Tag: La Clusaz

An early start to a long winter

Sheep in snowy St Jean de Sixt

Winter came to La Clusaz earlier than usual this year, with enough snow at La Balme for the ski lifts to open for the past few weekends. These sheep in Saint Jean de Sixt were caught in deep snow in

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On the ‘Highway to L’

A shop popped up in both La Clusaz and Thônes recently called ‘Highway to L’. I guess they’re AC/DC fans because French people tend to leave off the ‘h’s when they pronounce English words. In fact, ‘Highway to Hell’ is

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Dangling the new ski lift carrot

Bossonnet La Clusaz in 2014

After years of rumours and promises, La Clusaz has finally announced its plans for the outdated Bossonnet ski area at the top end of town. In 2012, trees were cut down to make way for a new chairlift, but no

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Future champions of La Clusaz

If there’s one thing La Clusaz is good at, it’s producing champions. In the past 15 years, the resort has produced world-class mogul skiers, cross-country skiers, downhill racers, extreme skiers, freestyle skiers and freeride skiers. Even though it’s not a

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Skiing on plastic with wooden skis

The trampoline competition wasn’t the only event in the Aravis last weekend. La Clusaz hosted the annual Fête du Reblochon (cheese festival), and this year, I recorded some of the skiing action. Yes, there’s skiing at the Fête du Reblochon.

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More baby goats in the Aravis

I recently wrote about the lovely baby goats I got to feed and pat at the refuge near Thônes called Le Ferme des Vônezins. The ones pictured here are different goats in a very accessible place, and I’m surprised that

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Witnessing an avalanche

A few weeks ago, I took some friends to look at the picturesque views from the Col des Aravis. There was snow, green grass and wild mountain goats all visible nearby, and Mont Blanc was bright white in the distance.

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The distraction of La Balme and constant snowfall

I took this photo just a few days ago, with fresh, powdery snow covering all of La Clusaz. With so few tourists in the resort at this time of year, it took longer than usual for La Balme and the

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The pros and cons of end-of-season skiing

Pictured is how La Balme looked yesterday at around midday. You can see untracked powder and just one guy – my visiting friend – on the entire slope. There are a couple of people on the chairlift, but it was

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The youngest ‘lifty’ in La Clusaz

This kid is definitely the youngest lift operator in La Clusaz. I’m not sure he’s a paid worker, given he’s still sucking on his dummy, but he was certainly happy to direct people with his pole as they arrived at

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Wendy Hollands writer in Annecy, France

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