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La Clusaz

Thinking of skiing in La Clusaz? La Clusaz is a traditional & friendly mountain village. One of the most easily accessible resorts from Geneva (1hr) and one of the shortest drives from Calais too.

Why La Clusaz Ski Resort?

  • Short transfer from Geneva airport - just 1 hour away
  • One of the quickest drives from Calais
  • A dynamic international resort boasting an exceptional ski area
  • 'Famille Plus' resort - good children’s facilities and great for families
  • The centre of the village has been improved in order to improve pedestrian access

La Clusaz (Aravis-Lake Annecy) Information

The Lake Annecy Ski Resorts represent and bring together the four resorts of the Massif des Aravis: La Clusaz, Le Grand-Bornand, Manigod and Saint-Jean-de-Sixt.

At the crossroads of Europe, La Clusaz is a charming village with traditional architecture - a friendly mountain village that’s retained its charm and is one of the most accessible resorts from Geneva (just an hour away) and one of the closest to Calais too.

A dynamic international resort, La Clusaz boasts an exceptional ski area and offers a unique journey in an unspoilt setting. From the most serious skiers and boarders to après-ski enthusiasts, everyone will be happy with their choice of La Clusaz.

The centre of the village has had a facelift in order to improve pedestrian access. There are now two paved areas in front of the church and town hall, with large terraces in front of the arched arcades and shops. Small trees, sourced from local area, have been added to the area and are gently lit in the evenings.

Peak Retreats offers a range of La Clusaz accommodation options. All of La Clusaz' ski apartments and hotels have been hand-picked and are of a very high standard (3, 4 & 5*), providing the ideal base for a La Clusaz ski holiday.

Journalist Rob Freeman gave La Clusaz a 'perfect ten' in his recent review - read his article here

Read our list of ten reasons why you should choose La Clusaz as your next ski destination.


A genuine mountain village with more than 132km of pistes in the La Clusaz domain - and a ski bus link to neighbouring Grand Bornand (the Aravis ski area combines both Grand Bornand and La Clusaz) provides further skiing opportunities. The region is suited to all levels of skiers from beginners to experts.

The La Clusaz domain has some of the best snow conditions in France, the Aravis massif forming the first ‘natural barrier’ to the Alps and so capturing much of the precipitation.

The skiing is divided into five sections – Beauregard, l’Aiguille, Balme, l’Etale and Crioux-Fry/Merdassier. Most of the runs are west or north-west facing, so the snow is generally relatively good. The best snow can perhaps be found on the west-facing slopes of La Balme.

Additional ski fact info, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page (23/24):

The Aravis lift pass links Le Grand Bornand and La Clusaz by shuttle bus. The resorts are not lift-linked.

You can also use a smaller lift pass covering just La Clusaz.

La Clusaz-Manigod local area - 125km of pistes, 49 lifts, 85 slopes:

Green slopes: 16
Blue slopes: 31
Red slopes: 30
Black slopes: 8



Beginners are well catered for in La Clusaz. Nursery slopes can be found at village level at Beauregard and Cret du Merle. For gentle blues try Beauregard (there’s a long blue run at 1650m down to a village called Guy Perillat) – you can then move onto the Cret du Merle for a few more challenges. There’s also a green slope there, and some long green runs at Bois de la Motte too.


La Clusaz has some ideal terrain for intermediates and there are plenty of runs to choose from. The majority of red runs are above 1650m. Again try Beauregard for some great blue pistes. For more challenging and wider blue runs head for L’Etale and L’Aiguille. More advanced skiers should head for La Balme.


La Clusaz is well-known for its spectacular off-piste skiing and its terrific gullies and bowls. Over the years, it has become a Mecca for off-piste skiing/freeriding with its untamed and extraordinary mountains. So it’s not surprising that it’s become a hotbed for freeriding champions of all ages. Some good expert runs can be found at La Balme – particularly the black Vraille run which is very steep. There’s also an off-piste sector called Combe de Bellachat on the opposite side of this sector. A long black run, La Noire, runs from Beauregard to the village.


Fortunately, most of the draglifts can be avoided! For beginners, there are some good nursery slopes with chairlift links and La Balme is good for free-riders.


Depending on which area of the La Clusaz ski domain you’re coming from, there are resort runs of all levels from green to black.

