Read our ski resort guide for La Clusaz. With excellent skiing and snowboarding in France in the Haute Savoie region, you get the delights of a traditional village with awesome terrain - perfect for families too.
If you ski La Clusaz, you'll be in France's Haute Savoie region - the Les Aravis ski region to be exact. Access one of skiing and snowboarding's best-kept secrets - seriously! Easily accessed from Annecy and Geneva, your Les Aravis ski pass will allow you unlimited skiing and snowboarding in nearby resorts of Le Grand Bornand and St Jean de Sixt, a total of 132km of wonderfully varied piste.
On the Slopes
La Clusaz is ideal for beginners and intermediates - if you are new to the sport or have children, Beauregard is the perfect place to start. There's some great longer runs on the Cret du Loup, while more experienced skiers will want to sample the off-piste opportunities at La Balme.
Intermediate and advanced boarders will also find plenty of terrain to enjoy. While there is extensive snow-making equipment, the lower slopes can get worn on busy weekends.
If you Ski La Clusaz you are also in the ski region of Les Aravis .
Off the Slopes
La Clusaz ski resort is a typical Savoyard village with a charming church and village square - three main streets fan out from the here, each packed with shops, bars, hotels, and restaurants. It can be quiet at night, but is a great place to go with children, with a child-friendly ice-rink and swimming pool. Accommodation can be somewhat removed from the lifts, so be sure you have access to a car or van, or know the route of the free bus service.
Who's it Best For?
This resort is probably best for beginners and intermediates. The short transfer time also makes it good for families and for short and weekend breaks from the UK.
It's not difficult to see why La Clusaz is so popular. The scenery is beautiful, the skiing is good and it's only one hour from Geneva Airport. The village itself is also really pretty so it's a great destination if you are tired of the concrete, purpose built French resorts.
We can help you find a great ski holiday here, whether you are looking for a cheap, short break package or you want something a little more luxurious. Or maybe you are an independent traveller and are looking to book a chalet or apartment. Search our accommodation listings, compare prices and facilities and book direct with the owner.
Why Choose La Clusaz in France?
1. Pretty traditional alpine village with village square and old wooden buildings.
2. You can ski on 5 well connected mountains.
3. Good for families with great beginners and intermediate skiing and short transfer.
4. Good off piste activities, the aqua park is especially good!
Is La Clusaz Right for You?
If you are sure La Clusaz is the place for your next skiing break then search our holidays listings to find the right holiday for you. If however you are still unsure let our La Clusaz tailormade ski holidays service help you.
Chalets really do come in all shapes and sizes. They can come catered, complete with chef, to self catering models. They can be huge, sleeping up to 40 people+, or they can be intimate, small affairs. Many are ski in ski out whilst others are situated away from the slopes. Whatever you are looking for we can help you find it.
La Clusaz offers a good range of accommodation to choose from. There are many old wooden chalets alongside newer chalets that have been built in the traditional style. There are plenty of catered and self catered chalets available. Do bear in mind that some chalets may be in the smaller villages around La Clusaz including Manigod, Merdassier, La Croix Fry and St Jean de Sixt. Some of these will be advertised as La Clusaz so do be careful.
Where Should I Look for a Ski Chalet in La Clusaz?
Most of the hotels and apartments are located in the centre of the resort with chalets mostly situated a short distance from the free ski bus stops. The only thing to really be aware of is that some chalets may say La Clusaz when actually they are a village just outside. That isn't to say you shouldn't stay in one of the surrounding villages, as they are beautiful, just be aware that you will need to travel in.
There are some wonderful old chalets to rent in La Clusaz and also a good number of chalet style hotels. Check out The Aravis Lodge and La Ferme, a chalet hotel right on the piste, 30 seconds from the gondola and village centre.
