If you are reading this article, you probably know La Clusaz.
You have already come to slide on these snowy mountains, or perhaps come to walk in these pastures in summer. What is certain is that you have already experienced unforgettable moments in the land of Reblochon.
But, what you have experienced, some of you live it on a daily basis. And this daily life is an art, an art of living.
A little look back in timeIndeed, before being a ski resort, La Clusaz is above all a village, marked by its history and its inhabitants.
To begin with, this small hamlet, situated at the foot of the Aravis massif, is not called La Clusaz without reason. Its name comes from the word "Cluse", in Latin "clusa" which means closed. Yes, this is what characterized the access road to the village which passed through the gorges at the beginning of the 18th century.
It was not until 1902, with the opening of the col des Aravis road, that the village began to welcome its first visitors. Travellers passed through La Clusaz to reach the col des Aravis and admire the Mont Blanc.
And skiing in all this ?
In 1935, the first cable car was put into service and the euphoria of skiing was already being felt.
More and more tourists came to discover the thrill of skiing in La Clusaz. 21 years later, the resort became a must-see thanks to the new Beauregard cable car, which enabled the plateau to be reached and the beauty of the Aravis chain and Mont Blanc to be admired.
Mastering the art of entertaining and sharing traditions, La Clusaz became the place where life is good and travellers understood this, as they were more and more to go and join the local "Chaves" (inhabitants of La Clusaz).
We even managed to fit the entire history of the village into a chalet. The Hameau des Alpes is today the temple of the history of skiing and we advise you to meet Gisèle, the guardian.
For the more curious
By the way, why are the inhabitants of La Clusaz called "Chaves"?
So what is this famous art of living ?
A busy local life.
It is this alchemy between tradition and modernity. The trades of the time are still present today, such as the art of making Reblochon cheese, or formerly "Reblocher" (to milk the cow a second time) was necessary to survive, it has become today an exceptional cheese which is no longer considered as a fraud in the village farms.
The art of building chalets is still very much alive. You can admire the architecture of the houses, with all these "tavaillons" chalets, which decorate the roofs of the houses making the charm of the village.
Meeting with 2 architects, who have been changing the village's lines for nearly 12 years.
With the arrival of tourism, new trades have developed in the village.
They are completely "Chave".
To give you an example, all they need is a slope and a lake to invent a national sport. Jesus may have walked on water, but they slide on it, and we have the pictures to prove it...
If you find it hard to believe, we invite you to see by yourself on 24th April 2022.
Finally, the best thing we can say about the Chave art of living is to come and taste it, "tout-vite" (as soon as possible) !