Guidebook

An Epic Long Weekend of Ski Touring in La Clusaz

Escape the ski resort crowds and disappear into the wilds of the Aravis range with 3 incredible ski tours.

Description

In recent years La Clusaz has been put on the map by local hero Candide Thovex, whose videos are amazing and terrifying in equal measure. The one-man tourism board that is Candide has turned La Clusaz from a sleepy little resort into a freeride destination, and the area is definitely worthy of its recent hype. Just check this out if you don't believe us -

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/7432/killer-freeride-lines-in-la-clusaz

What is less known about La Clusaz is that it's the gateway to some incredible, wild-feeling ski touring in the Aravis mountains. The limestone peaks of the Aravis are completely different to the granite spires of the nearby Mont Blanc Massif and the area is also much quieter than the celebrated peaks above Chamonix as well. Again, if you're not convinced, take a look at this lot -

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/12900/sun-snow-and-solitude-:-ski-tour-the-aravis

The tours close to La Clusaz are all car to car affairs and require you to earn every metre you ski. As all good ski touring connoisseurs know, that's usually a sign of both and quality and solitude! There are 3 tours listed here and all take you deep into empty, wild valleys and onto some spectacular high ground as well. Almost as a bonus, they all feature some pretty blower skiing too!

Trou de la Mouche - Grand Crêt to Paccaly Traverse
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Trou de la Mouche - Grand Crêt to Paccaly Traverse

La Clusaz & Le Grand Bornand
4 - 5 hrs
7.1 km
1,077 m
1,069 m
43 °
An accessible but highly rewarding Aravis classic
Difficult
Private
Circuit des 3 Combes (NE couloir Col de Paré de Joux and N couloir of Rochers de la Sallaz)
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Circuit des 3 Combes (NE couloir Col de Paré de Joux and N couloir of Rochers de la Sallaz)

La Clusaz & Le Grand Bornand
4 - 5 hrs
7.4 km
1,104 m
1,104 m
57 °
A Double Couloir Aravis Traverse
Severe
Private
Tête Pelouse - From the Combe de Bella Cha
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Tête Pelouse - From the Combe de Bella Cha

La Clusaz & Le Grand Bornand
4 - 5 hrs
7.4 km
1,165 m
1,165 m
40 °
A Quick Aravis Hit With A Spectacular Summit
Difficult
Private