Apartments can be a great idea for a ski holiday. Gone are the concrete jungles of the 1960's, now apartments are often wooden clad affairs and resemble airy loft conversions. Many also come with facilities that would rival any hotel with swimming pools, spas and sauna rooms. So don't discount apartments, they are often cheaper than chalets and are great value for money.
There are a good range of apartments in La Clusaz, the real challenge is to make sure you know where you are staying. The main village resort is La Clusaz but a lot of the skiing takes in surrounding villages including Manigod, Merdassier, La Croix Fry and St Jean de Sixt. These villages are lovely but take St Jean de Sixt, it's 1.5 m from the centre of La Clusaz.
Are Apartments Really Such a Good Idea?
Well they can work out cheaper than a chalet. But they also now offer such amazing facilities, that many are more like mini hotels with pools, saunas and saps to thier name. Some even have their own convenience stores. So don't discount apartments because you think they are a poor mans chalet.
Apartments can also be a great idea if you are travelling with other families or a larger mixed group. If you book in the same apartment block you get to be together but also have some independence and space from each other. So overall you might still be speaking at the end of the holiday!
In the Haute Savoie, book a La Clusaz hotel online for this winter's ski or snowboarding holiday. GoSki.co.uk makes booking your ski hotels in La Clusaz all the simpler by enabling you to compare various places online first. Once you have decided on luxury, mid-range or basic, then you can compare and finally choose the right La Clusaz hotel for you. Enjoy Les Ararvis this winter and go skiing and snowboarding for less thanks to GoSki.co.uk.
Hotels can be a great choice for a ski holiday. Some hotels will come and collect you from the airport and then take you back. In addition, family suites can work out great value and many hotels offer babysitting services and creches. Many hotels will have great facilities like swimming pools, good food and some will organise your ski hire for you.
What Hotels Are Available in La Clusaz?
There are some hotels here in great locations. Check out La Ferme, a chalet hotel right on the piste just 30 seconds from the gondola and village centre. If you love your food then look at Hotel Beauregard a 3* hotel with a reputation for good cuisine. It is served by a drag lift onto the main Cret du Merle piste. In the centre of the village you will find Hotel Alpen Roc and Hotel Christina, both have good bars.
There are also some lovely farmhouses which have been converted into chalet style hotels. One to consider is Hotel Alpage which has a swimming pool and can sleep up to 32 people. Youy will find it on the piste at Etale, a great location if you want peace and quiet, but not convenient for the centre of La Clusaz.
The closest airports to La Clusaz are Geneva (1 1/2 hours), Chambery (1 hour 50) and finally Grenoble which is nearer 2 hours transfer. La Clusaz is only directly accessible by road. Most people fly to Geneva and then hire a car or a minibus.
You can take a train from Paris to Annecy which takes about 3 1/2 hours and costs about 75 Euros. But you will then have to get a bus from Annecy to La Clusaz which costs an additional 60 Euros.
Travelling from Geneva to La Clusaz
There is a bus which goes from Geneva to La Clusaz throughout the day which can work out a good value option, prices are about 60 Euros. For added convenience you may want to hire a private minibus. Most can seat up to 8 so are good if you are travelling in a party that size. Always pre book before you leave home as you get good online discounts. Average prices are about 135 Euros from Geneva to La Clusaz.
Many minibus companies will also pool together people travelling alone to La Clusaz so even if you are not travelling in a group of 8 do enquire. You can of course hire a car from Geneva airport but do think about this carefully. Unless you are staying in a village outside La Clusaz and need to drive in daily, La Clusaz is a small, compact resort where most things are within walking distance.
Listings for la Clusaz ski schools to help you find companies that allow you to book your ski or snowboard lessons for your winter holiday. GoSki.co.uk features local companies that offer great deals on private, group, beginner or advanced ski lessons.
La Clusaz ski schools
Whether or not you want to improve your ski technique or learn to jib, la Clusaz ski schools are the place to start your search and we have listings of a number ski schools to get you started. Boost your confidence or just learn some new tricks.