Relaxing Nordic skiing with views of the Alps in every direction
Whether you're looking for tree-lined tranquility with birdsong in your ears or the wide open space of a plateau with stunning mountain views in every direction, La Clusaz has you covered. And if 99km of skiing tracks in La Clusaz isn't enough, you can explore the entire Aravis cross-country skiing area, which offers even more spectacular scenery and challenges.
La Clusaz offers two Nordic areas, both with free parking and regular shuttle buses from the town centre. The Beauregard Nordic area is also accessible directly from La Clusaz via the Beauregard télécabine/bubble, providing fast access for pedestrians. It offers open views of the La Clusaz ski area after several kilometres of tree-lined tracks. Alternatively, the Confins cross-country area is larger. It has a variety of landscapes from the ski tracks and a wide range of gradients for all levels of cross-country skier.
The Beauregard plateau trails begin right from the free car park at Croix Fry (Manigod ski area). For cross-country skiers with downhill skiers in their group, Beauregard is the perfect place for everyone to meet for lunch. Downhill skiers can reach the area from the Beauregard bubble/télécabine — and with the cross-country tracks near the downhill ski area in some places, you can watch your family and friends ski regardless of what type of skiing they choose.
There are eight circuits totalling 36km of cross-country trails on the Beauregard plateau, including a small learner track perfect for first-time cross-country skiers through to red runs and black runs for experienced Nordic skiers.
The area also had a number of restaurants and cafés to choose from, and an indoor picnic area for cold days. There's also a viewpoint for Mont Blanc, which is visible past the Col des Aravis mountain pass.
With 13 circuits spanning 63km, Confins is the largest Nordic skiing area in Haute Savoie. The longest circuit is 13kms, leading up to the Danay plateau with a viewpoint of the Aravis mountains — La Clusaz on one side and Le Grand Bornand on the other — and an optional 7-km track that descends into Le Grand Bornand. Spread out over summer golf course and beyond, there are pistes for all ability levels that rarely overlap, so beginners won't be holding up advanced skiers.
At Les Confins, you'll also find a laser biathlon, Nordic cross course, and a Nordic ski park for new and challenging skiing fun. There is also a crèche and 'Club Piou Piou' for kids just learning how to ski, plus many restaurants and cafés, and ski hire shops for 'ski du fond' — which stock skating skis and classic track skis — and downhill ski rental.
If you'd like to discover areas beyond La Clusaz, the Aravis Nordic area covers the neighbouring ski resorts of Le Grand Bornand and Chinaillon. Don't forget to check the webcams and weather before you head out for the day!
If you have time during your ski holidays, you might like to drive to the nearby Plateau des Glières for a further 29km of Nordic ski trails. This historical site of The Resistance during World War II is still a traditional farming area, and some old farms have been converted into restaurants, dotted over the wide, natural landscape.
OVO Network has self-catered chalets in La Clusaz with extras your tired legs will love, such as hot tubs, saunas and heated pools. Whether you opt for a chalet with those luxurious extras or a traditional chalet close to the Confins Nordic ski fields, you're sure to find the perfect ski chalet to suit your needs. Take a look at our chalets in La Clusaz to see what's available.