La Clusaz is known for it's tasty Reblochon cheese! This 2021/22 season the resort that has long offered visitors cheese farm visits is upping its cheese game by renaming the 2.5km long Envers blue slope as the Reblochon Run.


La Clusaz organises "Full Moon" evenings when you can ski by moonlight on the Cret du Loup and Cret du Merle areas. Normally this event runs from 9pm to 1am.

There’s also floodlit skiing every week from 8.30pm to 10.30pm, as well as on the piste by the Patinoire gondola. Free. 

La Clusaz ski hire & lift passes (pre-bookable)

Pre-book your 6 day+ La Clusaz ski hire and/or La Clusaz lift pass with Peak Retreats.

To download the ski extras form see 'Helpful links' further down the page. Please note that prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

Other lift passes are available to buy in the resort such as half or full-day passes (for those who only wish to ski the odd day) or one-use lift passes for pedestrians. Some resorts also offer specific beginner area passes and cross country passes.

La Clusaz group ski school (pre-bookable)

Ski school for children is available to book from 4 years to 12 years in La Clusaz with Peak Retreats. Children can learn to snowboard from 10 years+. We can also book private lessons.

To download the ski extras form see 'Helpful links' further down the page. Please note that prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

La Clusaz private lessons (not pre-bookable)

Private lessons with an instructor can only be arranged directly with the ESF ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these. Private lessons are usually around €40-60 per hour (depending on resort, time of day and period) and becomes cheaper the more hours you take and the more people you have to share the hours with i.e with family members or friends. Some resorts insist on a minimum of 3 sessions to be booked at once.

Contact ESF La Clusaz for private lessons - 0033 4 50 02 40 83

La Clusaz childcare (not pre-bookable)

Childcare from 3 years-11 years (non-skiers)

La Clusaz has acquired the Famille Plus label for its childcare facilities. Please view here to view more information on the Famille Plus label.

'Village d'Enfants' (under town hall) - 40 places (8 for under 3.5 years). Open 8.30am-6pm. Meals and snacks can be provided at a cost. Full dayers have priority over meals than half dayers.

Children 3-5 years during French school holidays and 3-11 years outside of French school holidays.

Indoor and outdoor activities are planned each day (depending on weather).

Please contact Village d'Enfants direct as we cannot pre-book this kids club - 0033 4 50 32 69 50

It is advisable to book before you go and in good time as spaces get filled quickly, especially in Peak times. A childhood vaccination record will be needed. 

Babysitters (not pre-bookable)

A list of babysitters is available from the tourist office.

Top winter activities to experience in La Clusaz

Please note: Peak Retreats do not book any activities and most activities are payable.

Snowsport activities:

New viewing platform for 19/20
Change your perspective and look at the mountains from a different angle. On the Col de Balme, it will be opening its doors to an exceptional viewpoint. The glass viewing platform is suspended for an unrivalled view over the Mont Blanc massif.

Ski freeride
La Clusaz is well known for its exceptional off-piste skiing, its unique geographical location and its impressive and magnificent coombs. It has long become established as the hub of Freeriding and is well known as a great destination for free riders, where after just 20 minutes’ walk you can access breath-taking untouched slopes. It comes as little surprise that the resort has been a hotbed of champions for generations with the recent two-times world champion Loic Collomb Patton, you are more than likely to spot some as you ski down.

LCZ Family Run by Columbia:
Located in the Mini Loup sector, it’s the ideal zone to learn the basics of Freestyle. Skiers and snowboarders can have fun as they safely try out the discipline. LCZ Family Run is also a giant picnic area open to all and the track that leads to the obligatory selfie in front of the letters!

Ski touring
Ski touring is making a comeback. It is attracting a new breed of people who are looking for a more ecological approach, where they can experience the wilderness in the mountains. The resort has adapted to this new trend with several suggested itineraries to explore and enjoy.
La Clusaz offers two marked trails for ski touring in free practice! These trails are open only during runway opening hours.
BEAUREGARD (initiation level) Start: 1000m (Giguet field) / Finish: 1600m (Station) 600m / Distance : 5km / Return by the tracks of Beauregard
ETALE (confirmed level) Start: 1300m (Parking des Joux) / Finish: 2000m (First aid station) Height difference: 700m / Distance: 4km / Return by the Grouse Track (Black)

Nordic skiing
Nordic skiing has become popular again. The sports ticks all the boxes in the current trends of getting in shape through exploring nature. It is an authentic, ecological, and also a highly effective sport. The major advantage of this time-honoured sport is its location in the heart of the natural environment, silent and untouched. The perfect activity to switch off from daily life and get away from it all.

