La Clusaz, but not as you know it. Part 2: the slopes are just the start!
As we showed in the first part of this two part article, although La Clusaz has a well-justified reputation as a quiet family-friendly resort that's great for beginners, this is just the start of the resort's appeal. The previous article described what's on offer for experienced skiers and snowboarders in La Clusaz, as well as looking at the rich Olympic tradition of the resort.
In this article we look at what La Clusaz has to offer beyond the traditional alpine activities of skiing and snowboarding. In what will be unsurprising to those skiers that journey to La Clusaz year after year, there's a great amount to do, with plenty that's out of the ordinary.
For holidaymakers looking to keep active on their ski holiday in La Clusaz, but wanting something other than skiing or snowboarding, the resort has some fantastic options. If the surrounding mountains make you crave some serious altitude, or if you're desperate to get a better view of the Thone valley, then you can go paragliding or get in a hot air balloon. Or perhaps you're quite content with staying on the ground, in which case why not try alternative ways of getting over the piste: as well as sledging and snowmobiling there's ski joering, which has you harnessed to a horse and pulled along on your skis! However you're looking to keep active in La Clusaz, there are exciting ways to keep on the move.
The resort also has much to offer culture vultures. Unusually for a ski resort, there are workshops which creative types will savour: you can choose between ceramics painting and a wood painting/decorating workshop. There's also plenty for individuals interested in the working of the village and its hisory. One option is to take a tour to a local farm, which gives a great insight into the region's traditional industry and the lives of its people beyond the seemingly all-consuming tourism industry! Another option is to take a guided tour of the village, giving you an appreciation of how the village developed and how its people have lived over the centuries.
The resort management also provide plenty of events and entertainment to make your stay in La Clusaz especially memorable. Highlights of the events calendar in the new year include a Full Moon party. Returning for its 11th year, the party has floodlit night skiing and restaurants and bars open til late, and the 'Six Stations' rugby competition, played on groomed snow and mirroring the professionial European competition! This is just a small sample of what's on offer, and there are special events held throughout the season - if you're in La Clusaz in March look out for the Carnival which sees the famous Brazilian party atmosphere imported to France!
To explore a ski holiday in La Clusaz further visit ChaletFinder's La Clusaz page, which has a great range of catered and self-catered chalets and apartments. If you're looking for a luxury ski holiday in La Clusaz then consider Chalet Les Martinets, which has an outdoor jacuzzi with amazing views of the mountain. And if you want the flexibility of a self-catered chalet then consider Chalet Le Paret, conveniently located just five minutes from the town centre.