LA CLUSAZ, FRANCE

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For me, ski holidays have to have the right balance. There has to be a good amount of skiing but a bit of time to relax, unwind and shop, of course, is also important.

The destination or resort is just as vital as the mountain itself and after a short getaway to La Clusaz in France, I realised that this pretty village is exactly right balance of apres ski for me. 

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We jetted off in the middle of March for just less than a week, flying from Edinburgh to Geneva. The journey was surprisingly quick and after a short drive from the airport winding up and up the mountain, with a very good driver I have to add, we were there.  

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We stayed at Le Cimes, a large chalet offering a selection of individual and luxury apartments. It was incredibly comfortable with cosy additions throughout and a spa which we often had to ourselves. Breakfast was brought to our apartment every morning allowing us to awake to freshly baked croissants and baguettes.  

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Of course the trip included a great amount of skiing with breaks for lunch and hot chocolate at the slopes' many bars and restaurants but we also took time to explore the town of La Clusaz.  

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This small yet picturesque town offers everything you need for a getaway, whether you ski or not. There are plenty of cosy coffee shops, a variety of restaurants offering a selection of local produce as well bars and clubs creating the perfect apres ski scene.  

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A wander through the town's winding cobbled streets and square, which are overshadowed by towering chalets and traditional buildings, each with wooden shutters and sloping roofs, kept me occupied for a morning.

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There were plenty of shops selling home accessories, sheepskin rugs and clothing along with a market offering fresh fruit and vegetables, marinated olives and of course, macarons. 

See you again La Clusaz... 

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