48-Hours in the French Ski Resort of La Clusaz

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We are on our way from Verbier in the Swiss Alps to Pays de Gex in the French Jura.  We needed a stop off and a ski. Step forward a fabulous area that we haven’t been to for too long. NEW

La Clusaz is the real deal.

A picturesque mountain village set in the heart of the mountains with some fabulous and varied skiing.

Beginners are catered for in the Manigod area:

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

It is an intermediate’s paradise in the central section of the ski area:

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

And then there is La Balme, with its freeride area.

It is like a mini Arentiere, but without the glaciers.

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

First the village of La Clusaz.

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

It sits at 1,100m and is surrounded by picturesque mountains.

PlanetSKI passed through on Monday which is market day, with locals gossiping and fresh produce on sale.

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

We headed to Manigod first, but I couldn’t contain myself after doing just the first section of the first run.

It was so good to be back in the area.

We then just cruised around savouring this special part of the French Alps and its fabulous views.

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

The area has 84 slopes (7 blacks, 29 reds, 30 blues, 18 greens).

There are 49 lifts anf 125kms of slopes.

It is under an hour from Geneva airport.

There were resort staff on hand at the top of the lift towards Manigod to offer people help and advice.

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Then the obligatory PlanetSKI snow report was filed on Monday 23rd January:

The British ski tests are currently taking place in La Clusaz.

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

They are in the resort for a reason.

It has a huge variety of varied terrain where the skis can be put through their paces.

Last season the tests took place at Khutai in the Tirol – PlanetSKI was there and we joined in the testing.

This time we decided to ski the slopes of La Clusaz without the testing.

And look at the views.

This from the top of La Balme:

“We are a mountain village not just a ski resort, with people living here year-round,” said Berangere Teillard from the tourist office.

“Our ski area offers superb skiing for beginners, intermediates and experts.”

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Berangere Teillard, La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Every resort has some downsides and La Clusaz is no exception.

The lift system is in need of an upgrade with some antiquated offerings and it is a slightly dis-jointed and slow affair.

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

The skiing only goes up to 2,400m and in these times of climate change altitude is important.

But it made no matter on my visit after all the recent snow.

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

And this being the French Alps, with a poor exchange rate, the cost of food and drinks is high compared to Italy and Austria.

A bowl of soup is over £10.

Though overall prices are cheaper than Switzerland.

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Though overall prices are cheaper than Switzerland, from where I have just come.

And we end this post with some images of the past 48-hours in La Clusaz.

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

La Clusaz, France. Image © PlanetSKI

Next stop on the evolving PlanetSKI alpine road trip (just delayed crossing back to UK by two weeks) is Mijoux in the Pays de Gex in the Jura mountains.

Where?

Check back to find out more…

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