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.

TRANSMISSION, the movie by Jeremy Pancras about young freeriders

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 at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, Bronze medal winner at the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988 and Lillehammer in 1994, triple World Champion in 1989, 1991, 1995 and 31 World Cup victories.

« Freeskiing is in the genes of La Clusaz, there has always been skiers willing to go further off the beaten track here.  The variety and quality of the area has continued to challenge skiers and develop their creativity.  The reason La Clusaz has so many champions is also thanks to the local inhabitants and the structures within the resort, such as the Club des Sports.  Champions are very important for the team spirit of a village and its image, it means the general public has a familiar face to identify with the resort and it brings the local inhabitants together whenever there are races.  The mindset in La Clusaz pushes the champions to the top! »
 

The freeride empire

  • LOÏC COLLOMB-PATTON: Freeride World double champion 2014 and 2016, he finished 4th overall in the Freeride World Tour in 2018 (2nd 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, 1st in 2012 and 3rd in 2014.
  • LAURE VAILLY: 3rd overall in the Freeride World Qualifier (1st French) after a fantastic 2014/2015 season full of medals.
  • 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.
  • TOM GRATDAOUR: 5th French in the Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) in 2019.

 

The next generation to look out for

Edgar Cheylus, Lalo Rambaud, Jean Tonnelier, Jules Michaud, Justin Blanchet-Nicoud, Marius Lafarge, Gauthier Narbeburu, Louis Pouvel , Teo Deloche, Tanguy Dechamboux, Astrid Cheylus, Manon Loschi, Mina Quenet, Caroline Dreier, Stella Picchedda and so many more young freeriders from La Clusaz who have a great future ahead of them!

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