Freeride

The home of freeskiing

La Clusaz is a resort of « big skiers », where freestyling, freeriding, backcountry-freestyling reign supreme.  The resort is a hotbed for talent and has so many home grown champions in all disciplines, it’s impossible to mention them all ! Guy Périllat, Edgar Grospiron, Raphaëlle Monod, Régine Cavagnoud, Vincent Vittoz, Candide Thovex, Sébastien Michaud, Loïc Collomb-Patton, Joffrey Pollet-Villard, Anaïs Caradeux et Mirabelle Thovex…among others that rose up through the ranks of the Club des Sports to make La Clusaz the most successful in France, with over ten world champions.  The terrain encourages this success with the Balme, known as Candide Thovex’ back garden, the ideal spot for Backcountry skiing.  It’s a giant, natural snow park with a seemingly endless succession of domes, step-ups and hip jumps.

Young freeriders are given top priority

The resort is working hard to encourage young freeriders to realise their full potential, and comprehensive training programmes have been developed within the 3 ski schools (ESF, ESI and Evolution2). Each programme is designed to develop awareness of the mountain and its dangers while also encouraging the spirit of competition. Over the season young freeriders are made aware of the importance of prevention and security while perfecting their freeriding techniques.

Si vous désirez vous initier à la Freerando, consultez notre page spéciale sur cette activité qui prend de l'ampleur !

Equipment rental

Being well equipped is fundamental when facing snowy slopes, even more so when freeriding with all the safety measures that practice implies. Find all our equipment rental professionals on the ski equipment page and benefit from their advice, because they know the terrain like no one else.

A word from Edgar Grospiron

Olympic Champion in Albertville (1992), Bronze medal at Calgary Olympic Games (1988) Lillehammer Olympic Games(1994), triple World Champion (1989, 1991 and 1995), 31 World Cup victories.

«Freestyle is part of La Clusaz; there have always been skiers from here who were pioneers, constantly pushing the limits. The variety of the ski area and especially its outstanding quality develops certain versatility in skiers but also creativity. The reason there are so many champions from La Clusaz comes also from the support of its inhabitants and the solid structures within the resort, such as the Sports Club. When a village comes out to support a Champion the effect is immense; not only does it give the general public a figure they can identify with the resort but it brings together the whole village for each race. The very spirit of La Clusaz pushes the champions further to the top!»

The freeride empire

  • LOÏC COLLOMB-PATTON: Freeride World champion 2014, he finished 6th overall in the Freeride World Tour in 2015
    (1st French).
  • SÉBASTIEN MICHAUD: after 16 years of experience on the International circuit, he left competitive skiing after the final
    stage of the Freeride World Tour 2013, l’XTrem in Verbier.
  • MATHIEU BIJASSON: he took part in the illustrious Freeride World Tour 2013 after proving his talents in the
    Freeride World Qualifier.
  • LAURE VAILLY: 3rd overall in the Freeride World Qualifier (1st French) after a fantastic 2014/2015 season full of
    medals.

Those to watch

  • ARTHUR RASKIN: recently crowned Junior Freeride World Champion 2015 in Andorra. He was European Champion
    and World silver medallist in 2014.
  • ILLONA CARLOD: the French number one won bronze medal at the Junior Freeride World Champion 2015 in Andorra.

The next generation to look out for

Victor Pouvel, Tom Gratadour, Come Leyval, Baptiste Mermillod Poincy, Laura Da Costa, Charly Bogey, Oscar Mandin, and so many more young freeriders from La Clusaz who have a great future ahead of them!

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