A mere hour from Geneva, La Clusaz has five well-connected mountains, complemented by the lively, rustic town offering plenty to see and do off the slopes The Mountains
The 130km of piste in La Clusaz ranges from 1100m to 2500m and has something for everyone. Three main lifts from the town centre lead to the Beauregard Plateau, from where you can access the other sectors of Manigod, Merdassier, Col Froix and Aguille. The plateau is a great spot for learners with spectacular views towards Mont Blanc, and there are also nursery areas at village level, at Manigod and La Balme. The majority of the runs are blue and red, perfect for intermediates. Advanced skiers should head for the north-facing slopes of La Balme, with long reds, steep blacks and a natural playground of bowls, kickers and some superb off-piste on a powder day. The Town
It's close to the Swiss border, but you can't get more French than La Clusaz, and despite being surrounded by mountains, the town, at 1100m, is open and sunny. Built around a traditional church and market square, even the new buildings are faithful to the traditional style, and the whole place is very easy on the eye, and genuinely friendly too. It's been a winter sports centre since 1907, so skiing is in the fabric of the town, plus there's a luge and various other winter sports to turn your hand to. And if you're through with snow and fancy retreating indoors? The aqua park with stunning mountain views is well worth a visit.
Accommodation is mainly in traditional old wooden buildings, or new chalets built in a traditional style, and there is a fairly equal mix of catered chalets, self-catered chalets and apartments and hotels, as well as a good variety of food on offer in town. Aprés-ski tends towards the cosy, with no shortage of sofas and cellar bars to pass the evenings in. Proximity to Geneva is always a good thing, what with the high chance of bagging a budget flight. However, La Clusaz is also one of the better resorts for driving to, and getting the train is no great hassle either – the TGV goes to Annecy, from where there are regular buses.