Snowshoe hiking
Snowshoe hiking gives privileged access to areas the skiers can’t get to, where you can enjoy the silence and overwhelming natural beauty. The La Clusaz mountain guides will take you to these places where you can share in the wonder of their beauty. Experience a unique hike and choose a themed excursion, for example, to follow the forest animal tracks, to hike along the ridge of the Aravis for outstanding panoramic views or for a nocturnal hike including a delicious Savoyard meal.

Ice rink
1000 m² of ice under a wooden roof. Skate hire, individual or group lessons, seminars and evening sessions. Ice games: Modules on the ice and small chairs, seals and dolphins to allow children to slide with playful support. Every morning.
Hurricane bumpers on ice:
Let yourself go to the whirlwinds and stamp the other participants! A new activity at the rink. Unaccompanied from 6 years / accompanied by 1 parent: from 3 years.

Horse-drawn sledge rides
Enjoy the magnificent views over La Clusaz in winter on a horse-drawn sledge. Leaves from the Confins plateau.

The TAKAMAKA team will take you on an exceptional experience on a Snow Racer, descend the mountain on a veritable snow kart!

Ice circuit
Come and test electric vehicles on the ice. Located just outside the village on the Route des Confins.

Dog sledging
Full day excursions on reservation only (each person has a sledge with 4 dogs). Maximum 6 people. Groups accepted on reservation.

Husky’s spirit
Come and enjoy a wonderful adventure with René Duc, the professional musher. Spend a fantastic time with him and his dogs on the Col des Aravis, only 10 minutes from La Clusaz.

Other activities:

Aravis leisure centre
Heated pools: 1 outdoor pool 25m + 1 indoor, Jacuzzi, paddling pools, fountain. Fitness: fitness suite, hammam, and sauna. Activities: swimming lessons, aquabike, gym, yoga…

A bowling alley in the heart of La Clusaz! Open in the afternoon. 4 tracks for 7 players each / 2 Bonzini Baby foot / 2 Billiards / 1 darts game / Contests and animations.

Casino imperial (Lake Annecy)
Enjoy a night out in Annecy (nearby) at the Casino Impérial with its traditional games and slot machines!

The « S-en-Ciel » team will take you up for a tandem paraglide over La Clusaz. First flights, training flight, adrenalin rush flights

Culture and library for all. Consultation, book lending, encyclopaedias and internet search.

Widescreen, stereo Dolby sound. Showings every day.

All year. Every Monday in the church square.

Le Hameau des Alpes
Discover the richness of local culture and heritage in the different display areas, where you can have fun learning all about the making of Reblochon Fermier, discover the origins of skiing, see a traditional oven, sawmill and traditional lofts. A great family visit

Discover la Clusaz with gisèle
Enrolment at the Tourist Office at least one day before. Local heritage guides will take you on a walk through the village to discover the secrets of our history and traditions. On Thursdays at 9.45am, leaves from the tourist office.

Horse-drawn carriage
Visit La Clusaz in a horse-drawn carriage. A choice of tours is possible, just ask the driver! Reservation not required (except weddings and groups).

Guided farm visit
Stroll through the alpine meadows and meet with local farmers to discover how Reblochon is made. On Fridays from in front of the tourist office. Enrolment at the Tourist Office at least one day before.

Nordic areas
Plateau des confins (1420 - 1650m):
Official Nordic location for the World Cup awarded level 4 « Nordic France » and « Family Plus » At the heart of the Aravis mountain range, sunny and varied tracks for all abilities. Relax and re-energise, guaranteed! 550 km of tracks including a 7km link with the Grand Bornand domain. Children’s snow garden / Nordic Club des pioupious. Nordic Ski Park: Slalom, jumps, tunnel, loom, ski hockey, ski football. Nordic Cross: fun and technical circuit open to all. Laser Biathlon. Shuttle link from the village When you’re there: Information post, first aid post, picnic room, ski schools, sports shop, hotels, restaurants, car parking.
Plateau de Beauregard:
The Nordic area on Beauregard offers classic and skating cross-country tracks as well as prepared tracks for walkers and snowshoe walkers. 20 km of tracks, 8 tracks. Access from the village via the Beauregard cable car or by car and shuttle via the Col de la Croix Fry. When you’re there: first aid post, picnic room, ski lessons, sports shops, hotels, restaurants and car parking.

