Spread over five mountains, La Clusaz is quickly growing in notoriety and popularity. At the heart of this large resort is a beautiful, rustic French mountain village with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Beginners and intermediate skiers will find La Clusaz well suited to them, with a great array of gentle blue and fun red pistes. Families will be happy with the Beauregard area, in particular, and there is a choice of ski schools for adults and children. In the evenings, La Clusaz is mainly a relaxed resort with a family-friendly French ambiance. The atmosphere tends to get livelier on the weekends, allowing you to sample two very different après ski experiences in La Clusaz.
La Clusaz is superb for beginners. There are a handful of nursery slopes around village level, though the best are at Crêt du Merle and at the top of the Beauregard Cable Car, where you will find some gentle blue pistes to graduate onto.
In addition to tree-lined cruising and stunning views on Beauregard Mountain, Massif de Manigod has a network of 15 lifts providing access to further gentle cruising for skiers and excellent free riding for snowboarders. Keener intermediates may want to progress around the valley to Massif de L'Etale, where the runs become steeper and longer.
The best on-piste terrain for experts can be found on La Balme. The seriously steep Vraille run is a great challenge. L'Aiguille also has some good black runs and mogul skiing. La Clusaz offers numerous challenges off piste, and this is a great way to avoid the crowds. Combe de Bellachat is entirely off-piste and definitely worth exploring with a friend or a guide. Snowboarders will want to seek out the terrain park on Massif de L'Aiguille - offering a halfpipe and some table top jumps.
This resort has a particularly welcoming attitude to children and families. La Clusaz features both a larger ESF ski school and a smaller Sno Academie, both of which receive good reports. The kindergartens in La Clusaz and Le Grand-Bournand provide good care, offering supervision and lunch for children as young as 8 months of age.
Staying in La Clusaz means you have a wide choice of dining experiences to choose from. Some of which are a short drive away, such as Vieux Chalet, offering good food and a friendly service. Le Bercail on the Massif de L'Aiguille, accessible by sleigh or snowcat at night, is a superb, reservation-only, Savoyard dining experience not to be missed. The bars and nightclubs of La Clusaz come alive at the weekend, with lively bars like Le Caves du Pacally and Panama Café open until 2 am. Club 18 and L'Ecluse are open until 5 am and are popular with skiers and snowboarders of all ages. The latter is particularly interesting due to its glass dance floor which stretches over the rushing waters of La Clusaz' river.