La Clusaz


Le Plan Du Fernuy****
74220 La Clusaz
Haute-Savoie , France

Longitude: 6.46490
Latitude: 45.91110

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Aire/Campsite details:

Free overnight parking in Les Confins car park at bottom of Fernuy gondola station (no motorhome services). Drive through village then uphill for 3km on a minor road to Les Confins. Public toilets at the side of ticket office. There is a cafe but a lack of shops/supermarket/bars or restaurants. Bus service down to La Clusaz.

The excellent camp site of Le Plan du Fernuy is very well resourced with 80 pitches. There is a small shop and a bar on site. There is also a very nice covered and heated swimming-pool as well as a TV room. There is also a laundry area and a drying room for ski clothes and an area to sharpen skis. The ski bus departs from outside the site. The site also has a wireless internet connection.

La Clusaz is a very old Savoy town but very picturesque with a very good ice rink in the middle of town. It has plenty of shops and restaurants.

The road to La Clusaz is very narrow and winding. you will need to drive slowly You come off the A40 ajuunction 16 which is by Bonneville then take the D12 to La Clusaz.

La Clusaz website

Thanks to Gerry Weir for the info on Plan du Fernuy.


Resort details:

La Clusaz Ski Resort is divided in two villages La Clusaz and La Balm. They are about 5 kilometres apart. However there is a free Navette (bus) running between them and in between them is the “motorhome” park of “Le Plan du Fernuy” The site is two kilometres from La Clusaz but you can ski down to it.

La Clusaz's big pull is its traditional atmosphere, which is rarely found in the Alps outside Switzerland and Austria. Lots of non-ski activities and some excellent Savoyard restaurants. It is a great place to go with children, with a very child-friendly ice-rink and swimming pool. There is a free bus service in town, but beware the village is fairly spread out. Nightlife is quiet most of the week, livening up on weekends and holidays as visitors flock in from Geneva and Annecy. A word of caution - it's often reached by the Col de Aravis D909 from Flumet, an access road with some amazing scenery but one that's also prone to rock falls throughout the year.

Skiing details:

La Clusaz's skiing spreads across five mountains - Beauregard, La Croix Fry-Manigod-Merdassier, L'Etale, L'Aiguille and Balme. La Clusaz is a fairly large resort, offering a total of 132km of slopes La Clusaz sits at a comparatively low 1100m, while the highest point is 2600m. But lying at the centre of the Massif des Aravis, it enjoys snowfall that often puts its higher brethren to shame. The Aravis ski pass will allow you to ski La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand and St Jean de Sixt. Manigod-Merdassier, L'Etale, L'Aiguille and Balme, these are all lift linked to one another by more than 50 lifts. Much of the skiing is best suited to beginners and intermediates, with Beauregard particularly suited to beginners and young children. The longest runs are on the Cret du Loup, where the high slopes are almost guaranteed snow.. Advanced skiers will want to spend most of their time at La Balme, with its extensive off-piste opportunities. In good conditions the run down from the Torchere to the car park is as good as many classic Alpine routes, and there are plenty of fairly accessible couloirs and bowls you can find on a powder day. The view from the top of the Col du Balme chairlift towards the Mont Blanc is breathtaking on a fine day.

Thanks to Steve Pirnie for the info.