Perched on the northwest side of the Chaîne des Aravis, La Clusaz gathers reliable snow to pad out its 125km of pistes, served by 49 lifts. Topping out at 2600m, the resort is best for intermediate and experienced skiers, with just a few green and black runs for beginners and pros. It's around 45 minutes' drive east of Annecy.

Transdev (www.transdevsavoie.com) offers bus transfers between Annecy and La Clusaz (€8, 50 minutes, six to 10 daily).