Skiing in La Clusaz

Country: France

In a nutshell: A very French, and very pretty ski resort with a varied ski area and short transfer

We like:

  • La Clusaz is as pretty as a picture; a gorgeous Savoyarde village and stunning mountain scenery
  • The ski area covers five mountains and is varied enough to serve skiers of all abilities well
  • It’s one of the closest ski resorts to Geneva, so great for ski weekends
  • The apres-ski is surprisingly good and there’s a party vibe if you want to find it

We don’t like:

  • It can get busy at weekends with skiers from nearby Geneva and Annecy
  • It’s not that high which can impact snow, but the predominantly north and east facing slopes hold the snow well


  • Resort altitude: 1,100m
  • Highest lift: 2,500m
  • Lowest piste: 1,100m
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport: Geneva – 1h
  • Number of lifts:
    • La Clusaz: 54
    • Massif des Aravis: 81
  • Number of runs
    • La Clusaz
      • Green: 18
      • Blue: 30
      • Red: 29
      • Black: 7
    • Massif des Aravis
      • Green: 32
      • Blue: 46
      • Red: 45
      • Black: 10


  • Apres ski
  • Family friendly
  • Traditional charm
  • Great for beginners
  • Great for intermediates
  • Great for advanced
  • Great for snowboarders
  • Great for foodies
  • Great for non-skiers


La Clusaz is an achingly pretty Savoyarde village, with an abundance of good quality restaurants, chic bars and boutique shops. It’s a very French resort, so great for skiers wanting to escapes the hordes of package-holiday skiers in the mega-resorts. It’s not all bijou and quiet though, there’s good apres ski for those who want it.

The skiing is good too. The La Clusaz ski area covers five different mountains each with a different character so the area has a lot of variety, and something to offer everyone regardless of whether you are a complete novice on your first ski holiday or an extreme skier. The gentle slopes above Beauregard are wonderful for beginners, and as you work your way east through the area there is some fantastic challenging skiing at La Balme.

It is possible to upgrade to the Massif des Aravis ski pass which includes the skiing in La Grand Bornand (linked by a free bus). The skiing here is quieter with a very different character to La Clusaz. Whichever ski pass you opt for, the ski area doesn’t rival the big resorts for size but has a lot to offer, and it will be hard to get bored of the slopes on a La Clusaz ski holiday.