La Clusaz Ski Resort Overview
Open: 17 December 2016 to the 21 April 2017
From the very first glimpse, the authentic architecture of the resort stands out, beautifully balanced between the warmth of traditional materials and bold modern design.
La Clusaz is well known for its exceptional off-piste skiing, its unique geographical location and its impressive magnificent coombs.
It has long become established as the hub of « Freeriding ».
Where to stay in La Clusaz
Lake Annecy Ski Resorts
La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand, Manigod and St Jean de Sixt are the four ski resorts that make up lake annecy ski resorts.
The magical French alpine resorts of La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand, Manigod and Saint Jean de Sixt have joined to become Lake Annecy Ski Resorts. Perched on the majestic Aravis Range, touching the shores of Lake Annecy, they are part of a privileged, protected and exciting environment.
Preserving their charm and architectural authenticity, the resorts combine tradition and creativity to the highest level. Here, a warm welcome, friendliness and excellent service are more than mere values, they are a way of life.
La Clusaz Since 1985, has hosted 18 World Cups, 1 World Championship and is also home to many ski champions in almost every ski discipline.
Renowned for its broad choice of activities La Clusaz has easy access to Manigod ski resort via the ski lifts.
It is also easy to reach the adjacent village of Le Grand Bornand with the regular shuttle buses which are free for Aravis ski pass holders. Alpine skiing in La Clusaz continues to evolve with the addition of new ski disciplines.
Whether a beginner or a professional, La Clusaz indulges skiers on with 84 slopes across the an area of 132km.
Cross-country ski lovers are also spoiled with a whole choice of valleys and tracks, making La Clusaz an international ski destination. Les Confins, the official site of the Ski World Cup, offers a splendid ski area with 52km of marked tracks and a 7km “black” run named ‘Frasses’. Further to this there is the valley of Les Confins which leads directly to the village of Le Grand Bornand as well as the Beauregard Plateau, very popular for cross-country skiing.
Aravis Lift Pass
In addition to the skiing in La Clusaz itself (132km of pisted ski runs), the Aravis Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Lake Annecy Ski Resorts of Le Grand Bornand, Manigod and Saint Jean de Sixt.
La Clusaz is the largest station of the Aravis and comprises a variety of distinct ski areas around a traditional and un-spoilt village centre.
An old village, La Clusaz has been hosting winter sports since 1907.
Based in the Aravis mountain range La Clusaz (originally from the word cluse – meaning a narrow path between two mountains) was once called Clusa Locus Dei meaning God’s narrow place.
In 1902, the opening of the road connecting Annecy and the valley of Thônes with the Aravis Valley which allowed La Clusaz (formerly a small and remote village) to become a tourist center for summer and winter sports. In 1956, the first cable car was introduced.
The commune of La Clusaz is classified winter sports resort and of alpinism per decree of June 18, 1969. The first luge was added in 1985. The first snow cannon was added in 1994.
La Clusaz is part of the Aravis skiing area which it shares with the neighbouring resort of Le Grand Bornand to offer a total of 220 km (140 mi) of pistes.