There's also an open air market at Chamonix every Saturday morning.

The Aiguille du Midi is a 3842m peak in the Mont Blanc massif (pictured above) and is the closest you can get to the summit without hiking or climbing. The Aiguille du Midi is an extremely popular attraction with nearly half a million visitors per year. It is open all year round, except for the annual maintenance period in November (that can vary around two or three weeks) and during extremely bad weather conditions.