The Paradiski area links two popular highly-rated French resorts, La Plagne and Les Arcs. The world’s largest cable car, the Vanoise Express, can carry up to 200 people across a wooded valley to make one of the best skiing areas in the Alps.The 425km appeals to intermediate mileage seekers, with more than enough green, blue, red and black runs to keep a week’s skiing jam-packed. Experts should take on the north face of Bellecote on the La Plagne side which finishes in Nancroix or the dizzy heights of Aiguille Rouge on the Les Arcs side.
If you are there solely to ski, then modern quiet resorts Peisey, Plan-Peisey and Vallandry are in pole position for the cable car on the Les Arcs side. Traditional village Montchavin and recently developed Les Coches have the easiest access in La Plagne. The cable car only takes 4 minutes to get to the other side!
The multi-levelled resorts offer accommodation to cater for all budgets. On your group or family skiing holiday you can stay with all the action in Plagne centre or Arc 1800 or 2000, or for cheap ski deals stay on other levels.
The La Plagne side is made up of 10 villages. They are Plagne Centre, Plagne 1800, Aime La Plagne, Plagne Soleil, Belle Plagne, Plagne Bellecote, Montchavin and Les Coches. Belle-Plagne is arguably the prettiest and only a short run from Bellecote. Plagne-Villages, Plagne-Soleil, Plagne-Centre and mordern Aime-la-Plagne are further across the bowl. Champagny-en-Vanoise and Montalbert are further afield, but if you’re on the first lift in the morning, skiing in Les Arc is definitely possible.
Les Arc comprises Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950, Arc 2000, Les Arcs Peisey Vallandry and Les Arc Peisey Nancriox. Arc 1800 is one of the liveliest resorts of the area and just a single lift away to the Vanoise Express. Arc 1600 and Arc 1800 are just two lifts away, whilst Arc 2000 and stylish new development Arc 1950 are a little further away over a ridge.
With skiing up to an altitude of 3250m, the slopes are snow-secure throughout the season. Les Arc pistes tend to be big wide open runs of well maintained snow, ready to carve down, with a pretty tree lined run to get back over to La Plagne. La Plagne runs are slightly steeper, but both skiing areas are extensive and varied with plenty of off-piste terrain.