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Complete Novice Family trip to La Clusaz Area

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Hi All, We are about to book our first ever winter holiday to La Clusaz for Feb next year. Ages range from 13 to 48 and we want to go sledging, snowshoeing, maybe a horse driven carriage ride and generally play about in the snow. If we manage to learn a little skiing then that is a bonus. The kids really want to give it a go but a couple of the adults are more weary due to being a little more fragile.

We have read lots of information about the area but am a little confused about the Gondolers, some say non skiers and others skiers only. What is the benefit of going upon the gondola? Can we get the gondoler down or do we need to walk? if so do we need snowshoes to walk down? Is there somewhere to eat up there? Sorry for the really daft questions, everyone has to start somewhere! And we live in the south of England where we literally get NO snow at all.
Would really value some practical information and guidance for a complete newbie.

Many Thanks
Jules Puzzled Laughing
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Usually gondolas take skiiers and pedestrians, whereas most chairlifts only take skiiers. You can take gondolas up and down. I have been to La Clusaz and it is a lovely resort but I spent my time skiing so don't know anything about snow shoeing there.

I would suggest looking at the website of Peak Retreats, the TO we regularly use, as they usually list information on non skiing activities in resorts. I would also recommend booking with them as they offer more in terms of customer service than larger operators which would be useful for a first ski trip.
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If you're talking about the Beauregard Gondola that goes up Mount Beauregard from the central lift area then yes, you can go up and down in the gondola, pedestrians welcome although you will need a ticket / pass.

There are a couple of eating places up there. A restaurant by the Gondola and another cafe place a little lower down which has some nice tables outside where you can sit in the sunshine (weather permitting) . There's also lots of walking routes up there which you can do without snowshoes.

It's a great place. We went there 3 years in a row.

Mike
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Agree with whats being said - the tourist office would be a good place to start as I think there is snowshoe available somewhere

ESI international ski school worth a look - they worked wonders with my daughter

Try and stay near La Clusaz - its a cool village in the evenings!
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@JulesBod, nothing to add to the excellent advice above, just want to add to @x7's welcome to snowheads. snowHead
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I don't know La Clusaz but I'd be surprised if they didn't offer a range of snowshoe walks - and almost certainly the ski schools run accompanied walks. You just need decent walking boots - and then rent snowshoes to strap on. On anything but a very easy track you also need poles - long ones, like XC ski poles. Be careful about snowshoeing on your own - need to be aware of avalanche risk - sometimes routes in my resort (Les Saisies) which are normally safe are closed because of avalanche risk.

Sounds like a great holiday! But if you want to give skiing a decent chance, you probably need to sign up for a week of ski school.
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I really like La Clusaz. It's a very "French" resort, which hasn't been taken over by Brits, something I like.
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There are tons of French resorts which haven't been taken over by Brits - most of whom could only name half a dozen. wink
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Thank you all for your messages. Really looking forward to some days in the snow.
Another question, How late do the buses run from the village towards Annecy? If we happened to have a glass or 2 of vino, we wont be driving and I am likely to be nominated driver. Very Happy
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pam w wrote:
There are tons of French resorts which haven't been taken over by Brits - most of whom could only name half a dozen. wink


I agree. La Clusaz being one of them wink
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@JulesBod,
Your reluctant adults could visit a snowdome in the UK before you go.
They will do taster sessions so you will have an idea if its something you'd want to do before you get out there.
They aren't very busy at this time of year and might have some special offers on.
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A good idea. Starting skiing - for someone keen and moderately fit - is usually huge fun. Mobility is more important than fitness but someone who hasn't even run for a bus for 20 years might struggle a bit. Loads of time between now and your holiday to explore the idea a bit!
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Thank you all. We have booked our Chalet at Manigod and will be driving as the bloody planes cost 4 times as much for half term as they do for the following week. so time to find a thread that will give us an outline of what we will need Smile

Excited now Smile Laughing
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Warning - if you your kids have a day on the slopes (definitely in a lesson ) it's quite likely they won't want to be doing anything else while they're there!

Enjoy your trip.
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I haven't spent much time in the Manigod area but there are some lovely tree lined runs over there. I seem to remember the bus being quite frequent and a practical option for getting to and from La Clusaz, our first season there we stayed out of town and used the bus regularly.
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Been there the past two years. Lovely village with some good skiing. Manigod will be a great area for beginners with some gentle blues and nice reds. Not sure how late the buses run to Annecy.
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WHAT????? !!!! HERESY!!!! NOT SURE IF YOU WANT TO DO MUCH SKIING???? But seriously - have a nice time, sure you will. But once you try it...
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