La Clusaz Snowboarding
The 10th most popular snowboarding destination in France.
Thursday 18 January 2018 05:52 GMT
Southeast of Geneva and west of Chamonix near Annecy, the Les Clusaz ski domaine has 72 runs spread over 990 acres served by 47 lifts accessing a maximum vertical drop of 1,500m. Most of the 130km of pistes are known to be ideal for intermediate snowboarding. The Les Clusaz ski area is spread over five massif sectors including Balme, L’Aiguille, L’Etale and Beauregard, La Croix Fry-Manigod-Merdassier.
For the best off-piste snowboarding challenge, check out the north-facing Balme massif area but beware of avalanche conditions. One of the popular off-piste ski touring routes leads to La Giettaz, which is connected via lifts in Megeve.
For the freestylers in your crew, there is a good terrain park with boxes, gaps, tables, pipes and a 100m long standard half-pipe.
After a morning of shreddding, some good on-mountain dining can be found at Le Bercail on the Massif de L'Aiguille.
While there isn't much nightlife in La Clusaz, you can try checking out L'Ecluse.
The town of Les Clusaz is a traditional French village framed by the Aravis Mountains. There is no train service, but the Annecy SNCF train station is only 20 miles away. The Annecy Airport is about 30 miles away. Fly into Annecy or Geneva and take shuttle service.
If you plan to drive, use the A40 (white highway) to Exit #16 for Bonneville. Then, follow the Stations des Aravis at 12 miles. In winter, roads are correctly cleared from snow however plan to have specific equipment (snow tires or chains). TIP: There are ski shuttle buses from La Clusaz to the nearby Grand-Bornand ski area (every 30 minutes) and the Saint-Jean de Sixt ski area. Le Grand Bornard shares the Aravis regional lift pass with La Clusaz.
Overall, La Clusaz is the 10th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 47 snowboarding resorts in France.