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La Clusaz
Panoramic view of La Clusaz in winter
Location of La Clusaz
La Clusaz
La Clusaz
La Clusaz
La Clusaz
Coordinates: 45°54′18″N 6°25′26″E / 45.905000°N 6.4239°E / 45.905000; 6.4239Coordinates: 45°54′18″N 6°25′26″E / 45.905000°N 6.4239°E / 45.905000; 6.4239
IntercommunalityVallées de Thônes
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Didier Thévenet
40.62 km2 (15.68 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2018)[1]
 • Density42/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
74080 /74220
Elevation984–2,616 m (3,228–8,583 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

La Clusaz (French pronunciation: ​[la klyza]; Arpitan: La Klyuza) is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.


It is a ski resort in the Alps near the Swiss border. The commune of La Clusaz is part of the Haute-Savoie département. An old village, La Clusaz has been hosting winter sports since 1907. It is the birthplace of French skiers Guy Périllat and Vincent Vittoz and sailor Philippe Monnet. Located in the Aravis mountain range La Clusaz (originally from the word cluse - meaning a narrow path between two mountains) was once called Clusa Locus Dei meaning God's narrow place.

In 1902, the opening of the road connecting Annecy and the valley of Thônes with the Aravis Valley which allowed La Clusaz (formerly a small and remote village) to become a tourist center for summer and winter sports.

In 1956, the first cable car was introduced. The commune of La Clusaz is classified winter sports resort and of alpinism per decree of June 18, 1969. The first luge was added in 1985. The first snow cannon was added in 1994. La Clusaz is part of the Aravis skiing area which it shares with the neighbouring resort of Le Grand Bornand to offer a total of 220 km (140 mi) of pistes.[2]


The commune of Clusaz is located 32 km (20 mi) to the east of Annecy, in the Aravis Valley. There are a number of different lakes nearby, the best known of which is the Lac des Confins.

Coat of arms

Many sheep herds were found in the parish of La Clusaz. The King of Sardinia, the Duke of Savoy, no doubt wished to evoke this pastoral activity, in 1602 gave the village the right to use the arms of “a silver sheep on a green field”.


Nearby villages include Manigod, Thônes, Le Grand Bornand, Saint-Jean-de-Sixt and the larger Chamonix.


Rock climbing at La Clusaz
Rock climbing at La Clusaz

La Clusaz's main tourist draw is skiing during the winter season. It has introduced a number of different skiers including:

Candide Thovex, Vincent Vittoz, Mirabelle Thovex, Guy Perillat, Alain Pessey, Sam Phelps, Catherine Lombard, Raphaelle Monod, Edgar Grospiron, Regine Cavagnoud, Loic Collomb-Patton, Laurent Favre william bardsley.

Shopping in La Clusaz is much like other small alpine villages - centred on local shops specialising in either local delicacies such as cheese, meats and wines, or ski shops.

Le Tour de France in La Clusaz

The Tour de France tends to pass through La Clusaz every few years, often ending in Le Grand Bornand after the tough climb up Col des Aravis. It's not always the case: Stage 9 of the 2010 Tour de France passed through La Clusaz on July 13.(source) The stage was 204.5 km (127.1 mi) and passed through La Clusaz at 66 km (41 mi) into the race that day. The route started in Morzine. The peloton came through the main part of town on the D909 and continued up to the Col des Aravis, approximately 10 km (6 mi) from town to the summit, climbing approximately 450 m (1,500 ft). The climb from town to the summit of the Aravis is approximately 7 percent. It is a category 2 climb. After the summit, there is a descent into a tunnel and on to the Col des Saisies. The stage ended in Saint Jean de Maurienne.

Horse-back riding in La Clusaz

Showjumping at the CSI-3* de La Clusaz
Showjumping at the CSI-3* de La Clusaz

Horse rides are offered in the early morning before starting the day’s skiing, or at the end of the day at sunset.[3]

In Popular Culture

See also


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2018". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2020.
  2. ^ "La Clusaz Skiing Holidays | Ski Apartments". Peak Retreats. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  3. ^ "Horse riding on snow". Archived from the original on 2015-12-24. Retrieved 2016-12-17.