The French have managed to keep the 3 villages of the Aravis a closely guarded secret. La Clusaz is a lively ski resort but still retains a village ambience. The second oldest ski resort in France and one of the favourite skiing holiday destinations for the French.
- 230km of piste
- Acres of easily accessible off piste
- Hundreds of snow cannons
- 2 Snow parks
- Virtually no queues
- Superb beginner and advanced tuition
- Excellent self catered apartment accommodation
- Experts on hand to ensure YOU have a great time
Le Grand Bornand and St Jean de Sixt are traditional farming villages which have evolved into ski resorts whilst maintaining their original charm.
The Aravis is an ideal place if you want to get away from the concrete package tour resorts and surly waiters (you can even eat well on the mountain without loosing your shirt) and experience a skiing holiday where you are truly welcomed by the locals.
The Aravis has 230km of piste and in the last few years a massive amount has been invested in the skiing infrastructure. With many new high speed lifts and a huge network of snow cannon to give excellent snow cover up until the end of April. The replacement of the Beauregard cable car with a high speed gondola has removed the last big bottleneck making queues very rare even in peak season.
Combine this great area, friendly locals, excellent snow record and our years of experience, we’re sure you’ll have a fantastic skiing holiday with excellent accommodation, professional instruction, top class equipment and no hassle.
Non skiers can also have a great time with the many other activities which include ice skating, swimming, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, paragliding and much more. Have a look at the other activities page.
Skiing holidays in La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand – the Espace Aravis have something to please everyone from groomed motorways to tough moguls and miles of offpiste.
Grand Bornand is ideal with some long but easy runs to build your confidence. It’s easy to progress from the nursery slopes to cruising around the mountain.
The Beauregard plateau is also perfect for beginners it’s altitude means that you can learn to ski even at Easter in the spring sunshine.
Checkout the Learn to ski holiday page.
There are miles of well groomed blues, reds and some demanding black runs for intermediate and advanced skiers. Plus the steep bowls of La Balme and La Torchere offer easily accessible high level offpiste. The north facing aspect of these bowls keeps the snow in excellent condition throughout the season.
You can also hire a guide who can show you the best places to find fresh, untracked snow.
Unique to La Clusaz (as far as we know) every full moon during the season a large section of the lift system is opened between 9pm and 2am to give you chance to ski by the “Claire de Lune”
For the more adventurous the region is renowned for it’s “Ski de Randonee” or ski touring possibilities. Attach a pair of skins and binding converters to discover a whole new dimension of offpiste away from the lift systems. For this we recommend you book the services of a qualified mountain guide who will provide all of the safety equipment including avalanche transceivers and training in it’s use. See the Ski Touring.
Why not have a go at Snowblading after a few wobbling runs you will be amazed at how fast and how much fun they are. You can also try out Telemark skiing.
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