Please note: All the above information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All activities will be in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.

La Clusaz Resort News and Events 2022/23


  • The 2.5km l’Envers blue run has been made into an educational track to learn about local fauna with games, fun activities and information. Learn about the history of mixed farming in La Clusaz through the work of the farmers, their dedication to the preservation of the alpine environment and of course about the history of Reblochon Fermier. Accessible only with a ski pass.
  • The famous Merle slope will now be floodlit at the end of the day so that skiers can continue to ski long into the evening. In addition, there will be various winter sports’ themed evenings organised and fun, artistic colour-themed activities where the snow becomes a blank canvas!


  • Paret Night Session 22nd December 2022 - 9th March 2023 Discover the paret, a traditional wooden sledge.
  • Christmas Shows 19th December 2022 - 31st December 2023 La Clusaz has been organising the famous Christmas Pestacles for more than 20 years, the biggest, family, street theatre festival organised in the winter in the Alps. People of all ages gather in the village for a magical and wonderful celebration of Christmas in the heart of the Aravis. The “Pestacles” are all about celebrating in a Christmas wonderland.
  • Ski Show 31st December 2022, 13th Febuary 2023, 27th Febuary 2023 La Clusaz welcomes you with a torchlight descent and a magnificent Ski Show from the French Ski School. Come and taste mulled wine, hot chocolate and discover the farmhouse reblochon!
  • The "Bélier Blanc" Trail 14th January 2023 The Trail du Bélier Blanc is a festive & convivial rendezvous, dressed in its most beautiful white cape to make you live an extraordinary adventure!
  • LCZ Freestyle Week 28th January 2023 - 4th February 2023 La Clusaz is one of France's cradles of Freestyle and Freeride skiing. Its champions, from Edgar Grospiron to Candide Thovex and Loïc Collomb-Patton, have never stopped improving in their disciplines.
  • Fireshow - Swings and Sparks! Every Tuesday in February 2023. 
  • Carnival 28th February 2023
  • Good Vibes Week 19th March 2023 - 24th March 2023 Little sister of the La Clusaz Yoga Festival which takes place every summer, Good Vibes Week gives you the opportunity to enjoy life at its simplest and take time for yourself, in an inspiring natural environment.
  • Radiomeuh Circus Festival 30th March 2023 - 2nd April 2023 Little sister of the La Clusaz Yoga Festival which takes place every summer, Good Vibes Week gives you the opportunity to enjoy life at its simplest and take time for yourself, in an inspiring natural environment.
  • Deli Foly 22nd - 23rd April 2023 Since 1987, this spectacular and completely crazy event has brought together 150 participants and several thousand spectators in the sumptuous setting of the Confins. The objective is to cross the Lac des Confins.
  • Season Finale 1st May 2023

Further details can be found on the tourist office website:

La Clusaz Restaurants, Bars & Aprés-ski

10 bars, restaurants, and a nightclub open from 11pm - 5am all week.

La Clusaz Altitude Restaurants

If you want a delicious lunch and succulent deserts, head to Le Bercail, an old chalet on le Cret du Merle slope.

La Clusaz Amenities

La Clusaz is served by a range of amenities including: more than 200 shops and services including supermarkets, banks, doctors, pharmacies, sports shops.

Currency exchange in banks during week and in tourist office at weekends and public holidays.

Internet terminals and WiFi – tourist office & Cyber Espace/Services Académie.

Getting to La Clusaz, France

By Road:

Driving distance from Calais to La Clusaz: 536 miles (approx 7hr30).

The Massif des Aravis is easily reachable:
- Motorway A 40 (Autoroute Blanche); exit N° 16 Bonneville, direction Stations des Aravis at 20 km 
- Motorway A 41 exit Annecy Nord direction Thônes / Stations des Aravis at 30 km

By Rail: 

SNCF station of Annecy at 32km. 
Réservation: 0033 8 92 35 35 35 
Daily link by bus – Voyages Crolard: +33 (0)4 50 02 20 58


Annecy-Meythet airport at 32 km (30 mins)

Shuttle bus between airport, TGV railway station and La Clusaz.
Geneva airport at 50km from Grand Bornand (1 hour)

Shuttle bus between Geneva and La Clusaz (

Chambery Airport is 75km from Grand Bornand (1 ¼ hours)

Lyon - Saint Exupéry airport at 150km (1 ¾ hours) TGV high speed train connection between Lyon and Annecy.

