I work as a backup for the ESF (French Skiing School) in winter. I often see my former pupils who ask for lessons for their children or even their grandchildren. There are many regular clients at the resort because La Clusaz has a soul. It is a mountain village famous for its old stone, its architecture, its century-old chalets. There is also a warm "après-ski" atmosphere. Plus, most of the ski instructors are locals. They come to share their love for the region with visitors. There is also a dynamism and a touch of craziness that visitors enjoy.
YOU WERE A COACH AT THE SPORTS CLUB FOR 10 YEARS. WHAT ARE YOUR MEMORIES OF THAT TIME?
Only wonderful memories! Competitive skiing is a school for life. For over 60 years, the ESF and the Sports Club have been teaching village children how to ski, as well as playing a very active role in organising international competitions. Between 1985 and 2014, La Clusaz hosted 21 World Cup events: 9 in freestyle, 7 in cross-country skiing, 3 in speed skiing and 2 in paragliding. And not forgetting the freestyle skiing world championships in 1995.
YOU ARE THE TREASURER OF "PATRIMONY AND TRADITIONS". WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF YOUR ASSOCIATION?
To preserve and pass on the heritage of La Clusaz. Volunteers are restoring and maintaining historic sites: the sawmill, chapels, shingle roofs, etc. We also introduce visitors to the village's history at the Hameau des Alpes, with a display about local sports champions, and sections dedicated to skiing and Reblochon cheese. We are committed to passing on our heritage, since how can we know where to go if we don't know where we come from?
A WHOLE HOST OF CHAMPIONS
La Clusaz is one of the world's most star-filled resorts with 14 world champions in almost all skiing disciplines. A truly unique phenomenon.
- 1960: Guy PERILLAT, world combined champion.
- 1986: Alain PESSEY, first world champion in Telemark skiing.
- 1989: 3 new world champions: Raphaëlle MONOD for Mogul skiing, André MASZEWSKI for snowboarding and Catherine LOMBARD for ski jumping.
- 1992 and 1995: Edgar GROSPIRON, Olympic champion in Mogul skiing.
- 1995: Edgar GROSPIRON, world champion in freestyle skiing in La Clusaz.
- 2000: Candide THOVEX winner of the X-Games and Gravity-Games (Big Air).
- 2001: Régine CAVAGNOUD, world champion in Super-G and Crystal Globe in the speciality.
- 2005: Vincent VITTOZ, first French World Champion in cross-country skiing.
- 2009: Xavier BERTONI winner of the X-Games and the Half Pipe World Cup.
- 2014 and 2016: Loïc COLLOMB-PATTON winner of the Freeride World Tour.
- 2021: Astrid CHEYLUS (skiing) and Stella PICCHEDDA (snowboarding), junior freeride world champions.
- 2021: Hugo LAPALUS, junior world cross-country champion (15 km).