La Clusaz split my skiing life. Heading west from the centre of La Clusaz, up Cret du Merle, down through fresh snow on black Lapiaz, and over to ‘Balme’, I was back to how I skied BC (before children). Skiing off piste as much as possible, and as fast as possible. I headed down the linking pistes to get to the 2477m viewing point at the top of the Col de Balme chair, the spot that a local told us on a chair lift en route has one of the best views of Mont Blanc.
Rising above the clouds in the valley below, Mont Blanc looked stunning, but with just a two-hour skiing window we didn’t stop for long. We looked longingly at skiers hiking west again out of the top of Balme, but without a guide and certainly not enough time in our morning, we stuck to the long descents left and right of the chair and across the ridge at Torchere before blasting back down the picture postcard green run, La Motte all the way back to the village of La Clusaz…to join our three young skiing kids, who’d been persuaded to swim with grannie for the morning!!
Cue AC (after children) skiing life.
Working with the region of Lake Annecy Ski Resorts in which La Clusaz sits (as well as Le Grand Bornand, Manigod and St Jean de Sixt), but not knowing the ski area quite as well enough as I’d like, I’d decided to take my family and grandparents to the area. Holding the ‘Famille Plus’ French label I hoped it would be perfect for my young skiers and still skiing ‘grandad’.
On our first morning we found the children’s area at Massif de Beauregard, accessed by the Beauregard bubble. At 1635m the pistes were in perfect condition. Several blues and green runs all covered in small rollers, jumps and wooded paths kept the small people happy and when the sun came out The Grizzly restaurant was the ideal spot to let the kids have a run down to the Etoile button lift on their own. Further across at Manigod was more of the same, fun cruising blue runs and a cute restaurant ‘Fonfon’ to re-fuel at lunch time.
The BC/AC issue reared its head again when the ‘Full Moon’ party was announced (postponed from January) the Friday night of our week, with DJs on the mountain and skiing till 1am. Impossible to do as a couple with three small people in tow and grannie departed for UK! Unfortunately for the resort, the forecast foehn winds cancelled the event again and my FOMO (fear of missing out) didn’t have to be faced. We had another quiet evening watching the Olympics en famille –and everyone was happy!
Party time in La Clusaz – March
The Full Moon party will now be held in March – perfect if you are heading to La Clusaz without kids and if you have them and grandparents keen to ski, stick to the ice skating, horse and cart rides, swimming, sledging and green and blue runs!
With thanks to Intersport Ski for the kids skis.