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SKI & SNOW LA CLUSAZ


“It’s about as uniquely primal an experience as you can have on skis”


Bossonnet lift, or there’s a free minibus laid on by the hotel departing from 8.30-9.30am. “Normally, a new hotel can take a while to get off the ground, but we had good bookings from the off,” says Joanna Willis-Thomson, Inghams’ senior contracts manager. “People were attracted to its chic rooms, softly-lit bar, wellness area and free sweets and coffee in its public areas. La Clusaz bookings for winter 2019/20 are healthy too, and we’re investing for next winter with the addition of a new five-star hotel at the foot of the lifts.” It’s certainly an attractive option for first-timers and families. We troop down to the lift to get our first feel for La Clusaz’s broad, well-maintained pistes. At just shy of 2,500 metres at its highest point, it’s far from the most vertiginous of resorts, but beginners and advanced skiers will certainly appreciate the tree cover, which always makes for a more wondrous ski experience while offering better visibility in poor conditions.


PREVIOUS: La Clusaz is perfect for beginners and advanced skiers alike


ABOVE: Ski-joering is derived from the Norwegian “ski-kjoring”, or ski-driving


BELOW: Well-stocked bookshelves are a feature of St-Alban Hotel and Spa


After a couple of gentle blue runs under lights, we strike out by moonlight alone, cautiously seeking out the fleeting shafts of light that illuminate our way. It’s about as uniquely primal an experience as you can have on skis and an exciting introduction to Manigod and nearby La Clusaz, where we are staying. Set in the Aravis mountains backing onto the Chamonix valley, it’s just an hour’s transfer from Geneva – great for clients not keen on a long transfer, or who want to self-drive.


ALPINE INSPIRATION We are staying at St-Alban Hotel and Spa, a modern yet cosy property that’s new to Inghams for 2018/19. My room is vast, with any sound deadened by the well-stocked bookshelves lining the walls, a feature of the hotel. Across 48 rooms, accommodation options range from singles and doubles to deluxe family rooms, available B&B or half-board. Downstairs, there is a cocktail bar offering Alpine tapas, and on-site ski rental as well as a spa, indoor pool, “ice cave” and sauna. The hotel is a 10-minute walk to the central


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HITTING THE SLOPES Spread across 125km, the La Clusaz/Manigod ski area is compact and well connected, although advanced skiers may quickly exhaust its pistes. Nearby Le Grand-Bornand and St-Jean-de-Sixt (accessible via a free 15-minute bus) offers another 85km of runs, served by 26 lifts, and are included in the wider Aravis ski pass at around a €10-£15 premium on a six-day pass. We traverse to Le Plateau de Beauregard,


offering spectacular views of the massifs with Mont Blanc in the distance, before taking lunch at Restaurant La Ferme, famed for its


ESSENTIAL INFORMATION


Altitude: 984m in the village and up to 2,500m on the slopes. Number of lifts: 49 (9am to 4.15/4.30pm). Number of pistes: 85 (16 green, 31 blue, 30 red, 8 black). When to visit: The season runs from mid-December until late April. Lift passes: Six-day La Clusaz/Manigod pass costs £128 for children (aged 5-7); £142 for juniors (8-14); £193 for adults; and £183 for seniors.


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