Often overlooked by Brits as they speed past on their way to better known Chamonix or Les Trois Vallees, La Clusaz has retained its authentic French charm. With mostly French and Swiss visitors, when you holiday here you truly feel like you are in France. With 132km of pistes to keep you entertained, extensive off-piste (it’s where Candide Thovex learnt everything he knows) and a further 88km of piste in Grand Bornand you needn’t overlook La Clusaz for the bright lights of the better known resorts nearby.
Separated into 5 sectors, La Clusaz offers the perfect terrain for people to learn and progress their skiing skills in one resort. Whilst the majority of the slopes here are intermediate, learners can gain confidence in gentle Manigod before moving on to Beauregard and finally the ultimate free-skier playground of La Balme. A ten-minute shuttle bus away, Grand Bornand is an excellent resort with extensive terrain, as well as a dedicated freeride area which is not groomed or patrolled, but avalanche protected.
La Clusaz is a thriving year-round town with a community so although winter may be busier, there is still lots happening in the summer. Mountain biking is the big one here with Roc des Alpes, a huge MTB event taking place for three days every June, being established here. There is phenomenal hiking, mountaineering and sport climbing in the Aravis mountains, whitewater rafting and paragliding. The gastronomic restaurants that attract the most passionate foodies in the winter are still open in the summer, and the bars are still buzzing (though not with the enthusiasm of an apres-ski party).
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