Claviere - great location on the Milky Way

by: Sal Black - Jan 27, 2009

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 3
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 0
  • Nightlife 2

    Pros: Italian attitude but with French ambience on your doorstep, vast ski area

    Cons: Quiet resort although border road up the middle made it noisy in other ways.

    Recommended For: Singles, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Feb 1, 2007

Full review

Claviere is one of the world's oldest ski resorts, there's been a ski school here for over a 100 years, butr unlike other long established resorts like St Moritz, Davos or even Montgenevre a few miles away over the French border, it hasn't changed much and has hardly grown at all.

There's really just a small collection of hotels and a few shops, bars and restaurants stretching along the border road to France. So it's definitely not the kind of place to go if you want busy apres ski, but if you want to base yourself in one peaceful hotel, maybe noit bother going out much from the hotel bar most nights, but have a vast ski area on your doorstep, it's the place for you. I found the locaal people very friendly and a lot of fun too.

During my stay I would get breakfast in the hotel and head over to one of the linked resorts each day to get lunch and a quick 10 minute walk around to get a feel for the place, then head back tpo Clavieere in the evening and, as I say, got half board so stayed in the hotel most nights. It was a lovely, relaxed holiday and you felt you were staying somewhere special.