Luxury in La Clusaz: Time-honoured village, amiable locals and outstanding skiing
An old village, the commune of La Clusaz, forming part of the Haute-Savoie département, is one of the most popular ski resorts in the French Alps. Be sure of a warm welcome in a resort that is more an active alpine village than a purpose-built ski resort. Located in the heart of the Aravis in the Haute-Savoie region, the resort sets itself apart as an ever-changing yet laid back destination. Located just three hours from major European capitals and close to Annecy and Geneva, there's nothing to stop you. Home to world champions and talented free-stylers, La Clusaz caters for all snow sports, with an area of 400 hectares, a great variety of slopes and vertical drops. With an altitude height of 2600 metres, the domain offers a total of 132 kilometres of skiing over 84 slopes and 52 ski lifts. There is no better place than here in La Clusaz, a giant alpine fun park in an unequalled setting. You are sure to fall under the enchantment of this amazing place.
La Clusaz has been hosting winter sports since 1907. Based in the Aravis mountain range, La Clusaz was once called Clusa Locus Dei meaning God's narrow place. Nearby villages include Manigod, Thônes, Le Grand Bornand and the larger Chamonix. There are various lakes nearby, the most famous of which is the Lac des Confins. Despite its accessibility for international tourists, La Clusaz is predominantly a resort favoured by French families, who appreciate its charm. The resort has been a farming village much longer than a ski resort, so there are more traditional homes than purpose-built winter lodgings, including wonderful luxury ski chalets. It is still possible to buy cheese, eggs and other local produce directly from the farmers. World freestyle champion Candide Thovex grew up in La Clusaz, and it’s on the La Balme peak that he holds his Candide Invitational event each March, attracting world-class skiers and snowboarders from all corners of the world.
- Highest ski pistes: 2600m
- Kilometres of Pistes: 125km
- Lifts: 49
- 23% Beginner
- 35% Intermediate
- 42% Advanced