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Resort guide to La Clusaz - France

Pretty and traditonal French Alpine ski village with luxury 5 star hotel and quality chalets

Overview

La Clusaz resort guide - a general overview

La Clusaz - has managed to maintain its traditional mountain village charm and very French atmosphere despite developing into a fairly major resort. The pistes although spread out are largely suited towards intermediates and beginners, but experts will struggle to find any truly challenging terrain (worth trying is the Le Vraille in Torchere area). La Clusaz is close to Geneva & Annecy, meaning that the resort gets busy with weekend skiers from the surrounding area, and its low altitude often leads to variable snow reliability.

There are some super chalets in La Clusaz, most of which is a reasonable walk from the lifts, and there is a wide choice of both bars and restaurants in addition to flood lit skiing (Friday evenings) and ice-skating. La Clusaz organises "Full Moon" evenings once a month, where you can ski by moonlight on the Cret du Loup & Cret du Merle areas.

132km

1,100m - 2,490m

Airports

GENEVA
(1hr 15mins)

Hotels in La Clusaz (4)

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Resort statistics

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dinning
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • Weekend Skiing Trips - 1.5 hours from Geneva or 1 hour from Annecy
  • Lots of slopes for Beginners & Intermediate level skiers and snowboarders
  • Plenty of Tree Runs
  • Good quality & reasonably price restaurants
  • Pretty mountain villages with very French atmosphere

Cons

  • Expert skiers will find little challenging on-piste action to keep them occupied
  • Low altitude means that snow conditions are often unreliable
  • Can get crowded at weekends on peak dates

La Clusaz Resort Restaurants

There are plenty of restaurants to keep all taste buds tingling! As La Clusaz is 15 minutes from the home of Rebelchon cheese, you can be assured that your Savoyarde favourites will be out of this world! Best restaurants to try are La Scierie (good atmosphere & good fish dishes), Chez Hugo, La Ferme (traditonal Savoyarde specialities) & L'outa which is more simple fare but very good. At night you can get a skidoo ride up to the mountain restaurant Le Bercaille for a traditional meal.

La Clusaz Mountain Restaurants

La Clusaz has a fantastic selection of good quality and resonably priced mountain restaurants, the majority serve good Savoyarde specialities as the area is home to the origins of Reblechon cheese! High on the recommendation list is the Telemark (above the chairlift to L'Etale) and the Le Relais de L'Aiguille at Cret Du Loup, there is a good self service at the top of La Balme cabins.

La Clusaz Apres Ski

The apres scene is very festive and lively, the busiest place in town is the Les Caves du Paccaly where you will find lots of locals, the Bali Bar is the trendy lounge, Le Pressoir is where the ski insturctors hang out off-duty, also worth a visit are Le Bar a Vin and Le Salto.

La Clusaz Nightlife

Only two spots worth a mention - Club 18 & L'Ecluse.

La Clusaz Resort Map

La Clusaz Ski Hire Shops

Location Name Stars Discount
A Skiset: Point Service
Up to 45%
B Skiset: Sport Boutique
Up to 45%

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The star rating for the ski hire shops is an indication of the level of service; quality and variety of stock, and the space and decor of the shop. It is also a reflection on the price. A five star rated shop will offer great service and equipment but also will charge the highest price. Ski hire shops with a two star rating have less variety and older, poorer quality of stock but are cheapest.