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Anybody had any experience visiting the Aravis - La Clusaz & Le Grand Bornand in the northern French Alps?

I've never heard of it but am looking at going on a "business trip" there in January as there is a fairly decent weekend/short stay ski package I have seen.
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I day-tripped to La Clusaz from Geneva so I cant speak for the night-life. I enjoyed the skiing and it would be fine for a weekend.
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I've skied a couple of weekends in La Clusaz and was quite impressed (both trips were in January I think). It's not a massive resort but it's got some good skiing and I'd definitely go again.

The nightlife was relatively quite but there were some decent bars and some good restaurants. Overall I'd say it was an ideal location for a long weekend.

I've not been to Le Grand Bornand but my sister worked a season there and she liked it. It's smaller and quieter than La Clusaz I think.
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Yes, La Clusaz is worth a ski. It's low and, in common with places like Megeve, can suffer snow problems. But there's a higher area called La Balme where they used to hold the Flying Kilometre speed skiing championships. Obviously there are some steeper slopes up there.
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La Balme is excellent, some great long reds and plenty of off piste too. Spent a long weekend at Aravis in March and didn't get at all bored with the area.
The lower runs down to La Clusz were a bit icy/slushy and busy, but above 1600m or so the snow was excellent. Runs over at Le Grand Bornand again were in good condition, some long motorway runs and although the run back to the bottom was closed the rest of the area was in tip top condition.

La Clusaz itself is a nice little place with, as others have said, nice restaurants, bars etc. Le Grand Bornand much quieter.
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I stayed in the area but in the Summer so I dont know what the skiing is like. It is an easy drive in good weather from Geneva and both La Clusaz and Le Grand B were nice places, but I can imagine on the quiet side. Having said that the restaurants were pretty good. Not sure if you can drive to Annecy in the winter very easily but if you can it was a very nice place to spend a day.
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