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La Clusaz Resort Reviews

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La Clusaz Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for La Clusaz Ski Resort

La Clusaz Ratings

Overall: 4.3. Based on 23 votes and 22 reviews. Vote

Access: 4.8

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of La Clusaz.

Public Transport: 3.7

(1) There are no buses or taxis to La Clusaz, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Scenery: 4.7

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Accommodation: 4.7

(1) No places to stay in/near La Clusaz, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 4.0

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 4.0

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in La Clusaz.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.5

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 4.1

(1) There are no child care facilities at La Clusaz, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowsure: 3.9

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) La Clusaz is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Snowmaking: 4.2

(1) La Clusaz relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.6

(1) There are no snow groomers at La Clusaz, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at La Clusaz are groomed daily.

Shelter: 4.0

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) La Clusaz is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 3.9

(1) If snow conditions are poor at La Clusaz, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.1

(1) La Clusaz usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.7

(1) The staff at La Clusaz are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at La Clusaz are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 4.1

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.7

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 5.0

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Variety of pistes: 4.6

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) La Clusaz has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Beginners: 4.0

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.6

(1) No intermediate terrain at La Clusaz, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.2

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 4.0

(1) Not even a kicker at La Clusaz, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Off-piste: 4.3

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Cross-country: 4.3

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around La Clusaz, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.6

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) La Clusaz has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.4

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.6

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 4.2

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 4.1

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 4.1

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 4.4

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 4.4

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 4.3

(1) Overall, La Clusaz is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 4.4

(1) Overall, La Clusaz is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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March 09, 2010
Laurance Coey from Ski United States United States
Just back from a quick 5 day trip to La Clusaz with the boys. Even though the weather was not the best, they closed a couple of the high lifts for a few hours, we had some great skiing. The high sections on the reds are very good with some very fast reds at the Balme area. Great town with good, well priced restaurants. Not the place for lively nightlife, but if you are skiing hard enough all day long, then late, late nights should not be required. We covered all the runs, including Grand Bornand in our 5 days, but would definitely go back to La Clusaz, maybe next time with the family.
January 25, 2009
Fred Ally from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Really loved La Clusaz and wouldn't want too many more people to go there and turn it into a typical overcrowded resort which would result in it losing its beautiful charm. Loads to do and great family skiing with the good selection of blue and green runs. Definitely going back before the end of the season.
November 17, 2008
Sarah from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I skied at La Clusaz the last two seasons and really loved it. Although the resort isn’t as high as some others, snow coverage has always been good and there are loads of new snow cannons. There are areas to suit all abilities but my favourite area is the Etale, over the back, where they put in a new telemix lift last season and regraded all the runs. I actually stayed just 2km away in St Jean with SkiWeekender so La Clusaz is really easy to get to with their own mini-buses of by the free resort ski bus. La Clusaz is great for weekend skiing as it’s only 1 hour from Geneva.
April 13, 2007
alun evans from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Went to La Clusaz once in Easter 2004 and had a big dump of snow when we were there. Also went there Xmas 2005...and the conditions were perfect...the place is a super small resort, suited for families and beginners and intermediates..my wife loves it there and would like to buy a property. Close to Geneve airport. Also have a day or two on Le Grand Bornand as the skiing was great there too.
January 31, 2007
Isobel Marsh from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
After having 2 children,a 10 year break from skiing followed by a week in Flaine,I was determined to find a traditional alpine resort, close to Geneva and suitable for families. La Clusaz meets all these criteria. It's a beautiful town,the skiing area is big enough for a week,the lift pass is cheap by comparison with many other French resorts and we have been really impressed by ESF. We have just returned from our 3rd week there and although the snow was distinctly lacking at the beginning of the week as in much of the Alps, I am sure we will be back there next year.We love the place!
January 23, 2007
Tony Wade from Ski France France
First thing first: the top lift at La Clusaz is NOT at 2600m but more like 2450 and the maximum vertical drop is really a lot more like 1100m and never 1500m. This is all the sort of propaganda designed to attract skiers looking for bigger and higher resorts. Here in Grand Bornand (where I live) the piste map tells us that the toplift on Mt. Lachat rises to 2100m while my IGN map reliably informs me that that the summit of the mountain is actually 2050! All that said the skiing is excellent at La Clusaz and if you're willing to hike the 'Combs' into the Aravis it's an epic backcountry resort. Even if you just ride the 'Balme' sector you'll end up with big muscley thighs!
March 06, 2006
hannah kenway from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Have spent a season and numerous weeks holidays in La Clusaz over the last few years - stunning scenery fantastic and relatively undiscovered off-piste - very quiet skiing although Feb half-terms definately to be avoided. Skiing looks relatively limited on paper but links to nearby Grand Bornand and easy driving access to Chamonix/Megeve etc means you won't be bored. Locals are very helpful, ski schools great - go there!!
February 07, 2006
Chris Voice from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I visited La Clusaz five years ago and fell in love with the village, the people, the skiing and the food. I went home re-mortgaged my house and came back to buy an apartment. Since then many members of my family have visited and learned to ski with the excellent teaching available; from the creche for my youngest grandchild to the adult classes for my older children. Summer or Winter there's plenty to do and magnificent views to enjoy. The skiing pretty good too.
July 29, 2005
Ed Edgerton from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
i have been skiing in La Clusaz for over ten years now and each year I return the skiing improves. There is a wide varitety of slopes which enables beginers and experts to ski in the beautiful wilderness which surounds La Clusaz. La Clusaz's snow is groomed to a high standard and with an abundence of snow cannons there is always a healthy amount of ski able snow. There are also many off piste tracks which will test even the most experienced up on the massive de la balme. In the tradional rustic town there are many resaurants which serve tradional food and specialits of the area. Also if you come to La Clusaz during the christmas period there are many attractions going on in the main square which are always a delight.
February 28, 2005
Lee Mullins from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from La Clusaz and I must say it is an excellent resort for beginners to intermediates (not so great for the advanced skier) The pistes are well groomed and lower slopes are abundant in snow cannons should the weather not be kind.La Clusaz is also a very beautiful resort & suprisingly cheap and at only just over the hour from Geneva and half that from Annecey it is perfect for the skiing family with young children.