Skiing in Paradiski
Paradiski is the second largest ski area in France with 260 slopes across 425km of pistes sitting between 1650m and 3250m (70% of Paradiski's slopes are above 2000m altitude!). It covers the three resorts of La Plagne, Les Arcs and Peisey Vallandry, which means there are plenty of choices when it comes to where to stay. This season, substantial work has been put in to ensure snow quality with 307 hectares of tracks now equipped with snow guns.
In fact, there is so much skiing in Paradiski that you'll be spoilt for choice. 113 red and black slopes will please thrill-seekers, while the number of blue slopes across the area means it remains accessible to families and those with a bit less experience.
Paradiski is also easily accessible! Particularly convenient for holiday-makers taking a ski train, the TGV Direct from Paris arrives in Bourg-Saint-Maurice and the Eurostar arrives in Landry. For drivers, it’s just under 9 hours from Calais. If you’re considering flying, it’s 1 ¼ hours from Chambery Airport or 2 hours from Geneva Airport.
Les Arcs puts on a great programme of events throughout the season such as The Great British Celebration! Four days of festivities from Bourg-Saint-Maurice to the top of the Aiguille Rouge with the motto, ‘fun, partying and skiing!’ Activities include an alpine skiing competition, a 'Robin Hood' style tournament, a toboggan competition with prizes, and a family party complete with dancefloor, hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows around a fire-pit.
La Plagne consists of six purpose-built high-altitude ski-in/ski-out villages. These include Plagne Soleil and Plagne Village, Belle-Plagne, Aime la Plagne, Plagne Centre, Plagne Bellecôte and Plagne 1800 - all superbly linked by pistes and a free bus service.
Apart from the fantastic skiing and snowboarding (stretching across the Paradiski ski domain), with nearly 100 restaurants to be found throughout the different villages of La Plagne, you can be sure of a wide choice of dining options. La Plagne overall is a very active ski resort, with a huge variety of exciting winter activities to try.
La Plagne looks to be the best represented French resort in the Pyeonchang Winter Olympics 2018 with fifteen or so athletes competing in seven disciplines.
Compared to the bustling Les Arcs, Peisey Vallandry offers a more traditional feel. It's located at the foot of the Vanoise Express, a double-decker cable car, built in 2003 to link Les Arcs and La Plagne creating the Paradiski ski area with 425km of slopes.
The charming village is becoming more popular as the ideal starting point to explore both Les Arcs and La Plagne ski areas.