Apres Ski in La Clusaz

La Clusaz ski resort at night in winter seen from its surrounding ski slopes

La Clusaz has good bars and restaurants and activities for non-skiers ©David Machet_ La Clusaz OT

Tourists have been coming to La Clusaz since the beginning of the 20th century, regarding it as one of the most picturesque mountain villages in France. It is typically Savoyard with a charming church and village square at its centre. From here the village fans out into three main shopping streets, each packed with wonderful food shops, bars, hotels, sports shops and restaurants. 

Apres-Ski Bars in La Clusaz 

La Clusaz is a fairly chilled place in the evening, not a resort renowned for its après-ski.

On the mountain the Relais de l’Aiguille is a good choice for a drink at the end of skiing as are many of the bars on the home trail at Cret de Merle, particularly late in the season when the weather is warm.

Relais de l'Aiguille Mountain Restaurant in La Clusaz

Relais de L’Aiguille in the centre of the La Clusaz ski area has a chilled-out apres ski scene

Off the mountain a great meeting place is the Caves du Paccaly, a delightful rustic bar in the village centre with scrubbed tables and old wood decor.

For those wanting to chill-out try the Grenier, very popular with locals and featuring a big fireplace and wooden platters of Savoyard and Mexican canapes. Other lively bars include the Salto, the Pressoir, popular for sports coverage, and La Braise with its excellent selection of wines, a very popular bar with resort staff.

Restaurants in La Clusaz 

La Clusaz has plenty of good dining options, including delightful authentic Savoyard experiences out of town.

With around 60 restaurants, La Clusaz has plenty of good dining options. For excellent food and wine try La Scierie in the village centre or a little further afield in Les Confins you’ll find Le Chalet du Lac, the oldest farm in La Clusaz, serving regional home cooking in a delightful setting – well worth the trip.

Le Grenier and L’Arbe are both excellent restaurants in the heart of the village or, as an informal alternative, try the Ecuelle with its wonderful pizzas and excellent, friendly service. For a really authentic evening the Chalet des Praz, built in 1792 and located on the Cret du Merle piste is a great choice or the Bercail, accessed by snowmobile and very popular for its cosy atmosphere and Savoyard charm.

Night owls can continue until late at Club 18 or at L’Ecluse with its glass dance floor over the river.

Other Activities in La Clusaz

Ski touring, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter walking are all popular especially on Massif de Beauregard. Those who want more thrills (and spills) can try paragliding or speed-riding (a combination of freeride skiing and paragliding.)

Down in the town there is an ice rink, located near the church, and an aqua-centre with swimming pools and Jacuzzi. And don’t forget the bustling Monday morning market in the Place de l’Eglise.

The Paccard Cheese Maturing Cellar in Manigod

Joseph Pacard showing cheeses in the Paccard ripening cellar in Manigod near La Clusaz

Foodies who like cheese must vist the Paccard Cheese Maturing Cellar in Manigod near la Clusaz

Cheese is taken very seriously in La Clusaz. If you want to know more what gives famous chesses like Reblechon, Tomme, Beaufort, Abondance and Chevrotin their distinctive flavours, head for the Paccard Maturing Cellar in the nearby Manigod. 

Cellar tours show how the different chesses are stored, turned, washed and rubbed in a slow organic maturing process, then finish with a tasting session. Further details, prices and online booking >>>

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