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A few words about our 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…


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.


3 hotels


The ski club is created with 12 members


53 members are in the ski club


The skating rinkis is created


The Tourism Office is created


Construction of the first basic « cable-car »


Creation of the French Ski School


9 hotels


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


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


14 hotels, 15 ski instructors and 5 ski lifts.

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


The hotel Beaulieu opens


The hotel Carlina opens


1st ski pass for all ski lifts


La Clusaz becomes the pilot resort of Freestyle Skiing.


The cable car of Transval opens.


Creation of the summer bobsleigh track


Organization of the cross country skiing World Cup


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


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.


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


Last free style skiing World Cup


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


Régine CAVAGNOUD win the down hill World Cup.


The cable car of Fernuy opens with 16 seats.


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.


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.


Organization of the cross country skiing World Cup

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


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


Organization of the cross country skiing World Cup

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


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.


Organization of the cross country skiing World Cup


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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