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La Clusaz

La Clusaz Ski Resort Guide

La Clusaz, France

Rated: 4/5 (from 7 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForFreeriders, Expert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Snowfall!
Total Piste Length125km78 miles
Highest Lift2,600m8,530ft
Resort Height1,100m3,609ft
 Nearest AirportsAnnecy and Geneva
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La Clusaz

A traditional and picturesque Savoyard village, with an extensive and varied ski area across five distinct peaks. The highest, La Balme, is a Mecca for freeriders and off-piste thrill-seekers and is a regular haunt of local Candide Thovex. Unspoilt village, friendly locals and great skiing!

Summary

The French ski resort of La Clusaz is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,100m3,609ft, with 125km78 miles of marked runs.

La Clusaz is part of the Annecy Mountains ski area with access to 245km152 miles of downhill skiing, with 173 marked pistes, served by a total of 150 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in La Clusaz itself (125km78 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Annecy Mountains ski resorts of La Sambuy / Seythenex, Le Grand Bornand, Manigod and Saint Jean de Sixt.

With ski lifts as high as 2,600m8,530ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in La Clusaz?

The next notable snow forecast is 2cm1in, expected on 5 December.

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Ski Area Stats

La Clusaz Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 8 11km7 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
3030km19 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
3068km42 miles
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
1623km14 miles
Downhill
Total Length
125km78 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
70km43 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
49

Annecy Mountains Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Pistes
Number of runs
173
Downhill
Total Length
245km152 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
150

Altitudes

La Clusaz Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,600m8,530ft
Lowest Piste1,100m3,609ft
Resort Altitude (La Clusaz)1,100m3,609ft
Max Vertical1,500m4,921ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for La Clusaz
Freeriders
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

La Clusaz Overview

La Clusaz is the largest ski station in the Aravis and comprises a variety of distinct ski areas around a traditional and un-spoilt village centre.

It is one of a small number of French resorts that are not purpose-built but are blessed with world class ski areas. The ski area covers five lift-linked mountains, with additional terrain to explore above neighbouring Le Grand Bornand (with the Aravis Pass) - a total of 200km (125 miles) of trails.

The lift links between the ski areas can be supplemented with short rides on the regular and reliable ski bus service (included in the lift pass).

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in La Clusaz is 4km2 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Vraille'.

Skiing

La Clusaz's skiing spreads across five mountains - Beauregard, La Croix Fry-Manigod-Merdassier, L'Etale, L'Aiguille and La Balme. These are all lift-linked, by more than 40 lifts, and together provide a full range of slopes from wooded trails to high summits and steeps.

Beginners are well catered for with various Green runs close to the town, on the Beauregard peak, and above the Col de la Croix Fry. Both Beauregard and Croix Fry are highly recommended for families as they tend not to attract the speed freaks and cliff jumpers.

The Croix-Fry, Manigod and Merdassier slopes are an area of largely gentle slopes, ideal for children and beginners.

Intermediates are easily able to put some mileage under their skis, with lengthy Blue and Red runs on La Balme, L'Etale and the Aiguille mountain, known for its sunny slopes with big verticals, such as the Grand Crêt which drops 1,200 metres (3937 feet) back to the village. The Combe de Fernuy Red run leads over to the base of the fifth and highest mountain, Balme.

Good skiers have a fantastic playground on La Balme; a large bowl containing a few pistes and a vast variety of off-piste itineraries ranging from easy to indisputably hard-core. If going off-piste, you must pay attention to the conditions posted at the start of the lifts (particularly the La Balme chair) as the avalanche risks in this area can be locally higher than nearby. If the pisteurs have roped off any area (common in the afternoon), you should choose another route (there are plenty!).

A ski bus network links the base of the mountains and makes the link over to the nearby ski area of le Grand Bornand at least once every 30 minutes.

Cross-country skiing is also well provided for with 70km of trails on the two plateaux of Confins and Beauregard.

'Speed Riders' (basically, fast paragliders with skis!) are regularly seen descending the slopes of La Balme, as are the occasional wing suit flyers!

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

The Balme mountain, popular with freeride skiers, is also regarded as a snowboarding paradise with powder stashes, big carving slopes and plenty of natural hits among varied terrain in a wide open bowl.

La Clusaz was one of the first European ski resorts to grant boarders access to all areas and introduce terrain features. It was also one of the first Alpine centres to establish a permanent Boarder Cross course of bumps and banks. There is also a Snowpark which incorporates quarter pipes, gaps, tables and fun boxes on the Cret du Loup and up at Manigod.

Location and Map

Where is La Clusaz?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Lake Annecy Ski Resorts, Haute-Savoie.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to La Clusaz is Annecy, 39 minutes drive away.

Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble, Lyon St-Exupéry, Lyon Bron, Sion, Berne, Saint-Étienne and Dole–Jura airports are all within three hours drive.

Annecy and Geneva are just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 49 ski lifts are able to uplift 53,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 2km1 miles of ski runs, with 190 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is La Clusaz open?

 Opened : December 21, 2019.

Usual opening is late December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

La Clusaz Piste Map
La Clusaz

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in La Clusaz, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the La Clusaz Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about La Clusaz

Mentions in recent J2Ski News Items and Snow Reports from our users...

Aprés Ski

Regular events, arranged by the Entertainments Office, include torch-lit descents for both adults and children which you can participate in through the ESF during high season. There are also displays of past skiing techniques, fashions and equipment by the ski school and special Christmas and February carnival events.

Although it's still skiing, on most Full Moons during the season, La Clusaz offers late-night skiing on a handful of slopes above the village.

For the normal selection of bars, restaurants and night clubs, La Clusaz has it covered. The Pressoir bar stocks over 80 beers and is open until 2am as is Les Caves du Paccaly and Le Grenier. Night Clubs include L'Écluse and Club 18.

Off the piste there is plenty to do - the area is famous for its farm foods, including wine, cheese (reblochon and chevrotin), pastries and ham.

History and Development

This traditional Savoyard village is regarded by some as one of the most picturesque in France and has attracted tourists since the beginning of the twentieth century. The chalets sport their hand-cut wooden shingles and the resort has a reputation for its production of the local Reblochon cheese and other farm foods.

La Clusaz has produced National Champions, and World Cup and Olympic athletes across many winter sports disciplines through the years and regularly features in the videos of the likes of Candide Thovex and The Faction Collective.

La Clusaz has attracted the Telemark World Championships and the Freestyle World Championships in the past, typical of the resort's open-minded approach to winter sports besides Alpine skiing and snowboarding.

La Clusaz