La Clusaz has been attracting skiers since the early 1900s and gets a lot of repeat business as people come for the spectacular scenery, reliable skiing on five well-connected mountains, and the charm of the authentic, twinkly mountain town. It’s only one hour from Geneva, so it’s easy to get to, which means it does get noticeably busier at weekends. The pistes are mostly fun intermediate level, and it’s a great place for novices to gain confidence. There are some challenging pistes around, plus an enthusiastic freeriding scene. The resort gets good snow despite the fairly low altitude, thanks apparently to a handy local microclimate.

The nearby resort of Le Grand Bornand, a short free bus ride away, is included in the Aravis Massif liftpass, adding up to a very decent 220km. The village itself has a traditional church and market square, and plenty of excellent bars and restaurants, three streets lined with shops, and a weekly market of local produce. The tourist board seem pretty active in coming up with events and excuses for fireworks at the base of the lifts, and there’s moonlit skiing every month, until 3am! Non-skiers can go tobogganing, husky sledding or ice skating, and there’s an excellent aqua park in resort. A day trip to the nearby lakeside town of Annecy is another good option.

At a glance

Altitude

1110 mm

Piste Area

132km

Lift Pass Price

€191 / 6 days

Nearest Airport

Geneva (67km)

Beginner slopes

57

Intermediate slopes

34

Advanced slopes

8.2

Lifts

50

Highest lift

2477m

Lowest lift

1110m

Snow parks

2

Glacier

No

Snowmaking

Yes