Paradiski Ski Area, France

France's smartest move of the decade, connecting two great ski areas
La Plagne-Les Arcs

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Les Arcs BIG
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The neighbouring resorts of  Les Arcs and La Plagne are quintessential examples of the so called “third generation” of modern, high altitude French resorts which burst upon the skiing scene in the early 1960s. Statistically La Plagne, which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2011, is one of the most visited ski resort in the world, with visitors revelling in the resort’s choice of accommodation in 10 villages, and the extraordinary total of more than 100 red runs. Though not quite as extensive, Les Arcs offers a wealth of skiing with some exceptional off-piste opportunities. But it was considerably more difficult to link these iconic resorts to form ‘Paradiski’ that it was to link Val d'Isère and Tignes: a deep valley divides the neighbouring resorts. Ten years ago, having used enough steel and concrete to build a second Eiffel Tower, a pair of sleek and fast double-decker cable-cars, operating independently of each other, began ferrying skiers two kilometres across the Ponthurin valley between Plan-Peisey (on the Les Arcs side) and a point just above Montchavin in the La Plagne ski network. Soaring 400m above the valley floor in cable cars carrying as many as 200 skiers and snowboarders at a time (80 upstairs and 120 on the lower deck) the arrival of  the 15-million-euro Vanois Express made the combined ‘Paradiski’ area one of the biggest in the world, with 17 villages and a combined total of 425km of runs. The combined area, high in the Tarentaise region, is so vast that few recreational skiers are able to cover it from end to end - all the way from Villaroger in the Isère Valley to Champagny-en-Vanoise on the doorstep of the Vanoise National Park, a distance of 21km - before returning to base. 

Skiing Levels
  • Beginners
  • Intermediates
  • Advanced
  • Snowboard
Mountain Facts
  • Ski area425 km
  • Runs
    195
    103
    53
  • Longest run7 Km
  • Snowparks2 snowparks.
  • LiftsChairlifts 65 , Free Baby Lifts 0 , Cable car 3 , Gondolas 11
  • Slope directionN,E,W
  • Ski/resort busFree between Arc 1600/1800 and 1800/2000. Free between villages in La Plagne.

Where to Stay

La Plagne TH

The superb ski area of La Plagne joins with that of neighbouring les Arcs to form the huge Paradiski domain - just perfect for intermediate skiers and families. The resort comprises some ten villages.

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  • Area: 225km
  • Altitude: up to 3250m
From
£ 209 Per person
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Les Arcs TH

Ski Les Arcs! There’s an astonishing variety of skiing in Les Arcs, with long cruising runs, great off-piste, and one of the longest and most challenging runs in the Alps which takes advanced skiers seven kilometres all the way down to Villaroger, a magnificent vertical descent of 7,500 feet.

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  • Area: 200km
  • Altitude: up to 3250m
From
£ 299 Per person
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  • Ice skating Ice skating
  • Bowling alley Bowling alley
  • Sledging Sledging
  • Snow-shoeing Snow-shoeing
  • Shops Shops
  • High altitude skiing & guaranteed snow High altitude skiing & guaranteed snow

Things To Do

  • Hang gliding
  • Night skiing
  • Snow shoe excursions
  • Sled walks in forest (1800)
  • Bowling
  • Tobogganing
  • Ice skating
  • Cinema
  • Squash. 
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Cinema

Please see resort specific information for Les Arcs and La Plagne