Grenoble Airport is 165km from Grand Bornand (1 ¾ hours)

Public shuttle bus transfers from airport

Lyon Airport - La Clusaz via Annecy ( 

Geneva Airport - La Clusaz (

La Clusaz Airport Transfer

For pre-bookable private transfer rates with Peak Retreats, view here

Getting around the resort

Departures every 30mins from the Salon des Dames car park. Inter-resort shuttle buses are free for holders of an Aravis pass. From La Clusaz to Grand Bornand takes 10 mins. Departs every 30mins from the Salon des Dames car park from 9am (8.30am in February) to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 6pm. Regular ski bus every 20 mins.


Salon des Dames car park – 420 covered parking spaces at entrance to the village. Height limit 2.35m. Open 24/7. Coach and shuttle bus boarding area.

La Croix car park – 333 covered paying spaces in the village (1.80m limit). Open 24/7.

Les Chenons car park – 500 free parking spaces at the Balme Massif.

Ski Lockers/lockers

Ski lockers available at le Bossonnet and at the ski pass office at champ Giguet. Left luggage lockers available at the bus station.


Currency exchange – in banks during the week and in the tourist office at the weekends and on public holidays.

Luggage storage available at the bus station.

La Clusaz resort season dates

La Clusaz ski area is open: 03/12/22 - 01/05/23

Accommodation in La Clusaz

Les Grandes Alpes

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 12

Les Grandes Alpes Residence is a 4* residence located a short walk to the village centre and 400m from the ski lifts, slopes and ski school meeting point. As it overlooks the village, it benefits from breathtaking views of the village and mountains.

Chalet Bossonnet

Self Catered Chalet Sleeps 1 - 22

This high quality, prestigious chalet (350m2) is housed in an old farmhouse in the heart of the La Clusaz resort. Ideally located at the foot of the ski slopes for ski-in/ski out access, right next to the ‘Bossonnet’ gondola and ‘Greneche chairlift’.

Les Cimes

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 10 Luxury | Superior

This 4* Superior luxury residence enjoys one of the best locations in the resort, at the foot of the Bossonnet slope and just 50m from the Bossonnet 6 man chairlift, the P’tit Bossonnet drag lift and the ski school meeting point and 350m from the village centre.

Luxury | Superior

Hotel Beauregard

Hotel Sleeps 1 - 4

The very popular Hotel Beauregard enjoys an ideal location in the upper part of the resort, at the foot of the slopes and just 350m from the village centre.

Hotel Au Coeur du Village

Hotel Sleeps 1 - 5 Luxury

Hotel Au Coeur du Village 5* is one of the finest in the Alps. It benefits from an excellent south-facing location in the heart of the village centre with just a small road to cross to the slopes, lifts and ski school meeting point.


Chalet Enarpa

Room Only Chalet Sleeps 1 - 12 Luxury

The high-quality Enarpa (meaning ascent to the pastures in the local dialect) successfully combines the benefits of the services of a hotel stay with the independence of private chalet living. Located 4kms from the centre of La Clusaz on the road to the Lac des Confins, the Chalet Hotel Enarpa enjoys a peaceful, rural location set against the beautiful backdrop of the breathtaking Aravis mountains.


Chalet Le Coeur

Bed & Breakfast Chalet Sleeps 1 - 8

This prestigious detached 5* chalet is the place to stay in La Clusaz on a special ski holiday. Le Coeur is ideally located in the centre of the resort next to its sister property, the Hotel au Coeur du Village, yet with just a quiet road to cross to access the slopes, ski school meeting point and lifts.

Chalet La Douceur

Self Catered Chalets Sleeps 1 - 14

Chalet La Douceur has been created in a former farmhouse surrounded by mountain pasture with its outstanding view on the Combe du Fernuy and the Massif de Balme. It is a 3 minutes’ drive from the Balme's ski lifts and a 5 minutes’ drive from the Confins Valley for cross-country skiing.

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