Ski & SnowBoard
La Clusaz is your perfect destination for a ski holiday. Mostly frequented by the French and Swiss at the weekend, make this a quieter and more pleasant resort with plenty of space on the pistes. This provides a excellent basis for an enjoyable, relaxed and refreshing holiday.
La Clusaz has developed into a major international resort and has retained the charm of a genuine French mountain village. The pistes at La Clusaz are spread over five interconnecting mountains, l'Aiguille, La Balme, l'Etale, Beauregard and Manigod.
There are 130km of well maintained pistes for skiers and boarders of all levels. Most of the runs are West or North-West which mean that returning back to the resort is always possible as the snow holds well throughout the season.
The higest piste is at 2470m in the Col de Balme with great panoramic views of the Mont Blanc Mountain Range. This is a great place to take a quick break to appreciate the views and take some photo's with your friends before your decent to La Clusaz. In addition, there is a further 90km of pistes in the nearby resort of Le Grand Bornand, rising to 2100m on Le Lachat Mountain (all of the pistes are included on the full Aravis lift pass).
There is an excellent and reliable Ski Bus service which connects just about everywhere you need to go. Chalet Bleuet is situated 70m from 'Le Florilege' on Line 6 to take you to 'Les Laquais' and Line 4 (150m) to take you to the village centre. The 'Telemix de 'L'Etale' is on Lines 5 and 6, Line 5 is just 150m away at the stop 'Les Fiaux' and 'Gotty Chapelle'.
The best slopes for learning winter sports are at the Beauregard Plateau (1690m), where there are several green runs including one which take you back to La Clusaz. Also, there are long tree-lined pistes from Cret du Merle to La Balme and back to the village, which make La Clusaz an ideal base for beginners and skiers of mixed abilities to enjoy together. In addition, the neighbouring resort of Le Grand Bornand also offers gentle slopes at La Joyere, Gettiers and Chinaillon. Many of these pistes are used by the various Ski Schools in the Aravis region.
If you like to ski blues and reds, then La Clusaz offers an excellent choice. l'Etale and l'Aiguille mountains nearby have wide and challenging pistes. l'Aiguille mountain (2400m) also offers a non-stop run back to La Clusaz assuming your legs are up to it! For the more adventurous, the steeper red slopes, combined with fantastic views and excellent snow of the North facing Balme mountain make it hard to beat. The Snowpark and Boarder Cross course on l'Aiguille mountain is well worth a visit.
For the experts, there are some excellent off-piste and demanding black runs available. They are located across the Aravis Mountain Range, namely l'Etale, Combe de Furney, Beauregard and la Balme to choose from. Guiding for off-piste is always recommended as this is done at your own risk. Snow and weather conditions should always be sought on the day together with avalanche warnings available locally.
There is an excellent Snowpark situated on the l'Aiguille mountain which benefits from its own dedicated lift. The park is expertly maintained on a daily basis using shaping machines to ensure it is kept to a high standard.
The BoarderCross course can be found at 'Le Loup' area on the l'Aiguille mountain and is available for use by everyone and is accessible via the 'Mini-loup' chairlift. Test your skills on this excellent course!
- L'arrêt Ski-Bus tout proche est pratique pour se rendre sur les pistes et au centre de la station.
- Le petit plus le lave vaiselle et la chaine hifi (que j'ai rarement eu dans une location) même le satellite... bref tous confort.