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La Clusaz ski touring - early season (new year)

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Hi all,

My partner and I are considering a new year getaway to La Clusaz and are interested to know whether the touring opportunities in the area are likely to be good that early given the low altitude.

We are confident off piste skiers (though I am definitely no expert) and embryonic tourers who started venturing out by ourselves at the end of last season.

Many thanks for any advice.
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Well that is encouraging!

Also grateful for any recommendations for day tours in the area...
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http://www.skitour.fr/topos/recherche.php - go to Bornes - Aravis in the Massif/Departement drop down and the world is your lobster...

All the North facing combes accessed from Les Confins (just beyond La Clusaz) are well worth a look (Paccaly, Gd Cret etc), Combe a Marion from Col des Aravis also another classic...

Not sure how much snow there is yet, but skiing La Clusaz tomorrow so will have more of an idea after that.
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Not much depth off piste yet is the only problem...the N facing Aravis combes @offpisteskiing mentions are classics but also comparatively rocky compared to the lower grassy meadows which are skiable now - both La Clusaz and LGB open tomorrow. Mind you, more snow is forcast so hopefully all the playgrounds should be up and running by New Year.
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Further to the above, it is (not surprisingly) relatively thin but skiable off piste (with care) above the Balme mid-station (ie 1800m-ish) - there is snow right down to valley floor but the locals I was with were definitely advising against skiing below mid-station level. Plenty of tracks heading over into Bella Cha, and the other Combes will be well travelled also. Snow forecast tomorrow though, so depending on Iso 0 level that should help.
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