A few words about history…

A little bit of history...

Origin of La ClusazLa Clusaz comes from the word « Cluse », a narrow pass beetween two mountains. Old parchments call it « Clusa Locus Dei », God's Narrow Place, which became La Clusa Lieu Dieu, used until May 1772. This name was given by the Abbots of Talloires on whom La Clusaz depended.

Origin of the Coat of ArmsMany sheep herds were found in the parish of La Clusaz. The King of Sardinia, the Duke of Savoy, no doubt wished to evoke this pastoral activity when in 1602 he gave the village the right to use the arms of « a silver sheep on a green field ».

Life in the old days La Clusaz was a particulary poor village. The climate of the area only allowed the cultivation of barley and rye for bread, oats for animals, linen and hemp for clothes and potatoes for domestic food. The two main occupations were agriculture, including the making of reblochon, and forestry.

Some dates, events and champions…

1902

The road relying Annecy and Thônes to the pass of Aravis opens. First tourists come from Great Britain, Paris and Lyon during summertime to see the « Mont Blanc » with mountain guides.

1920

3 hotels

1926

The ski club is created with 12 members

1927

53 members are in the ski club

1928

The skating rinkis is created

1931

The Tourism Office is created

1934

Construction of the first basic « cable-car »

1937

Creation of the French Ski School

1938

9 hotels

1947

2 GMC trucks help tourists to go up to Crêt du Merle

1955

Construction of the cable-car of Beauregard : real sign of the begginning of La Clusaz as a winter resort

1960

14 hotels, 15 ski instructors and 5 ski lifts.

Guy Périllat win the alpine combination Golden Medal of the Squaw Valley Olympic Games

1962

The hotel Beaulieu opens

1967

The hotel Carlina opens

1973

1st ski pass for all ski lifts

80’s

La Clusaz becomes the pilot resort of Freestyle Skiing.

1981

The cable car of Transval opens.

1985

Creation of the summer bobsleigh track

1987

Organization of the cross country skiing World Cup

1989

Catherine Lombard and Raphaëlle Monod are world champions in Freestyle Skiing, André Masjewski is the world champion of Super Giant Slalom in Snowboard.

1992

Edgar Grospiron win the first Olympic Golden Medal of mogul skiing of the Albertville Olympic Games. He was and will be three times the world champion, in 1989, 1991 and 1995.

1994

Première installation de neige de culture / First snow-making machines

1996

Last free style skiing World Cup

1997

Dismantling of the ski jump. A new sliding age begins…

1999

Régine CAVAGNOUD win the down hill World Cup.

2000

The cable car of Fernuy opens with 16 seats.

2001

In February, Régine CAVAGNOUD becomes the world champion of Super Giant Slalom in Sankt Anton in Austria before dying in October in a tragic training session.

2003

Candide Thovex in Freestyle Skiing win the X-Games in Half-Pipe. He won them twice the year before in Half-Pipe and Big Air and in 2000 also, the Big Air.

2004

Organization of the cross country skiing World Cup

3rd water dam reservoir created in less than 10 years for snow-making machines

2005

Laurent Favre, in Freestyle skiing, wins the Slopestyle Tignes Airwaves

2005 & 2006

Loïc Collomb-Patton wins in Freestyle skiing the Half-Pipe and Slopestyle Freeski Open

2006

Organization of the cross country skiing World Cup

Anaïs Caradeux wins in Freestyle Skiing the Globe of the Half Pipe World Cup

2008

Sébastien Michaud, freerider, becomes the number-two-world-champion in Freeride World Tour after a lot of medals in Rip Curl Mountain Challenge…

Organization of the cross country skiing World Cup. Vincent Vittoz becomes the World Champion at home after receiving several medals during the World Cups in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

2010

Organization of the cross country skiing World Cup

2011

Freeride World Tour Qualifier.

Annecy, candidate city for the 2018 Olympic Games, wishes the resort of La Clusaz to welcome the Cross Country test. But at the final vote, the city of Pyeong Chang (Republic of Korea) has been elected host city of the XXIII Olympic Games.

 

 


 

 
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