Cruisin’ in La Clusaz

La Clusaz

Lying in the heart of the Aravis, La Crusaz is the ice candy of the Haute Savoie, with pretty mountains, panoramic backdrops and plenty of powder!

This old Savoyard village is one of four that make up Lake Annecy Ski Resorts (LASR), and its also one of the Alps most established, snow sure areas.

There’s something for every skill set, with nursery slopes just above the resort’s centre and 130kms of piste where intermediates and advanced skiers can flex their pecs.

Decked in its best white winter coat, la Clusaz oozes the character and charm that’s hard to find in purpose-built ski resorts, and it’s also easy to get to – just an over an hour’s flight from London to Geneva and the same time from Geneva to resort.

Party bars are plentiful, from the fine food and drinks at laid-back les Caves du Paccaly, to loungy Le Bachal, with its trendy restaurant and live sounds.

You can also eat well in the mountains; authentic les Chalets des Praz is good for fine dining, and there’s plenty of fun at le Telemark Café – from dining to DJs, hot tubs, and full moon parties!

Shoppers will also find La Clusaz tasty, with Napapijri’s and Yvette Perillat selling stylish ski gear, bags and boots, and plenty of fashion goodies at affordable prices.

LASR’s other resorts – Le Grand Bernand, Manigod, St-Jean de Sixt, and Manigod complete the picture, and you can ski them all on one inclusive pass.

Ideal for beginners, and improvers, sunny Manigod is also good for snowshoeing, cross-country and hiking.

Centuries-old St-Jean de Sixt is good for beginners, cross-country, and sledging – whether you are young, or young at heart!

And while Le Grand Bornand’s cruisy down hill slopes make it appealing for improvers, check out the ski bike as a fun way to get down the slopes.

Horse drawn sleigh rides offer a mini adventure, while the ski jouring will appeal for those seeking adventure max. It looks a like water skiing – but you are attached, by harness … to a horse, and is not for the faint hearted!

These, and other options, show how the Lake Annecy resorts encourage you to combine a ski break with a destination break, and to indulge in other leisure pleasures, from spa baths and swimming, to shopping and slope parties.

Briony Key has worked for the Scotsman and Travel Weekly and currently writes for Time and Leisure, planetski and Family Ski News. She loves action sports and is this year taking on a Ben Nevis challenge for the British Heart Foundation. Her hobbies include travel, restoring old furniture and working in theatre wardrobes.

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