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.
Free between Arc 1600/1800 and 1800/2000. Free between villages in La Plagne.
La Plagne, is a skier’s paradise providing access to over 425kms of runs across the huge Paradiski domain. And with blue and reds making 80% of runs in the resort this is the ideal resort for beginners and intermediates with almost endless possibilities to explore the mountain.More information
Les Arcs is a skiers and snowboarders paradise. There’s an astonishing variety of runs, from wide, long cruising reds and blues, to great off-piste. One of the longest and most challenging runs in the Alps, the Aiguille Rouge run, descends from the top of resort at 3226m to Villaroger at 1200m. Whatever you choose to do in Les Arc, it’s a thrilling ride!